Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Review of Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

Lies We Tell Ourselves
by Robin Talley
384 Pages
Publishing Date: September 30, 2014
Age Range: 15+
Grade Level: 9th+
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

This book is about 10 black high school students who integrate an all white school. One of the students, Sarah Dunbar, is forced to work with a very outspoken segregationist's daughter, Linda Hairston.








The Short:
This was a very well done book. I don't think I have every read a book from the Civil Rights era, and I am glad that I did. After reading Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee, which is about the times of slavery, I was very interested to see a more in depth look at another horrible time in history for blacks. I really liked this book.

The Long:
The setting of this book was in Virginia in the Civil Rights era. Since Virginia is considered a southern state, the racism was horrendously obvious. From the first time the black students stepped foot on the school grounds they were treated like scum. Very little changed from the start of the year to the end in that aspect, but it still got somewhat better.
The characters seemed like real people who lived in the time period, and I loved learning more and more about them. They were so full with all of their quirks, and I loved it.
The LGBT aspect in this book was very interesting because it was not a normal thing during the time period. Most everyone focused on the mistreatment of blacks, but it was not until recently that LGBT equality became a real issue. The people did not understand what was going on with them, and decided that they were going to hell for it. That just about broke my heart when they casted THEMSELVES off as lesser for being gay. It was overall a very well done aspect of the book.
The story was wonderful. I really liked it. It was very well timed, and never seemed to drag on. Having said that, I felt that this book was missing something. I again can't describe what it was, but it just was missing.
I adored this book, and will probably be buying a finished copy when it is released.

The Rating:


XOXO,
Belle

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Content:
Language: VERY strong language in this book, particularly the N-word
Violence: a lot of racial violence, and racial bullying
Sex: very minimal

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I received this book for review, and all of my opinions are my own.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Finishing Series

I don't know about you, but I am AWFUL about finishing series. I don't know if it it just me not wanting to leave the world and the characters behind, or just me being lazy, but it just doesn't happen.

Sometimes I am stoked to finish a series because I love it and need to know what happens to the characters. For example, I am too excited to read and finish In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken. I feel like I know the characters like I know my family, and I have a hole in myself because I don't know how everything turns out for them.

On the other hand, I am dreading In the Afterlight. I love the characters so much that I don't want to ever leave them. The other problem is the element of the unknown, I will feel like I am not whole if Alexandra kills off Liam or Ruby. I don't know if I have mentioned it before on here, but Liam from The Darkest Minds is my one true book boyfriend. I don't know how I will come back from it if he dies.

In my life, I have only finished ten series. The amount that I have started, and haven't finished yet is ridiculous. I have an entire section of my bookshelf dedicated to sequels I haven't bothered to finish. The whole purpose of the section is so I feel bad about myself.

Of course, I try to finish the series that I start, but I don't always succeed. Something newer and more intriguing will waddle into my life, and overtake my desire to finish the series. Oftentimes, I only have the last book to read, and it just doesn't happen.

Currently, I am in the middle of A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin, and I am about halfway through it, but I haven't been bothered to pick it up in about a week. I have been reading the book since the beginning of the summer, and now 3 months later, I am about 350 pages in. I don't know why I haven't been reading it. It is a fantastic book, but I just haven't felt any real reason to finish the book. I still have plenty books in the series to read, but I can't get caught up on the series until I finish the book.

I think my main problem is the fact that I will start a series, and the rest of the books aren't released, or I don't want to make the trek over to a bookstore/ Amazon to buy the next book. I don't know why I do this, but it eels to be a reoccurring theme in my life.

Tell me in the comments if you do this too. Make sure you follow this blog, so you know if I decide to post any riveting discussion about me being a complete failure. It could be entertaining. ;)

XOXO,
Belle

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Review of Map of Days by Robert Hunter

Map of Days
by Robert Hunter
56 Pages
Publisher: Nobrow Press
Age Range: 5+
Grade Level: Pre-K

This is the story of a boy who becomes obsessed with the ticking of the clocks in his grandfather's house. One night when he can't flee for the ticking was to much for him, he climbed into one of the clocks as he saw his grandfather do previously. He is transported to a world where he feels a need to help the only inhabitant.








