February Wrap Up!

Overall I think that I did pretty good this month! So hee is my February wrap up!

The first book I read was City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

  

Synopsis: When Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder. much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with odd markings. this is Clarys first meeting with the shadow hunters, Warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demo so—and keeping the odd werewolves and vampires in line. it’s also her first meeting with gorgeous, golden haired Jace. Within twenty four hours Clary is pulled into Jaces world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. but why would demons be interested in an ordinary mundane like Clary? And how did she suddenly get the sight? The shadow hunters would like to know…

First of all, this book was amazing! I’m looking forward to reading more of this series, hopefully sometime soon. I found it a bit overrated in the beginning but it ended up living up to most of my expectations in the end. I love all of the characters but I think Isabelle might be my favourite with the exception of Clary… But I also really love Jace and Magnus so far! In the beginning I didn’t like Simon at all but now I’ve started to warm up to him.

There are many parts that I absolutely loved and many parts that lost my interest. I would have to rate this 4/5 stars… 

Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The second book I read was Don’t even think about it by Sarah Mlynowski.

  

Synopsis: We know what your thinking. We weren’t always like this. We used to be average New York City high school sophomores. Until our homeroom went for flu shots. Suddenly we could hear what everyone was thinking. Our friends. Our parents. Our crushes.

Since we’ve kept our freakish skill a secret, we can sit next to the class brainiac and ace our tests. We can dump our boyfriends right before ey dump us. We know what our friends really think our our jeans, our breath, our new bangs. We always know what’s coming.

Some of us will thrive. Some of us will crack. None of us will ever be the same. So stop obsessing over your ex. We’re always listening.

My friend gave this book to me for Christmas and said that she really liked it when she read it awhile ago, and that she wasn’t sure how much I’d like it. I loved the idea of the book and its story and how there’s not just one narrator but everyone narrorates it. There was a lot of drama in this book and I generally prefer fantasy books, but I’d say this is a bit more contemporary minus the fact that it’s about telepathy between a home room class… I’m glad I read this book but it’s one at I don’t think I’d re-read. I honk I would have like it better if I read it about two years ago.. 

I guess I’d have to rate is about 3/5 stars…

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The third book I read was Prison boy by Sharon E. McKay.

  

Synopsis: From the moment Kai arrives at the orphanage, Pax is his devoted protector, though he’s still so young himself. Like most young teens Pax still enjoys children stories but is ever more curious about the secrets adults keep. When the orphanage is shut down, Pax has to grow up fast. The two boys are on their own.

Out on the street, they meet thieves, ruthless policeman, and worse. Desperate to save money for Kai’s schooling, Pax agrees to work as a bicycle boy for a mysterious man named Mister. Life is finally stable—until Mr. asked them to deliver a strangely heavy package.

This deeply moving story brings to light critically important issue—the plight of children in countries where they are systematically imprisoned and subjected to cruel punishment. This is also a story of selfless love, courage, and redemption is the face of unspeakable odds

The beginning of this book was okay… But then it just got really boring. Not very mush happened until the very end. The last 40 pages were probably the best. I wish I could say better things about this book but I just did not enjoy it. I thought the whole idea of the story was rely good but I don’t like the way it was written very much. It was kind of sad too.. The only reason I kept reading it was because it is part of the forest of reading. (see previous post) 

It pains me to say that my rating is 2/5 stars….

Rating: ⭐️⭐️

The fourth book I read was The truth commission by Susan Juby.
  

Synopsis: Open secrets of the heart of gossip—the things that no one is brave  or clueless enough to ask.

That is, except for Normandy Pale and her friends dusk and Neil. They are juniors at green pastures Academy of Art and applied design, and they have no fear.

They are the truth commission.

But Normandys passion for uncovering the truth is not entirely heartfelt. The truth can be dangerous especially when it involves her brilliant older sister, Keira, the creator of a best-selling graphic novel series, who has left college and come home under mysterious circumstances, and in complete silence.

Even for a truth commissioner, there are some lines that cannot be crossed…

This dryly funny, knife sharp novel, written as “narrative nonfiction” by Normandy herself, features footnotes, illustration, and a combination of a Mistery/love story that will capture readers from the first page.

Okay, so I’ve had a bid of bad luck with reading amazing books this month…. But this one was a bit better. I found the beginning to be pretty slow and boring but as the book went on it got better. Epecially once the romance started. The ending was perfect and some of the book was predictable but then some parts were very, very unexpected. All in all dismay that this was a pretty good book… I give it a 3.5/5 stars.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨

  

The fifth book I read was The gospel truth by Caroline Pignat.

