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3 Days, 3 Quotes Day 1

Hello bloggers of the world! We were nominated by the wonderful Nerd in New York  to do the 3 Days, 3 Quotes tag. Firstly go follow her guys her blog’s awesome. This nomination had us so excited that it took us two days to come up with a quote for our first day.

Rules 

1. Thank the person that nominated you
2. Post a quote 3 consecutive days
3. Nominate 3 new bloggers every day

Today’s quote is from Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta. D and I (M) we both absolutely adore the book and the author who can’t help but write beauty.

“Be prepared for the worst, my love, for it lives next door to the best.”

We nominate

Cinderzena

Bookish Daayla

The Bibliophile Blogs

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The Liebster Award!

We were nominated by Mel from Paperback Darling for the Liebster Award! For those of you who don’t know what it is, the Liebster Award is a fun way to recognize and promote new blogs with less than 200 followers. Thank you for nominating us Mel! Go check out her blog guys she’s amazing!

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Some of the rules to be followed are:

  1. Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award
  2. Answer the 11 questions that the blog gives you
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 5-11 blogs that you think are deserving of the award that have less than 200 followers
  5. Let the blogs know you have nominated them
  6. Give them 11 questions to answer

The 11 questions for us:

  • How many books do you currently own?
    Combined we own around 800 books and the collection keeps growing everyday.
  • What’s your favorite genre?
    We both have different favorites. I’m more into Young Adult Contemporary whereas M can’t seem to pick a favorite although she does love Dystopian, Fantasy and good old Contemporary.
  • Have you ever wanted to write a book?
    Several times. There was a time when M was fully focused on wanting to be a published writer and even started writing 2 books but never even got close to finishing them.
  • What’s the most interesting book title that you’ve ever heard of?
    Hmmmmm. This one requires some serious thinking. It has to be Flying by the Seat of My Knickers by Eliza Watson
  • What is your favorite stand-alone novel or series?
    One of the things we both suck at is picking favorites but for the sake of this challenge, we think the books that you grow up reading tend to always stick with you and they certainly qualify as favorites. M’s favorite is the Harry Porter series whereas I love the Saga of Darren Shan.
  • What book made you fall in love with reading?
    When I was little my brother and I were obsessed with collecting every title we could find at our local bookstore of Goosebumps by R.L.Stine. So yes, Goosebumps for me and The Famous Five by Enid Blyton for M.
  • If the last song you listened to was part of a soundtrack for a book, what book would it be?
    The last song M listened to was Lost Boy by Ruth B and it reminds her of Harry Potter because Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home . I’ve been addicted to this mashup of Clean/Photograph (originally by Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran respectively) by Louisa Wendorff lately and for some reason my brain is convinced that it would be perfect as the soundtrack for If I Stay.
  •  What’s your favorite TV show?
    M is a devoted F.R.I.E.N.D.S lover whereas I’ve never ever seen anything that has kept my interest quite like Game of Thrones.
  • Who is your favorite literary couple?
    Eeeeek this is like having to pick a favorite book only harder. The little kid in us will forever ship Nancy Drew and Ned Nickerson. Also, Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth just so we don’t look like complete 12 year olds.
  • What are you currently reading?
    I’m currently reading Shuffle,Repeat by Jen Klein. M is reading Hidden Huntress by
    Danielle L. Jensen.
  • What’s next on your reading list?
    We’ll be starting on The African Moons by Christopher Upham-Hill.

11 Facts About Us

1. We met at a tuition center and bonded over mutual love for french fries and Nancy Drew
2. We’ve always wanted to own a bakery that doubles as a bookstore
3. Despite being best friends, we’re polar opposites in some aspects such as I love chocolate and M does not like it at all. Similarly M loves F.R.I.E.N.D.S and I’ve never been able to enjoy it which annoys her to no end
4. We both hate flying
5. We’re both very good cooks
6. For M, getting married was the happiest day of her life. Going to Disneyland Paris was a close second
7. For 2 years M was madly in love with Chuck Bass
8. M gets insanely jealous when I raise a single eyebrow. She’s always wanted to do it. Well ever since she found out Dimitri Belikov from Vampire Academy could do it
9. I adore cats whereas M couldn’t care less about them if she tried
10. For about 2 months, I was utterly obsessed with Theo James
11. We’ve always wanted to punch someone in the face

Our Nominees for the Liebster Award

We would like to nominate the following lovely blogs:

  • Novel Gossip
  • Ninireads
  • Cinderzenablogs
  • Esther
  • Michelle Book Addict

    11 Questions From Us To You

  • What are you currently reading?
  • How many books do you own?
  • What do you plan to read next?
  • What are the two movies which you think did justice to their books?
  • If you absolutely had to, which one of your favorite characters would you kill?
  • What was the first book that you read that traumatized you?
  • If you had to read one book for the rest of your life, which one would it be?
  • If you could live inside one book which one would it be?
  • Name the one person you would forgive for not returning your books?
  • If you could make one book boyfriend come to life, who would it be?
  • Would you rather be Dumbledore or Voldemort and why?