The Note:
Above I said that this was appropriate for 5+. That is not to say it is a low quality story. The story was appropriate for  children of the age, but to completely value the meaning of the story, they should be older. The only problem with younger kids reading this is that they my want bigger font and pictures, but this book is told like a comic book, so it doesn't have one picture per page.  If the kid wants a fun story with pretty pictures, then be my guest, read the book. If you are older and want a cool story with a somewhat complex subtextual meaning, then read the book. It is perfect for people of any age. :D

The Short:
This was such a weird book. I am not saying that as a bad thing because I love weird. Weird movies, TV shows, people and most of all BOOKS! The quality of this book was magnificent. The story was beautiful both visually and plot-wise. I love the amount of work that Nobrow Press put into making this book work well. The size, and binding of the book was perfectly suited for the books. Nice job!

The Good:

  • As I stated above, I loved the story. It was just weird enough that I could latch onto the story, and when I thought it couldn't get any weirder, GUESS WHAT?! It did. It was a perfect story, and could not have been told better in more pages.
  • The art was beautiful. It was so well done. The pictures were done in such a way that it had a cool color scheme, but each frame would have a focal point with a color that would stand out on the cool background; the art nerd in me loved that. 
  • The quality of the book was off the charts. It was not something I would expect from a smaller publishing company, but Nobrow Press really knows how to put a book together. They used quality paper in the actual book, and that is something I really appreciate. Even the overall hardcover is beautiful. It really captures the essence of the story.
  • The message of the story is one that I will always cherish. I think this is a book that I could read again and again, and find something else that is below the surface. The lit nerd in me was happy with this book.

The Bad:
  • It is really hard for me to come up with a negative about this, and the only thing I came up with was that at times it was confusing, but I think that was necessary for you to fully grasp the story. 
The Rating:




XOXO,
Belle


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Content:
If you are at all worried about the content of this book being suitable for you, it is. There was no bad language, violence, or sex. It just wasn't a thing in this book. The worst thing was someone being madly in love with someone he couldn't have, but I don't think that would be a problem for anyone.




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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own.


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I have become a fangirl for Nobrow Press. I have linked their website, and I think you should check them out if you like graphic novels. They are so hardworking, and their books are very well made. I would highly recommend checking them out. Thanks!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Review of Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

Under a Painted Sky
by Stacey Lee
384 pages
Release Date: March 17, 2015
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Age Range: 12+
Grade Level: 7th

This is the story of two girls who set out on the Oregon Trail dressed as boys. One of the girls is black and a former slave while the other is a Chinese girl who is escaping after just killing someone. The two girls meet three cowboys, and they form a strong friendship. Each person has a  different motive, but they all are going the same way.







The Short:
This book. This book. THIS BOOK. I have no bad things to say about this book. I don't think Stacey Lee could have done a better job with this story. It was so happy, and positive, but it had some twists and turns that kept the story going.

The Good:

  • The characters were so well done. You knew each character, their motives, and their past. They were such wonderfully developed characters.
  • The setting was gorgeous. It takes place in 1849, and the characters were going along the Oregon Trail. I have never read a western novel, but this makes me what to get into that genre. The way that Lee set up the setting, you just felt like you were transported to the time of the Oregon Trail.
  • The story was beautiful. I loved every aspect of it, and it was never dull. Way to go, Stacey Lee!
  • The message was perfect. It was white people who accepted a black and an asian, even though the two minorities were not thought of as equal to the whites. I loved this so much.
  • The Chinese culture was beautifully woven into the story. I loved that aspect of it.

The Bad:

  • I didn't like all of the religious stuff in this book. I don't really enjoy reading about religion, and that seemed to big thing to many of the characters.
  • It just didn't give me the emotion that I was hoping for. I don't know how to explain it, but it just wasn't enough of some aspect that I can't think of. That is the reason that I can only give this book 4 stars.
Recommend?:
I would 140% recommend this book to anyone who like historical fiction. I don't think this book could have been more satisfying to me. I absolutely adored it! Keep your eyes out for this book; it could become a really big deal in the upcoming months. 

Rating:

XOXO,
Belle

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Content:

Language: infrequent language use.
Violence: not that much of a problem. minimal
Sex: some talk of sex. someone with an average maturity level would be fine with this book

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I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was awesome!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Sneak Peaks

I don't know about you, but I hate looking at sneak peaks for books. It could be my most anticipated book every, but I will not read the first few chapters when you give me the chance to. I want to be able to experience the whole book for the first time, and not say, "Oh, I remember this."

