The Truth About Owning A Bookshelf

The Truth About Owning A Bookshelf

I HAVE A BOOKSHELF! Okay, I may have gotten it around Christmas (thanks Mom and Dad) but in my months of owning a bookshelf I’ve noticed a few things and I have decided to share them with the world.

    1. You care about how your books look. Before owning a bookshelf a cared about how my books look, but now it has to be perfect. For example, I haven’t bought Heir of Fire because it isn’t out in paperback and all my other copies are in paperback. I accidentally bought Cress in hardcover, but all my other ones are in paperback. Now, every time I look at my bookshelf I have to deal with the fact that it isn’t perfect.
    2. You spend more money. Before owning a bookshelf I went to the library because I had little space for new books, but now I buy most of my books. I don’t buy any mangas or graphic novels that I read because they are so easy to read, but I have only read one novel in the past month that I don’t own.
    3. Your books are now your babies. Before owning a bookshelf I cared about my books, but I lent them to anyone that asked for them. Now I only lend books to my family and close friends. One of my friends got banned from borrowing for a long time

So there you have it, the truth about owning a bookshelf. Now you can be fully cautioned when you go out to but your own.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass

In Throne of Glass we follow an assassin named Cellaena Sardothien. She has been in the salt mines for a year when the crown prince visits her to ask her if she wants to be th king’s champion. She says yes because after for years of service, she’ll be free. When she gets to the castle, strange things start to happen. Now she isn’t just focusing on winning the competition, she is wondering if she’ll survive.

First of all, this took me by surprise.  The vibe from the back of the book had led me to think that it would be dark when it wasn’t at all. It turns out the Cellaena isn’t a dark, cold assassin, but a normal girl. Not that not being dark is a bad thing.

The entire book always had me on the edge wanting more. I could barely stop myself from reading to do real world stuff. I wouldn’t suggest picking it up if you don’t have time.

Although it was great, one thing bothered me. The love triangle. Now don’t get me wrong, love triangles aren’t bad, but they certainly are meh. I’ve only read a few books where love triangles work, and this was not one of them. Luckily, it was a background thing. Though it would’ve been okay for her to fall in love with Chaol (the guard) the part with Dorian (the prince) was unnecessary.

Over all I’d give it five stars, 85%, and say it was fun (I may have already started the second book). 

The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy

The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy

WHAT!?!?! ANOTHER AWESOME BOOK? MY BOOK PICKING SKILLS MUST BE MAGICAL!

But seriously, this book was awesome.

TVPoSA (I’m not typing that whole title again) is set in Selwyn Academy after a reality tv show, called For Art’s Sake, moves in. Luke has decided that he doesn’t like FAS, so Ethan follows. As we read, they create poems against it, and have some crazy times.

My favorite part of TVPoSA was the humor. Every other page had a laugh and a choke (because I laughed too hard). If you’re looking for a fun read, I would suggest this one.

Five stars, 100% and totally awesome!

Legend by Marie Lu

Legend by Marie Lu

Is it possible to love this book anymore than I did? I definitely loved it. We start in future North America with Day, the most wanted criminal in the country. Suddenly, June’s brother is killed and Day is the prime suspect. June has to find Day to make things right, but when they do meet secrets start to become uncovered.

My most favorite part of this book were the unique characters. When I read books most of the characters are average, which isn’t bad, but it gets so mundane that when you find smart (or the occasional stupid) characters it’s so much more interesting thing to read.

I also really enjoyed the world. A big thing in fictional books are the worlds. For me to enjoy the books the world has to be beautiful, or at least interesting. In Legend the whole world it is set in is beautiful and interesting. This really made me enjoy the book.

So I’d say 5 stars, 100%, and a beautiful contribution to the world of books.

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

First of all, I definitely didn’t like this as much as the first, but I still really enjoyed it. I think my problem with the book was that it was so different from the first. I get that it had to be different if it was a second book, but I would like feel some familiarity from the first book. I felt so confined and squished in one place. It was a little overwhelming.

But of course, there is always something good about the book. In this case it’s the way the characters change. When I read about Karou it was much fun to watch her learn what was going on.

3 stars, 80%, and okay

Top Books I Read In 2014

Top Books I Read In 2014

The year is almost over and I read a lot this year. We all know what that means: top books of 2014.

1. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

I love the shadowhunter chronicles, and this was an epic ending to the series. I absolutely can’t wait for Lady Midnight.

2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

This was beautiful and magical. I felt strong emotions toward all the charecters and lived in Prague. In thsi book we follow Karou and her magical adventures. This book nearly beat City of Heavenly Fire on this list, just nearly.

3.Diva by Alex Flinn

In Diva we follow Caitlin, an opera singer. She lives with her mom who doesn’t support what she does. Caitlin is very conscience of her weight and looks. It’s a very inspiring story that teaches us to reach for our goals.

4. Extras by Scott Westerfeld

This book satisfied my needs for science fiction this year. I’ve always loved the Uglies Series, and this was a beautiful companion. I think these books show us how twisted our society really is. It also brings up the question “Are we really pretty if everyone else is pretty?”

5. Host Club by Bisco Hatori

I’m a fan of manga, and this the manga I read and loved this year. It’s funny and made me feel happy inside. I’m still working on reading it and still loving it. My most favorite part of the books is the character development. The characters changed so much and had so much more depth as the stories went on.

6. The Selection by Kiera Cass

This is at the bottom of the list because as much as I loved it, it had many problems. I think my biggest problem with it were the characters. The characters, mainly America Singer, were so annoying. The choices they made made no sense and weren’t helpful in the long run. As I say these bad things I want to point put that it is on my favorites list for a reason. Even though I it was annoying, the story is so intresting and fun to read.

So there it is, my 2014 favorite books. I can’t wait to read all the new books in 2015.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Let’s just say I loved this book. Okay, that’s an understatement. If there was a word that was stronger than the word love but still meant the same thing I would be saying that.

I loved the picture this book painted in my mind. I might have an active imagination, but I felt like I was really in Prague with Karou. I felt what the characters felt and saw what the characters saw. It’s been a while since I’ve read a book like that. It felt good.

Another thing I absolutely loved was the message it leaves us in the end. I like it when a book has a clear message to think about and not a complex puzzle we have to figure out with a lot of thinking. This book inspired me to hope and put my hopes into action.

There really isn’t much to say about anything bad. I honestly can’t think of anything bad right now. It was so good that I’m in the middle of the second book right now.

So is give it 5 out of 5 stars, 100%, and say it was perfect.