Would You Rather 2.0 – Book Blogger Edition

Hi there,
So as the week draws to a close I finish with another awesome book tag type thing. This is the “would you rather – book blogger edition” 2.0. I did the first one last year and I would link it but I can’t find it so . . . Anyway lets jump right in with the questions.

1. Would you rather do only review post or only tag posts?
Definitely tag posts. I find them a lot more fun and when I do reviews I find that my thoughts are really scattered and jumble out in a bit of a mess.

2. Would you rather always see the film first or never see the film version of books?
Probably always see the film first. It’s really exciting to have a film version of a book you love and I don’t think I could live without that. Also watching the film first isn’t that bad because I find that when I’ve read the book already I spend the entire film comparing it.

3. Would you rather have a list of every book you’ve ever read (like Goodreads from birth) or still have the physical copy of your first favorite book?
The physical copy thing. I can generally remember all the books I’ve read anyway because I tend to own them all. Beside if I don’t remember it, is obviously can’t be that important to me.

4. Would you rather have an active in-person book club of non-bookbloggers or have lunch with your best bookblogger buddy once a year?
I don’t really have “bookblogger buddies” so I’d have to say and in-person book club. They look like so much fun.

5. Would you rather have the time to read everything you want to read or the money to buy everything you want to read?
This is actually really hard because if I have the money I won’t have the time but if I have the time I won’t have the money to buy them all. I think though I’d have to go with have the time to read it all because I have a million books on my TBR and I own most of them already. Also there is a thing called a library.

6) Would you rather dream cast the film or have editing powers over the script for the film adaptation for you fave?
I would go with editing powers over the script. They always cut my favourite scenes and I usually end up loving the cast anyway.

7. Would you rather have your favorite fictional superpower or your favorite fictional technology?
Definitely technology! A wand, duh!

8. Would you rather read an amazing story with a ‘meh’ ending or a ‘meh’ story with a spectacular ending?
A “meh” story with a spectacular ending for sure. The ending can often make the book so if the book was good but the end was rubbish it would ruin it but having a not so good book but an incredible ending will make it better in my eyes.

9. Would you rather not be able to read in a moving vehicle or not be able to read lying down?
Not be able to read lying down because I don’t do that anyway. My arms get too tired.

10. Would you rather reread your favorite book or series with fresh eyes, like the first time, or be able to un-read your biggest disappointment?
This is really tricky actually. I’d love to read Harry Potter again with the new amazement and stuff but what if I don’t like it as much? Or what if it’s not as special? I think un-read a disappointment to get that time back that I wasted.

Alright so that is it for the would you rather: book blogger edition 2.0. Hope you enjoyed it and I tag anyone who wants to do this tag.

Signing off, Verity

TFF: favourite book covers

Hi there,
So another Friday has rolled around so it is time for Top Five Friday’s. Today will be my top five favourite book covers, and I have to tell you this is going to be t10212034ough. Alright so lets just jump right into it I suppose.

1) Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
This book cover is absolutely stunning. The crown. The blood. The title. The caption. The colour scheme is amazing, the red on top of the silver with the contrasting people groups. It is a work of art.

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2) End of Days by Susan EeThis entire cover is incredible. The beautiful wings being shattered and the feathers flying is such good foreshadowing for the plot of the novel. The gold is such a rich colour, a lot stronger than the colours of the previous books.

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3) The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancy
The Fifth Wave is a stunning book with a stunning cover to complement. The light fro
m the sun looks like fire coming through the trees. It is so simply and yet draws so much attention. I love long shots and this one works beautifuchampionlly.

4) Champion by Marie Lu
Champion is the third and final book in the Legend trilogy and the cover is absolutely gorgeous. The burning rose makes for a really attractive cover and the colours complement each other perfectly. I don’t remember if it has much to do with the plot but it is beautiful.
the sun

5) I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson
I’ll Give you the Sun is one of the most beautiful and emotional books I have ever read. It moved me so much and this cover complements every element in such an odd way. The array of colours in the sun illustrate all the different themes and emotions seen in novel.

Honorable Mentions
I had two more books I wanted to include in this so I thought I’d include them in an “honorable mentions” section. The Anna series counts as one . . .

anna allegiant

Okay so that is it for my Top Five Friday’s: favourite book covers. Feel free to comment down below your favourite book covers and I shall see you next Friday.

Signing off, Verity

The Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag

Hi there,
So I just finished the second book in the Outlander series: Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon. And it was amazing! I was going to do a booktalk but the book is 900+ pages and will take me a good year to write out all the detail I would go into. So instead here is another book tag: the seven deadly sins book tag.

GREED—What is your most inexpensive book? What is your most expensive book?
The most inexpensive book I own is a Virginia Andrews book (that I cannot remember the name of) that was only $2. So I brought all five in the series for only $10. The most expensive book is, I believe, my twentieth anniversary edition of Outlander which was like $50, maybe?

