Monthly Archives: February 2016

February Wrap-up Match TBR

Wow! February has really gone by fast! It feels like just yesterday that I was writing by January wrap up, but here I am posting my February Wrap-up! I feel like February was a good month of reading, and I did achieve my goal of reading five books!

What I read in February-

  1. City of Heavenly Fire-Cassandra Clare
  2. Uglies-Scott Westerfeld
  3. Smile for the Camera-Kelle James
  4. Evermore-Alyson Noel
  5. Assassins Heart-Sarah Ahiers

I was hoping to get through The Complete Illustrated Works of Lewis Carroll, and I did read a little of it, but I didn’t read the whole book and I’m not planning on forcing myself to. Maybe one day I’ll pick it up and read a story or two, but I’m not going to try to read it all in one sitting. If you’d like to see a review on any of these books, let me know. I’m going to be posting a review of Smile for the Camera soon!

What I want to read in March-

  1. Lady Midnight-Cassandra Clare
  2. I Am Malala-Malala Yousafzai
  3. Throne of Glass-Sarah J Maas
  4. Red Queen-Victoria Aveyard
  5. Eragon-Christopher Paolini

Normally I would try to read one more book then I did last month, but Lion King. I’m currently in a The Lion King Jr. and I have rehearsal almost every night in March. Add homework on top of all that, and my primary reading time will have to be weekends. I’ll definitely be trying to read more then 5 books this month, I’m just not sure what that’ll be. I’m planning on going book shopping soon because the only book from this list that I own is Eragon. What are you planning on reading this month?

-Leah

 

I Was Nominated For The Liebster Award!

 

I was nominated by SusieQ from Bookish Regards. Make sure to check out some of her content as well, because she writes some pretty awesome posts!

Here are the rules:

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

These are the questions SusieQ asked me:

1.Who is your favorite author?

My favorite author as of now, is either Cassandra Clare or Mary E. Pearson.

2.What was your favorite book when you were a child?

One of my favorite childhood books from when I was really little was Fox in Sock by Dr. Suess. As I got older, I really enjoyed the Rainbow Magic books by Daisy Meadows. I loved that I could never read all of them.

3.What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not reading?

I really enjoy dancing this year, last year it was rock climbing, the year before that ice skating, etc. My hobbies change quite often, but reading is always a constant for me.

4.What is your favorite creative thing to do?

As I just said, I really like dancing, which I think is pretty creative.

5.What is the TV show or movie you dislike the most?

This one’s hard, because if I don’t like a tv show or movie, I usually don’t watch it. I think my least favorite movie I remember seeing was The Lego Movie. We saw it in theaters, and I thought it was the most boring thing ever!

6.What is your favorite author quote?

One of my favorite quotes is by JK Rowling in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. “Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love.”

7.How many books, on average, do you buy (or borrow) in a month?

This always varies, but I would say that I buy 1 or 2, and I read about 4 books a month.

8.What is your favorite thing to do when you have plenty of free time?

ummm… READ! Duh!

9.What was the first book series that you loved so much you had to read it again?

Harry Potter.

10.What was your most disappointing read this past year?

The Lost City of Z by David Grann. I thought this book could be really cool, but it was so boring! I don’t remember even finishing it, and that’s something that I don’t do often.

11.What was the last book you read that surprised you because it was so good, even though you didn’t expect to like it very much?

Smile for the Camera by Kelle James. I really didn’t expect to like this book so much, but I was pleasantly surprised!

11 Random Facts About me!

  1. I hate math. And I’m pretty bad at it.
  2. I love listening to music.
  3. Every once in a while, I’ll get in the mood to clean, and everything will be made spotless!
  4. I’ve been reading since I can remember.
  5. I used to know the Thomas book, A Crack in the Track, by heart.
  6. I am currently an ensemble member and featured dancer in The Lion King Jr.
  7. I’m really bad at singing, but I do it anyway.
  8. My birthday is on April 3rd.
  9. I prefer used books to new books, as long as they’re in good condition.
  10. I have a jar in my room where I put the money I’m saving to buy books with in.
  11. I have trouble reading many books at once, because I always feel like I need to read an equal amount from both books.

My Questions:

  1. Who is your favorite author?
  2. What is the first book you remember reading?
  3. What fantasy world would you like to live in?
  4. What is your favorite book series?
  5. Where and when do you get most of your reading done?
  6. How many pages do you read in a day?
  7. What is a popular book that you didn’t love?
  8. How do you start your morning?
  9. On average, how long are your blog posts?
  10. What is your biggest fear?
  11. Do you have a set number of posts you write per week?