I got sent a chapter sampler of Lets Get Lost by Adi Alsaid, and I am obsessed with the book, but I still have yet to read the sampler. I don't know why I am holding off because I don't know if or when I will ever get the book, but I just have no need to read through it. I think maybe I have some subconscious fear that it will end on a cliffhanger, so I will HAVE to go out and purchase the book. I am pretty sure that a contemporary road trip book wouldn't even have a cliffhanger, but you never know.

At BEA this year, they were giving out chapter samplers of In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken, and I felt like I should be jealous of everyone who got one. But I did not even feel remotely jealous. I don't know. I have a burning need to own and read the book, but I don't want to read some of it and be dying having to wait another few months for the rest of the book to show up. Another problem is that I may not feel any need to read the first few chapters that I already saw. And what if they change from the sampler to the finished book? I would have spent time in a world, and never gotten closure, AND THEN it wasn't even the real thing. I think that would be incredibly disappointing.

Oftentimes, a few months before a book is released, the publishing company will give you some chapters to read. It could be one or two chapters all the way to fifteen chapters to read. I have never looked at the sneak peak chapters, not once. It goes back to the not wanting to spoil myself before the book is ever released. I like being able to turn the page not just scroll through chapter samplers.

What about the sneak peak chapter at the end of the books?

Nope. I can't do that either. I don't see any need to continue on with a book that I can't read the rest of it in that same moment. I always feel somewhat of  temptation of to look at them, but I always rule against it because I don't like looking at them.

Do you guys look at chapter samplers, or sneak peaks? Let me know in the comments or tweet at me on Twitter.

XOXO,
Belle

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Book Buying Ban of Sorts

As you may have noticed, my book hauls contained HUGE amounts of books. In my June book haul, I had about 50 books, and in July I had about 35. So in two months I have acquired about 85 books! That is a crazy, and just enormous number because I read 12 books in those two months. I don't even know what to say about the ratio of books read to books bought. It is just huge and lopsided, and overall BAD!

Belle, What are you going to do about it?

Well, [insert your name here], I was about to tell you, but you just had to go and be impatient and interrupt me.

I have decided that for ever three books I read, I get to buy one book. I think that a 3:1 ratio is very sufficient and should eliminate my book buying problem (unless I read a GIGANTIC amount of books, but who can complain about that).  Also, the -

So are there any limitations, or is it just you can't get any books until you read three?

Again with your interruptions. It is just rude, and I think you should let me finish my sentences before you interrupt me. Did your parents not teach you manners?! Some people just don't understand.

Yes, there are limitations.

  • If someone offers to buy me a book or three, I cannot refuse.
  • If I receive a gift card of Amazon/ B&N, I can buy books because it isn't my money. 
  • If a publisher decides to send me a book to review, I will be getting and reviewing the book because I LOVE BOOKS. And I love reviewing books.
  • If I happen to win a giveaway, I will be accepting the prize because its free books, and I can't help it if I'm lucky.
  • A book for school is always allowed.
  • Goodwill is allowed because it is dirt cheap and it helps support poor people!
Now that you know the limitations, on to how long this will-

BELLE! How long will this ban last?

CAN YOU NOT LET ME FINISH!? This is getting absurd. If you would have let me finish my sentences, you would not have to ask such infantile questions.

This ban will last indefinitely, or until I think my TBR pile is not overtaking my bookshelves.

Let me paint you a picture of my bookshelves. I have my Billy bookshelves from Ikea. They have 3 shelves, and are pretty sturdy. On my right shelf, I have all my read books. The top shelf is finished series, the middle is hardcovers, and the bottom is paperbacks, and a few random hardcovers.  It is very neat and tidy, but then you get to the LEFT SHELF. [insert dramatic music here. preferably from the Game of Thrones soundtrack]

It is packed in, so I have about 40 or so books comfortably fitting on the normal spot, I have two stacks in front of the comfy books. The two stacks are roughly 10 books, and make it so you can't see the nicely put books. Then there are two books on either side of the stacks that I find pretty. 

On top of the books shelves, I have 5 stacks of books about 10-20 books high with random books that didn't fit on the shelves. Then I have half filled box sets. 

It is just a pigsty.

The worst part is that I haven't read most of the books. I am fine with a disastrous shelf once I read at least half of the books, but right now I am sitting on about one read book for every 5 or six unread books.  That is another terrible ratio that I need to remedy.

Now you understand the real reason why I don't want to buy as many books.

Are you on a book buying ban? Should you be? 

Tell me in the comments, or tweet at me on Twitter.