WRATH—What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?
Definitely Veronica Roth. I loved her and then she went and did . . . that, and it was not okay. 

GLUTTONY—What book have you deliciously devoured over and over with no shame whatsoever?
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J.K.Rowling. I re-read it every now and then because I love it so much. And I will be re-reading it yet again in October because I brought the special illustrated version to peruse and enjoy. 

SLOTH—What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. I have owned it now for about 2 and a half years . . . I’ve had too little motivation to read this and it remains on my shelf.

PRIDE—What book do you most talk about in order to sound like a very intellectual reader?
Usually either To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee or a Jodi Piccoult book. Usually though I’m not trying to sound intellectual because I just want people to read the books I love more than anything. 

LUST—What attributes do you find most attractive in male or female characters?
I love the Peeta and Jem type characters in novels. I just love when they are so kind and compassionate. I also love when they’re funny and sarcastic and it’s even better when they’re really good fighters. 

ENVY—What books would you most like to receive as a gift?
At the moment it would be Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children or the Mara Dyer series. I’ve been wanted to read them for ages but haven’t gotten around to reading them, sadly.

Alright so that is it for the seven deadly sins book tag. Feel free to comment your answers down below.

Signing off, Verity

TFF: Favourite fictional couples

Hi there,
So . . . I may have missed Friday. But I figure that somewhere in the world it must be Friday so it still counts! Anyway, today will be my top five favourite fictional couples. This is going to be hard.

1) Anna/Etienne – Anna and the French Kiss
This book was amazingly adorable in every way, mainly because of the presence of Anna and Etienne. They are the cutest couple to ever exist and I just fell in love with the relationship they have. Everyone who has read this book will know exactly what I’m talking about. Their dynamic is really interesting and the caring way with which they interact is something YA novels tend to leave out to make room for corny one-liners. Their relationship is amazing to read about; they top the cake for fictional couples.

2) Percabeth – Percy Jackson and the Olympians/Heroes of Olympus
Percy and Annabeth are that one couple that really subtly hints at the love they share for each other. There are some grander gestures that you see (end of Mark of Athena) but primarily it is simply, beautiful things that show how much they care. Their relationship has been built over years, something I love as it contradicts that five minutes of falling in love it seems to take for a lot of other YA couples. Their foundation is so strong and their support for one other is really sweet.

3) Karou/Akiva – Daughter of Smoke and Bone
This series, as you have to know by now, is one of my all time favourites, partly due to the relationship formed between Karou and Akiva. Their relationship was messy and felt incredibly real. They had to build up trust over time and managed to forgive a great deal. Their relationship was rocky at best but their solid love meant that they continued to be together. Also they are just a really adorable couple.

4) Romione – Harry Potter
Romione was the first ship to ever sail in my sea. The love I have for these individual characters carried over to the coupling that I couldn’t help but love. They faced a lot of difficulties in building something solid, making an amazing read and an incredible feeling when finally, finally they were together.

5) Wessa – The Infernal Devices
Will and Tessa are an extraordinary couple but the issues that they faced where heartbreaking to read about, making their relationship a lot less enjoyable. In the end however they reigned supreme and their love and respect for one another was evident in their every move. They are the power couple of all powerful couples.

Alright so that is it for this weeks Top Five Fridays, feel free to comment your favourite couples down below and I shall see you next Friday.

Signing off, Verity

The Reader Problems Tag

Hi there,
Today is one of the sunniest day I’ve experienced in a long time, so naturally I’m inside blogging for you guys. Today I bring you another tag post that I saw done over on Shannon’s blog, you should all go check it out because she is amazing. Alright so the tag today is all about problems that we face as readers because, as you probably know, there are quite a few. So lets jump right in.

1) You have 20,000 books on you TBR, how on Earth do you decide what to read next?
I have a few ways of deciding what next to read. It often depends on what I previously read, because if it’s a book that requires mourning I’ll pick up a contemporary. Usually though I just read whatever I’m feeling and if it’s a choice between two I flip a coin.

2) You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it, do you quit or are you committed?
I usually commit and keep going, just because if I stop I’ll either never go back to it or It’ll take me a really long time. I’ve also found with a lot of books that they’re best past the halfway point.

3) The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, yet so far away, from completing your goodreads challenge. Do you try and catch up and how?
No I wouldn’t, I’d just leave it and try the challenge the next year. If I was 5 books or less then probably but other than that no, it doesn’t bother me that much to not complete it.

4) The covers of a series you love. Do. Not. Match. How do you cope?
I have a couple series where the covers do not match and I just deal with it but sometimes when I’m gazing at my shelf in awe (as we all do) I’m disgusted by the sight.

