WWW Wednesday- 11/30/16

I’m finally here with another WWW Wednesday. I’d said I’ve have a really good reading week, since I’m finally out of my reading slump. 

WHAT I’M CURRENTLY READING

Flora’s Wish by Kathleen Y’Barbo. I haven’t gotten to far into it, so I’m not sure if it’s going to be really good. 

And I’m also listening to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It’s SO GOOD. This is my third time reading it. 


WHAT I RECENTLY READ

Since last Wednesday, I’ve read 4 books (and counting) which are:

  • Almost Home by Joan Bauer (⭐️⭐️.5)
  • Hollow City by Random Riggs (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  • Library Of Souls by Ransom Riggs (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  • Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5)

So I’d say I’ve read a really good batch of books. I absolutely ADORED the Miss Peregrines quintessential trilogy, and can’t wait for the next trilogy comes out next year. 


WHAT I PLAN ON READING NEXT

Umm, I honestly have NO IDEA. But if you want to, you can comment and tell me what I should read. 

Miranda Sings Tag

Hi guys! Today I’ll be doing the Miranda Sings Tag. I was tagged by the wonderful Random Reads

Rules:

  • Announce your win with a post and link the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 10 bloggers (or as many as you can think of) and link your awardees in the post.
  • List 7 things you love about yourself (This can be about your appearance, your personality, your achievements, etc.)
  • Don’t use negative connotation. (I.e. Don’t say things like – I’m prettier than an average person or People have told me I’m smart. You ARE pretty. You ARE smart.)

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT ME:

#1-My Love For Books

So many people make fun of me for my love of books, but i don’t ever care! I love books, and nothing can stop me!


#2-My Chickens!🐔🐥🐣🐤🐓

I LOVE LOVE LOVE my little babies! I raise chickens and sell their eggs, and become best friends in the process. I can’t tell you how much I love them. 

*Thats a pic of me a couple years ago with my babies climbing all over me. (Don’t worry they never poop!) ((I look so young in this pic))


#3- My Love for ALL animals

I love ALL animals unconditionally, even if they hate me with all their heart. It pains me when I see them mistreated, and I wish I could have a Rescue for all mistreated animals! (I’m such a dreamer). 

*Blurry pic of me and my kitty snuggling last year

#4- My Freckles

I’m not sure if you can tell from the pic above, but I do have A LOT of freckles. Honestly I love my freckles, and would never give them away. 

*Not a pic of me, because I don’t want to put my full face on the internet. 


#5- My Hair

The color and length of my hair isn’t anything special, but it is super thick. I’ve always considered myself super blessed with this mop rag of a head. 

*👇this is how I feel sometimes until I look in the mirror and In reality I look like Bellatrix Lestrange. Also, that is the actual color and straightness of my hair. 


#6- Volleyball Skilz

I wouldn’t consider myself really good at volleyball, but for my league I’d say I’m okay. It’s my only sport that I love, and it so fun to me. 


#7- My “large” collection of books

Compared to some of y’all, I barely have any. But I’m nearing 400, and I’m about to have a HUGE haul for Christmas. Point being, I’m addicted to collecting books. 

WHO I TAG-

Almost Home review

My rating:⭐️⭐️.5

Page count:240

2.5 

Summary From Goodreads:

When twelve-year-old Sugar’s grandfather dies and her gambling father takes off yet again, Sugar and her mother lose their home in Missouri. They head to Chicago for a fresh start, only to discover that fresh starts aren’t so easy to come by for the homeless. Nevertheless, Sugar’s mother has taught her to be grateful no matter what, so Sugar does her best. With the help of a rescue dog, Shush; a foster family; a supportive teacher; a love of poetry; and her own grace and good humor, Sugar comes to understand that while she can’t control the hand life deals her, she can control how she responds. 

Plot:

To be honest, I was pretty much bored this entire book. I kept waiting and waiting for something exciting to happen, but it never came. Everything was predictable, and nothing made me gasp or snort in surprise. Towards the end, I just started skimming. Goodness gracious I always do that on books that make me the least bit bored. It’s such a terrible habit. Anyways, going into this book, I was expecting it to be extremely sad, given it was marked “tear-jerker of the month”. Besides the fact that she moved homes a lot and her mom fell ill, it wasn’t really sad at all. In fact, I was pretty much sighing at the LACK of feels. Also, the writing style is very simple, and is way to young for middle graders or young adults. 

Characters:

I can’t really deny that I’ve taken a liking to some of these characters. First of all, I loved seeing Sugar’s relationship with her teacher, Mr. B. It was fascinating how she opened up and spilled her heart to him, including her amazing poetry. Also, I’m a sucker for dogs. Shush, her pup, was beyond adorable. However, I though that Shush would have a bigger role in the book. From what I picked up, Shish didn’t have a huge contribution to the plot. Anyways, i didn’t dislike Sugar, but she wasn’t my favorite. She obviously didn’t have much depth to her, so I obviously couldn’t properly connect with her. 

Overall & Recommendations:

Even though it was immensely boring, I still enjoyed the homeless aspects to it. I also really liked some of the characters. I think this cute, fluffy story is perfect for elementary readers. 