XOXO,
Belle

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Belle Recommends: Dystopian

I'm bored right now, and I need to sleep, but you know what? I don't wanna sleep, and you know what else? I DO WHAT I WANT!!

I am going to make a new series on this blog, and it is gonna be titled BELLE RECOMMENDS! 


Side note: I don't actually know how to spell recommend I have been relying on autocorrect to change it for me. ;)  I think it had 2 C's and 1 M. But NO. It has 1 C and 2 Ms.


Side-side note: I'm like 10 out of 10 lazy, so I'm going to recommend one book or one series per BELLE RECOMMENDS.

I digress. Imma start by recommending a dystopian book. M'kay.


My #1 pick for this topic is The Darkest Minds Trilogy by Alexandra Bracken

This series is about a world where a disease, IAAN,  has wiped out 98% of children under the age of fourteen, and the 2% that are left have gotten powers. The government is scared of these kids, so they are put in camps that are akin to concentration camps. The main character, Ruby, is in one of those camps from the age of ten, and she is miserable, and one day she finds a way to escape. BOOM! Fantastic story lines ensue.

I'm going to be honest with you. This series is bae. Liam Stewart is bae. Ruby is BA. It is just too good to be real.

I love this series so much. I would say it is my all-time favorite series, and the last book isn't even out yet. If ITA is as good as the last two books, I don't think even Harry Potter could beat it out. 

Let's be real for a second. The covers are to DIE for. The Disney/Hyperion art team is on point!

I love this series. And I want you to love it too :)

XOXO,
Belle


Friday, August 8, 2014

Review of We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han

We'll Always Have Summer
by Jenny Han
Third and final book in the Summer Trilogy
Age Range: 14+
Grade Level: 8th Grade
Pages: 291 Pages (in British Paperback)
Publisher: Razor Bill/ Penguin

This is the last book in the trilogy, so no real synopsis.
This book takes place 2 summers after the second book, and it is about Belly exploring her relationship, and deciding who she wants to end up with.








The Short:
I adored this book more than the rest of the series. It was just as fun and summer-y as the other 2, but the story seemed like it was more meaningful and quite frankly more interesting. I loved everything about the book, and wish I could have more.

The Long:
Where to start.
From the first page I was captivated by the story, and read it in one sitting. I loved where the story was going, and am glad that it turned out the way it did.

This did have the typical contemporary problem where she finds out who she wants to be with, and then ENDS. You don't get to explore the relationship more. You don't get to see married life. No. It was just over. Having said that, I loved how the story ended, but I just wanted more.

I loved Jeremiah throughout the first two books, but he just came off as annoying in this book. I somewhat understand what his reasoning for doing some things were, but it just seemed like rash decisions that he was too prideful to give up on.

Conrad was a lot better in this book, and I think that was because you got to see from his perspective, and you got to see the inner thoughts. He was a lot better than the angst ridden teen he initially was.

Belly was pretty illogical, but I still like her character. She is very interesting because she has always had a choice, but it takes until this book for her to see that.

The story was not at all what I was expecting for this book, but I still loved reading it. I was very interested in where the story was going because it was very unpredictable. I was surprised where all the choices the characters made led up to, and how everything worked itself out.

From the start, I knew the ending, but I still saw it out until the end.

Rating:



XOXO,
Belle

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Content:
Language: If vulgarities are a problem, this is not the series for you.
Sex: Lots of talk of sex. It played a semi-medium role in the book.
Violence: Some violence. Not really a problem.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Review of It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han

It's Not Summer Without You
by Jenny Han
Second book in The Summer Trilogy
Age Range: 14+
Grade Level: 8th Grade
Pages: 275 (in British Paperback)
Publisher: Razor Bill Penguin

This is the second book in a series, so no real synopsis.
This takes place in the summer after the first book, and it takes place in about a week in the summer.









The Short:
I had tons of fun reading this book. I am loving the series, and cannot wait to get on to the next book. I am having fun exploring the characters and the beach setting is magnificent.

The Long:
Usually with second books in trilogies, it is weaker than the first book, but that was not at all the case with this book. It seemed to be on exactly the same level as the first book, and was a wonderful continuation.

The characters were their same old self except that they were overcome with grief for losing someone (if you read the first book, you know exactly who died). They were all handling their grief in their way, and it may not have been the best way, but it seemed to work for them.

The book was more focused on the family aspect which I really appreciate in young adult literature. The romance was put on the back burner, and did not really play a external part of the story. There was a lot of internal thoughts about their relationships, but it was not that central to the story.