5) Everyone and their mother loves a book you can’t stand? Who do you bond with other shared feelings?
Long story short, I don’t. I usual revel in the fact that I’m different for a little while and then slowly get saddened by the fact they have this common love that I don’t share. But to be honest I find it worse when I love a book everyone else can’t stand.

6) You are reading a book in public and are about to start crying, how do you deal?
Again I don’t. If I’m going to cry in public I’ll just cry. My philosophy is that I’ll never see those people again in my life, they mean nothing to me, so why let it bother me?

7) A sequel of a book you love just came out but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel, what do you do?
I usually youtube a book review for it because booktubers generally give a lot of detail for the plot of the novel. If that doesn’t help I’ll skim read the previous book in the hopes of enlightening myself as to what it’s actually about.

8) You do not want ANYONE borrowing your books, how do you politely tell them know?
I’m actually quite rude when it comes to my books. If you ask to borrow them I will outright tell you no, to your face. Unless of course I’ve lent it to someone before you (on the off chance that I trust them enough) then I’ll lie and say my sister is reading it, but sure after them, and hope they forget about it.

9) You’re in a reading slump, how do you get over it?
I get right into contemporary novels. They are quick, light and generally fun. You want to avoid, at all costs, fantasy or dystopian novels and do not start a new series.

10) There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read, how many do you actually buy?
Usually all of them. . .

11) After you’ve brought the books, how long so they sit on your shelf unread?
It truly depends on the genre of the book, the mood I’m currently in and whether or not it’s a standalone. If it’s a part of a series I try to get to it as soon as possible to avoid all the spoilers but if it’s a contemporary or a stand-alone I can wait a little longer.

Alright so that is it for the reader problems tag. I hope you enjoyed, feel free to comment your answers below and I tag anyone in the mood to do this tag

Signing off, Verity

TFF: Book to movie adaptations

Hi there,
Another Friday has rolled around so that means it’s time for another “Top Five Friday’s”. To kick of this series I started with favourite fictional female characters (a surprisingly hard topic) and this week it’s favourite book to move adaptations, which again may be harder than anticipated. Anyway, lets jump right in.

1) Catching Fire
This is the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy and is honestly the best book to movie adaptation I have ever seen. There was so much detail in the scenes recreated from the book and scenes that were added were absolutely amazing. They added so much to the story and I felt like nothing was subtracted from the essence of the book. A truly marvelous adaptation that was preceded and followed by a couple of disappointments.

2) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2
Almost every one of the Harry Potter films was a near dead on translation from the book but the Deathly Hallows part 2 really stood out to me as the most magnificent. The character development was incredible and they followed really closely to the book, with extra scenes or exclusion of scenes being the correct choice. It’s a seriously good adaptation, just doesn’t quite match up to the Catching Fire standard.

3) The Fault in Our Stars
Where to begin. TFIOS is one of those films you expect to let you down because of the incredibility of the novel itself. But no, it was amazing. The book was adapted really well for a film screen, with the lighthearted parts being left in despite the upsetting undertones. The direction it went in was the one I coveted but was left a little disappointed due to some important/loved scenes being cut.

4) The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Perks is one of those books that you actually expect can never really be made into a movie due to the strange nature of it’s plot, the obscene characters and the weirdness of the subtext. But it is a film, and a pretty good one at that. The characters were translated perfectly but there were a few glitches with the plot I wasn’t too happy about, particularly the Patrick story line, the blatant ignorance of the abortion issue and the confusing way they approached the plot point with the aunt. It was still a very good film for the difficulties they must have faced with allowing the story to flow correctly.

5) The Book Thief

The Book Thief is quite possibly one of my favourite stand-alones of all time. The refreshing perspective and interesting story line made for entertaining and enthralling reading. My love for the book meant that the film did disappoint me a lot of ways but I still thought it was an excellent adaptation for a book that is so complex. The ending heightened my emotions a lot more than the novel, something a film has never really done before. An excellent adaptation but still at the bottom of this list.

Alright so they are my top five favourite book to movie adaptations. I hope you enjoyed and feel free to comment your favourite adaptations.

Signing off, Verity

TFF: Fictional Female Characters

Hi there,
So I’ve decided to start a new segment (is that the right word) on this blog. It’s called top five Fridays, so every Friday I will post my top five something, whatever category I pick for that particular Friday. For this Friday I will pick a slightly easier-to-think-of topic and go with “top five favourite fictional female characters”. Alright lets get started.

1) Hermione Granger, Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling
Hermione was the first character I really fell in love with, and I think it’s because she reminded me a bit of myself. She’s a little bossy and controlling and has untamed hair (which feels like a curse). She’s a really strong female character and I love her ambition and the importance that education and literature have to her. Hermione will always be on my list of favourite characters.