It’s 1858, and Phoebe is a 16 year oldslave girl living on a Virginia tobacco plantation. She is a keen observer of the brutality that comes from being owned. While she understands she’s in a cage without freedom, her best friend, Shad, deceives himself that life on the plantation is good; he’s happy in his ignorance. Meanwhile Phoebe has taught herself to read, at once an advantage and a danger: slaves are not permitted such knowledge. 
When a Canadian doctor visits the plantation for bird watching, Shad and Phoebe soon realize it’s more than the birds that he is after.

Wow. I really enjoyed this book. It is narrorated by a few of the slaves, their mater, their masters wife, and their daughter, Tessa. The main narrarator is a slave name Phoebe. It is so interesting to see and feel, and know the way things were so long ago. Our world was so cruel. It this book made me very greatful to live in Canada. All in all, I ought this book was amazing and beautifully written. Definitely one of the best Red Maple books I’ve read so far. I’m going to have to give it a 4.5/5 stars…

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨

  

The sixth book I read was Young man with camera by Emil Sher.

Synopsis: This is T— but this isn’t the whole picture of him. It doesn’t show his scars or his attraction to fire. It’s incomplete without Licy and Sean. And it leaves out Ryan , who torments T— so badly, he chooses not to use his full name.

t—’s photographs speak louder than words. But when he captures a horrific assault on camera, the attackers want to silence his pictures. Going to the pod early. Keeping the truth hidden could be worse.

Everything comes down to what matters most.

Again, this book was for Red Maple….. And I haven’t exactly had too much luck with it this year. This one was a bit better…. It took me a whole week to read it because I just couldn’t get into it but then there was a big plot twist and that got me reading. After that, I had it finished the next day… I don’t quite understand the whole point to this book and it’s not one I would normally read… It was a bit depressing but it really made you think. However, I did not like the format of it, and that author didn’t use quotation marks, just bold letters which I don’t like but it did emphasize the book. Overall I think it was a good story and the ending was pretty satisfying… I’ll give it a 3/5 stars…

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Leibster award

Hi guys, so I was nominated by the lovely Bethsbookishcorner for the Leibster award, though I know I don’t deserve it, that’s just how nice of a person Beth is! I encourage you all to go over and check out her blog! Anyways, I just wanted to thank her for nominating me! 😘

I nominate Becs bookshelf, So bookish blog, Turning pages, and The mind of a book nerd.

(Hopefully all the links work 😁 I’m sort of new to this..)

Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a post.
  2. Answer 11 questions the blogger gives you in their post. Meaning if you are nominated, my questions…
  3. Nominate 11 blogs you think are deserving of this award and let them know you have nominated them.. In my case I only nominated four because I haven’t read too many blogs yet…
  4. Give them 11 questions of your own for them to answer.


Here are the questions that Beth has asked me:

  1. Hyped book or book series that you didn’t like? Hmmm… I loved The fault in our stars when I read it, and it was very hyped but now if I read it, I feel like I wouldn’t enjoy it half as much as I did, and why? I don’t know. I guess the only other one I could really say is The fifth wave, and though I did like it, it took me awhile to read and I didn’t look forward to reading it when I picked it up… But something just kept making me pick it up and finish it. I’m not sure that I’ll read The infinite sea though..
  2. Do you like listening to music whilst you read? Sometimes yes, but mostly I read in the quiet, or at least as close to quiet I can get at my house.. there’s always people talking or a tv on… So I definetly don’t find music a distraction.
  3. Favourite place to read? My favourite place to read? I guess I would say my bed or the couch… Sometimes I sit outside in the summer or fall but other than that I don’t think I really read anywhere else…
  4. Do you use your local library? Yes. I use my local library only every so often because as I’m sure most people relate, I like to have my own copy of the book and special editions as well. Though I do find many awesome books at my local library and should really start going there more.
  5. Are you a spine breaker or are you always careful? I guess you could say I’m both.. I mean, I don’t purposely try to break the spine but if it happens, it happens. I am still planning on reading the book so what’s the point in not reading it just to save the spine? 
  6. Favourite book to movie adaption? I guess I would have to say The fault in our stars or divergent… I thought this movies weren’t missing much from the book, and the actors all did an amazing job developing the characters. Oh! I almost forgot Harry Potter! That book to movie adaption was amazing, and watching the films first may have a big part in that but I think many people agree with me on this!
  7. All time favourite book? I have asked Beth this question before and I am going to reply with the exact same answer as she did. Could you have asked a harder question? I can’t just choose one book/book series, so instead I’ll just name but a few. Harry Potter and Twilight are definetly some, as is the Throne of glass series. I can’t forget the Mortal instruments series, though I have only just finished the first book, I am certain that this series will be at the top of my list!
  8. Do you read/write any fanfiction about your favourite characters? I like to read some fanfiction on bookstagram but other than that I don’t really read or write it too much…
  9. Which book character do you think your most like? Hmmmm…. Again, what a hard question. I want to say that I’m like all of the badass characters that kill demons or cast spells to defeat a Gillian or some other downworlder, but sadly I’m not. Though I can’t exactly say that I don’t know how to use any weapons or fight.. I can use a bow and arrow, throw knives, punch and kick properly (but very forcefully 😁😂) and I occasionally practice charms… (If only I wasn’t a muggle) The truth is, I honestly don’t know what character I’m most like.
  10. Are you a fan of audio books? I wouldn’t know, I haven’t listened to any. Though when I get my licence, I may like them since I can pretty much read books in the car. 
  11. What’s the most you’ve spent on books in one go? I’m not exactly sure but I think about $80 or maybe $60 but I definetly don’t regret it!

