3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge Day 2

Hello, squishy, nonexistent marshmallows!

I was tagged for this by the awesomazing Sophia Ismaa and the wonderful H.R.R. Gorman a long time ago.


RULES

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  • Share why this quote appeals so much to you.
  • Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day

So first, I haven’t done three consecutive days (I’m bad at following the rules), but I will be doing three consecutive posts. So there’s Friday, today, and probably Wednesday. Speaking of scheduling posts, school is starting tomorrow for me (far too soon), so we’ll be returning to the schedule of posts on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays instead of every weekday. Also, Spinnette’s school doesn’t start for another week, and I’m just putting it out there that I’m jealous.

Also, I’m doing multiple quotes instead of just one. *I am a rulebreaker*

Also, since yesterday’s post was optimistic, today’s theme will be pessimistic quotes that I love.

“You spend your whole life in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.”

—John Green, Looking for Alaska

“Everyone’s immortal until they’re not.”

—V.E. Schwab, A Gathering of Shadows

You’ll also notice that I didn’t write down why these quotes appeal to me so much. More evidence of my rule-breaking tendencies. Really, when I read a quote that I love, I’ll be drawn to it. It breaks me out of the flow of the story and it makes me think.


I’m Tagging…


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Book Reviews for Days!

I’m going to eventually run out of titles for these book review posts.

I haven’t been reading as many books lately as I want to. I think I’m facing the dreaded reading slump. But it’s all curable. Hopefully. I’m going to read Six of Crows to fix it.


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The Young Elites   3/5

The story was lovely, but I didn’t like the writing style. I didn’t really connect with the character or care about them. The relationships between them were also weird. None of the minor characters were developed, either. The story was just kind of average. It was okay. I am planning to continue the series.


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Wonder Woman: Warbringer   4/5

This book was okay. I like the characters a lot and the story was good, but I wasn’t really invested in it. The book didn’t call to me and it took me nearly two weeks to finish it. People who aren’t fans of superheroes (like me) will be fine reading it. It made sense and the worldbuilding was good.


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Of Mice and Men   3/5

It was okay. I don’t really have much to say about it.


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Looking for Alaska   4/5

The characters were the most unrelatable high schoolers I’ve ever read. They were sixteen, but they seemed a ton older. The story was interesting enough, but there wasn’t much of a plot and the ending was unsatisfactory. Things just kept happening instead of there being your usual antagonist and such. The metaphors were awesome and this book was a ton better than An Abundance of Katherines or Paper Towns.


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Warcross   5/5

The story was great. I love the idea of Warcross. I need the game right now. The ending of the book leaves the reader needing the second book to come out right away (I’m speaking from experience) and it also asks some deep questions.

Emika was randomly talented and the romance felt weird for some reason I can’t put my finger on, but I can live with that. The minor characters weren’t really developed, either. I’d like to see more of them.

The plot of this book was amazing, but the characters could use some more work.


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A Gathering of Shadows   6/5

I’ll have a full-sized review on this out soon. Everyone needs to read this series.


Currently Reading

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I’m in between books right now, but I’m going to reread Six of Crows to remedy my reading slump and it’s going to be brilliant.


My TBR

  1. Six of Crows
  2. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
  3. Let the Sky Fall
  4. Pathfinder
  5. A List of Cages
  6. Seraphina
  7. The Rose Society
  8. Batman: Nightwalker

More Book Reviews!

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Papertowns   2/5

I thought this book kind of sucked. It was just not memorable. My point is proven by the fact that I cannot remember some of the things I wanted to talk about. But anyway, it was just sort of boring. The beginning was awesome, but not much happened in the middle. There was also a huge information dump and the end, the ending was inconclusive and unsatisfactory, and it was just blah. It also lacked the metaphors I’ve come to expect from John Green.


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The Apothecary   DNF

I didn’t like the writing style for this one. It seemed really hazy and filtered. Again, this one wasn’t memorable. And also, a bunch of unrealistic things kept happening to the main characters and they responded in unrealistic ways. This book is also blah. But who knows, maybe it would’ve gotten better later.


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An Abundance of Katherines   3.5/5

The plotline in this one was lovely and I adored the characters. It also lacked the Green-metaphors, but that may have been because of who the narrator was. I’m just not really into realistic fiction, so if you’re a fan of the genre, I highly recommend this one. There were some funny parts. Some weird parts.


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Everless   2/5

I thought the concept of this one was really cool (time is quite literally money). But I didn’t like the plotline. I think it could’ve gone a lot further, but it was pretty much your average “special girl goes to a palace and falls in love with the prince(ish sort of guy. He wasn’t technically a prince in this one).” It had lots of Red Queen vibes, but kind of like a lesser Red Queen. I thought the characters were unrealistic, especially their relationships.

(This cover is amazing, by the way.)

