Thursday, March 15, 2018

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #116

hosted by Uncorked Thoughts and Lunar Rainbows Reviews.

If you could change one thing from the eighth film, what would it be?

That final battle! I mean, it's not all bad, but I was really hoping for the final face-off between Harry and Voldemort to be epic. And for there to be a body.  That was the whole point, wasn't it. Everyone feared Voldemort because he disappeared the first time. There was no real evidence that he was dead, he was just gone. The final battle needed the body, a tangible confirmation that Voldemort was, in fact, actually dead.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Surprised Me

The Top Ten Tuesday has a new home. It's hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

1. Trouble Is A Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly - I received this in an Owlcrate box and I had never heard of it, so I didn't really know what expect. I was so pleasantly surprised by this story! It has become one of my favorite series.

2. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab - This series has gotten quite a bit of hype across the internet and it made me nervous to read it. I finally took the plunge last year and so far I like it. I still have to read the last book but I already have a feeling that this entire series will be great.

3. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo - This duology blew me away. I didn't read the Grisha trilogy so I didn't have any expectations going into these books. I liked the premise: a heist story set in a fantasy world. It has become a favorite for sure.

4. The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier - I was given this book by my sister-in-law. She really liked it and hoped that I would too. Unfortunately, it fell a little flat for me. I didn't hate it but the story didn't strike me in the way I thought it would. It left me feeling creeped out, but not in a good way.

5. The Call by Peader Ó'Guilín - Speaking of creepy, I heard this book was spooky, but I really wasn't prepared for it. It was so good, I was shocked by how much I enjoyed being scared by this story.

6. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne - I had such high hopes for this, probably too high, and they just weren't met. I can absolutely see how this play could be amazing on stage, but as a script it just didn't do it for me.

7. The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen - I was intrigued by this series, but it just didn't live up to the hype. I was surprised by how graphic the violence was in the story and the story itself just didn't captivate me.

8. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty - Before this book, I read one other Moriarty book and didn't really enjoy it. I took a chance on this book and was surprised by how much I liked it. I loved the intricacy of the plot and the characters, oh it was just so good!

9. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy - I would have loved this book in middle school or high school, but I read it too late. I was surprised by how lukewarm I felt about it. I thought I was going to be seriously invested, but I wasn't.

10. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton - I thought there was going to be more action in this book, but there ended up being quite a bit of existential theorizing. I enjoyed the book, but I was surprised by how different it was from how I imagined it.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

2018 Challenges and Goals

I'm a little late in the game this year, but I've come up with some reading challenges and goals for 2018.

I've set this year's Goodreads goal to 25 books. I'm pretty sure that I'll read more than that, but I wanted to start with a realistic goal. I've also gone through the books I own to free up some space on my shelves. It wasn't the most pleasant task, but my shelves look great and now I don't feel as overwhelmed by them.

My physical TBR has gotten a little bit out of hand in recent years, so I went through and created a stack of books that I either have to read or get rid of at the end of 2018. (or both) To keep me accountable, I'm putting that list here:

1. Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti
2. The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry
3.  Breakaway by Kat Spears
4. How Not to Fall in Love by Lisa Brown Roberts
5. Atonement by Ian McEwan
6. Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King
7. Soundless by Richelle Mead
8. Da Vinci's Tiger by L.M. Elliot
9. Of Fire and Stars by Coulthurst
10. The Rose Society by Marie Lu
11. Roseblood by A.G. Howard
12. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
13. Uncaged by John Sandford & Michele Cook
14.  Starters y Lissa Price
15. Now That You're Here by Amy K. Nichols
16. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
17. Leisl & Po by Lauren Oliver
18. Watership Down by Richard Adams
19. Taken by Erin Bowman
20. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
21. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
This year, I've finally taken stock of all the series I've started and haven't finished. There's a lot of them, like so many that I don't want to start any new ones until I've unloaded some of the others.  I found a challenge to help me do just that! If you'd like to join me, you can check their master post for the rules and guidelines.