My questions for you:

  1. What’s an average range of time that it takes you to read a book?
  2. Do you like to write? If so, what about, what genre?
  3. Do you like to draw character from books and movies?
  4. Have you ever watched a play of a book that you’ve read?
  5. Have you ever enjoyed the movie more than the book?
  6. Do you have any bookish merchandise?
  7. What’s the lowest rating that you’ve given a book?
  8. Have you ever participated in a book club or book group?
  9. Have you ever went to a book signing?
  10. What kind of blogs do you read?
  11. Do you have a favourite book series? If so, what is it?


      Thanks for reading 😘

      January Wrap Up!

      I have been in a big reading slump lately and barely got three books read in January, but I’m still going to attempt a Wrap up blog!

      The first book I read was Winter by Marrissa Meyers.

      I loved this book so very much, all 824 pages of it! I thought it was very well-written and the characters just kept getting better and better, not to mention the romance! I love how they all stuck together even when they were not. They fought for each other and were willing to sacrifice their lives for one another, fight the control of a thaumaturge rather than turn against one another. I don’t want to give anything away so I’m not going to say much more about this outstanding book!

      Rating: 5/5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


      The second book I read was Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

      Thus book too was wonderful but I did find it a bit slow in the beginning.. I also thought it was pretty predictable, that was…….until I got to the end. If you’ve read this book, you know what I’m talking about.. You know, that crazy plot twist that left everyone in shock? Yeah, that’s the one… Haha but seriously, if you haven’t read it yet, I would add it to your TBR list.. The end of the book was beyond amazing and I was so satisfied with the he ending, and am looking forward to reading the next book! 

      Rating: 4.5/5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨


      The last but certainly not least book I read was Harry Potter and the Chamber of secrets by J.K Rowling.

      Yes yes I know, I haven’t read all of the Harry Potter books yet… But I’m working on it! The first book was way better than I thought it would be,and now reading the second book has made me way over obsessed with Harry Potter, but you know, isn’t every book reader? I have not words to say about this book other than GO READ IT!

      Rating: 6.5/5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ (seriously, this book deserves that rating.)


      As always, I love you guys, and thanks for reading my blog!😘

      Go check out my bookstagram as well! http://instagram.com/the_pleasures_of_books
      (Also, just a little disclaimer, sorry for the no photo post, I didn’t have very much time so I couldn’t add any photos, but I hope it’s still worthy of reading 😁😁)

      About me/my blog.

      As I’m sure most of you know I’m a book lover, I just wanted to tell you a bit more about me and my blog…

      First of all, I have a bookstagram that I would love for you guys to check out.. Link: http://instagram.com/the_pleasures_of_books

      I haven’t really been posting much on here and judging by the way my wordpress is working right now, I still won’t be able to post too often because it’s glitchy and doesn’t always save my drafts.. I work on my blog with my iPad because my laptop is too outdated to use WordPress, so I’m not exactly sure how well my blog looks.. I’m also still getting used to having one. I would like  to start posting more often, ranging from book reviews, to tags, and other things that might come up.. Hopefully WordPress will start working better for me 😁🙏

      I don’t really know what else to say, but I would really appreciate some blog requests!

      Love you guys, I hope you all have an amazing rest of your day! 😘

       

       

      Inside Out Book Tag!