2) Tris Prior, Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth
Tris is the character that taught me to be brave, and that I posses more than what society seems or deems me to be. She is an amazing character and I owe a lot of my bravery to her, in the way she made me (and probably all readers) feel like they could do anything they put their minds too. Tris was also incredibly caring with a great loyalty to her family and I admire that a lot. She is an amazing character and one that taught me a lot.

3) Karou, Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor
This trilogy, as you may already know, is one of my absolute favourites. I completely fell in love with Karou and the moralistic principles she held. Her steadfast loyalty and outrageous sass was both frightening and enjoyable to read. Karou, despite being amazing, is a character that made quiet a few mistakes but learned from them and made up for them. She is an amazing character that I hold a great love for.

4) Celaena Sardothein, Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
Celaena is one of those characters that you will never ever forget. She is a complete whirlwind of anger, love, sadness and compassion. Her caring nature (and yes I do mean caring) is seen in only the slightest of moments but it’s one of the traits I love and admire the most of Celaena. She is a kick-ass character with supporting characters that only make her better. She taught me a lot about the value of your own opinion and that you can make a difference, even if it’s only a small one.

5) Isabelle Lightwood, The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
Izzy is one of the funniest yet most kick-ass characters I’ve ever read about. She is an incredible character that is one of the most unique I’ve ever read about. She really stands out compared to other characters in YA fiction, with her 7 inch heels and impossibly long hair proving no challenge for Izzy. She fails at cooking but makes up for it with her sharp come backs. Her love for her family is really admirable and the enjoyable factor of the series was just tripled with Izzy in the mix.

Alright so they are my top five favourite fictional female characters (there were way more and this was a lot harder to choose than I thought). I hope you enjoyed and I’ll see you next Friday.

Signing off, Verity

August Wrap-up/September TBR

Hi there,
So the month of August is officially over. . . and I read three books. Pretty bad right? Oh well there’s always a new month. So this post will be my August wrap-up and my September TBR, which I will keep pretty limited because of my previous record.

August Wrap-up
1) Cinder by Marissa Meyer
The first book I read last month was Cinder, a sci-fi retelling of Cinderella that centers around the city of New Beijing in a new world era during a time of a deadly plague. When Cinder meets Prince Kai she finds herself at the center of the threat of war from Earth’s intergalactic enemies: The Lunars. This book was fun and quirky and I had a really enjoyable time reading it. The characters were so unique and completely adorable and it was the perfect book to start off the month. It wasn’t the most amazing though so it was deducted one star. Still fabulous though.
Rating: * * * *

2) Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
The second book I read in the month of August was Harper Lee’s “lost” prequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird”. It was a fast read despite the intense subject matter and I really enjoyed it. This was a brilliant book that really encapsulated the confusing prejudice surrouding African-Americans in the early 1900s. Reading from the perspective of an older Scout was interesting and thoughtfully comparative during the chapters that looked back in time to her childhood days. I’m a little disappointed Dill wasn’t a featured character but I enjoyed this all the same
Rating: * * * *

3) Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Scarlet is the second book in the Lunar Chronicles series and it was amazing! Seriously, if you thought Cinder was good Scarlet just knocked it out of the park! The new characters introduced were really unique and it was interesting to see how the stories all fell together. I enjoyed the greater prevalence of the lunars and the introduction of Thorne was so much fun. Scarlet and Wolf were even more adorable than Cinder and Kai and the ending was so exciting. I cannot wait to see what Cress brings to the table.
Rating: * * * * *

September TBR

1) Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
This is the second book in the Outlander series and was actually on my TBR for August but as you may know it is a pretty ginormous book. I mean seriously it’s like 900 pages. So this is the first book on my TBR for this month and I am excited to be reading it. Although it’s already annoying me. Really not what I thought it was gonna be.

2) Cress by Marissa Meyer
I have to read Cress this month. I’m mean it’s just a given isn’t it. I’m excited to really get into this and then hopefully be able to get my hands on Fairest to be completely ready for the release of Winter in a few months time. This series is really amazing and I’ve heard that this book is the best yet so I am very excited.

3) Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Queen of Shadows was released this month but I have not yet read the third book in the Throne of Glass series so I was unable to purchase it and read it. So this month is the month! I will read Heir of Fire and I will love it! And then hopefully I can get right onto Queen of Shadows when I buy that.

4) The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Page
This was on my TBR for last month but I didn’t get around to it so I’ve decided to read it this month. This is the second book in the Dorothy Must Die trilogy (?) which I liked and I’m excited to see how the story develops in this book. This may be changed for Queen of Shadows depending on how much Sarah J. Maas I think I can handle in one month.

Alright so that is it for my August wrap-up and my September TBR. I hope you enjoyed and feel free to comment your own reads for the previous or coming month in the comments (not that you ever do).

Signing off, Verity