Reflections of February

Gooodbyyyyeeee February! Come ooooon Spring!

I think I just need a new season. Time for Spring Cleaning inside my brain! Dang, I am just absent aren’t I. I hope I’m not giving any of you complexes. I have like 8,987,987 reviews I want to write and the back up is giving me anxiety! But I’m here now, and I am happy to say I’m officially out of my reading slump like FOR REAL. I’ve been reading up a storm this month and it’s been awesome. I’m quite proud of myself. I will say that I miss all of you very much and I am sorry I haven’t been active here, I’m not by any means planning on abandoning my blog, I’m just trying to find my writing voice again; I feel like I’ve been missing it lately and I don’t want to post things I’m not proud of. I’m sure you all get it! Or at least, I hope you do.

Books I Read:

Divergent by Veronica Roth – 5/5
Insurgent by Veronica Roth- 4/5
Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie – 4/5
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert – 2.5/5
The Museum of Extraordinary Things – 3.5/5
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell – 4/5

(Look, they’re not all 3-stars!! It’s a miracle!)

Currently Reading:

Progress: 59%

My cat has decided to lay on my stomach/keyboard so I am poke-typing this. Damn cute little orange kitty.

Okay he’s moved. I am reluctantly adoring Red Rising so far. What do I mean by reluctantly adoring? I’ll tell you. I’m pretty sure Pierce Brown pulled all of the best parts out of popular dystopian/sci-fi/fantasy novels and transplanted them into his own story. This irritates the hell out of me. But I am also doing chores I’ve been putting off just so I can continue listening to the audiobook longer because I need to know what’s going to happen next. Therefore, reluctantly adoring.

Favorite Book of the Month:

I read Eleanor & Park a few years ago and hated it. I then wanted nothing to do with Rainbow Rowell.. until I discovered she had written a few adult contemporaries. I picked Attachments up at the bookstore, read the first few pages… and could not put it down. This story is so sweet and fun and warm and cozy and exactly what I needed. Thank you, Rainbow, for bringing me out of my slump. MWAH.

Least Favorite Book of the Month:

AAAND then, we have Eat Pray Love. Which I didn’t like. EPL is formatted as 108 “chapters”- some are stories, some are musings, some are history lessons. A few of these chapters I found both memorable and thought-provoking and have folded pages just waiting for quotes to be chosen for a review. However, the vast majority was boring. I actually skim-read. I NEVER skim-read. I just kept thinking it would get better because hello, Julia Roberts was charming in the movie. But it really didn’t do it for me. I don’t have enough in common with Gilbert to sympathize with her journey, and I won’t be reading any more of her work in the future.


Alternately, my sister had a beautiful baby girl this month! If you follow me on Twitter you may have noticed this sweet little thing broke me out of my silence and I actually tweeted for once. I MEAN LOOK AT HER.

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I’ll write again soon. Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

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Tis’ the Season of Love: The OTP Book Tag

Hello lovelies!

Happy Valentine’s Day! I was tagged for The OTP Book Tag by the hilarious Carlisa @ Confessions of Carlisa and I thought it would be just perfect to post on this holiday of lovers.. or single people.. or love! What have you. My lovely boyfriend is working today, so I will be living vicariously through my books. Since I was introduced to book blogging, I have learned a bit about the secret language of serious readers. However, the term “OTP” has eluded me. Thankfully, Carlisa has rectified my ignorance. I am pleased to announce I now know that OTP means “one true pairing”! Ladies and gentlemen, I have crawled out from under my rock. Now then, let’s talk a bit about my favorite fictional characters make me feel like this:


An Unpopular OTP That You Ship

I seriously don’t think I ship any unpopular ships. My ships are pretty-much chillin’ in the main stream. However, I am very aware of the gigantic love-triangle controversy in Throne of Glass, and I guess this is as good a time as ever for me to weigh in on that? I’ve only read the first book, so this is a very tentative opinion. BUUUT thus far, I have to say I would root for Prince Dorian over Chaol. I actually strongly disliked Chaol in the first book, which is strange because he reminded me of Jon Snow whom I love.


An OTP That You Didn’t Ship At First But Now You Do

My emotions were all over the place when I read The Grisha Trilogy. In Shadow and Bone, I was all about The Darkling. In Siege and Storm, I began to second guess my conviction because I just adored Nikolai. In both of these books I was strongly anti-Mal. I could not stand the guy, or Alina’s annoying demeaning crush on him. In Ruin and Rising though, somehow, I ended up feeling like they needed each other. I DON’T KNOW. I’ve said it before: Bardugo is the master of emotions.


Your Most Hated OTP

Romeo and Juliet. ROMEO AND JULIET. I have hated Romeo and Juliet since I first read the play my freshman year in high school. Stupid little lusting teenagers trying to rebel against mommy and daddy who end up killing themselves?! OH MY GOD. No.

