Reflections of March

Hello my friends!

I HAVE BEEN SO BUSY.

Life update: I have a degree in Political Science, but not too long after graduation I decided I want to teach. To teach high school in Washington State it’s preferred that you have a B.A. in your chosen subject, and unfortunately Poli Sci does not constitute a “subject”. So I decided I want to teach English (of course!) and I finally officially am back in school! Classes started a few weeks ago and because they’re 7-week courses they’re condensed and involve a lot of work. So basically I’m going to work AND school full-time, and I’m trying to settle in to that but basically I’ve just been exhausted and the thought of typing any extra thoughts makes me groan. Which is my explanation for my absence.

I’m trying to be more active on Twitter so you know I haven’t completely disappeared from the bookish community; if you don’t follow me or I don’t follow you let me know below and we will rectify that situation immediately!

I ALSO started a BookTube channel. AHHH. I’ve been wanting to for quite some time, and I intended on starting it for a New Year’s Resolution but I didn’t have the guts! Haha so I finally have actually started one, I hope you’re all supportive of that decision! I’m still going to continue writing on here, J. Bookish has just expanded! If you enjoy BookTube and want to watch I would be tickled pink – if not, feel free to ignore the videos!

Books I Read:

Room by Emma Donoghue – 5/5
Holes
by Louis Sachar – 5/5
Allegiant 
by Veronica Roth – 5/5
Insurgent by Veronica Roth- 4/5
Cereus Blooms at Night by Shani Mootoo – 4/5
Red Rising by Pierce Brown – 4/5
Golden Son by Pierce Brown – 3/5
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee -2/5
Old Yeller by Fred Gipson – 2/5

WHEW.

Currently Reading:

Progress: 57%

I just missed Rick Riordan’s writing! I’ve been reading some really heavy books for school so I wanted something light and fun to balance those readings out. I’m really enjoying this book, but to be honest I’m not a HUGE fan of Piper, Leo, or Jason. I miss Percy!

Favorite Book of the Month:

This was a re-read for me; I actually read it when it was first released years ago. While I knew generally what was going to happen, I had forgotten the fine details and appreciated it more this time around. It’s a little disconcerting reading from the perspective of a 5-year old, but if you haven’t read this yet I highly recommend it!

Least Favorite Book of the Month:

 

I was just so disappointed in this. I had heard about all of the controversy and prepared myself for a very different perspective than To Kill a Mockingbird, but I did not expect the absolute mess of writing that this is. I was completely lost for a majority of this novel; Scout’s thoughts jumped ALL over the place. She was irritating, to be honest. Other than some more fun stories from her childhood, this book is just a mess. I would advise you all to just skip this one.

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

J. Bookish

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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

My Top Twelve 2016 TBR

Hello friends.

Is it just me, or does it still feel like a brand new year? We’re a whole week and a half into 2016 and I’m feeling all fresh start-ey. This is a strange feeling for me as I usually just slip into the new year, blink, and realize it’s July.

When I decided to write this post, I expected there would be a clear 12 books I really wanted to read this year for some specific reason. Like: these have been on my to-read book the longest. Or: these are classics I really should have read at some point in my life I can’t believe I haven’t yet. BUT NO. Life could not be so simple. These twelve books are so, so random. But each and every one called to me for some reason or another. Who am I to say no to the cosmic pull of the universe, right? So this is my official must-read-in-2016 list hodge-podge of books. I hope you will find my reasoning as entertaining as I do.


The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

If you saw my best books of 2015 post, then you know that The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood was my number one read last year (it’s amazing. Highly recommend). The Blind Assassin won the Man Booker which means there’s a fairly good chance it’s pretty fantastic. Also, I am basically a crazy person and I have searched for this book for the last year in every bookstore I visited, but I hated the cover I kept finding. Eventually, an owner looked up various editions and we discovered the version I wanted was the Canadian cover. BOO. So I was telling Tim’s mom about it and she just happened to be going to Canada and looked for it for me and SHE FOUND IT. YIPPEE. So I now own The Blind Assassin with the cover pictured above and I am quite anxious to read it.

1984 by George Orwell

Did any of you ever listen to Simple Plan back in the day? The lead singer, Pierre, once said in an interview that his favorite book was 1984. So of course, 11-year old Simple Plan obsessed Jordyn tried to read it. It didn’t really work out for me at that point in my life. I was like, who is Big Brother? But I’ve wanted to read it ever since and it’s probably about time I get around to it.

Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

I read my first Bradbury book last year and loved it. Fahrenheit 451 is by far his most celebrated work and I am fairly certain I’ll love it. That’s all I’ve got for this one.

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Last year for Valentine’s Day, Tim gave me $60 and took me to a surprise location (hint: it was a secondhand bookstore) and let me explore and spend my money. IT WAS AMAZING. I had never before considered reading Gone with the Wind, but I found it on that trip and was *this close* to buying it, but the cover was all messed up so I decided to hold off. But I’ve really wanted to read it ever since, so it makes the list. It’s time for me to finally understand the Scarlett O’Hara references.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Again, I don’t have any reasoning for this one except the universe tapped it for this list.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The time is near for me to finally read The Book Thief. I can feel it. Plus, my wonderful TBTB Secret Santa got it for me! So I now own it and that makes it much harder to ignore.

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

In my head, this book is a poetic escape into some gorgeous secret garden-like wonderland. I have no idea what it’s actually about, but I have an inkling that I’d like to find out.

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein

My mom bought a box set of the Lord of the Rings series when I was little. Periodically, I would take the books out and read a little bit to see if I was old enough to read them yet. At some point, someone borrowed The Hobbit and never gave it back, so when I eventually did read the series, I just skipped The Hobbit. Then I saw the movies and became obsessed with the story and I bought my own copy on that Valentine’s trip last year! It needs to be read. But I’m saving it for a time when I can re-read the entire series. So I suppose that will have to happen this year!

Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary

I don’t think I’ve ever read this book. Which is strange because I know for a fact there was a Beverly Cleary book I was OBSESSED with and it was pink and I have no idea what it was called. But anyway, my favorite movie, Stuck In Love, has this moment with my favorite couple where they both say their favorite book is Dear Mr. Henshaw. So of course, I have to read it.

The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

Again, I just really like the idea of this one? And the title? And the fact that there’s a movie with Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller? That is all.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I loved this movie. It completely threw me for a loop because I had no expectations whatsoever other than “Emma Watson! Oh, that boy is adorable”. And then it basically blew my mind. I need to read this. I just haven’t gotten a copy for some reason. It’s like I know I’m going to read it eventually so I never make it a priority? Which sounds ridiculous now that I’m typing it… please, someone, tell me this sounds familiar?

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Well, a 4.22 average rating on Goodreads is damn impressive. Also, I love the title. Finally, I have no idea what it’s about but I really want to read it which is always fun.


Think I’m crazy yet? ;)

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

J. Bookish

Reflections of November

Gooodbyyyyeeee November!

GUESS WHAT. I got a new job. WHOOP WHOOP. I have very politely been denying the fact that I ABSOLUTELY HATED my last job (well, current, because my contract isn’t technically up until the 17th). But I am officially going back to working with kids as a 4th and 5th grade Assistant Teacher. I couldn’t be happier! So overall, November was a great month just for that reason.

AND NOW, IT’S DECEMBER! CHRISTMAS! You know what’s awesome about working in a school? Never having to work over holidays and still getting paid, that’s what’s awesome. I’ve been working on my TBTB Santa gifts and it’s so much fun. I have so many crafts planned for Christmas presents and just ah. It’s gonna be a great month.

Back to last month… I didn’t read a whole lot. Again. I kind of went into a slump after speed-reading Winter, and then my eye was doing this weird thing and reading made my head hurt. So I haven’t read much in the last two weeks. But I’m okay with it! Let’s review:

Oh, insert: my wonderful boyfriend would like to say hi. So, “Hi!” – Tim

Books I Read:

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)The Other Boleyn Girl (The Tudor Court, #2)The MartianSlaughterhouse-Five

Winter by Marissa Meyer – 3.5/5
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – 3.5/5
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory – 3/5
The Martian by Andy Weir – 5/5
Slaughterhouse – Five – Kurt Vonnegut – 2/5

My standings for The Quest No. 1 are as follows:

  1. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe – Fannie Flagg
  2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  3. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  4. The Disciple by Stephen Koontz
  5. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

+ The Diary of Anne Frank

*Sigh*. I kind of think I’m going to give up on this quest. I will read these books eventually, but they’re just not priority at the moment. I want to read what I want to read, okay? Okay. Good talk.

Currently Reading:

Progress: 210/278

I am a huge fan of To Kill a Mockingbird. Every time I read it I love it more. So I was very excited about Go Set a Watchman. I am so torn about this book. Some pages I hate and others I love. Review to come!

