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Bout Of Books 17 – Day 1 Challenges + Update

 

Day 1

Pages Read: 31

Books Read: The Loneliness of Distant Beings by Kate Ling.

Book to Movie Challenge

All I need you to do is share with us your favorite book-to-movie adaptation and your least favorite book-to-movie adaptation. You can give reasons for your answers or just names, it’s really up to you how much you share.

For more info please follow the link.

My Favourite: Mockingjay Part 1

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This is just my most recent movie adaptation besides TFIOS, but I going to put this one first.

Least Favourite: City of Bones

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I haven’t even hit 10 minutes into this movie without turning it off with hatred.

 

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Bookshelf Organisation

Hello and welcome! Today I bring to you my very first video! Woo! I thought a bookshelf organisation video would be a good way to kick things off on my channel. I have a bookshelf tour coming up as well so stay tuned :D. I do have to let you know however that these videos I filmed at the start of the year, and do not include any books that have come into my possession since then.

I want to film more, but right now I am filming on my tablet and it is proving very difficult just to set the thing up and get it at an appropriate height to film since I cannot attach it to a tripod. Im going to try and get my hands on a camera, but that could be a long way off.

If you guys would like anymore videos please let me know! Also let me know what kind of things you would like to see. While I will not do video reviews of every book I read, upon request or ones I feel deserve the effort I shall do video reviews. I will also do tags, challenges, and anything else I think would be fun. Let me know what you guys think, I hope you all have wonderful days :).

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – REWIND Quotes From Books Read In The Last Year

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Last Year

Now this weeks topic is a rewind where we get to take posts from the past that we would like to do/do again and I decided this would be a good week to post one that I had started writing up but never finished. Does it matter if they are all from the same book? I shall try to avoid this haha these shall be in random order.

1.

To many, I was myth incarnate, the embodiment of a most superb legend, a fairy tale. Some considered me a monster, a mutation. To my great misfortune, I was once mistaken for an angel. To my mother, I was everything. To my father, nothing at all. To my grandmother, I was a daily reminder of loves long lost. But I knew the truth—deep down, I always did.
I was just a girl.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton.

2.

‘Yelena, you’ve driven me crazy. You’ve caused me considerable trouble and I’ve contemplated ending your life twice since I’ve known you.’ Valek’s warm breath in my ear sent a shiver down my spine.

‘But you’ve slipped under my skin, invaded my blood and seized my heart.’

‘That sounds more like a poison than a person,’ was all I could say. His confession had both shocked and thrilled me.

‘Exactly,’ Valek replied. ‘You have poisoned me.’

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder.

3.

When people don’t express themselves, they die one piece at a time.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.

4.

We’d been born with our souls’ fingers interlocked. What if we’d never let go?

What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang.

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5.

“Guards are of no use in a library.”
Oh, how wrong he was! Libraries are full of ideas – perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.

Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Mass.

6.

I’m an accident. I’m a lie. And my life depends on maintaining the illusion.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

7.

But death was her curse and her gift, and death had been her good friend these long, long years.

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas.

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8.

Whenever she had a problem to consider, she invariably found herself in the library, for it was easier to think when she was surrounded by books.

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen.

9.

And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

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A rat in a maze is free to go anywhere, as long as it stays inside the maze.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

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Book Review – Special

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Title: Special

Author: Georgia Blain

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction

Length: 320

Rating: 3 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

I am not Delia Greene. I should not be here. Why haven’t they come for me?

Alone in my room, I log onto the Wastelands, the data dump where anonymity is guaranteed, where people go to throw their unfilled hopes and dreams, their despair, their pain, their loneliness, a great tangle and mess of words that cannot be unravelled, and I start to tell this story. The names are changed. So are the locations. As for the rest? It is up to you to choose what you want to believe . . .

Special is a beautifully crafted and atmospheric YA novel set in the not-too-distant future, where corporations control everyone’s lives from their DNA to their schooling and career. Where a Lotto Girl – designed from before birth to be Special in every way – can escape the slums and be given every opportunity to shine at an exclusive boarding school. Where the future is bright. Until it all goes wrong . . .

