Tackle Your TBR Reading-A-Thon

Recently, I decided to take a peek at my to-reads list.

Yikes.

There are officially ninety-nine books on my to-reads list. Excluding the books that aren’t out yet or will be out soon. (That would make it closer to one hundred twenty or so. Maybe more.)

Some are classics like Orson Scott Card’s ‘Ender’s Game’, but others are like Alexandra Bracken’s ‘Darkest Minds’. For me, I haven’t gotten much time to read. Sadly. I wish I did, though. I  truly do. School, though, is in my way.

But.

 

TACKLE

 

 

I hopefully can find time to do this read-a-thon. (I feel like I should participate in the reading community more. If you find anything for me to do like read-a-thons or giveaways  I might like, just comment. Or Tweet me. Or email me.)

Here’s the link: http://www.wishfulendings.com/2014/08/gearing-up-for-tackle-your-tbr-read.html

It starts on the eighth of September and ends on the twentieth. (9/8-9/20)

I hope you guys can participate too!

 

 

Here is the list of books I’ll try to read (They are almost all the books I put down on my September to-reads list):

Annaandthefrenchkiss

‘Anna and the French Kiss’ by Stephanie Perkins

 

 

since

‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ by Morgan Matson

 

song

‘This Song Will Save Your Life’ by Leila Sales

 

finn

‘Finnikin of the Rock’ by Melina Marchetta

 

froi

‘Froi of the Exiles’ by Melina Marchetta

 

quin

‘Quintana of Charyn’ by Melina Marchetta

 

unitedwespy

‘United We Spy’ by Ally Carter

 

heir

‘Heir of Fire’ by Sarah J Maas

 

rule

‘Rule of Thoughts’ by James Dashner

 

Yes. I know that the Leila Sales book isn’t on my to-reads. I only recently found out my local library had it. (Recently meaning within the time I spent looking for the books before I posted my September to-reads post.) Also, I might read books that I will add to this read-a-thon that I didn’t put up before. For example, I finished ‘Lola’ and ‘Isla’ before the challenge even started. I add on books as I read. I get some books in the mail from my library on days I didn’t expect them. This list will constantly change. Sadly…

 

I might do something special. Maybe not daily posts but maybe I’ll do a little off-the-books contest. Perhaps, you guys can participate. I’ll post it on my Instagram (@intothewrittenword) and on my Twitter (@TheReadingBird) if I choose to do so. It’ll be something simple with maybe a story written by me or a review request. It depends. I can’t send out bookmarks or anything. I could, perhaps, edit something or make a post complimenting you on Twitter or Instagram. As I said, I don’t know yet. It all depends.

 

Here are some rules I copied and pasted:

The Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon begins Monday, September 8th and ends Saturday, September 20th. You do not have to be a blogger to sign up. Just use your Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, or Tumblr instead (the place you’re going to post updates on). You just need to be able to leave a link. For signing up, you should create a sign-up post and use that as your link (the URL feild) you’ll use in the linky below.

 

I hope I see other people participating in this. It’ll be fun. Trust me. I need to go through my to-reads, and this is exactly how I need to do it. (It would be better over a break, though. I’ll be in school during this week, and I’ll have a hard time reading. I’ll read during lunch and in my free time and on my bus ride to and from school.)

 

And there are giveaways, guys. That’s exciting too. (Oh. I feel like such a teen girl now. I apologize.)

September To-Reads

For me, I won’t make this long list of to-reads. I won’t get time to read them all, but I do think I have time to read some.

Here they are (as well as reasons for me wanting to read them):

‘Anna and the French Kiss’ by Stephanie Perkins

Why? The buzz. It’s killing me. Honestly, I’m only reading this to know the hype.

 

‘Lola and the Boy Next Door’ by Stephanie Perkins

Why? Again. Buzz buzz buzz.

 

‘Isla and the Happily Ever After’ by Stephanie Perkins

Why? Do I have to even repeat myself?

 

‘Finnikin of the Rock’ by Melina Marchetta

Why? This seems interesting enough. I thought, ‘Why not?’ when I saw the description.