Book Posts:

Book Review: Winter

Tags and Things:

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten authors that are NEW…to me
J. Bookish (me) fails at tags
Tag Week Day 1: The Autumn Book Tag!
Tag Week Day 2: Fall Time Cozy Time Book Tag!Tag Week Day 3: The Inside Out Book Tag!
Tag Week Day 4: My Life in Books Tag!
Tag Week Day 5: The Book Courtship Tag!
Tag Week Finale: Seasons of Book Blogging Tag
(All exclamation points until the finale? I’m pretty sure that’s counter-intuitive. Story of my life.)

Other Stuff:

November TBR!!!
Reading Partners – VOLUNTEER!
November Book Haul! (Oh hey this is my 50th post)

Favorite Book of the Month:

The Martian

I actually saw the movie before I read this book. I had zero interest in reading it but my boyfriend wanted to see it and I love going to the movies so I was like yeah, let’s do it. And it was amazing. Hilarious and heartbreaking and so so so much better than I had expected. So of course, I wanted to know more and decided to listen to the book. Mark Watney is freaking amazing. As are all of the other characters. And all of the science. And the basic survival instinct. And everything. If you haven’t read this yet and are on the fence because of the fancy science talk, don’t even worry about it. The book is so much more than that, and you should read it. Liiike now.

Least Favorite Book of the Month:

Slaughterhouse-Five

This was another one of those books that I just can’t understand why it is or was ever popular. At all. I HATE unreliable narrators and Billy Pilgrim is the absolutely least reliable of ALL NARRATORS EVER. Did he just have PTSD? Did he actually get abducted by aliens called Tralfamadorians and become un-stuck in time? WHAT. WHAT WAS YOUR DEAL, BILLY. If any of you ever see me considering a book that you know has an unreliable narrator, call the TBR police. PLEASE.


On another note, this has been a big month for my little blog! I hit and passed 100 wordpress followers, hit and went WAY past 1,000 views, and made my own tag! It’s been so fun seeing it spread! You all are just the bestest. I get warm and fuzzy feelings every time I get a like or comment or follow. *metaphorically hugging you all* :D

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

J. Bookish

Tag Week Day 1: The Autumn Book Tag!

Tag Week

Hello friends!! It’s time for Tag Week! I decided on The Autumn Tag for Day 1 because it’s a bit time-sensitive… I mean the Autumn Tag in January would basically be moot…

This has never happened, but I have no more rambles for this intro. WHAT. So let’s get started :)

I was tagged by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse! According to her page this tag was originally created by an extinct YouTuber sooooo…. we can thank Anonymous for this.

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J. Bookish (me) fails at tags

Hello friends.

This is a solemn occasion and an admittance of failure. From me, J.

I SUCK AT TAGS.

I currently have 9 tags, 2 challenges, and 3 awards I have yet to participate in.

And I love tags! They’re so fun! I don’t even know what I’ve been posting about if not all of these fun challenges! So to all of you who have tagged me for something and been like wow, you suck, I apologize! I will get to them, I promise.

In fact, I have an announcement!

Next week is going to be theeee WEEK OF TAGS!

Obviously I won’t be able to do all 9 of them, but there will be one tag each day for 7 days. I hope you join me for what I’m sure will be an interesting (in a good way…?? We shall see..) journey, but if you just hit one day I’m sure most of my answers will be the same anyway ;)

I appreciate every one of you who has tagged me (especially you, Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse for most of these tags)! I promise I’ll be on top of them in the future :)

Anyway…. how’s your day? Mine’s good. Did you know that “anyways” isn’t technically a word? It’s a colloquialism. It’s a pet peeve of mine. Today was my only day off which is LAME. So yeeah. Good talk. TWO DAYS TILL’ WINTER. Totally pre-ordered off Amazon. Even though I don’t own any of the rest of the series. The hardcover was only $3 more than the Kindle price! Hell yeah I’m getting the actual book! Fun fact, I never ever use my Kindle. I don’t think it’s nearly as fun to read as real books. Hahah anywho, let the week of tags commence!

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

J. Bookish

Reflections of October

Farewell, October.

Does this mean all of the leaves are going to fall? Dang it November. They’re so pretty. LEAVE THEM ALONE. Even though they’re dead and circle of life and all that.