Minor spoilers ahead.

There’s one part where Jules is willing to sacrifice her life for someone she met three weeks ago. I think this is insane. Why would someone do that? Does she have no sense of self-preservation? Are real people actually that selfless?

Also, she’s in love with that perfect guy. Like, “I haven’t seen you since we were seven, but I have been madly in love with you for the past ten years.” She met this guy when she was seven. Seven-year-olds cannot fall in love.

End spoilers.

The timing was also really weirdly spaced. There was a part where it was like, “The days are dragging and blending into each other. I’m starting to get used to my position and make friends. I’m starting to forget my home. Etc.”

So after reading this part, I thought that months had passed. But nope! It’d been a week.


My reading has been slow lately because of midterms, but they’re *thankfully* over now, so I should be reading more now. The books I’ve read recently have been generally bad, but I think that’s probably a good thing because when I’m reading a good book, I’m known to neglect my work. (Spinette chose to Six of Crows during midterms. I pity her midterms for the abandonment they suffered.)

I do have some awesome books I plan to read soon.


Currently Reading

I’m currently reading The Young Elites by Marie Lu. The story is good so far, but I haven’t really connected with the characters yet.


My TBR

  1. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
  2. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  3. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  4. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becki Albertalli
  5. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

Book Reviews!

Guys! What kind of semi-book blog is this? It’s been forever since I’ve reviewed anything! (Or even talked about books at all.)

So now I will throw up a large quantity of book reviews that review books that I have read recently.

 

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Story Thieves: Pick the Plot   3/5

This book was okay. It wasn’t as good as the others in the series and there wasn’t much character development or plot in general. But that’s to be expected considering it’s a pick the plot book, which in itself is very interesting because the story that I read is different from the story that someone else read, even though it’s the same book. It was still a lovely addition to the series, which I highly recommend.

 

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay   4/5

Fantastic Beasts is currently my favorite movie and it is absolutely wonderful. Thanks to the screenplay, I actually know what is going on.

 

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Turtles All the Way Down   4/5

This book was great. I love John Green’s writing style and the things his characters point out that I’d never think about. One such thing that I keep thinking about is how English puts humans above many things, but below the stars. (It was much prettier the way John Green put it.) The main character was well-developed as we spent a lot of time inside her head, but I felt like there was more we could’ve known about the other characters. But I think this was intentional because Aza, the main character, is thinking more about what’s going on inside herself and is not very observant. The mystery aspect of the book was also rather lacking as it wasn’t the main focus of the book and it was suspenseful. But that’s okay since it’s not really about the mystery.

The ending was… there are no words. It sort of just ended. I really like the way it made it seem like the book was just a little piece of the characters’ lives, but I don’t like that I won’t know what happened after! This book may keep you up at night, imagining the next nonexistent chapter.

 

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue   5/5

This book was wonderful! The humor was exceptional and I think if I actually like historical fiction this would be a new favorite. It was ridiculous. *A note for future reference: When I say “ridiculous”, I usually mean it in a good way.

 

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The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic   5/5

This book was so good! It’s a collection of short stories that are like traditional fairy tales. And it was absolutely amazing! It’s hard to review the book as a whole because all the stories were completely different. My favorite was “The Witch of Duva”, which I made the mistake of reading at midnight. It was so creepy.

 

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Six of Crows   12/5

THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD! Spinette, you have to read it. Everyone in the whole universe has to read this. I have to reread it.

IT IS SO GOOD!

Okay. I can’t form coherent thoughts about it. Everyone, just read it. Trust me.

 

I’m going to try and be better about reviewing. Maybe I’ll do one every five books I read?

The Difficult Retrieval of Turtles All The Way Down

Note: This is not a review.

I usually buy one book a month, and my October book was Turtles All The Way Down by John Green, but this book had an adventure before I finally recieved it.

I ordered it from Barnes and Noble online, as I always do, and then I went on my way.

A couple days later, my book still had not arrived, and I was wondering what was taking them so long. I was ready to read this book. So then I checked on my order and it said that my book had already arrived. Well, it wasn’t on my porch.

So then, I found out that I had shipped my book to my old house.

I recently moved, and my old home is two hours north of where I live. I also had no way to contact the guy who bought my house and therefore also recieved my book. I couldn’t even remember his name.

So I then called my friend, who works at the same place as the guy who bought my house (in my head, it’s still my house) and my friend then talked to the guy who bought my house. I think it most likely went like this:

Fred: Hey George!

George, ingrossed in his sci-fi video game grumbles a greeting.

Fred: So, George, have you recently recieved a strange package?

George nods incoherently.

Fred: Cool! Can I have it?

George shrugs as if to say, “Sure, why not?”. He isn’t particularly attached to the strange package.

 

*Three weeks later*

I finally got Turtles All The Way Down yesterday!