 

‘Froi of the Exiles’ by Melina Marchetta

Why? When I start a series, I intend to finish it.

 

‘Quintana of the Charyn’ by Melina Marchetta

Why? Again. Same reason as ‘Froi.’

 

‘Heir of Fire’ by Sarah J Maas

Why? I don’t particularly like this series, but this cover looks amazing. And the hype is rising for this book. It’s no ‘The Hunger Games’ but enough people have  noticed it. I feel like I just need to read it to finish the series.

 

‘Infinite Sea’ by Rick Yancey

Why? Well! I actually like this book. I can’t wait to know what happens next. To Ben. To Cassie. To everyone. I hope Evan didn’t die. I know it’s a stupid notion, but I hoped, somehow, he survived. Why? I truly do like Cassie and him together. It’s cute.

 

‘Day 21’ by Kass Morgan

Why? The series has compelled me to keep going. Sure, the last book was a cliffhanger, and I want to know more, but I want to know how accurate the show is compared to the series. After all, the series isn’t even done, and the show is past season one.

 

‘Fellowship of the Ring’ by JRR Tolkien

Why? I haven’t actually read this series, but I’ve seen the movies. I want to know what happens. I truly do. I want to read it and see the written language. It is quite interesting for me to have read ‘The Lord of the Flies’ a few years back but not this one. Huh.

 

‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ by Morgan Matson

Why? I think most books don’t put enough emphasis on friendship. This book seems to be an exception. I do want to read it. Not necessarily for hype.

 

I know that eleven books is a stretch. I probably won’t finish all of them unless they are short, two hundred pages long books. I know that most of them are around…three to four hundred pages. I’m not sure about most of them, though. It’s interesting for me. It’s a challenge. I’ll update you when September ends on how many I’ve read. (Of course, this is no dent in my 100+ to-reads list. I hope to read two books a day when Christmas break comes, but that’s far off. For now, I’ll stick to one hundred pages a day.)

Update: August To-Reads

Back in the earlier days of August, I made a list of books I wanted to read. I thought that I might as well state which ones I’ve gotten done as well as write out my September To-Reads.

These are the  books I have read during August 2014.

Twenty-four in total. (I would have read more if I hadn’t been interrupted by a technology class in the beginning of August.) I am, though, quite proud of that number. If I can finish a book a week, that makes me happy too. (My goal is one hundred pages a day, but that sometimes is interrupted by studies and exercise.)

‘Say What You Will’ by Cammie McGovern

8/10 (https://intothewrittenword.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/say-what-you-will-review/)

 

‘The Shadow Throne’ by Jennifer A Nielsen

5/10 (https://intothewrittenword.wordpress.com/2014/08/30/the-shadow-throne-review/)

 

‘The Unbound’ by Victoria Schwab

8.5/10 (http://intothewrittenword.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/the-unbound-review/)

 

‘The Archived’ by Victoria Schwab

8/10 (https://intothewrittenword.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/the-archived-review/)

 

‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ by Jay Asher

6/10 (https://intothewrittenword.wordpress.com/2014/08/22/thirteen-reasons-why-review/)

 

‘Doomed’ by Tracy Deebs

5/10 (https://intothewrittenword.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/doomed-review/)

 

‘The Break-Up Artist’ by Philip Siegel

6/10 (https://intothewrittenword.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/the-break-up-artist-review/)

 

‘A Matter of Days’ by Amber Kizer

7/10 (https://intothewrittenword.wordpress.com/2014/08/15/a-matter-of-days-review/)

 

‘Voyage of the Dawn Treader’ by CS Lewis

6/10 (https://intothewrittenword.wordpress.com/2014/08/14/voyage-of-the-dawn-treader-review/)

 

‘Prince Caspian’ by CS Lewis

5/10 (https://intothewrittenword.wordpress.com/2014/08/13/prince-caspian-review/)

 

‘Just One Day’ by Gayle Forman

7/10 (https://intothewrittenword.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/just-one-day-review/)

 

‘The Dream Thieves’ by Maggie Stiefvater

8/10 (https://intothewrittenword.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/the-dream-thieves-review/)

 

