The Ultimate Book Tag

I don’t have a review for you guys today, so I thought I would do a tag instead. Tags are always fun for me to read or watch. The blog that really got me into tags is Twin Reads, they post some really cool tags and they also have some great reviews.  Today I’m going to be doing the Ultimate Book Tag, I found this tag through the Chapter Chicks but I don’t think it was created by them. It’s fairly old, but the questions are still good, so who cares.

Let’s get started!

 1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

No, I do not. Thank God, that would make road trips incredibly hard for me, because that’s the only thing that occupies my time.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

I find Stephen King to be very unique, maybe that’s a standard answer. But I just think the way he can make fake worlds seem so real, and create such complex characters is amazing. I have yet to finish one of his books though, there a little too intense for me.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

I’m going to have to pick Twilight, but let me explain myself.

1. Twilight was the first book series that I ever fell in love with.

2.It has a very special place in my heart, and my inner sixth grader gets a little choked up when I think about it being over.

3.I will always… always be Team Edward.

4. Do you carry a bag? If so, what is in it (besides books…)?

I do carry a book bag and I try to keep at least one book in it at all times. Other than that I just keep a bullet journal/planner, a snack, pens, my keys, and my wallet. It’s basically my purse…who am I kidding, it is my purse.

5. Do you smell your books?

I like to smell my books when I first buy them, especially if I order them online. I love that fresh out of the box smell.

6.Books with or without little illustrations?

I like when books have little illustrations inside the front and back cover. But not on the actual pages, because I get distracted.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

Fifty Shades of Grey. I don’t even have to explain.

8.Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood?

Sadly, I don’t have any funny stories. I didn’t get into reading until about 5th/6th grade.

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

You Don’t Have to Like Me by Alida Nugent.

10.What is the thickest book on your shelf?

It by Stephen King. (My goal is to have this book finished by the time the new movie comes out.)

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

I do. That is the ultimate goal for me, is to be an author. I don’t aspire to be the next J.K. Rowling or anything (I don’t even think that’s possible) but I do want to be successful enough to support myself.

12. When did you get into reading?

It was the end of 5th grade, and the beginning of 6th grade. I read the first The Princess Diaries book and then when I got to middle school I read the rest. That was the beginning of a long, long, expensive journey for me. But when Twilight entered my life that was when I really got hooked.

13. What is your favorite classic book?

When I first went over these questions, this question stumped me at first, because I couldn’t think of any classic books that I thoroughly enjoyed. But the longer I thought about it, I thought about the book the Number the Stars, The Outsiders, and The Bell Jar. All those books are quite sad, and I’m not even sure if they’re considered classics.

14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?

Absolutely not. I was a slacker, up until college, I would rather read on my own.

15.If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?

I would accept the gift and say thank you, and eventually I would donate it.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

I haven’t read any that aren’t already well known.

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while filming?

I use a lot of filler words. Um, like, well, but I’m trying my best to stop.

18. What is your favorite word?

Metropolis. Adventure. Whimsical.

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

I would consider myself a spazz, more than anything. But if I had to choose from the options above, I would definitely be a dork.

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?

Vampires. I’m Team Edward, so of course I’m going to say that.

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Shapeshifters. I just think that whole concept is really cool, that’s one of the sup23erpowers that I would want to have if I had superpowers.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

Spirits. Werewolves bore me.

23. Zombies or Vampires?

Vampires.

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

Forbidden Love. *sigh* I love love, and I think that Forbidden love is sweet.

25. WE HAVE REACHED THE END!! Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Even though erotic fiction is my not so guilty guilty pleasure, but I prefer both. I enjoy both genres equally.

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Phoebe Robinson, You Can’t Touch My Hair Review

Title: You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain

Author: Phoebe Robinson

Genre: Humor/Non-fiction

Synopsis: Phoebe Robinson offers a hilariously smart narrative on being a black woman. Filled with Phoebe’s life experiences and her struggles of being a black woman in comedy and of being deemed the “black friend.” Robinson’s, You Can’t Touch My Hair, breaks down the many struggles that black women, and just women in general, have to face in society in an honest and funny way. (Source: Me( Surprise!! I wrote this all by myself) )

I have never related to a book so much in my life. I may have said that about, Alida Nugent’s You Don’t Have to Like Me, but Phoebe Robinson took the thoughts write out of my brain and put them in a book.

For example my favorite chapter, How to Avoid Being the Black Friend, Robinson tells her experiences with being the black friend and what to look for to know that you are the “black friend.” As someone who has been the black friend my entire life, it’s nice to read that I’m not the only one who has had this experience. If I had a quarter for every time I sat in a classroom and I was the only black person in the class, I would have a hefty savings account.

