Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Book & Blog-Related Goals/Resolutions for 2015!

The Top 10 Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where each week you post your top ten best, worst, etc. This week's topic is my ten (more or less) bookish and blogish goals/resolutions for 2015!

2014 was a good year, both reading and blogging wise, during the first half of the year. Once it hit September, my free time was obliterated and I failed this blog and my reading was a disaster. But hopefully, with my goals and resolutions for the new year, I get to improve my blog, keep up my reading and in retrospect, improve my personal well being.

Monday, December 29, 2014

2014 End of the Year Book Survey

Wow! Where did the year go? Seriously, 2014 came and went! I'm going to be honest: This year was crazy year for me, both in my personal life and reading life. I've learned new things about me that scare me, some things I need to work on, but I've also discovered things about me that's worth something and I'm slightly proud of. I'm still discovering myself, and that's okay.

But guys, my reading - it was crazy this year! My reading challenge was to read 60 books in total this year and I surpassed by a lot. I'm crazy proud of my reading this year. I've discovered some great books this year! And I hope I discover even more books next year!

Note: This Survey was created by the lovely Jaime over at The Perpetual Page-Turner!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Review: The Rosie Project

Title: The Rosie Project
Series: Don Tillman #1
Author: Graeme Simsion
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Genre: Contemporary, Humor, Romance
Age Group: Adult
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Page Count: 295 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars
Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don's Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

My Thoughts

The Adult genre is new territory for me. I read Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore earlier this year and I wasn't all that impressed. I was disappointed, actually. (It's actually my fault, I assumed the plot was 100 percent different than what it truly is). Disappointed with my first venture in the Adult genre, I steered clear. But then The Rosie Project came along and my friend told me it was amazing, and I had to read it, so I did. And she was absolutely right.

I knew immediately (or, well, almost immediately) that Don had Aspergers. A couple of months ago I binge-watched Parenthood on Netflix (as one does), and one of the characters, Max, has Apergers. I was familiar with the way people with Apergers think and react to certain situations, which made it apparent that Don has Aspergers. But Don doesn't know he has Aspergers; he thinks there's something missing about him that doesn't make him understand human behavior.

Samson's writing is very much in tune with the mindset of someone with Aspergers. It was done very well, with a lot of humor entwined. I enjoyed how, being as it's written in first person point of view, the text still held a lot of humor and heart, even though it didn't come from Don himself (but it did, just unintentionally).

The relationships in the novel were really sweet. I loved Don's relationship with Claudia and Rosie, especially. In the novel he learns about social norms, how to act properly in relationships and he becomes protective of them both and it just melted my heart. It's difficult for those with Asperges to make relationships since their thoughts are so technical an factual, and it was nice to see Don growing and learning about being in tune with others as the novel progresses.

I definitely recommend this book everyone, especially those who are venturing into the Adult genre for the first time—this book is a great way into it. It's a light read, very easy to get through, and it's super fun, for anyone of any age to enjoy! 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Top Ten Books I Read in 2014

The Top 10 Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where each week you post your top ten best, worst, etc. This week's topic is my ten favorite books that I've read this year.

In 2014, I've read (so far) about a total of 77 books! I know! This yeas a good reading year for me. (Well, it was. Until school started). I read so many good books, and it was definitely hard to chose ten. But, I buckled down and I did the best that I could.

This list is in no particular order.

1. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
This series quickly became my favorite series, followed by Alexandra Bracken being one of my new favorite authors moments after I finished book one. Holding all of my favorite characters, I can't help myself from commending Alexandra Bracken on her amazing work. Seriously, I'm a huge fangirl when it comes to this series. It's written very well and the story is so interesting and the characters are so beautiful I want to cry.

2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
If you've read Throne of Glass, you'll know how absolutely amazing it is! The characters, as we progress from book to book, are so interesting, especially all the new characters we meet. The plot is so well thought out and it's developing so well and I'm so in love!! And can we talk about character development? I mean Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ. The last book, Heir of Fire, had my heart bleeding when I finished and what the flip, when's the fourth book coming out?!

3. Amy and Rogers Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
This year I was introduced to Morgan Matson and holy flip do I love her! She's a great contemporary writer, and I've read all of her books this year, and let me tell you, she does not disappoint. Out of all of her books, Amy and Rogers Epic Detour was my favorite, mainly because I have a deep want to go on a road trip and go to every state in the US and go to unique restaurants (like Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Man I wish I had Guy Fieri's life). I love reading Amy and Rogers trip through all of those states, meeting new characters (going to all those restaurants!) and see their character develop so beautifully.

4. How to Love by Katie Cotugno
This one made the list mostly because I related to Reena so much. (No, I didn't get pregnant at sixteen and become a teen mom. I related with her through her insecurities). Now, I must say this book is not for everyone. A major problem people have is with Sawyer LeGrande. He's not a very likable character, but it all depends on the reader. What I did love was Katie Cotugno's writing, that's what drew me in and kept me there.

5. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Talk about probably the most beautiful book I may have read in my lifetime. Daughter of Smoke and Bone had such a beautiful and unique style of writing, its like art being brought to life by words. I'm not exaggerating, it's that good. And the story? The actual plot? Jesus, it was good. So intricate and very well developed. Lani Taylor is a wonder and I don't understand how. How, Laini, how?

6. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
I strayed away from this book for as long as I did, mainly because I don't do well with book that have
1) death in the family
2) love triangles
But damn it, Jandy Nelson handled both topics so well that it was fascinating to read. I think the main reason why this book is on this list is because I was so impressed by it. I was expecting a regular three star story, but instead I was blown away with Jandy Nelsons' beautiful writing. Literally so damn impressed.

7. The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater 
Another interesting series that I fell in love with this year! Honestly, I think my favorite part about this series is the characters. Individually and as a group/grouped together. The Raven Boys has a plethora of characters, all very different and unique in their own way and they interest me so much. I love them alone, but I love their relationships with each other, especially the boys. The beautifully damaged Raven Boys.

8. All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrell 
How is this book not hyped up?! All Our Yesterdays has to be the most interesting books I've read this year! And by interesting I mean insanely freaking awesome! This book centers on time travel and the characters are so cute and interesting and kick ass. Em and Marina and Finn and James are so precious. The story is so brilliantly plotted and so clever. Lets make this book crazy famous in 2015, yes?

9. Cress by Marissa Meyer
I started the series last year and read Cress this February when it was released, that's why only Cress is on the list, and by god it deserves to be! The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer is the most interesting take on fairytales with such great lovable characters. Cress is probably the most interesting of the series, since we now have Cress's perspective. 

10. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
So so so so so so so so so so beautiful! The writing is just gorgeous! The character development, the family dynamic, all the relationships were fantastic. I flew threw this book and I was ever so glad I picked it up!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Review: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan (Spoilers!)

Title: The Blood of Olympus
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #5
Author: Rick Riordan
Release Date: October 7th, 2014
Genre: Greek Mythology, Fantasy
Age Group: Middle Grade
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Page Count: 516 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars
Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake. 
The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it "might" be able to stop a war between the two camps. 
The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea's army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.
Please do not read if you haven't read books 1-4 in the series.