My main problem with the romance is that it is a love triangle, and I don't enjoy love triangles. Granted, this is a VERY well done love triangle, but it's not my cup of tea.

There were snippets of past anecdotes that happened at the summer house. I really appreciated them because they made the characters seem more real, and like they are more than what was happening in the moment.

The whole book takes place over about a week, and that worried me at first, but it was so well done that I couldn't complain. Everything was so fast moving, and wonderfully written that the book just worked well.

In the first book, you only for Belly's point of view, but in this you got to see what Jeremiah was thinking during many scenes. His point of view was very well developed, and you could actually tell who way talking by the way that they described things. I have to give Jenny Han mad props because that is a very hard thing to do.

Rating:


XOXO,
Belle

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Content:

Language: Infrequent use of curse words, but they were always very strong
Sex: minimal, mostly kissing
Violence: not a problem

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Review of Love and Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Love and Peaches
by Jodi Lynn Anderson
3rd book in The Peaches Trilogy
Age Range: 12+
Grade Level: Middle School
Pages: 243
Publisher: Harper Teen

This is the last book in the Peaches Trilogy. It takes place during the summer after the girls' first year in college.









The Short:
I had a fun time getting to know the girls, and going with them on their adventures. The ending was everything I wanted it to be and more. It took a long time, but all the girls found happiness with a person, or place. I will remember the story, and will eventually reread the trilogy.

The Long:
The book took a little bit for me to really decide to continue the story after I read 40 pages of it during the BookTube-A-Thon. The book was a fast and easy read, and was just summer-y enough that it can be read during any point in the summer. I love the characters. They are all so sweet, and southern (even if they don't want to be), and they are like people that I wish I could be friends with. Their friendship took some turns, but they seem like they will forever be friends.
The story was what I wanted the book to be, and I'm glad that I read the books. It took me no time at all to read and finish each of the books, so I read them very quickly.

Recommend?:
I would 100% without a doubt recommend this series to someone. If you're looking for some southern charm in a fun, quick contemporary, this is the series for you.

Rating:
XOXO,
Belle

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Content:
Language: nope
Violence: One punch is thrown
Sex: kissing

If you're a youngster, I would thing that this series is okay for you.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

"DNF" Review of The Awakening by Kate Chopin

The Awakening
by Kate Chopin
116 Pages
Published by Dover Thrift
Age: 14+
Grade: 8th Grade/ High School

This story is about a woman who decides to cheat on her husband with a guy, and becomes symbolically awake.










I didn't finish this book at about 70 pages. I just couldn't get into the writing, and story. The characters were very blah. I can't side with a woman who cheats on her husband, and I can't side with a husband who treats his wife as his property. I don't like reading about a cheater.

I can see why people love this book, but it just wasn't me. It is a feminist piece of literature, and I'm not a feminist. I did not like reading this for school.

Update:
I looked back on this, and felt the need to clarify some things. I did end up having to finish this book since I had to write an essay on it on the second day of school. I am going to stick by my review because I think it's still accurate, but I just wanted to clarify that I did finish the book. Also, in regards to my feminist comment, I don't like calling myself a feminist due to the negative connotation surrounding it. I am a very big advocate for equal rights for women, but I think that a new word for the movement is needed to get rid of the negativity surrounding it, but that's for another post on a different day.

Rating:

XOXO,
Belle

July 2014 Book Haul

This was a pretty big book buying month. I ended up with 35 new books!

WARNING: MANY BOOKS AHEAD


Bought From the Book Depository:
The Knife of Never Letting Go 
The Ask and the Answer
Monsters of Men 
all by Patrick Ness

Note: I put the books out of order, the book in the middle is Monsters of Men, and is the final book in the trilogy.

Bought From Books-a-Million:
Unearthly & Boundless both by Cynthia Hand
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
Wither by Lauren DeStefano


Bought From Goodwill:
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
Pretty Little Liars & Flawless both by Sara Shepard


Bought From Book Outlet:
Eleanor & Park by Ranbow Rowell
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
How to Love by Katie Contugno
Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike
Entwined by Heather Dixon
Juliet Immortal & Romeo Redeemed both my Stacey Jay
All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
Starters by Lissa Price


Bought From Local Bookstores:
The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth (Signed!!!!)
Legend by Marie Lu (Signed!!!!)
If I Stay by Gayle Forman (Signed!!!)