Robinson hit all the points for me to give You Can’t Touch My Hair a 10 out of 10. Relatability, humor, a unique voice, and honesty. I want everyone I know to read this, even my white girlfriends who will never know what it’s like to have black hair or to be the black friend. But luckily for them Phoebe Robinson wrote a whole book about it, so they can learn.

I hope that Phoebe Robinson is able to write more books in the future, and that she can continue to produce amazing content for her podcasts.

You can find check out more of Phoebe Robinson in the links below:

Epic Reads Tag

Today I wanted to try something different, I thought I would post a tag instead of doing a review. I came across the Epic Reads Tag while searching for a cool tag, it looked really cool and I really liked the questions. So let’s get started!

  1. If you could invite one author and one of their fictional characters to lunch, who would you invite and what would you serve them?

I would invite Rainbow Rowell and Kath from her novel, FanGirl, to lunch, and we would have Mexican food. Kath is one of my favorite fictional characters, ever, and Rainbow Rowell is my favorite author.

2. What book do you wish the author would write a prequel for?

Hmm, this is a hard one. I would love for Sabaa Tahir to write a prequel for An Ember In the Ashes, focused on Elias’ experience at Briarcliff. Elias was my favorite character in Ember, and ever since I finished it I’ve been curious about what it was like at Briarcliff when Elias’ was younger.

3. Which two characters (not from the same book) would make a good couple?

Ooo, this one is good. Okay, if I could pick two characters to be in a relationship that weren’t from the same book. I would pick Quentin from John Green’s, Paper Towns, and I know I said Kath for question one, but I think they would be cute together so I’m going to say her for this one too. That would also make an awesome crossover novel. John Green and Rainbow Rowell need to get on that.

4. If you ran into your favorite author on the subway and could only say one sentence to them, who is it and what would it be?

I’m going to say my childhood favorite, Meg Cabot. And I would say, “I love your books, and you are the reason that I fell in love with reading in the first place, and I want to thank you for that.”

5. What book made you a reader and why?

Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot, is what really made me fall in love with reading. It was the end of fifth grade and I had never read for fun before, all the books I read I was forced to read. But one day I picked up The Princess Diaries, I remember the cover was hot pink with a tiara on the front, and I was hooked. I’ve loved to read ever since. 

6. Your bookshelf just caught fire show the book you’d save.

Fangirl, duh. (Photo from: Rainbow Rowell)

7. Which dystopian world would you want to live in if you had to choose one? why?

I don’t know if The Selection by Kierra Cass counts as a dystopian world, but it will be today. I’m picking this book, because it seems safer than all of my other options and I want to be America Singer. I really need to finish that series, I am so behind.

8. What is your most epic read of all time?

My most epic read has to be Stephen King’s, It. I got it for my birthday in September, and I’m only half-way through it. There’s so many different perspectives, and there’s also a lot of information. It’s just an intense read, it’s something I have to prepare myself for.

This was actually really fun, I will definitely be doing this again. If there’s any other cool book tags I should check out, comment them below.

Alida Nugent, You Don’t Have to Like Me Review

 

Title: You Don’t Have To Like Me: Essays on Growing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding Feminism

Author: Alida Nugent

Genre: Nonfiction

Synopsis: “Feminist” is not a four-letter word, but Alida Nugent resisted it for a long time. She feared the “scarlet F” being thrust upon her for refusing to laugh at misogynistic jokes at parties; she withered under the judgmental gaze of store clerks when buying Plan B, and she swore that she was “not like other girls.” But eventually, like so many of us, she discovered that feminism is an empowering identity to take on. It’s okay to criticize beauty standards but still love dark lipstick, investing in female friendships is the most rewarding thing ever, and no one should feel pressured to eat an “unseasoned chicken breast the size of a deck of playing cards” as every sad dinner for the rest of eternity.
 
With sincerity, intelligence, and wit, Nugent invites readers in to her most private moments of personal growth. From struggling with an eating disorder for most of her teen years to embracing all aspects of her biracial identity, she tackles tough topics with honest vulnerability. Smartly-written, unapologetic, and laugh-out-loud funny, You Don’t Have to Like Me is perfect for readers of Roxane Gay, Rebecca Skolnit, and Sloane Crosley. (Source: Barnes & Noble)

I was only two pages into, You Don’t Have To Like Me, and I already knew I was going to love this book.

