Thursday, August 16, 2012

Booking Through Thursday (5)

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Deb at btt2. Every Thursday, a book-related question is posted and fellow bloggers answer them.


What was the most emotional read you've ever had?

Note: This post has a ton of spoilers in it. So many that I didn't even bother with the purple highlighting thingy I usually do. So unless you're like, "Yay, spoilers! I love knowing what comes next," please, oh please, don't read. (Wow, I just asked my readers to not read something. Imagine my shock. O.O)

I really don't want to end up a blubbering mess at X-o'-clock in the morning. But I feel like my eyes. Are. Watering. So, I actually have three. Firstly, Sing Me To Sleep by Angela Morrison. Of course, I thought Derek was an asshole and a sort of bastard for keeping his secrets, and not really letting Beth into his life, using his biggest puppy-face to make everything better. And then came the big slam in my face, which felt like I got hit by an SUV. Derek had cystic fibrosis, and his death was indefinite. And because his hospital stay was so drawn out, I cry every time I read it. Second, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Oh, why did you have to kill Augustus, Mr. Green? 'Nuff said. Lastly, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Celia and Marco deserve each other, they really do, but the two of them die. For real. And that's just the most undeserved death anyone has ever had. At least they'd be together on the other side . . .

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Booking Through Thursday (4)

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Deb at btt2. Every Thursday, a book-related question is posted and fellow bloggers answer them.


Name a book you love in a genre you don't normally care for. What made you decide to read it? Did it make you want to try more in that genre?

I don't usually go for contemporary romance, or even a ton of purely contemporary novels. (I'm a sci-fi/fantasy girl.) But a few books I actually liked very much were:

  1. The Duff by Kody Keplinger: It was very honest and didn't gloss over the negative side in life. And it's very unlikely to see an author just present sex as a topic without making it sound all flowery and pretty. Which are possibly among the worst adjectives I've used, ever.
  2. A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger: Okay, I kind of started loving Kody Keplinger's writing after The Duff, and this is another honest story told from a teenager's point of view that may as well be real.
  3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: Did I mention how much I love this book? Only a few hundred times, I suppose. Throughout the story, I thought of Hazel as ticking time bombs and waited for her cancer to come back, and for some miracle to bring her back to Augustus' side. Highlight to see spoiler Little did I know that it was in fact not Hazel in danger, but Augustus who had his foot on a grave. It was a bit lyrical how the tables turned so quickly, showing that it was not Hazel's star that needed to be "healthier, but instead Augustus'. *Sniffle*
  4. The Snowball Effect by Holly Nicole Hoxter: I have a thing for honest soul-food. The Snowball Effect is not as well known as the books I've listed above, but it's hard to put into words how this book felt. I had a more difficult time than usual getting through this one because Lainey, the protagonist, had to go through so much conflict and pain and she was just so sad. Which is not like those cute, bubbly contemporary romances out there.
Unfortunately, no, those books didn't make me read more of contemporary romances. I liked those books listed above because they were real and broke your heart, not because it was happy and cute. But nevertheless, I still do come across bubbly and cute contemporary romances that I end up liking but wouldn't give a five-star to.


What genre do you avoid reading and why?

I try not to read too many books with religion as its topic at heart; I don't know why, but I personally get slightly freaked out at the thought of a deity, even though I'm religious myself. Weird, I know. Other than that, there's romances. I really don't like it when a character goes all "boo hoo, I don't know if I should choose between him, him, or the ten other suitors I have" (did I just say suitors?) and not just do something a lot quicker and straightforward. Besides, nearly all my favourite books have these epic battle scenes or whatnot in them.

Friday, August 03, 2012

Booking Through Thursday (3)

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Deb at btt2. Every Thursday, a book-related question is posted and fellow bloggers answer them.


Overall, what factor most influences your choice of your next read?

I always read a synopsis before borrowing/buying a book. If my TBR pile at home is growing high, it has to sound really good before I get it; if my TBR pile is super low, even a moderately good synopsis would make me borrow it. If it's in a series, I almost finish the series just to know what happens because it just bothers me so much if I don't know the outcome. It also depends on my mood; if I'm feeling bubbly, I'd go for contemporary, if I feel slightly unstable I like reading horror.


What is it that makes you want to read a book by an author you have never read before?

Like my answer to the question above, it's the synopsis, although if another blogger or a friend thought it was good I'd read it. I also like new topics, which drew me towards Kimberly Derting and many dystopia authors.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Booking Through Thursday (2)

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Deb at btt2. Every Thursday, a book-related question is posted and fellow bloggers answer them.


Do you have a favourite season of the year that you read more? (Example: during snow storms, rainy weather, or warm and sunny weather.)

I really like to read when it's really windy and cold. Just snuggle up and crack open a book c:


What's your favourite place to read? At the beach? Inside / Outside?

I love reading outside, but the glare of the sunlight and sounds around you tend to distract me. A lot. My concentration sucks. I like reading at the library because it's nice and quiet, but it seems a bit too public for my taste. So, I'd probably name my bed as my favourite place to read.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Booking Through Thursday (1)

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Deb at btt2. Every Thursday, a book-related question is posted and fellow bloggers answer them.


Series or Standalone?

This is a tough one. I love series because they're longer, and have more info in them, but it's so annoying and nerve racking to wait for the next book to be released.
On the other hand, there's a lot of standalones that I love, including Shine by Lauren Myracle and Between by Jessica Warman among others. Generally I'm not that into reading a standalone, but if I like it, it's because the author packs so much good stuff into it. The downside is that at times you feel like, "What happens next? Where do the characters end up?"
So in conclusion, I'm on the fence with this question
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