I have b25982869een looking for this book for over a month now. I couldn’t find a copy and finally yesterday I landed my hands on it. Sometimes when I await a book like a druggie awaits his next dose I worry that it would fall short of my expectations and I wont be able to achieve the high that a druggie very easily does.

The thing about Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here is that I don’t know if it was all that I hoped for it to be or if it was better, or was it worse? I don’t even know how to rate this book. Is it a 5? or 3? or a 2? or maybe even a 2.157? I don’t know. I think this book struck too close to home. I’m no Scarlett, my writing is better than crap at most but I related to her in such a way that only if my best friend, mother and sister combined wrote a book about me only then it would have come close to how much Scarlett’s character resonated mine. (I clearly think of myself as a character in a book)

“You’re so angry all the time. Aren’t you tired?”
“I’m kidding. I mean I won’t go to another dance, but I’m mostly joking.”
“That’s what’s angry, the jokes…”

Ruth even if a crone was very astute about Scarlett and weirdly about me or the me that was in high school. Scarlett does have a very angry personality. She was very cynical and pessimistic of other people. I think Ms Breslaw very cleverly pointed out the flaw in human nature where everyone thinks they are misjudged or are under shadowed by other people. Scarlett sees the most beautiful girls in her school and rules them out as dimwitted high school bees.

Scarlett has one close friend (Avery) in high school whose sister (Ashley) she’s almost enemies with. Her other friend is a seventy year old lady living on her street. She has friends on-line who help her edit her fan-fiction. Her parents are divorced and she has a one year old half sister named Matilda. I think that was my favourite character in the book, even though all she did was wave her chubby hand around.

The one character I truly hated was Gideon. He was Scarlett’s friend through out secondary and primary school. She has a crush on him and when she tries to become friends with him again he strings her along while he’s dating Ashley. He’s a kid who is not supposed to be popular but becomes popular over night, calls Scarlett on her bullshit on being too high and mighty while he takes advantage of women, makes fun of fat people and nerds. Apparently he comes to his senses at the end of the novel and I think that is what ruined the ratings of this book for me Anna Breslaw’s one last ditch attempt at a romantic happily ever after.

To be honest I thought her father was very shitty too. He could be a copy of Gideon only 30 years older taking advantage of people while making fun of them.

Throughout the book I though Ms Breslaw was trying to send a feminist and a humanist message across to youngsters however in the end it turns out she was writing about the very basic human nature of wanting to be loved. Scarlett ending up with Gideon in a novel makes no sense but if that novel is actually real life written as fiction then it makes perfect sense. No self respecting heroine would ever end up with a character like Gideon but (alas) in real life many women will end up with such douche bags.

What I mostly loved about this book other than the obvious characters ( Scarlett, Ruth and Ashley) was Scarlett’s writing. I loved her idea of human sized robotic lustful Barbies’. Yes she ended her fan-fiction as badly as Breslaw did her book but both Scarlett and Ms Anna Breslaw have amazing writing skills and I can’t wait to read their next book.

V23 new typeface tagline.inddI started reading this book thinking it’s been too long since I last read a good contemporary humour filled YA book. So this book did not disappoint on that account.
Tell Me Three Things is very well written and being a girl who just recently left her teenage years I believe Julie Buxbaum captured the mind of a 17 year old girl brilliantly. We are not all forgiving all forgetting. Real girls rarely forgive and forget and this book shows the true selfish human nature that comes so naturally to all of us.

I can not say that I loved Jessie but I can definitely relate to her thought process. Her use of sarcasm, the way she so easily put herself down, comparing herself to others it all seemed to be coming from the mind of every normal(ish) 17 year old teenage girl. Julie Buxbaum did an amazing job with her protagonist Jessie’s impatience, self-deprecation it had me thinking like Jessie, evaluating clues like her.

What I did not like about Jessie though was her so readily jumping to conclusions. I couldn’t help but think time and again that she was being stupid with her readiness to believe that any good looking guy could be SN.

Of course as a reader it was very obvious who SN was from the start. I would have liked to be surprised maybe Buxbaum should have confused us as much as Jessie. But the thing about this book that bothered me the most was the ending. The reveal of SN was very flat it was so unfeeling that I hoped he was the wrong guy even after so many wrong guys. A book that had me reading into 3 am in the morning should not have an ending this bad.
However even after all that I would recommend the book if you’re looking for a light fun read.