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I would like to say a big thank you to Penguin Random House Australia for sending me a copy of this book to review!

I don’t really know how I feel about this book.

Part of me really wants to like it. The idea of it is pretty good, and it is totally something I can see our world turning into. Children are altered to become ‘specials’ mostly by rich people, but once a year 4 families from the poor districts win ‘the lotto’ and get to genetically alter their baby girl to be and have her go off and study at the special schools for the specials. These people thrive far above the rest while those who are poor remain their and live each day at a time because they might not have a next one because they don’t get given a chance to even earn enough for the one day.

See, good idea and totally something our meddlesome ways could potentially head towards. This idea combined with the very easy to read and well flowing writing style of Georgia Blain had me charging through this book up until about two thirds of the way through where my enjoyment sort of just stopped.

It was at this point that I realised that I hadn’t really formed any kind of attachment to the characters. They start to go through some stuff and found that I didn’t really care. I actually didn’t like our main character Fern that much she took her whole ‘special’ title way too seriously and was really up herself.

Spoiler – Then when she finds out she is probably isn’t so damn special she totally freaks out which I don’t get. If anything I feel like I would like to find that out, because she was able to keep up with all the other specials even though she was normal. But no, she totally freaks out because she cannot call herself special anymore. – End Spoiler

We don’t get any world building, and nothing in the plot really gets explained or we don’t get any answers to things. I know part of the book is that you are supposed to make your own choice about how things work out or what is the truth, but I don’t think that worked. The story because nothing was really answered seemed pretty pointless to me.

I don’t know if I would recommend this book to anyone. If you have free day to fill I wouldn’t say not to read it, but there are better things. It has made me want to read more from the author though because the style was nice.

 

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24 Years

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Heres to my 24th twirl around the sun, and with that I bring you another evil bunny post to mark the day! He just gets more and more aggressive each year. Silly bunny.

In the past year I have completed my course and gotten another job after my old one fell through, but I right now I don’t feel like I have accomplished much. Starting from scratch at a new job that isn’t on the path goal to the one I really want makes me feel… icky. The work environment is not ideal either, but I hope that it gets better with time and becomes less stressful. But as of the 9th I will be starting to officially volunteer at the wildlife sanctuary that helped run my course and this will help keep my name in for job opportunities. Even if the thought of getting up at 6am to go to work there hurts me on many levels haha.

After finishing work today (writing this post ahead of time) my boyfriend is taking me out to dinner and then we have tickets to see Suicide Squad because it came out today. SO EXCITED. This movie better be as amazing as I want it to be. I was tossing up between it and the Absolutely Fabulous movie, but since I know he will not get as much enjoy from that as me so my mother and I are going to see it in gold class after I am done with the sanctuary for the day. So many good movies <3

But birthdays mean hauls and I know thats what everyone really wants ;) I don’t think I am going to be getting many books for this particular birthday, but depending on the kind of things I get I may do a birthday haul anyway. I will be doing two book hauls however for the time period that I have been away, one for books I have bought and one for books that have been sent to me by publishers. Until then however, I think thats about all I should say for this blog. I hope you guys all have a wonderful day!

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Would Buy Right Now

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Books I Would Buy Right Now If Someone Handed Me A Gift Card

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. While I have a copy of this book, I need this edition. Its so beautiful.

2. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff. The hardcover of this book is so stunning I have been avoiding the paperback.

3. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I avoided the movie because I don’t have this book yet. I need it.

4. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera.

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5. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.

6. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

7. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. While I have read an loved this book I still don’t own a physical copy and it is madness to me.

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8. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Same as the above. WHY DON’T I OWN IT.

9. The Queen of the Tearling series by Erika Johansen. And the blasphemy continues.

10. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. It doesn’t matter that I have not yet read the first book.