‘The Raven Boys’ by Maggie Stiefvater

8/10 (https://intothewrittenword.wordpress.com/2014/08/10/the-raven-boys-review/)

 

‘The Fallout’ by SA Bodeen

7/10 (https://intothewrittenword.wordpress.com/2014/08/08/the-fallout-review/)

 

‘Tumble & Fall’ by Alexandra Coutts

7/10 (https://intothewrittenword.wordpress.com/2014/08/07/tumble-fall-review/)

 

‘Magic Under Stone’ by Jaclyn Dolamore

8/10 (https://intothewrittenword.wordpress.com/2014/08/07/magic-under-stone/)

 

‘Magic Under Glass’ by Jaclyn Dolamore

8/10 (https://intothewrittenword.wordpress.com/2014/08/05/magic-under-glass-review/)

 

‘A Monster Calls’ by Patrick Ness

9/10 (https://intothewrittenword.wordpress.com/2014/08/05/a-monster-calls-review/)

 

‘Ash’ by Malinda Lo

6/10 (https://intothewrittenword.wordpress.com/2014/08/04/ash-review/)

 

‘Eve and Adam’ by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

5/10 (https://intothewrittenword.wordpress.com/2014/08/03/eve-and-adam/)

 

‘The One’ by Kiera Cass

6/10 (https://intothewrittenword.wordpress.com/2014/08/03/the-one-review/)

 

‘The Runaway King’ by Jennifer A Nielsen

5/10 (https://intothewrittenword.wordpress.com/2014/08/03/the-one-review/)

 

‘Bitterblue’ by Kristin Cashore

9/10 (https://intothewrittenword.wordpress.com/2014/08/02/bitterblue-review/)

 

‘Fire’ by Kristin Cashore

6/10 (https://intothewrittenword.wordpress.com/2014/08/02/bitterblue-review/)

 

As you can see, I didn’t read too many books that I really enjoyed. And I’m not too rude to put down anything less than a 4/10. I felt bad putting down 5/10s. But it seemed true. I didn’t truly feel the rush when I read them.

I hope you enjoy my little recap of August. (Seems like it’s been longer than a month or so since I started doing book reviews, but it’s only been a month or so! Isn’t that exciting? I hope I get at least 50 followers/readers by ‘Blood of Olympus’. That is around two months or so away.

‘Say What You Will’ Review

Title: Say What You Will

Author: Cammie McGovern

Genre: Romance, Realistic, YA fiction

 

Premise:  This is a book about Amy a girl with cerebral palsy. (I think. They never made that really…definite.) And a boy named Matthew with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Not just the personality disorder OCD. He has the yearning to clean and be cleaned because he’s afraid he’ll hurt someone. (I’ll explain the difference in a later section. I like clinical psychology, so I know enough about OCD.) Their story starts with Matthew being asked by Amy to be her aide for her last year of high school. He, surprisingly, accepts. From there, they form an unbreakable bond. Friendship and love.

 

Plot: The plot isn’t bad. The beginning was annoying to say the least, but, after that, it picks up.

The chats and the emails aren’t my favorite. There are better ways to do those. Of course, I don’t like books that have chats or emails unless it’s based off an online idea. This isn’t an only idea. Sure, the emails helped see Amy’s point of view when she was at college, but I felt like they were pointless otherwise.

The plot is mostly friendship at first. Amy getting used to Matthew and likewise. After they realize they can be good friends, they dive into that idea. They experience a few bumps in the road. Matthew is forced into therapy with Amy by Amy. He has to go through tasks that set off panic attacks and make him want to clean. He ends up finally going to a therapist Beth. Amy, though, goes through the process of falling in love. With Matthew. Time passes. And prom arrives. At prom, Matthew and Amy go together. They have a tedious car ride with Matthew as the driver. They get there, and Matthew has to wash his hands. Over and over and over. Amy is left alone, but that doesn’t matter since her walker is full of booze. People keep coming around and getting booze from her. Sarah who is Sanjay’s date cries and is comforted by Matthew. They end up going home together. And Amy is left to go home with Sanjay who ends up having sex with her. Time passes, and Matthew and Amy separate after a terrible fight/day on the day before Amy has to leave for Stanford. She ends up hating the place while Matthew ‘thrives’ at his job. Amy comes home after she discovers she’s pregnant, and the two finally reconcile. But. The pregnancy looms over them with Amy finally giving birth to a tiny, three-pound baby named Taylor. And Taylor is sent away for adoption. Amy decides to go back to school, and she does so, tearing Matthew to pieces and leaving him behind. She, by she I mean Amy, ends up being a play writer. The two come back together and meet at Amy’s first play.