So I was a TERRIBLE reader friend this month. I quite literally misplaced the book I was reading for a whole week. But I only read one book at a time, and I’m technically already reading two, so I couldn’t just abandon it and start a new one! I was all sorts of pumped for my October TBR and I basically failed miserably. I swear, though, November.. November will be better. Especially  because my parents are going to be gone for Thanksgiving and my significant other will probably have to work sooooooo…. I’ll be lacking on the whole family togetherness thing! But maybe I’ll try to cook my own Thanksgiving feast?! Omg. Pressure.

Hahaha I am such a rambler. I don’t know how you guys read these posts. It’s like being inside my brain which is sometimes confusing even for me.

Let’s just go ahead and dive in now!

Books I Read:

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2156Mansfield Park

So 9 books last month… five this month. Woooow.

I CROSS MY HEART I’LL BE BETTER NEXT MONTH.

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(sidenote: hahahahahahahahahaha my hero)

My standings for The Quest No. 1 are as follows:

  1. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe – Fannie Flagg
  2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  3. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  4. The Disciple by Stephen Koontz
  5. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

STRUGGLES. I blame all of you for this, you wonderful book bloggers. I get too excited about new books and am ignoring the old books. But its ok. I’ll get through them eventually.

Currently Reading:

The Other Boleyn Girl (The Tudor Court, #2)

Progress: 366/661

So this is the book that I misplaced. It was in my truck under a coat. Of course, I thought it was a million places OTHER than where it was. I thought I would have finished it but nothing about it makes me NEED TO READ. I don’t dislike it, I’m just not super involved. I think it’s Gregory’s writing style. Anywho, I’ll write more about it later. I’m thinking about watching the movie and doing a book to movie comparison? What do you think?

Progress: 281/754

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GAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

Book Posts:

The Grisha Trilogy: Series Recap
Re-thinking Twilight…
Library of Souls – Book Review!
Six of Crows Review and Let’s Discuss (No spoilers!)

Tags and Things:

The Emoji Book Tag!
Top Ten Tuesday: My Wish is Your Command

Other Stuff:

October TBR!!
A Post on Yoga
I went to… (!!!)
Fairy Tale Adaptations

Favorite Book of the Month:

23437156WHOOP WHOOP. If you check out my review for this one you’ll see. Actually, if you check out anyone’s reviews you’ll see. Plus, Leigh Bardugo favorited my tweet SOOO basically a big deal.

Least Favorite Book of the Month:

Mansfield ParkI haaaatteeeddd this book. I love Jane. I LOVED Persuasion this month. But omg Mansfield Park was horrible. It was not at all up to her usual standard. I’m going to read Emma next month I think, hopefully it will get me back on good terms with Jane.

That’s it for this month!

P.S. How was your Halloween?? Did you do anything fun?? We went to see Goosebumps and I LOVED it I think they did such a good job. And of course, we dressed up as Mario and Princess Peach!

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

J. Bookish

Reflections of September

Goodbye September!

Is it just me, or was September a ridiculously busy month?! The last few weeks I’ve been all MIA from my blog and all of your blogs and I’m so sad about it! School has picked up (got a 94% on my first exam, whoop!), work has been crazy and leaving me drained, I was sick, I had my birthday (I’m 23?! How did that happen?), and I’ve recently been very into yoga.

But seriously, let me tell ya, there have been a few nights this month that I have just needed a bubble bath and a glass of wine. You know? You know. Unless you’re under-aged. And then you can plead the 5th. But hey, it’s Fall! And I LOVE Fall. Lets do dis.

Books I Read:

The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3)The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4)The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)

The Diary of a Young GirlThe Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)

ERMMM apparently I was really into series this month? Aaaaand Anne Frank is just chillin there in the middle. I’m playing catch-up from my college years so this will probably be a common theme. Plus I FREAKING LOVED the Grisha trilogy!!!!!!! I just. I can’t even.

 

My standings for The Quest No. 1 are as follows:

  1. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe – Fannie Flagg
  2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  3. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  4. The Disciple by Stephen Koontz

So I decided not to rank The Diary of a Young Girl, so the standings are the same. I am currently working on Team of Rivals, but it is very very very very long! I’m not giving up on this list, never fear, Jordyn is here! Sorry. I had to.

Currently Reading:

Progress: 281/754

OKAY OKAY I KNOW but this book takes about 10x as long as any other book does to read. The pages are huge and the words are small and I don’t want to rush through it because it is actually fascinating. But this is probably going to take another 2 months or so to read if I’m being realistic.