Alida Nugent writes a group of smart, funny essays about growing up and her journey to find feminism. You Don’t Have to Like me spoke on a variety of women’s issues such as safety, the pressures of  dieting, sex education, and feminism as a whole.

I wish I would I would have had this book in high school when I thought feminist were some radical group that went around burning bras and yelling at men for existing. Nugent’s book broke feminism down in a way that was easy to understand, and proves that anyone can be a feminist. You don’t have to hate men to be a feminist, you don’t have to hate Kim Kardashian to be a feminist, you don’t have to get an abortion to be a feminist, you can shave your entire body and still be a feminist. All you have to do is believe that women and men should be treated equally, and let women make their own decisions about their bodies and their lives.

It’s important to have books like this, because there are still so many people that are confused on what feminism is or are too scared to admit that they are a feminist because of the backlash they may receive. Being a feminist isn’t a bad thing, it’s a great thing. Wanting women to feel safe, and confident, and make equal pay, is a great thing.

I want to give a copy of this book to every person that I come in contact with that rolls their eyes when feminism or Women’s Marches are brought up. It’s a light entertaining read, and I highly recommend it. I’m excited to check out Alida Nugent’s first book Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse.

My next review will be Phoebe Robinson’s, You Can’t Touch My Hair, and after that I will be back to reading fiction for a little while.

Until Next Time,

Jay Reads

Veronica Roth, Carve The Mark Review

 

Author: Veronica Roth

Title: Carve The Mark

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins)

Synopsis:
Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get this brother out alive — no matter what the cost.
The Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?
Carve the Mark is Veronica Roth’s stunning portrayal of the power of friendship — and love — in a galaxy filled with unexpected gifts. (Source: GoodReads)

Before I start this review I just want to say that I like Veronica Roth and I loved the Divergent series (still haven’t seen any of the movies), but I cannot and will not base my opinions of Carve The Mark on the simple fact that it was written by Veronica Roth.

Now that I have gotten that out of the way, when I first started Carve The Mark; I did not like it. It didn’t grab me, I thought it was slow, and something about it didn’t flow right to me. I also had a problem with the self-harm aspect.

When the Shotet, the people from the enemy lands, kill someone they mark their kills by cutting themselves, hence the title Carve the Mark. Even though I have never struggled with self-harm myself, I know that there are plenty of people that have and I would never want anyone to be triggered by that.

But once I got passed the beginning, thankfully they don’t have to “carve the mark” too many times, I did begin to like the book. Specifically, the character interaction. The story alternates perspectives between Cyra and Akos, and the scenes between Cyra and Akos were my absolute favorites. I have to admit I am a sucker for romance, I can’t help it’s just so sweet.

I also liked all of the action in it, it was enough but not too much. There were twist and turns, and romance, and space. I mean what more could you want, romance and space, I’m hooked.

There were a lot of unanswered questions, so I’m thinking there’s going to be a second book. I hope there’s going to be a second book, because after that ending I need answers. But I pray that it comes to a natural end, and it doesn’t get dragged out into a long series. Because that would be extremely disappointing.

For anyone that starts reading this and wants to stop I suggest pushing through because it does get better. I will be checking out any additions to this series that Veronica Roth may come out with.

After this I’m going to be taking a little break from fantasy novels and will be diving into nonfiction for my next review with Alida Nugent’s, You Don’t Have to Like Me. I’m excited to begin reading this, and I can’t wait to get back to you guys with a review.

 

Blog of The Month- Feburary 2017

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For the past month, I’ve been searching for some new blogs to read and follow. So one night I was scrolling through my recommended on twitter when I found Twirling Pages. My first thought was, “Wow, this girl seems pretty cool,” and I then I went to her Instagram, and I loved it. Alexandra, a.k.a Twirling Pages, pictures are so cute, and she makes me want to take better photos (managing a bookstagram is really hard). But once I had effectively gone through her social medias, I checked out her blog.

First thing, I want to mention is how great her layout is, it’s really nice to look at and very well organized. I want to know how she does it. She posts Bookish things, such as reviews, discussions, etc., but she also does lifestyle posts. I really enjoy her bullet journaling videos.

Speaking of videos, I don’t think I mentioned that she also has a YouTube channel. Where she post favorites, hauls, and bullet journaling videos. Her videos are great for binge watching, but I do find myself wanting to buy all of the books that she talks about.

I highly recommend Twirling Pages, not only because Alexandra post great content, but she has an awesome personality and her videos are very entertaining. Make sure to follow her on Instagram and Twitter, her username is Twirling Pages on both.

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Twitter as well, I am jayrreads on both.