20443235I’ll admit I was one of those people who liked the first part well enough but was then doubtful about the series succeeding. I’d thought that Rutkoski would not be able to take the story anywhere from where the first part ended. The only reason I read the second book in the series was because I was bored and couldn’t find anything to read but once I started I couldn’t stop and the cliffhanger had me praying for the early arrival of March 2016. Let’s just say this book did not fail me in anyway. I’m a hard reader to please but the feelings this book arose in me were so true filled with such torture there was nothing for me to do but devour the book and find release. I have never had a drug in my life but the cravings of a particular character in the book seemed like my very own even though I know nothing of drugs. I do not have the vocabulary nor the right temperament at this moment to go into the proceedings of the book. However I hope the little that I have written will push you into reading this wonderful trilogy and discuss it with me.

F*ck Love

25828204I feel like I should explain the 2 stars. This book has extremely high rating and for good reason. It’s extremely well written and the plot is, well, interesting to say the least. I’ve been in a reading slump for a few months now and really wanted to read something Lola and the Boy Next Door-ish. This book is the complete opposite and still I couldn’t leave it unfinished so that is definitely something.

Tarryn is a brilliant writer there’s no doubt about that. It’s just that her stories become too uncomfortable for me and even though I’m cringing inside while reading, I still end up reading the whole story. I understand that there are people out there who will relate to this story or at least be able to sympathize with the characters but sadly, I’m not one of them. Helena and Della are typical best friends with Della being the quirky one, the life of the party and Helena is the brooding, quiet one. They’re pretty close as one would expect best friends to be but then one day Helena has a dream that she’s not only married to Kit, Della’s boyfriend, but also the mother of his child .She wakes up confused because in real life she has never interacted with Kit and doesn’t even know him that well. Following her dream, she goes out of her way to get to know Kit and from that point onward, her friendship with Kit starts to develop which later festers into love.

What do you do if you fall for the same guy your best friend is in love with? Do you tell yourself you can’t have him because you respect your friend’s feelings or do you declare him fair game and go for it? Throughout the entire book it just seemed like whatever Helena did, it ended up being the wrong thing to do. As expected, Kit and Helena’s obvious attraction comes in the middle of Helena and Della’s friendship which begins to deteriorate. There were some points in the book where I would think ‘If I were in her place, I would do this’ and she would actually do the same exact thing. But like I said before, no matter what she did it somehow always ended up being the wrong thing to do.
I can’t decide if I’m happy or sad or just upset. I could never sympathize with Tarryn’s MCs and this book is no exception. It’s just not my cup of tea.

Macbeth

8852I’m ashamed that it took me 19 years of my life to read such a beautiful play.
How does a person review Shakespeare? I don’t want to review it because I’m scared the poor guy might be writhing in his grave and is probably having zombie fantasies. But I’ll try to do it justice somehow or other.

I read this play in one and a half hours, one of the most finely used one and half hours of my life I must say.

Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s most renowned tragic plays. The protagonist of the play is Macbeth himself (quite obvious huh). The story begins with three witches who are concocting some plan to meet with Macbeth because they are thinking of making trouble for normal human beings. King Duncan is deceived by his friend the Thane of Cawdor and he has sent him for his death now he’s in the process of giving somebody else that post while at the same time the three witches are chatting with Macbeth and Banquo (both are kings generals) and are them about their prophecies that how Banquo’s blood will one day be King and Macbeth would be the Thane of Cawdor and the King of Scotland as well. On the other side Duncan has decided to make Macbeth the Thane of Cawdor after his friend’s deception.

When Macbeth and Banquo join Duncan they hear this news and Macbeth is over joyed and now his desire to be king is making him think if the prophecies were correct and he could be the King he ask his wife, Lady Macbeth, for advice and she tells him to go for it kill King Duncan and become the king himself. When Macbeth hesitates, Lady Macbeth questions his manhood and he can’t bear that because pride and men are sometimes the same.

What beast was’t, then,
That made you break this enterprise to me?
When you durst do it, then you were a man;
And, to be more than what you were, you would
Be so much more the man. Nor time nor place
Did then adhere, and yet you would make both.

He kills Duncan they frame the guards who were guarding him but then the blame falls on Duncan’s sons as they have fled Scotland to save themselves from the same fate.

Then Macbeth gets Banquo killed so that his secret stays safe because he knows Banquo suspects him for he was with him when the weird sisters told that prophecy.