Won in Various Giveaways:
Peaches, The Secrets of Peaches, & Love and Peaches all by Jodi Lynn Anderson
A chapter sampler or Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
Fly Away by Kristin Hannah
The Widow Waltz by Sally Koslow
China Dolls by Lisa See
Grace and the Guiltless by Erin Johnson
Ink by Amanda Sun
My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal


Since I started this blog, I have had two HUGE book buying months, so I am hoping that the book buying should go down a ton. The only way that I will be having a big book haul is if I have a good Goodwill run, win giveaways, or receive review copies of books! I hope that all of these books are very good! If you have read any of these books, tweet at me, or leave a comment telling me what you thought of it.

XOXO,
Belle

Saturday, August 2, 2014

August 2014 TBR

I am going to have two parts of August: before and after school starts. I will try to get all the  summer-y books done before school starts. I will try to post as much as possible during the next few months, but the posts will probably become less frequent because I am taking an extra class next semester. Well, lets get on with the reason you looked at the post.

PART ONE: Summer

Love and Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson
I started this book during the BookTube-A-Thon, but still haven't finished it. I need to finish this series before school starts because sits about summer, and reading about summer during the school year is the worst.

It's Not Summer Without You and We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han
I also started this series earlier this summer, but never took the time to finish them. I want to get this done soon, and in a perfect world, it would be before school starts.

The Awakening by Katie Chopin
This is the only mandatory book I have to read for school, but I am part of the way through it, and should finish this up in the next few days.

PART TWO: Prison School


I am participating in the Bout of Books Readathon, and my TBR is already posted, so take a look at that to know what I am going to be reading during the readathon.

A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
I have been reading this book all summer, and I hope to finish it this month.

Resist by Sarah Crossan
I read Breathe earlier this year, and I thought it was only okay, but I loved the concept of the story, so I bought the sequel. I have been meaning to finish this duology, but it hasn't happened yet. Hopefully this month!

This is pretty ambitious, but if I finish all of these books I will be stoked!

XOXO,
Belle

Bout of Books Readathon 11.0 TBR

I'm going to try my hand at another readathon because you know what they say, Three Times a Charm! I don't think there are any reading challenges, but I'm not positive. 

The Info:
August 18th-24th, 2014

My TBR:

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
Grace and the Guiltless by Erin Johnson
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

I am pretty positive that I will not finish all of these books because I will be in my second week of school when this starts. I don't usually pay attention in class, but I have to at least pretend like I am interested. Well, I'm only gonna do that for the first few weeks.

If there are blog challenges, I will participate in as many as I possibly can.
I will try to do daily updates, but with the amount of classes I'm taking, I don't know if that will be happening. 

XOXO,
Belle

Top Seven Saturday: Top 7 Most Horrifying Fictional Worlds

In most books I read, the author has to create a world that their characters live in. A lot of the time, the world would be terrible if you actually lived in it.

7. Breathe by Sarah Crossan
In this world, all the trees are dead, the oceans are too polluted to give you oxygen, and you have to live in a dome of die. Sounds pretty bad right? 

6. 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad
The overall Earth is not at all bad. It is happy, giggly old Earth. But the Moon, Oh God, the Moon is bad. There is something up there that makes the moon the scares place ever. NO JUST NO!

5. A Girl Called Fearless by Catherine Linka
This world has one major problem, but it is only the US, and it only effects women. In meat, there was an untested thing in it that gave women ovarian cancer, and killed all the women with working ovaries. After all the deaths, men decided to take away all rights of women and make them pets. EEW!

4. Dust Lands by Moira Young
This one is more post-apocalyptic, and it is just sand. Sand everywhere. There is a totalitarian government that is killing people, and seizing their land. Killing the weak, and stealing the strong for their own selfish needs. It is just bad!  for everyone.

3. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Aliens. Aliens that you can't tell the differecen between humans and the Others. The are trying to kill all the humans, so they can have the world for themselves. You are by yourself because the 3rd wave killed your family. You can't use electronics because the 1st wave took care of that. They pushed everyone inland with wave 2. Wave 4 took away your sanity, and your trust. It sucks.

2. V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd
Typical dystopian, but with a crazy terrorist.

1. More Than This by Patrick Ness
This is a world where everything is just gone. You have minimal danger, but you are just alone, and you have to live inside your own head. You basically go crazy unless you can survive, and find someone else. If there is anyone else, anyway.

Now everyone go be thankful for your world not being like this!

XOXO,
Belle