2018 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge hosted by Celebrity Readers.
I have chosen the B-lister life and will be attempting to finish/catch up on 5-8 series this year. I've got some in mind but we'll see which ones I actually read. Here's my tentative list:

B-List Finisher

1. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller (2 books total) - 3/2/18
2. Charlotte Holmes Series by Brittany Cavallaro (3 books so far) - 3/10/18
3. Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein (2 books total)
4. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin (2 books total)
5. Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab (3 books total)
6. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (7 books so far)
7. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (2 books total)
8. Trouble Trilogy by Stephanie Tromly (3 books total)

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #115

hosted by Uncorked Thoughts and Lunar Rainbows Reviews.

You have a chance to make three Horcruxes, what items do you use?

First, let me just put this out there: I would NEVER make Horcruxes because I want to keep all of me together. I'm not playing any games. However, if I *had* choose,  I'd probably pick a book, not sure which one exactly. (I think it'd be too cheesy to pick a Harry Potter book.)  One of my mugs would be a good choice; there are so many, no one would guess which one. And some measuring spoons, maybe my first set.

These picks may make it easy to find my Horcruxes, but they do represent my personality pretty well. Here's to hoping I never find myself entertaining the idea of making one!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Notable Quotable: Stephanie Garber (#180)

"No one is truly honest. Even if we don't lie to others, we often lie to ourselves. And the word good means different things to different people."

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Top Movies Watched in 2017

I've seen quite a few movies this year and I've enjoyed almost all of them. Granted, it's hard to find a movie that I just outright dislike. This list isn't necessarily films that have been released in 2017, just consumed in 2017. That being said here are my favorite films/tv shows of 2017.

1. Hidden Figures - I loved this movie! I was fascinated by the fact that this history was not common knowledge for so long. I can't say I'm surprised though. I loved that these women, who helped change the course of NASA's history, finally get to have their story told. 

2. Beauty and the Beast (2017) - I loved this adaptation. It was a great reimagining while staying true to the idea of the original film. Plus, I love that this movie solved some of the continuity issues from the animated film. 

3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - Honestly, I could watch the first five minutes of this movie over and over again. Baby Groot dancing is just the best. 

4. Wonder Woman - I was incredibly nervous that this movie wouldn't be good. I firmly believed that its success would affect the future of female lead superhero movies. But it was great! I thoroughly enjoyed the ass-kicking and the incredibly compassionate Diana. I can't wait to see more of her. 

5. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - This isn't new to me, but it remains one of my favorite movies. I don't know why but I'm slightly obsessed with it. I love how ridiculous it feels that some of my favorite characters would come into contact and be badass zombie killers. 

6. The Defenders Season 1 - Jessica Jones is one of my favorite "heroes" and getting to see more of her this year was exciting. This ragtag group of vigilantes fight crime and make friends. 

7. Stranger Things Season 2 - I'd waited a long time for this season (as did many others) and I was not disappointed. Everything that made season one great was amplified and expanded. Without exception the storytelling and acting was incredible. 

8. Star Wars: The Last Jedi - This movie seemed to be either you liked it or you didn't, but really enjoyed it. I liked that it tried different things and wasn't a carbon copy of the original trilogy. I loved all the character development and imminent danger that carried throughout the story. 

9. Lion - This movie was so heartfelt and incredibly moving. I cried quite a bit even more so because it is based on a true story. 

10. Christmas Inheritance - This list wouldn't be complete without a cheesy Christmas movie. This Netflix original gem stars Eliza Taylor(The 100) as a well meaning but spoiled daughter of a marketing empire. She has to prove to her father and to herself that she is responsible enough to take over the company. It is a very cute movie.

11. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle - This is a last minute addition as I literally saw it this morning. It was genuinely a very cute and enjoyable movie. I laughed out loud, a lot. There is really nice homage to the original movie but it completely paves its own way. 

Friday, December 29, 2017

Notable Quotable: Jessamyn Hope (#179)

"He didn't see how it was possible not to fall in love again. If you were paying attention to people."