He, Macbeth, doesn’t stop there with the killing but keeps killing more people, he kills Macduff’s family because he knows he has to look out for Macduff. Macduff finds out and he comes back to Scotland to avenge them.

Before Macduff reaches Macbeths castle Lady Macbeth commits suicide and Macbeth starts losing hope of any sanity that he thought might be left because he’s already hallucinating about dead kings and children. And then surprise surprise Macduff kills Macbeth. Yay.

Things I didn’t like:

I don’t know what I didn’t like, I mean come on it’s fricking Shakespeare but I guess I wanted Macbeth to suffer more and Lady Macbeth to suffer a whole lot more than she did. So to me it seemed like they went from this world too soon without getting true punishments.

Things I liked/loved:

I loved how lady Macbeth started seeing blood on her hands served the b**** right.

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s acting was awesome. How they were plotting Duncan’s murder behind his back but in front of him they were all like “your servants sire”:

DUNCAN:
See, see, our honour’d hostess!
The love that follows us sometime is our trouble,
Which still we thank as love. Herein I teach you
How you shall bid God ‘ild us for your pains,
And thank us for your trouble.

LADY MACBETH:
All our service
In every point twice done and then done double
Were poor and single business to contend
Against those honours deep and broad wherewith
Your majesty loads our house: for those of old,
And the late dignities heap’d up to them,
We rest your hermits.
*******************************

MACBETH:
Bring forth men-children only;
For thy undaunted mettle should compose
Nothing but males. Will it not be received,
When we have mark’d with blood those sleepy two
Of his own chamber and used their very daggers,
That they have done’t?

LADY MACBETH:
Who dares receive it other,
As we shall make our griefs and clamour roar
Upon his death?
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I wonder who I’d kill if I had such good acting abilities *contemplates*

And lastly I loved the part where Macduff finds out about his family’s murder:

MACDUFF:
He has no children. All my pretty ones?
Did you say all? O hell-kite! All?
What, all my pretty chickens and their dam
At one fell swoop?

MALCOLM:
Dispute it like a man.

MACDUFF
I shall do so;
But I must also feel it as a man:
I cannot but remember such things were,
That were most precious to me. Did heaven look on,
And would not take their part? Sinful Macduff,
They were all struck for thee! naught that I am,
Not for their own demerits, but for mine,
Fell slaughter on their souls. Heaven rest them now!

I honestly love the part where he says that thing about feeling it like a man I mean its clear he is a warrior and knows that if he is sad or cries over his wife and beloved children’s deaths then that would not make him a pussy.

So to the reader who have not read this well all I have to say is DUDE YOU ARE MISSING OUT GO READ IT ASAP.

Corrupt

This was so st21981841upid. Nobody is this pathetic or has such little self respect for themselves. He tortures you, hurts you, gets you injured, mentally and emotionally tortures you, forms a gang to hurt you till you are out on the street begging and all you can do is tell him “I love you”? Sheesh save me your pathetic sob story you whore.

Sorry for the language but this book really pissed me off.

I started reading this book because of all the17568548 awesome reviews it was getting and I’m glad I did but, yes there is a but, when I finished it I couldn’t help but want for it to be more. More everything I guess.
This is the story of two sisters who are
abandoned by their drug addict mother. Carey and Janessa. Carey is the protagonist of the book and I admire how strong she is. The love she shows for her little sister Nessa is beautiful. There dad finds them in the woods along with a social worker and takes them with him where his wife Melissa takes care of them as if they were her own. Delly the girls stepsister is jealous of Carey, but later on due to some excruciating circumstances she stops being a bi*** towards Carey. This book is about how Carey was able to let her demons go with the help of her family and Ryan. Now lets talk about Ryan, although there wasn’t much of him I personally think the book could have been better without a love interest. Because after all that she went through in the woods how could she trust him so easily.
Don’t get me wrong I liked this book a lot. Loved the Carey and Janessa parts. But I think I would have given the book 4 stars instead of 3.5 if there were no Ryan.
Its a good and must read, especially for big sisters.

Carry On

Thoughts of both M and D on this one. 23734628Another representation of how best friendship does not mean same taste in books. Or at least not always.

First Review 

Abso-frickin-lutely loved it!
No one does YA better than Rainbow Rowell

Second Review 

This sucked monkey butt.

I loved Fangirl. Loved it to pieces. Always knew simon snow wouldn’t be my thing but the mere audacity of Rainbow Rowell by cheating Harry Potter like this. And making it so bad you want to gag makes me want to punch her until she bleeds.

I read the first chapter the last chapter and the part about how they get together. Could not bear more of it.

Stupid book. Die!