And we are left with a cliffhanger at what they do come the summer. I hope they end up together. It’s one of those rare times where I wish the couple end up together. Not because of chemistry. It’s because of how they seem to compliment each other.

 

Character Development: I do think there could have been more Sarah, Sanjay, and Chloe. I understand that they are supporting characters, but they all played very small parts. Except when Amy leaves Stanford.

Amy. Amy is one of those characters you want to smile and tell them that they’re strong. They’re the characters you admire for their strength and determination to survive. She is a spunky character who is smart. She has cerebral palsy, but she doesn’t let that stop her. She wants to be normal, and, I think, wanting to be normal makes you, in a way, normal. Of course, her feelings for Matthew irk me. I am not one of those romance readers who gush over couples. I’m an action one, but there are many romance stand-alones and not many action or dystopian stand-alones.

Matthew. This character, I feel, is one of the best characters in this book. I feel like the fact that he has OCD makes him real. I can almost hear his demons whispering in his ear. I was shocked, to say the least, about him being someone with a psychological disorder. I didn’t expect it. Yet…it wasn’t a bad surprise. I don’t exactly mind when books introduce things like suicide or psychological disorders. Society doesn’t know enough about those things. I don’t entirely like his character, but I appreciate Cammie McGovern making OCD part of him. And I’m proud that he ends up going to therapy. I know he’ll get better. Especially with Amy’s help.

 

Now, here is the difference between obsessive-compulsive disorder and OCD in the personality disorder context. In the personality disorder complex, the disorder is going having the impulse to clean and organize. The non-personality disorder one is where you just have impulses to do certain things. Matthew’s would be locker tapping and washing his hands. Not touching money. Cleaning. He has both of them really.

 

Problems: To me, there weren’t many problems. There is a problem with the sex. I’m not one of those people who like books where the romance ends up with sex. Even if it isn’t between the couple, I still hate it. Sex and romance don’t go hand in hand.

Another problem? I didn’t feel as if the beginning was that catching. If I wasn’t someone who read all the books she marked to-read all the way through, I might have dropped it. I felt as if the emails were boring.

And I dislike how it jumped back in time and gave you a recap. Those are good when you have a television show, but they aren’t as good with books. I rather jump into the action or jump into the narrator’s thoughts. I used to write in the latter. I try not to do that as much, though.

 

Good points: I feel like I’m in the minority for this book. I do think this book is pretty good. Why? Here are my reasons.

The real problems for one. The cerebral palsy and the OCD. I felt like Matthew’s OCD is actually more real in this book than in other books. Sometimes, adding in real problems doesn’t work. In this book, it does.

Another good thing? Matthew and Amy were friends first. I feel like books just jump into romance. It usually isn’t friendship first. Or enemies first. I feel like friendship and family are left out of realistic books unless those are the main concepts. I do think dystopian books get more family. (‘The 5th Wave’ and ‘Angelfall’ for example.) If you ask me, I look for friendship and action. And maybe romance. Romance isn’t usually something I actively look for. Nor is sex. I don’t really like reading those things. It makes me uncomfortable, as someone who doesn’t believe in love.

This book, though, introduces it slowly. Which is good really.

 

You know, this is one of those books where I find a song that fits it perfectly. The song is ‘Say Something’. I can’t remember who sang it exactly, but I remember the chorus. Or enough of it. Below is what I can remember at the moment.

‘Say something, I’m giving up on you.’

Yeah. That song. It fits this book quite perfectly. It’s irony since Amy can’t talk. It’s quite interesting, but the two do give up on each other when Amy goes off to college. They try to connect but fail in the end.

