You know, I had planned a review for today, but the truth is, I haven't finished a book in a long time and i just moved in my dorm, four hours from home and a review is the last thing on my mind. So instead, I'm gonna write a "traditional" blog post and tell you all about what's going on with me.
Today's my birthday, which means I've been on this planet for 18 years. I thought long and hard (5 minutes) about what kind of post I wanted to share. While some bloggers (Alexandra, from Twirling Pages) have made some awesome posts with lessons they learned and all of that, I don't have the time nor the wisdom to come up with 18 lessons/advice. Instead, I'm bringing it all back to me today and I'm sharing 18 things that made me proud of myself this past year.
Hi cupcakes! My intention with this post was to make some cool graphics with quotes I find inspiring, but I've been getting ready to move and frankly, making graphics was the last thing on my mind. Instead, you'll have to enjoy the wonderful quotes I picked out for you by simply... reading them!
With packing and getting ready to move, I haven't been doing much reading and thus, I went back to see if there was a book I could review. Turns out I read Last Year's Mistake a few months back and never talked about it, so... Let's talk about it!
This week's Top Ten Tuesday is all about the books that have been on our shelves since before we started blogging.
For my part, that was a little more than a year ago and as I was going through my TBR pile, I was pleased to realized that none of my books had been there for more than a year! So I'm tweaking this week's topic a bit and I'm simply going to share with you ten books that I've owned for quite some time now.
Every reader seem to agree on the fact that they don't like seeing clichés in books. We're talking love triangle, the ordinary, boring MC who turns out to be special, the good girl falling for the bad boy...
And then there's me, who actually still enjoys them.
In case you didn,t know (shame on you if it's the case), todays is Percy Jackson's birthday and in honour of this special date, I decided to do the Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus Book Tag, created a couple of years ago, by Michelle over at The Writing Hufflepuff.
Michelle created the tag in anticipation of the release of Blood of Olympus, the last books in the HoO series. Since the book has been out for quite some time now, I will be skipping some questions, just to let you guys know.
In my years as a passionate reader, I've come across many synopses and I like to think I've become an expert in the matter. Therefore, I will be sharing my knowledge with you so that you, too, will be an expert in the art of writing synopses.
This week's topic for Top Ten Tuesday was books with X setting, and I decided that I would take you on an adventure to the best magical lands of all the magical lands! Are you ready? Billy, did you pack some bandaids just in case? Let's go!
After months of trying to find the opportunity to participate in Conversation, the time is finally here, guys! Conversation is this really nice feature that aims to start conversation through the blogosphere and help bloggers get to know each other a bit more. Pretty cool, right?
A while back, I tried, to the best of my abilities, to review The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever, by Jeff Strand. I say "tried" because in my opinion, I didn't do the book justice. Today, I'm going to try to review I Have a Bad Feeling About This.
When I First Saw you, WIFSY for short, is an original monthly feature here on Sailing Through Books that consists of writing a made-up synopsis for a book based on its cover and title only. Essentially judging a books by its cover, yes. More details here.
Hi guys! It's already time for August's WIFSY, and hope that you enjoy this one! I had a hard time picking a cover for this one, but I think I made up a pretty good story this time. I won't make you wait ant longer, here it is!
This week TTT is kind of a freebie because you get to go back and pick any topic that you like. I decided to go with the top ten books I'll never read.
Most of them are very popular in the book blogging community. Some of them, I said I would read eventually. But the truth is, they simply don't sound that amazing to me, and why bother reading books because they're popular if I could be reading something that really interests me? There are too many books that I want to read to waste time reading books others want me to read.
Here are the top ten books I'll probably never read.
When I decided to give myself the challenge of writing a post everyday for a month, I didn't want it to be boring. So I chose one weekly feature, decided to review as much books as possible and share some discussions and thoughts, add two or three different posts in there for good measure and do weekly previews. Today will be one of those weekly preview.
Title: The Raven Boys Author: Maggie Stiefvater Publisher: Scholastic Release date: September 18th 2012 ADD IT ON GOODREADS
The Raven Boys has been on my to-read list for a long time and now that I read it, I don't understand the excitement that surrounds it. The one thing that comes to my mind when I think about The Raven Cycle trilogy is this: over-hyped. Okay, it might not be fair to judge an entire series by the first book, but at the same time, if I'm not hooked right away, why bother to continue?
The main thing that turned me off while reading this book was how unreal everything and everyone seemed. The beauty of books is that they make you believe in made-up worlds and magic creatures, they make you believe that whatever the author chose to write about is possible; real. Maggie Stiefvater? She didn't succeed in making me believe her story.
Firstly, the characters. I'm sorry, but as rich as you may be Gansey, I simply don't buy your act, especially when you have other rich friends behaving nothing like you. And Blue? One question: what about school! And that name.. I want to take you seriously, but I can't.
Second, the story. I felt like the plot wasn't going anywhere. I was lost with the whole ley lines story, and I felt like nothing really happened. Stuff did happen though, I was entertained while reading, but I wasn't dying to get back to the book, you know?
Also, the relationship between Blue and Noah was a bit laughable. To me, it seemed to come out of nowhere. Plus, Blue is clearly meant to end up with Gansey, Noah and Ronan are probably gay, and the story about Blue killng her true love if she kisses him? Come on! Give me more explanation because right now it sounds like a fairy tale!
The Raven Boys was entertaining, don't get me wrong. It was far from being bad, but after all the good things I heard about it, I felt let down. To be frank, the book felt more like a first draft of something that could be great.
But hey, I'm clearly in the minority here, maybe I just completely missed the point.
Take care cupcakes!
The Raven Boys is far from being a bad book, it's simply another case of "over-hype"...
Do you know when was the last time I participated in Top Ten Tuesday? No but serisouly, I have no clue...
TTT is by far one of my favorite memes in the blogosphere and today's topic was hard because I had to restrain myself from 1: actually buying the books on the following list and 2: sharing more than ten books. That being said, I present to you the ten books I would buy right this second if someone handed me money.
I'm the eighteen years old Canadian book blogger behind this little blog. I write honest reviews about YA books and your occasional adult fiction, and I like to share my love of reading through discussion posts and more!
Have a lovely day! -Sophie