      1. Inside flap or back cover? Too much info or not enough                           It doesn’t really matter to me if it’s the inside flap or the back cover, but I feel like there’s normally more information in the flap rather than the back cover, since they obviously want to keep the back cover neat and pretty-looking, so I guess that’s probably part of the reason. 
      2. New book : what form? Audio book, e-book, paperback, hardcover, etc…                                                                                                         Hardcovers for sure! They are way more preservable, and I just love the way they look compared to paperbacks, although I do always love a good paperback! I really don’t enjoy audio books, but I can stand e-books, but it’s a pain to have to make sure my tablet (or other devices) is charged…. Plus books smell way better!
      3. Scribble while you read. Do you like to write in your books, take notes, make comments, or keep in clean?                                                  I like to keep my books nice and clean because eventually I will donate them to a library or second-hand store, and they are just nicer when they’re clean! If I want to make comments about my book, I can always rely on the Bookstagram community to listen!
      4. Does it matter if the author is male or female? Unsure of authors gender, Uh oh, or Oh well!?                                                                                    Not at all! I don’t care one bit if the authors male or female, ouch I do find that I read a lot more female authored books, but I still enjoy books that have male authors! Unsure of the authors gender? Who cares! I’m still gonna read the book!
      5. Ever read ahead? Ever read the last page before you get there?              Yes, and I often regret it, because I get close to the end and can easily predict what’s gonna happen!
      6. Organized book shelves, or outrageous book shelves?                          I prefer organized bookshelves, but I don’t exactly have a bookshelf at the moment, due to lack of books, but not that I am gaining in the amount of books I have, my book area is getting to be messy! But I plan to make a bookshelf out of stained wood crates this summer, so that problem will eventually be fixed! Yay!
      7. Ever bought a book based on only the cover?                                            Obviously! Who hasn’t?
      8. Take it outside to read, or stay in!?                                                                I love reading outside! (Especially in autumn!) but sometimes the sun gives me headaches, so I go back inside. I normally only read outside in the autumn, due to that problem! 

      Sorry I haven’t been posting lately! 😁😁😁 

      I’ll try to post more often but no garauntees since I’m busy with school work lots,  ur I’ll be able to blog more when the Christmas break/holidays start!

      This or That? Book Tag!


      Q1. Physical book or e-book?

      Definetly physical book! They smell so much better than the weird hot metal smell of ebooks! 😂

      Q2. Audio or book in hand?
      Book in hand! I’ve only read 1 preview of an audio book and that was twilight, although I did enjoy it, I still prefer to be reading for myself. Also reading the audio book let my mind wander too much and I couldn’t focus on the book as much!

      Q3. Paperback or Hardcover? 

      Hardcover for sure! They can last so much longer if you keep them in a good condition and the spine doesn’t get all those weird lines on it like paperback does! And some books have different jackets than the actually cover, and that’s always fun to find out! Plus they come with the amazing spines!

      Q4. Adult or Young adult?

      Young adult! I have read a couple good adult books but I find that they’re too parent ish and mature.

      Q5. Series or Stand alone?

      I find that series have a bigger and more detailed story, but I hate having to wait for the next book, it’s too much suspense!!! But I also think that some stand alone books are too short and need to have a second book, but ones like Eleanor and park I thought were really good stand alone books!

      Q6. Random piece of paper or Bookmark?

      I used to always use random pieces of paper or receipts…etc.. But now I use bookmarks a lot more, but I always ruin them quickly!

      Q7. Borrow or Buy?

      Buy. I like to have the book for myself, in case I lose or ruin a borrowed one, plus I like to reread some! Though I do like borrowing books, to save some money!😂📖

      Q8. Breaking the spine or barely opening the book?

      Ugh. I hate ruining books but I also hate not reading them! I think I have to go with ruining them over not opening the most!

      Q9. Bookstore or Online?

      Bookstore. They feel so magical and they always have good vibes! I could spend hours in one! Especially second hand book stores!

      Q10. Fiction or Non Fiction?

      Fiction.

      Q11. Fantasy world or Real life issues?

      Aren’t books supposed to be a way for you to escape reality? Not read about more real life problems?

      Q12. Kindle, iPad or other?

      I much rather not read through electronics, but my iPad comes in handy when I can’t find the book anywhere else.

      Q13. Monster read or Short and sweet? 

      I always find myself going for monster reads, they just have so much more to tell!

      Q14. Starry-eyed romance or full-on action?

      Both.

      Q15. Curl up in a snuggle or bathe in the sunlight?

      Sun and reading don’t mix well for me. I get headaches a lot. So u guess curl up in a snuggie, sounds like me…

      Q16. Read the review or decide yourself?

      Both, sometimes I don’t have the patience to read a review.

      Q17. Zombies or Unicorns?

      Zombies are so awesome, but I’d rather vampires or demontors for a dark, scary-ish creature. So unicorns.