Memorable Quotes:

“Almost.

It’s a big word for me.

I feel it everywhere.

Almost home.

Almost happy.

Almost changed.

Almost, but not quite.

Not yet.

Soon, maybe.

I’m hoping hard for that.” 


“You know what it’s like to move from being happy to being not? It’s like swinging as high as you can and someone stops you as you come back down.” 


“‘Everyone alive has good parts and bad parts to them. Some people work hard to develop the good parts, and others work hard on the bad. I think we can respect a person’s potential—what they could be—but we don’t have to like it if they’re acting the wrong way. So you know what I mean?’

‘Like they’ve got good things inside they don’t know how to get at?’

‘That’s right—they’re in a locked drawer.’

‘And they can’t find a key.'”


“You’re going to fall down in this life—everybody dies. But you be the kind of person who doesn’t stay down for long. Get back on your feet and keep going no matter what.”


“It’s not fair, but sometimes a kid has to act older than their age. You just pray hard to know what to do.”


Weekly Cover Contest-#2

#covercontest

Heyo! I’m here with my second cover Contest. Since I also posted this on my books Amino account, I got a lot of results. The winner of last weeks was Starlight by Melissa Landers. Therefore, that will be one of the contestants for this week. Alright, let’s get on with the choices. 

Starlight by Melissa Landers


The Fire Within by Chris D’Lacey


Replica by Lauren Oliver


The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan


A Frozen Heart by Elizabeth Rudnick


So, that’s all the options for today. Please comment below for your votes.

Fandom Mashups- 11/27/16

This is yet another one of my newly joined weekly memes. So this is called Fandom Mashups, created by Lunar Rainbows. Every week, she choses a theme and you will chose 5 different fictional characters from 5 different fandoms that would be the best to accompany you on the adventures that the theme provides. This week, the theme is: “In your frequent time travels – you know, the usual – you’ve miscalculated and ended up in prehistoric times. Who do you think would be best suited to help you adapt and survive?”

#1- Gale Hawthorn from The Hunger Games

I LOVE GIAL. But I also love Peeta. But that’s not why I chose him. He’s very skilled with hunting and surviving with the are minimum. I really wish I could chose Peeta too, but Gail is way more practical.


#2- Hermione Granger from Harry Potter

Obviously, she wouldn’t be skilled with nature, but she’s so smart she’ll have read about every medical remedy and whether something’s edible or not. Plus she would be a GREAT friend. And she’s a FREAKIN WIZARD! She can use any kind of magic she wants. So basically we could have unlimited supplies.


#3- Aspen Leger from The Selection

He’s a skilled fighter, and he’s lived life with barely anything. He doesn’t have much to bring to the table, but I do love Aspen.


#4- Annabeth Chase from Percy Jackson

Do I even need to explain? She’s very wise, and can make plans in the face of danger. AND SHES FRAEAKIN DEMIGOD


#5- Bishop from Alive by Scott Sigler

Bishop is so resourceful and strong… in Alight (the 2nd book) they’re surviving on a new planet with next to nothing, and Bishop knows how to fight, hunt, kill, kiss…. etc

So that’s all I have for today! Thanks so much for reading! I would LOVE for you to comment and tell me who you would chose.

What Light review

My rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Page count:256

Summary From Goodreads:

Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. 

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.

By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.

Plot:

Boy, do I love this book! But I can see why it has a relatively low rating. It’s predictable, cheesy, cliche. But sometimes that’s just what I need. While reading it, it wasn’t screaming “IM PREDICTABLE!” I only realized it was when I finished it. Since this is a character driven book, I can’t say much about the plot, except for how much I loved it! It was obviously good enough for me to stay up till 1 at night just so Could finish the dang book. 

Characters:

EEEEE! I LOVE CALEB! He’s so adorbs. Might I dare mention his dimples? Holy cow. Who does that remind you of? SAM CLAFLIN! I hope this is made into a movie just so Sam can play Caleb. Anyways, I really liked Sierra. I didn’t love her, but I really liked her. She seemed like she was always want to fix things, but she always had good intentions. Even whe she said all the wrong things, Caleb always pushed them aside, and loved her all the same. 

Overall & Recommendations:

I really loved this book. It really put me in the middle for a good Hallmark romance. Which I watch year round anyway. And did I mention how short of a read it was. 250 pages! It always makes my life (and my Goodreads challenge) easier when I come across short books. Also, THAT COVER THO. Perfect for teen girls who want a fun, quick romance around the holidays. 

Quoted I Loved:

“Sierra, it’s Christmastime. Put a stupid mistletoe over his head and kiss him already!”

“It’s your heart. No one else gets a say in that.”

“I don’t know how to fully enjoy any of these moments without wondering if it’s the last.” 

“People think what they want. That’s what I’ve had to accept,” he says. “I can fight it, but that’s exhausting. I can feel hurt about it, but that’s torture. Or I can decide it’s their loss.”


Oy Yew review

*Disclaimer- I reviewed a free physical copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion at all. 