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And I’m Back! + TBR

I am sorry for my very long absence. Those of you who where here for my last post might remember the last thing I was talking about was RYBSAT. While this was good in theory, getting through things on my shelf, I picked a very bad point of my shelf to read and it sent me into the longest slump since starting blogging. I read Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier, and while I did enjoy the book it took me forever to get through and the thought of moving onto the next ones made me slow down… Both these things we all know we don’t want for a read-a-thon! I also finished Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon  not that long before hand and wanted to get into the next book in that series I couldn’t pick it up until after I had reviewed Dragonfly, and I had no motivation to do that in my slump. So no audio books for me either. I also find that when I have all the time in the world, I do very little because I think I have all the time in the world.

But I am starting back up again.

In the time I have been gone I have finished my tafe course, lost a job due to lack of work, and I am now training at a new job, I feel its time to start pushing myself again.

I do have some thing written and prepared to be posted if not scheduled, but I will not be giving you a list of what is to come this time like I did with my last wrap up post. I am unsure in what I order I wish to post these things yet because some of them are time sensitive. I want to do a couple of book hauls, but first I have to post some videos I have made (hehehe) and if I do both I will not have time for very many book reviews this month. So you guys should let me know what you would prefer, get the videos and hauls out of the way and then do reviews mostly next month or catch up on some reviews and do hauls next month (videos will still be this month).

I will give you guys a small TBR for this month however:

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May AYearAThon & RYBSAT Round 8

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AYearAThon is a read a thon that happens each month throughout the year with different themes. You can find the goodreads group here. RYBSAT happens a couple of times throughout the year and is where you pick a spot on your shelf and read from that point onwards. You can find the event at its twitter here.

Hello everyone! I feel like it has been forever since I was partaking in AYearThon because of studies and I thought May’s (2nd-8th) Finish/Catch Up would be a good theme to join in again. So many things I need to finish! But then I also have RYBSAT at the same time (1st-8th) so I had to find a spot on my shelf that filled both ideas. This is what I came up with:

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I am starting from Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier and then working my way down and across. I hope to at least finish a couple of the books, but I still have assignments to do even though my major one has been handed in so I don’t want to be to ambitious.

Now I will be cheating a little for RYBSAT as I am nearly done with Soundless by Richelle Mead so I intend on finishing (and hopefully have finished it by the time this post is published) on the first day and then going to my official starting point and reading.

Now because RYBSAT seems to be pretty twitter based, I will be doing regular updates about it on my twitter account @ThWrittenWord, and then I will be doing updates every couple of days on here about both read a thons. Hope you guys join in and have fun!

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Bookworm Delights

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Bookworm Delights

I love love love this weeks theme. There are so many things I love about books that are not just whats inside them.

1. Meeting people in my day to day life who feel the same way about books as I do. This wins the top spot because it basically doesn’t happen.

2. The smell of books. It settles my soul.

3. The hunt. Spending ages in a new or old book store looking for something to take home with me. While I don’t like second hand book stores too much because I like my books to be perfect, when I find a book in one that is what I want and is in good enough condition the rush is amazing. I basically run to the counter.

4. The moment in the book where the title or the cover make sense. It doesn’t happen much with the cover, but when the scene clicks its awesome. Brings new life to the cover.

5. Finding book related items and understanding them. Things like jewellery, and bookmarks. While these happen more after movies or shows of books happen, I love it when they happen without a movie, and I can identify them with just my knowledge of the book.

6. When publishers go above and beyond the outside of the book. When there is deckled edges, when the book is embossed under the dust jacket, and when the outside page spines have print on them. Just stunning.

7. Re-organising my bookcase. I love it when I have new editions to my growing library and it means I have to re-think where things go. I love to organise.

8. Receiving books in the mail that I was not expecting. This is something I wouldn’t even know if not for this community. Thank you so much to the publishers for all the ARCs that they have been sending me.

9. Finally picking up a book that has been sitting on my shelf for a long time. Getting through my TBR which just keeps growing is an amazing feeling.

10. Just the mindset I get when I snuggle into bed with a cup of lemon and honey tea or some juice all cuddle up with my cat and just relax with a book.

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