Who I’m Nominating:

Shh I am reading

Lost in Sweet Words

All the Stories are True

Simply a Book Drunkard

Angela JC

and Bound to be Me

All six of these lovely bloggers have some wonderful content, and you should definitely go check them out!

-Leah

 

The Goodreads Tag!

I’ve seen the Goodreads tag going around some of the blogs that I follow, and thought I would give it a shot!

Goodreads and I have a little bit of a love hate relationship. I go through periods, the the one I’m going through now, where I’m on Goodreads 24/7 and am totally obsessed with it. Than there are the times when I’m not so in love with it. Recently though, I realized that I have been on it a lot, so I figured I would do this tag before I fall out of it again.

1. What was the last book you marked as ‘read’

I went through my b127960700_amazoncom-smile-for-the-camera-by-james-kelleauthorsmileookshelf quite recently, and added all of the books that I read that I didn’t add to my ‘read’ shelf on Goodreads, so the last book that I added was Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. The last book that I actually read was Smile For the Camera by Kelle James. I actually had to write a report on it for English class so if you’d like to see that, let me know.

2. What are you currently reading?

I am currently on page 225 of The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. I’m over half way through and it’s AMAZING!

3.What was the last book you marked as ‘To Read’?

The last book I marked as ‘To Read’ was Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender which is really funny because as you may know, I normally don’t read books like that, but a friend of mine recommended it, so I figured I’d add it to the list.9780545468091_xlg

4.What book do you plan to read next?

The next book that I plan to read is Evermore by Alyson Noel.

5.Do you use that star rating system?

I do! I think the only problem is that I give out five stars to almost all of the books that I enjoy. I also hate giving low star grades… I feel bad for the books!

6.Are you currently doing a 2015 reading Challenge?

I am, but I’m having trouble because my goal is 100 books, but on goodreads, you can’t just mark a book as read for it to count, you need to actually add it to currently reading first, which stinks because their are a couple books that I read, but that didn’t count on my reading challenge.

7.Do you have a wish list?

YES! I WANT ALLLLLL THE BOOKS! But not really…

8.What book do you plan to buy next?

I either want to buy Me Before You by Jojo Moyes or The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine because I want to read both of them really badly.

9.Do you have any favorite quotes, would you like to share a few?

I don’t have any favorite quotes in particular because it changes depending on my mood. You can check out some of my more recent favorite quotes at my quote a day challenge.

10.Who are your favorite authors?

Are you really going to make me do this? I’m not totally sure, but I like Cassandra Clare’s books a lot. I also like James Dashner’s writing, and, as a totally unoriginal answer, J.K. Rowling. And I love Mary E. Pearson, her books are fabulous. Oooh! And Sabaa Tahir, because even though I’ve only read one of her books, it super well written. And John Green because yeah.

11.Have you joined any groups?

I actually joined a bunch of groups recently, such as Q&A with Cassandra Clare and All about YA.

12.How many shelves do you have on goodreads?

I have 4. That’s all!

Thanks for reading this tag! You should totally come follow me on goodreads!

-Leah

The Quote Challenge Day 3

This is the final day for the quote challenge! I was tagged by ravenandbeez.wordpress.com to do this quote challenge. They have some amazing posts, so you should definitely go check them out.

The Rules:

Post for 3 consecutive days
You can pick 3 quotes per day
Challenge 3 different bloggers per day
Quotes:

#1

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#2

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#3

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Wow! What a way to end the quote challenge. That third quote really got me. The final three bloggers I’m going to tag are all very special to me. These were the first three bloggers who followed my blog. I’m going to be tagging Fictionophile, The Smug Cloud, and The Bookshelf Blog. They are all awesome book bloggers who post amazing content!

-Leah

The Quote Challenge Day 2

I was tagged by ravenandbeez.wordpress.com to do this quote challenge. They have some amazing posts, so you should definitely go check them out.

The Rules:

Post for 3 consecutive days
You can pick 3 quotes per day
Challenge 3 different bloggers per day
Quotes:

#1

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#2

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#3

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Today I would like to tag Bound to be me, Chloe’s Book Blog, and Shh I am Reading. All three of these bloggers have amazing content, and you should totally check them out!

-Leah

The Quote Challenge Day 1

I was tagged by ravenandbeez.wordpress.com to do this quote challenge. They have some amazing posts, so you should definitely go check them out.

The Rules:

  1. Post for 3 consecutive days
  2. You can pick 3 quotes per day
  3. Challenge 3 different bloggers per day

Quotes:

#1

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#2

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#3

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Today, I’m going to tag All the Stories are True, Accio Padfoot, and Lost in Sweet Words. All three of them have amazing book blogs that you should definitely check out.