My rating⭐️⭐️⭐️.5Page count:278

3.5

Summary From Goodreads:

‘Lay low and grow’ is the motto of the waifs of Duldred Hall. The only way to escape their life of drudgery is to reach the magical height of 5 thighs 10 oggits, yet Master Jeopardine is determined to feed them little and keep them small. When the Master’s methods grow more sinister the waifs must face their doubts. What is kept in the Bone Room? Why is Rook’s Parlour locked? A new waif arrives and the fight for survival begins. But this child brings another mystery. Who is Oy?

Plot:

Going into this book, I really didn’t know what this book was about. But as soon as I started it, I was sucked in. Even thought at a lot of parts, it was quite boring, the world still fascinated me. As I kept reading, nothing “new” was introduced until the ending. It was same schedule most of the days. However, towards the very end, it talked about some more stuff that added to world-building. Those little pieces of information really got me excited for the next book, and made me bump it up to 3.5. Us readers are just craved for more interesting worlds. 

Characters:

You know, the weirdest thing was that I could never actually visualize any of the waifs. I’m not sure if I missed a description, or there never was one. I know that it gives a magical measurement for their height, but not a height that I can actually see in my head. Anyways, I found that the characters didn’t hold much depth. Honestly, if they didn’t have names, you could almost mash them together and think they were the same character. But that’s just my opinion. 

Overall & Recommendations:

Overall, this was a fun, quick read. I’m excited to see what Ana Salote brings to the table in the sequel. I’d say this was a middle grade book, except for the few cuss words. I’d recommend to 10+.

Explore My Shelves

I saw this weekly meme on Doodles and Scraps’ blog, and i thought it would be super fun to do. So expect this every Saturday. 

Every week, Doodles and Scraps’ creates a  theme for which you will look for books on your bookshelves that match that theme. This weeks theme is “A surprising book (plot twist, surprisingly good or bad, whatever!)”. 

Find the original post here https://victoriajaynesbooks.wordpress.com/exploring-my-bookshelves/. 


•Note- this pic is from last week, and I have gotten like 10 more books and counting since then. 

I recently reorganized my shelves, and I’m rather proud🤗

Back to the theme (A surprising book), and know hands down what I will choose. Searching For Sky by Jillian Cantor. It was such a sad and beautiful book. I cried so hard, but I loved it to pieces. When I first started reading it, it was mainly because I just wanted to bump a short book off my TBR. But it surprised me in the best way possible. Read my full review here:https://katesbookishlibrary.wordpress.com/2016/10/23/searching-for-sky-review/

Here’s a blurb of the book:

Sky and River have always lived on Island, the only world they’ve ever known. Until the day River spots a boat. Across Ocean, in a place called California, Sky is separated from River and forced to live with a grandmother she’s just met. Here the rules for survival are different. People rely on strange things like cars and cell phones. They keep secrets from one another. And without River, nothing makes sense. Sky yearns for her old life where she was strong and capable, not lost and confused. She must find River so they can return to Island, but the truth behind how they ended up there in the first place will come as the biggest shock of all.


The Friday 56

#friday56

Hi guys! So, I saw this weekly meme (created by Frieda’s Voice), and it looked super fun! Basically you pull a random book off of your shelf, and turn to page 56 and quote a sentence(s) that sticks out to you. 

The book I picked is The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. There wasn’t any extraordinary quotes, but I just picked a random one. 

“This could all still be okay… And I had a feeling he’d have a lot harder time telling me he couldn’t if I was standing in front of him”

Yup, that’s it! Nothing special, but it was super fun. I really want to read this book, and I will hopefully get to it soon. 

Perfect Bookish Family

#bookishfamilyHi guys! So I’m not sure if this is original or not, but the idea just came to me. So basically what I’ll do is I’ll construct a family out of individual characters from books. Let’s have some fun!

MOTHER

Hands down, Molly Weasley. She is my perfect bookish mom. She’s such an amazing mom, and the limits she would go to protect her children (good riddance Bellatrix!)


FATHER

Hmmm… I would say Sirius Black. He’s such an inspirational character, and I would love to have him as a father. Either that or Mr. Weasley.


GRANDMOTHER

I couldn’t really think of much from any books, but I would say Marlee Tames Woodwork from The Selection. She’s so perky and happy, and she would be the kind of grandma who would Premake cookies for you😋


GRANDFATHER

Probably Arthur Weasley. He would be such a fun grandad😅


BROTHER

Definitely Gale Hawthorn from the Hunger Games. He was so protective towards prim and Katniss, and I adore him to death. He would be an AMAZING brother😍


SISTER

That would either be America Singer or Katniss Everdeen. I’m gonna go ahead and go with Katniss. Her love for Prim is so amazing, and she’s a great role model.


HUSBAND

My #1 book boyfriend right now is Peeta Mellark. It was Percy Jackson, until I recently read the Hunger Games. PEETA IS BAE😍


DAUGHTER

I think it would be awesome to have Annabeth Chase as a daughter. Right now we’re the same age, but hey this is a fictional post😂


SON

Going along with the post above, Percy. I know I’m like in love with him, but he can still be my fictional son for this post, right?!😅


That’s all for this post! Thanks for reading, and I would love for you to do it too. I have a tag up there👆so tag your post and I can’t wait to see it!