P.S. Is it just me, or does he look a heck of a lot like Zac Efron circa High School Musical?


An OTP That Took Waaaay Too Long To Get Together

I am really tempted to choose Cress and Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles, but who am I kidding, the slow burn was perfect.

Soooo I’m going to go with Maxon and America from The Selection. 90% of the plot of the first three books is  America going back and forth between Maxon and Aspen. GAHHH. She was so irritating. Let’s be honest, she just wanted to have her cake and eat it too. Never mind the feelings of the guys. Playa playa.


Your Favorite Non-Canon OTP

Danaerys and Jon Snow from  A Song of Ice and Fire. I mean, come on. A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE. The wall + dragons? Yes please. In my dreams, the series ends wrapped up in a nice little bow with Dany and Jon on the throne of Westeros. If only George were into happy endings….


Your Favorite BRO-TP

I’m going to take this literally and go with Fred and George. Every time I re-read the series I enjoy them more. These amazing twin pranksters are freaking hilarious, and J. K. is brilliant for writing them in for much-needed comic relief. Even when George loses an ear, he cracks a joke. What’s not to love?


An OTP You Adored in the Books But Not As Much in The Adaptation

Errrmmm this is kind of a stretch, because I only adore them in the first book. But still, I’m going with Tris and Tobias in Divergent. You can all call me crazy, but the guy who plays Four is all wrong. He’s nothing like how I pictured him. And I think Shailene Woodley did a really good job at capturing the spirit of Tris, but it really irritates me when an author emphasizes an aspect of a character and then it’s completely ignored in the casting (*cough* Harry’s EYE COLOR *cough*) Tris is supposed to be tiny and childlike. Roth mentions it incessantly. It’s actually a bit irritating.  And then they pick a woman who’s what, 5’8″? I don’t know. The actors just clashed with my image of the characters so I’m not as supportive as I wanted to be.


An OTP That No Matter How Hard You Try, You Just Can’t Ship It

Emma and Jacob from the Peculiar Children series. I wanted to like them, I really did. Their relationship was sweet. ish. But I just found it really creepy! I mean, Emma had been in love with Jacob’s grandpa. And they have the same powers and are just really similar and… it’s just wrong! In addition, it didn’t add anything to the story. I think Riggs is a bit of an unskilled author who felt like their had to be a romance thrown in there. Personally, I think the focus should have stayed on the other peculiar children and their almost familial relationship. But whatever!


Your All-Time Favorite OTP

YEP. Proud of it. I am a die-hard Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters fan. Or possibly more accurately, a die-hard John Green fan. I absolutely adore The Fault in Our Stars. The relationship between Gus and Hazel is raw and sweet and beautifully realistic. It has no faults in my mind. Pun intended.


I hope you are all having a fantastic V-Day with your significant others or friends or family or just pampering yourself!

I tag:

Aimal @Bookshelves & Paperbacks

Ayunda @ Tea & Paperbacks

Kat @ Life and Other Disasters

Maria @ Marwhal Reads

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books

I’ll write again soon! Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

 

December & January Wrap-Up AND February TBR!

Hello friends!

I have good news. I am slowly easing myself back into actual reading! I’m not sure what brought on this massive reading slump of mine, but re-reading Divergent has brought me back to life. Who’da thunk?

Since I was also in a blogging slump (I only posted FIVE times in January, what?!) I never actually did a wrap-up of December. I was going to skip it, but I read TWO WHOLE BOOKS in January, and I felt that would be a bit of a waste of space post. So I’m combining the two.

Finally, it’s already 8 days into February! How is this year flying by so quickly?! So I’m going to catch you up on what I’m reading right now and what I’d like to read in my month of toe-dipping. You know, like dipping your toes in the water? Easing in? If I have to explain my jokes they’re clearly not funny. You’d think I’d have learned this by now.


Books I Read:

EmmaThe Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)The Fortune HunterMr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, #1)The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)

Emma by Jane Austen –

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken –

The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin –

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan –

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey –

Currently Reading:

I’VE TRIED EVERYTHING. First I thought that The Secret History was calling to me, but it was much too dense (albeit amazing) to get me out of my slump. So then I thought I wanted to read a kind of chick-flicky book, enter Eat Pray Love.  But for some reason I still was not feeling the urge to read. Finally, we had a “read the morning away” at school, and all the kids were reading so I checked out the very few books I have on my phone/kindle app and LOW AND BEHOLD it opens to Divergent. So I started reading. And kept reading. SUCCESS.

Favorite Book of the Month(s):

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)

Least Favorite Book of the Month(s):

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)


What’s next?! Well in the effort of not scaring off my burgeoning reading, I am not particularly ambitious this month. I’d like to finish the three books I’m currently reading (see above), and if I can manage that, I’d also like to read:

And that’s it. :)


I’ll write again soon. Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish