CUTE AND BUBBLY, BUT MOSTLY BORING // EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING BY NICOLA YOON

image“My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.”

I won’t lie, this book was reallllllly adorable and I had a heck of a lot of fun reading it. But the overall message of the story was… kind of pointless.

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A WORD ON FANDOMS: WHY THEY ARE SO NEEDED AND ADORED IN THE FANGIRL WORLD

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My family is… a bit mixed up, as far as fandoms go. My parents generally regard my fandoms as silly and meaningless, my siblings tend to gawk at my adoration of male actors *hint* Tom Hiddleston & Benedict Cumberbatch *hint*, and my ferret is happy to sit on my lap and read fanfiction with me.

But my brother recently had been making some pretty snarky comments towards my fandoms, and I had been trying to defend those fandoms. Apparently, he took that really seriously, and sat me down to have a talk. He said to me, and not in a mean way, “Fandoms are meaningless. These books and shows that you enjoy, they’re just entertainment. You shouldn’t want to defend them and be mean to those criticize them. Don’t get invested in your fandoms, and lose any sense of the real world. You should treat these as things to pass the time, and nothing more.”

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THE MOST FABULOUS BOOKS I READ IN 2015 // TTT

It was so much easier to narrow down the top authors of this year on last week’s Top Ten Tuesday post, but now… I have to choose just ten books? ARRRRGGGHHHH! These end-of-year prompts are really cracking down on me.

Alright, I guess it’s time for me to finally narrow it down. I read a lot of series this year, so I’ll only list the first book of a series if I enjoyed the series as a whole… does that make sense? Whatever, let’s just crack on.

*I apologize that this is so late, I’m a lazy little bee*
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EH AND MEH BUT MAYBE I’LL READ THE SEQUEL // CITY OF BONES BY CASSANDRA CLARE

This series clearly has a bit too much hype, and the first book REALLY let me down. But I still have hopes for City of Ashes, because a lot of people say that the series gets a lot better once you’ve pushed through the first two books.

There are funny parts, though! That redeems almost any book from a two-star rating (at least for me). Oh, and the action scenes were on point. Read More »

READING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND // BOOKTAG

So, it’s officially the holiday season now. It’s about 2 weeks until Christmas, aaaaaand… That’s close enough for me to start singing ‘Jingle Bell Rock’.

But what better to get into the season even more than… A WINTER-THEMED BOOK TAG! Hooray!

I don’t know if this is still a ‘cool’ tag, or whatever, but I found it over here, and I just had to do it. It’s so cozy and quick and fun. Also, I really want to answer these questions because they’re just so cute!

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LAINI TAYLOR, SARAH J. AND JOHN GREEN… THESE ARE MY FAVORITES OF 2015

Now, my little cupcakes, I MUST TELL YOU: I only started reading YA this year. Yeah. So basically all of the authors that I know, I discovered in the last 11 months.

This Week’s TTT Prompt: Top Ten New-To-Me in 2015 Authors

Wow, that’s a real challenge! I have to choose only 10 favorites?! I mean, I know I could go ‘outside-the-box’ and choose a couple more, but I probably should narrow it down for myself as well. And who can pass up a challenge? *snorts* No one.

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REALLY DARK AND INTENSE AND I LOVED IT // THE YOUNG ELITES BY MARIE LU

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

 It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt. 

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