 

Score: 8/10

Recommended: If you like romance and contemporary. If you like contemporary with more real life problems. (Contemporary and realistic are the same thing to me. I apologize if there is a difference.)

 

Interview With…-drum roll- MARISSA MEYER

Marissa Meyer is the author of ‘Cinder’.
She is part of Fierce Reads. Her books are part of Macmillan Publishing. She, so far, has published ‘Cinder’, ‘Scarlet’, and, recently, ‘Cress’. They are all science fiction, dystopian spins on the classic fairy tales Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel.
I hope you enjoy the interview with Marissa Meyer.
As a child, did you want to be a writer?

I did – being a professional writer is a dream come true for me. I always had an overactive imagination growing up, and I loved to read and immerse myself in books, and I always wanted to go on dreaming about the stories and characters even after the book was over. As soon as I realized that writing stories was a job that people could do, I knew that was the job for me. Now it’s so amazing to me to hear from readers who have a strong connection to my books, like I did to the books I loved as a kid. It never stops being surreal!

How many books do you intend to write for this series?

The Lunar Chronicles will consist of five books when it’s finished – the main story will incluce CINDER (Cinderella), SCARLET (Little Red Riding Hood), CRESS (Rapunzel), AND WINTER (Snow White). Plus I have a prequel coming out next January that is focused entirely on evil queen Levana. I hope readers will enjoy them all!

Do you intend to branch out to other genres once ‘The Lunar Chronicles’ is finished?

Right now I plan on staying in the young adult field for quite a while. I love writing for teens, and all of my best ideas seem to fit with this age group. But within YA, I have ideas for all sorts of genres! The Lunar Chronicles are science-fiction, but my next novel, HEARTLESS, will be fantasy, and after that I want to write an action adventure series. I also have ideas for contemporary romances, historicals, gothic horror, and more! I’ll have to see where inspiration takes me, and hope that readers will come along for the ride.

Do you like book tours?

There are pros and cons to going on book tour. On one hand, I LOVE meeting readers! There’s nothing like that face-to-face interaction to know that my book is really finding its readership out in the real world, and the fans can be so passionate and enthusiastic. There’s nothing else like it. On the other hand, touring can be exhausting (it’s a lot of early mornings and long flights!), and it takes you away from writing, which for must of us, is what we really want to be doing. I wouldn’t want to stop touring, but it’s important to find a balance.

What do you do in your free time? I know this is a bit personal question, but it will be interesting to know. Writers have lives outside of writing. Maybe. Possibly.

LOL – we *sort of* have lives outside of writing! I’m a huge reader – I would rather be immersed in a book than do just about anything else! But beyond that, my husband and I are always up for an adventure. We go on a lot of roadtrips and we’re always up to something. (This week alone we went to two concerts, plus a whale watching cruise in the San Juan Islands.)  We also go to a lot of antique stores, estate sales, and baseball games.

 

Here is her Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4684322.Marissa_Meyer?from_search=true

And her website: http://www.marissameyer.com/

 

‘The Shadow Throne’ Review

Title: The Shadow Throne

Author: Jennifer A Nielsen

Genre: Fantasy, YA Fiction, Romance

 

Premise: The premise picks up after the second book. This book is focused on the war between Avenia and Carthya. And Imogen is missing. And Jaron is determined to find her. Jaron jumps into idiotic rescue missions to save his friends, and his romantic interest Imogen.

 

Plot: The plot is interesting. To an extent. It is a bit…oddly paced. I feel like we’re left out of too much. Jaron is like Nate from ‘Leverage’. His plans are never explained. Which I hate since there are way too much ‘I planned that’. It felt as if the author was winging it and making Jaron, this young teen guy, this genius. I’m not saying there aren’t teen geniuses, but this guy doesn’t seem to have enough education to really figure out all these possibilities. But. I’ll go into details in the character development section.

To me, the plot is a bit dull. It just seems to skim over things. The book seems too short for me. The plot was slower than I cared for. Sure, it was interesting to bring up the pirates, but this book didn’t really need to be more than the first book. I didn’t care for the series.