Book Posts:

Percy Jackson: A series recap

Anne Frank.

Thoughts: The Darkling from Shadow and Bone

Tags and Things:

My Reading Habits Tag

Bedtime Book Tag

Top 10: Series I may never finish

Top 10: Characters I just didn’t click with

Other Stuff:

September TBR!! (Pssst. I utterly failed this list)

Favorite Book of the Month:

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)

I was torn between Ruin and Rising and Shadow and Bone, but I ended up just being so amazed by Bardugo and my own feelings in this one so I had to pick it! I don’t want to rave too much here because I’ll be posting a review soon, but I just absolutely loved this book and Six of Crows will be in my hands on Thursday because I will officially read anything that Leigh writes. Like, send me her grocery lists, I’m in. Probably not her grocery lists… I’m not a stalker. I promise.

Least Favorite Book of the Month:

The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)

I haven’t posted a review about this one either!! AH I’M SO BEHIND. I’ll get to it. But I did actually like this book. This was a good book month for me. It was just slow compared to The Maze Runner and I am just so frustrated!! Tell me I’ll get some answers in The Death Cure?!

That’s it for this month!

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

J. Bookish

Reflections of August

Goodbye August!

You’ve been a lovely month full of sunshine and interesting rainstorms that cause power outages and the cancellation of an event at work. Both my sister and my dad celebrated their birthdays, I went home for the county fair, spent some time camping with my boyfriend amidst a burn ban (making s’mores over a propane burner is always interesting), started my classes up, painted a new (well, old, but new to me) bookshelf, and of course, read a lot.

Books I Read:

Wuthering HeightsThe Disciple (Tommy Carmellini, #4)Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop CafeCinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)Great ExpectationsThe Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)                                         The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)Perfect Ruin (Internment Chronicles, #1)

Yes, I am reading the Percy Jackson series for the very first time. Crazy. Also, I can’t believe it took me this long to discover the Lunar Chronicles, but perfect timing since Winter is coming out in a few months and I’m so very excited !!!

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My standings for The Quest No. 1 are as follows:

  1. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe – Fannie Flagg
  2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  3. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  4. The Disciple by Stephen Koontz

And FGT takes the lead! This is such an exciting race.

Currently Reading:

Progress: 175/241

This is a very short book that is taking me a very long time to read. I have very conflicting feelings about it. You will see, my friends. Well, you will read. Soon, I promise!

Reviews:

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
The Disciple by Stephen Coontz
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano

Tags and Things:

Top Ten Tuesdays:
My Most-Read Authors
Authors Whose Grocery Lists I’d Read
Top Ten Tuesday Time!

Other Stuff:

Where have the Young Adults gone?
Real People Read Reviews, Reviewers
New books new books! Mini Book Haul

Favorite Book of the Month:

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)

I didn’t actually like Cress as a character at first, but she grew a lot in this book which I appreciated, since I very much disliked Scarlet in Scarlet, who did not grow. She may actually have shrank. Also, oh my when are Captain Thorne and Cress going to happen?! SO PRECIOUS.

Least Favorite Book of the Month:

The Disciple (Tommy Carmellini, #4)

Yeah…. just no.

That’s it for this month!

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

J. Bookish

Perfect Ruin – Review

Perfect Ruin (Internment Chronicles, #1)Title: Perfect Ruin (Internment Chronicles #1)
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Published: Published March 10th 2015 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Rating: 3.5/5

“On Internment you can be anything you dream – a novelist or a singer, a florist or a factory worker… Your life is yours to embrace or to squander. There’s only one rule: you don’t approach he edge. If you do, it’s already over.” 

How awesome is that quote? I was totally sold as soon as I read that. I chose this book for a Young Adult Literature class I took last year, and I read it so quickly that, fast-forward a year, and I could hardly remember what had happened. Then last weekend, my boyfriend and I were going camping and I was in the mood for a dystopian-type book, so I decided to re-read it. Again, I read it in a few hours!

Perfect Ruin is about a girl named Morgan I seriously just had to search through the book to find her name, I hope it’s written as sparingly as I think it is or else I’m losing it, guys! who lives on a piece of Earth that was banished to the sky (supposedly by a god but the real reason is never explained). Morgan’s brother was a jumper – a person who is so torturedly curious about the Earth below that they tried to jump off the edge. Morgan loves internment, and doesn’t question the way things are on her little chunk of earth – until she’s forced to.

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