CAN I GET SOME MORE? | Prequel Edition

It has become apparent to me since I moved and only brought a sparse amount of books with me, that most of my books NEED prequels.  Of course I want sequels for some of them also but I find that sometimes getting some back story that is explained more thoroughly is much better than having a plot that is drawn out through two books.  So here are three books that I think the authors should write prequels for.

1. Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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This book has been on my Top 5 Must Reads list ever since I read it a couple of months ago.  While the plot is mildly confusing when you first pick it up, there are so many cogs and pieces that bring this story to be the masterpiece that it becomes.  A couple of times throughout the story it is mentioned that Hector and the Man in Grey have had a competition like the one is this story in the past.  We also meet one of the people involved in a previous competition when we start meeting the performers for the circus.  I have been craving more from this author, even though it appears that this was her one and only book.  I think it would be perfect to do another book revolving around either more information on the Man in Grey and Hector (seriously how did those two meet?!) or revolving around the competition that occurred before Celia and Marco came together.  I can’t be the only one waiting for another book from this amazing author!

2. Impossible by Nancy Werlin

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While we did get a sequel to this book (Yay more information on Fenella!) I personally think it would be interesting to hear the story of Lucy’s mother.  We see her briefly throughout this story but we only get a glimpse of the woman who has gone insane due to the curse on her family.  We don’t see her struggle, we don’t see her form a bond with the family that took in Lucy and we don’t see her slowly going insane.  We only see the end result.  It would be very interesting to see a different side of the story, one that didn’t end with a happily ever after.  I always like seeing books where you see a darker side of a character and things don’t always work out the way you think they should.  I think it would be interesting to see what kind of character Werlin would make Lucy’s mother out to be before she lost her sanity to the curse.

3. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

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Every HP fan always wants more of the wizard world in their life.  I will never be satisfied with only having 7 books in the series and will always want more sequels to watch the next generation enjoy.  But I have to admit I’m especially curious about what life was like at Hogwarts for James and Lily Potter.  What was life at Hogwarts like for Snape?  We got a brief glimpse into their lives as teens in one of the books, enough to know that James used to bully Snape, but I really want more.  Especially considering their lives may have been very different without the incredibly real threat of Voldemort.  It would be an interesting read and it would make my little Hufflepuff heart very happy.

While these are only my top three favorites, every time a read a book I’m always curious what the world was like for the older generations represented in the book.  What was life like for the grandfather in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children?  What was life like under the Mad King in the Game of Thrones world? So many questions and not enough books!  What prequels do you want to see?

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Updates: The Blog is Back!

Hi y’all!

It’s been a long while since I’ve been in the blogging sphere, partially because of all the moving and partially because I haven’t been reading enough between jobs and Etsy to make time for the blog.

But I’m back!  With a new schedule and a promise to never abandon you again, hopefully.  So here it is:

  • Twice a week will be new book related pieces.  This includes books I’m excited for, how to get out a pesky reading slumps, bookshelf organizations, the list could go on!
  • Once a week will be an adorable book DIY project.  These will be either paper projects, knit or crochet.  If it is knit or crochet, the finished product will be over on my Etsy shop for purchase for those of us who love looking at crafty things but can’t ever muster up the courage to get into it.
  • Last but certainly not least will be book reviews.  My goal is to post one of these every two weeks since I work in a bookstore and finding time to read really shouldn’t be as hard as I’m making it.

If you have DIYs that you want to see definitely let me know!  Feel free to leave any book recommendations in the comments to! See you guys tomorrow for an awesome bookish post!

BOOK REVIEW | Shatter Me

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Rating: 4/5 stars

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Summary from Barnes and Noble:

“You can’t touch me,” I whisper.

I’m lying, is what I don’t tell him.

He can touch me, is what I’ll never tell him.

But things happen when people touch me.

Strange things.

Bad things.

No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.

But Juliette has plans of her own.

After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever.

Review:

This is actually the second time I have read this book.  The first time I read it I don’t think I found anything especially memorable about the plot or the characters.  However this time around I found myself getting much more into the characters, the world and the plot throughout the book.

This book focuses on a girl named Juliette, who for whatever reason can kill people with her touch.  I found the idea of Juliette’s “powers” was an interesting component in this book.  Especially in a dystopian world where being around large amounts of other human beings can be rare.  The society is falling apart and many people have died, so to have someone who can kill another human accidentally just by touching them is intriguing and something that many people seek throughout the book.  The other portion of Juliette’s character that I found interesting was the distinct idea that while she felt helpless, when the situation called on it she was able to protect herself without relying too much on the people around her.  I enjoyed the idea that the author allowed Juliette to be confused and dazed but at the same time created a character that was willing and able to take care of herself and fight back when she needed to.

The other thing, in terms of characters, that I liked about this book was the fact that the romance between Adam and Juliette wasn’t center stage.  Granted it wasn’t particularly hidden in the plot but compared to some teen and YA novels where the romance takes center stage (Twilight I’m looking at you) this book created an environment where the actual problems were very apparent and a much more pressing concern than if Adam and Juliette would get together and live happily ever after.

I believe that the only main problem I had with this book was the fact that the ending just seemed to fall off for me.  After all of the build up from the second half of the book, the ending just seemed to plop into place rather than leave me on the edge of my seat or making me feel the need to run to the nearest bookstore and demand a copy of Unravel Me to help ease the burning desire to find out what happens next.  I wasn’t disappointed in the ending, I just wanted more.

Overall I have to say that I was extremely happy I re-read this book.  I’m not sure why I don’t remember much of reading it the first time around but this time it was definitely a worth while read.  While I won’t be rushing to the bookstore to pick up the next two books in the trilogy I will definitely be reading them and finishing the series sometime in the near future!

POPSUGAR CHALLENGE GROUP | 2015 Challenges

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Since it has been requested I have created a group on Goodreads for the PopSugar Challenge.  The group is open so anyone who wants to join is able to.  Feel free to add in friends that you have on Goodreads and introduce yourself on the “Welcome” thread so we can get to know each other.  I will be updating the threads tomorrow while I am at the airport so that each portion of the challenge has a thread so that people can discuss the books they are reading for each specific portion.  If there is anything else you would like me to add to this page please let me know and I would be happy to add it.

As with anything on the internet there is always the possibility that people may be unkind.  I have yet to experience this on Goodreads but please keep in mind that the group welcomes ALL people and is a place were we can discuss books and such in a safe environment.  I doubt that there will be any problems with that but I thought I would make the disclaimer when putting this group out there!  Hope to see all of you in the group and see what you have started reading for the challenge!

NEW YEAR NEW CHALLENGES | 2015 Book Resolutions!

2015 HAS OFFICIAL STARTED! And since it’s a new year it means that for this book reader there is a whole year of new challenges!  I will be participating in two year long reading challenges this year that I have already established for myself as well as one challenge on BookTube.  So let’s dive right in with what the challenges are!

The first challenge I am setting for myself is the Goodreads reading challenge for 2015.  This is a common challenge for most people who are on Goodreads.  The idea is to set a reading goal for yourself, whether it be 20 books or 100 books and then attempt to read that many books throughout the year.  This last year I set my goal at 50 and it was a bit high for me.  I think if I would have started at the beginning of the year with the goal I would have been find but I decided to set it a bit lower this year.  So for 2015 I set my goal at 30 books and I might update that if I end up hitting it before the year is over.

The second challenge is one that I found while searching Pinterest for some reading challenges for this year.  The one that I found originated on PopSugar and has a long list of different types of books to check off as your read things in 2015.  My idea for this is to supplement my Goodreads reading challenge with this one to get me to read more diverse books that I probably wouldn’t pick up otherwise.  I normally stick to a pretty predictable set of genres and I am making a goal for myself to branch out and explore more genres in 2015.

The last reading “challenge”  that I might be participating in on BookTube is the 2015 TBR Jar challenge which was created by Katytastic.  The video she created has all of the qualifications for books that you can submit to the TBR jar for the year.  Each month, one book on my TBR list will come from the TBR jar that I will be creating!  Hopefully next week I will have a post about making my jar and deciding which books to put in it! So keep an eye out for that 🙂

If you want to participate in any of these challenges let me know below and we can chat about them as the year goes along!  Happy 2015 everyone!

READ-A-THON TBR | Winter Re-Read-a-Thon

THE READ-A-THON IS UPON US!

There were a series of challenges to complete during this read-a-thon.  For me I’m going to be relying a lot on books that I have on my Kindle due to the fact that I am currently in the process of packing up all of my belongings before I make the move to Texas early in January.  Either way I will be hosting Twitter sprints tomorrow so be sure to check that out!  I will also have some fun challenges of my own and a giveaway for people to participate it.  So if reading your favorite books again wasn’t enough incentive NOW THERE IS ALSO A GIVEAWAY FOR YOU!  I will also hopefully be doing more giveaways in 2015 for you all to participate in so that’s cool!

Here is my TBR for this read-a-thon:

1. Re-read a stand alone book: This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

2. Re-read the first book you remember reading (that you own): A Horse Called Wonder by Joanna Campbell

3. Re-read a book by your favorite childhood author: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (or any of the Harry Potter books really)

4. Re-read at least 6 books: To fill out this portion of the challenge I will also be re-reading the First Comes Love trilogy by Katie Kacvinsky

What books will you be reading?  Link me to your TBR’s below and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the first Twitter Sprint tomorrow as well as the opening of the giveaway tomorrow! 😀

TRENDING TOPICS | Zoella and the Facts About Ghost Writing

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Background Information:

Zoella, a popular YouTuber who posts beauty and fashion videos as well as vlogs, recently released a book called Girl Online.  The book sold more than J.K. Rowling AND Dan Brown’s debut books did, coming in at a whopping 78,000 books sold in the first week it was released.  The book focuses on a girl named Penny who, like many YouTubers, has an alternate personality online where she talks about school, boys, drama, etc.  But then Penny meets Noah and everything gets interesting! (Side note:  I have not read this book).  Shortly after it’s release, Zoella admitted that she had a ghost writer, author Siobhan Curham, help her with the book.  It should be noted that Siobhan Curham, while not credited on the front of the book, is given acknowledgment in the “Acknowledgement” section at the end of the book.

“everyone at Penguin for helping me put together my first novel, especially Amy Alward and Siobhan Curham, who were with me every step of the way”.

Since releasing this information, Zoella (or Zoe Sugg), has received an insane amount of backlash for her decision to use a ghost writer on the book.

Facts About Ghost Writing:

While Zoe Sugg is definitely not the first or the last person to use a ghost writer, people seem to think that ghost writing isn’t as popular as it currently is.  So here are some facts about ghost writing!

  • When a ghost writer is hired an agreement is made that they will work WITH you to help start and complete the work.  After the work is finished a ghost writer usually signs over all copyrights to the work.
  • Ghost writers for books MIGHT be listed as co-authors or as an editor for the book but are more often than not listed in the acknowledgements page.
  • Authors such as V.C Andrews, H.P. Lovecraft and many others have used ghostwriters to help them finish or start some of their works.  Occasionally, as in the case of V.C. Andrews, the ghost writer continues writing under the authors name after the author has passed.

Many authors have used ghost writers before and as long as the ghost writer is credited for helping with the work in some way, whatever was agreed to, then everything is just fine.

What are your thoughts about the ghost writing situation with Girl Online? Sound off below!