And we have the romance. It seems realistic enough. Enough. I just feel like almost all books include romance when it shouldn’t be there. The romance just didn’t work for me. The emotions behind Imogen’s ‘death’ is interesting, but I don’t particularly like it. I felt as if the story should have been more battle strategies.

 

Character Development: I can’t pinpoint who to write about other than Jaron, so I’ll write only about him. Yes, there is Mott and Roden and Tobias, but I felt as if no one really played a bigger part than Jaron. And no one else came close.

Jaron. Jaron is an unbelievable character. Why do I say that? I can’t believe how smart he is. He plans ahead. Not many people can plan that far ahead. As I said, I think that the author kept making random plot twists and fixing Jaron to him. And don’t forget the romance. The romance between him and Imogen? I don’t see it. Where is it coming from? Honestly! Jaron, I understand your emotional pain. It hurts when people you love just die. Or disappear. But. I didn’t feel as if Jaron was a realistic character. He had the emotions, but there didn’t seem to be the depth. I felt as if the author just doesn’t write a good character. Jaron isn’t a character I particularly like. He seems impossible. And he’s only like…fourteen. That keeps throwing me off. Why don’t they stick a regent on the throne? He isn’t old enough to accept the duties of a king. Not until he’s eighteen at least.

 

Problems: There are just too many problems. The characters aren’t that amazing. I didn’t feel for them. I didn’t feel as if they were real. The romance was too sudden. The last chapter of this book was just plain terrible. It didn’t work. Just speeding up time? That isn’t how you end a book. I felt as if it was some mixed-up fairy tale. The story ended with happily ever after. I don’t like how the plot is. It feels…fast paced at times and too slow at other times. The plot jumps over important points. The author gives vague descriptions sometimes.

The war didn’t seem like war. It was more like some malfunctioning dance. War isn’t just throwing plans around. It isn’t just about spies. It’s about action and battles. It’s gore and blood. I felt like this war wasn’t good enough. It was just boring and simple. War is interesting. War isn’t always the best thing in the world. War isn’t even a good thing.

This series wasn’t something I enjoyed overall. I prefer more action. Less romance. This book just didn’t reach my expectations. My expectations were low to begin with.

 

Good points: There aren’t many good points, honestly. I felt like this book could have been better. The book really didn’t meet my expectations. Not that I wanted to read a third book for this series. I don’t think there are any good points. The war could have been better.

I don’t have any good points. I’m only giving it a 5/10 to be nice.

 

Score: 5/10

Recommended: If you like more romance than action. If you don’t mind a mildly boring story.

 

Books Turned Movies

This is a big argument going on now on social media. ‘If I Stay’ has been officially released in movie theaters, and ‘The Giver’ is out  as well. The world is waiting eagerly for ‘The Maze Runner’.

But.

The question is…should books be turned into movies? For me, the answer is…drum roll please…no.

You’re probably sitting there in shock, but I do have reasons.

For me, I don’t like sitting in a movie theater. You’re just sitting on your butt. Your butt might go numb. You might get uncomfortable. You might get hungry.

And movies seem to always get me in the mood for high caloric foods. I don’t particularly enjoy munching on a ten serving, one hundred calories per serving bucket of popcorn. Now. Don’t think that I always think that way. I have my little indulgences. I do eat things that are non-low calories. It’s just…more often you’ll see me ogle at the serving size and calorie count.

Do I like the movies? Not really. I prefer to watch things on my computer. I just don’t like the movies. What if the apocalypse happens? What would you do then?

It’s an interesting question, isn’t it?

 

Do I like the books made into movies? Sometimes. I’m not a fan of ‘The Giver’ or ‘The Fault in Our Stars’, but I still watched it. They weren’t bad. They looked cool. I cried in ‘TFIOS’. I loved the gray-turned-color of ‘The Giver’. There are parts of movies that I love.

But.

I prefer books. You can touch books. You can feel them. I see things in words in my mind’s eyes. Mostly. I see the word cat not a cat when someone says cat. I’m just one of those people. I don’t see a picture in my mind when I read. I see words. I feel the emotion.

But I don’t see a picture.

Why do I hate books turned movies? Why do I not like them? They normally mess things up. And I hate that. I truly do.