-Leah

NOT A REVIEW!! City of Heavenly Fire by: Cassandra Clare

 

Hey guys! As you may have noticed, I have been using the same review format for all of my past book reviews, so today, I decided to switch things up a bit! I recently finished the final Mortal Instruments book, and while it was totally amazing, it was also really long, and for some reason I was really struggling to write a good review. During my reading of this book, I noticed some pretty amazing quotes, some that really stuck out to me. For this post, I will be sharing my top 10 quotes from City of Heavenly Fire, in no particular order. Let’s get started!

 

1. “We shouldn’t,” protested Isabelle. “The Clave has a plan.”

“The Clave has the collective intelligence of a pineapple,” said Jace.

Alec blinked up at them. “Jace is right.”

Isabelle turned on her brother. “What do you know? You weren’t even paying attention.”

“I was,” Alec said, injured. “I said Jace was right.”

“Yeah, but there’s like a 90% chance of me being right most of the time, so that’s not proof you were listening,” said Jace. “That’s just a good guess.”

2. “I did not make a pie,” Alec repeated, gesturing expressively with one hand, “for three reasons. One, because I do not have any pie ingredients. Two, because I don’t actually
know how to make a pie.”
He paused, clearly waiting.
Removing his sword and leaning it against the cave wall, Jace said warily, “And three?”
“Because I am not your bitch,” Alec said, clearly pleased with himself.”

3. “We are all the pieces of what we remember. We hold in ourselves the hopes and fears of those who love us. As long as there is love and memory, there is no true loss.”

4. “No killing,” Jordan said. “We’re trying to make you feel peaceful, so you don’t go up in flames. Blood, killing, war, those are all non-peaceful things. Isn’t there anything else you like? Rainforests? Chirping birds?”

“Weapons,” said Jace. “I like weapons.”

“I’m starting to think we have a problematic issue of personal philosophy here.”

Jace leaned forward, his palms flat on the ground. “I’m a warrior,” he said. “I was brought up as a warrior. I didn’t have toys, I had weapons. I slept with a wooden sword until I was five. My first books were medieval demonologies with illuminated pages. The first songs I learned were chants to banish demons. I know what brings me peace, and it isn’t sandy beaches or chirping birds in rainforests. I want a weapon in my hand and a strategy to win.”

Jordan looked at him levelly. “So you’re saying that what brings you peace … is war.”

“Now you get it.”

5. “Your boyfriend’s crazy,” he said to Clary.
“Yeah, but he’s hot,” said Clary. “So there’s that.”

6. “Every time I think I’m missing a piece of me, you give it back.”

7. “WHY DOES THIS KEEP HAPPENING?” There was a sound of shattering glass, and they both sat up to see Alec glaring at them. He had dropped the empty bottle of wine he had been carrying, and there were bits of sparkly glass all over the cave floor. “WHY CAN’T YOU GO SOMEWHERE ELSE TO DO THESE HORRIBLE THINGS? MY EYES.”

8. “Alec pulled his knees up to his chest and looked thoughtfully at Jace. “I know,” he said. “I’m not jealous. I always knew, from the first, that everyone thought you were better than me. My dad thought it. The Clave thought it. Izzy and Max looked up to you as the great warrior they wanted to be like. But the day you asked me to be your parabatai, I knew you meant that you trusted me enough to ask me to help you. You were telling me that you weren’t this lone and self-sufficient warrior able to do everything alone. You needed me. So I realized that there was one person who didn’t assume you were better than me. You.”

9. “He’s not feeling well,” Clary said, catching at Simon’s wrist. “We’re going.”
“No,” Simon said. “No, I — I need to talk to him. To the Inquisitor.”
Robert reached into his jacket and drew out a crucifix. Clary stared in shock as he held it up between himself and Simon. “I speak to the Night’s Children Council representative, or to the head of the New York clan,” he said. “Not to any vampire who comes to knock at my door —“
Simon reached out and plucked the cross out of Robert’s hand. “Wrong religion,” he said.”

10. “There are a hundred trillion cells in the human body, and every single one of the cells of my body loves you. We shed cells, and grow new ones, and my new cells love you more than the old ones, which is why I love you more every day than I did the day before. It’s science. And when I die and they burn my body and I become ashes that mix with the air, and part of the ground and the trees and the stars, everyone who breathes that air or sees the flowers that grow out of the ground or looks up at the stars will remember you and love you, because I love you that much.”

 

THE FEELS! Ten was definitely not enough quotes to show all of the amazingness of this book! Have you read City of Heavenly Fire? What were some of your favorite quotes? Let me know in the comment section so we can suffer through all the feels together!

-Leah