Book Traveling Thursday (18) | My favorite classic

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It’s Thursday and time for another Book Traveling Thursday. This weekly meme was created by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. Visit their Goodreads group to learn more about Book Traveling Thursday 🙂

The rules are to share covers related to the weekly theme where you include the original cover, the cover from your country, your favorite, and your least favorite. I’ve decided to go for a top 3 and bottom 3 arrangement, because that’s more fun and I get to showcase more covers. 


This week’s theme is “your favorite classic.” My favorite of the ones I’ve read is definitely Wuthering Heights. It’s so dark and gloomy and the characters are fucked up. The prim and proper Pride and Prejudice kind of books aren’t for me, so eeey Emily Brontë, you speak my language. I really wish this wasn’t her only novel. 

I hope this post won’t take forever to make 😄 Classics have a million different covers…

ORIGINAL COVER

This might be it. But I could be wrong. It looked something like this anyway. 

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Top Ten Tuesday | Five Star Reads

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This weekly meme was was created by The Broke and the Bookish. This today’s theme is a “10 of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads“. 

From most recent to least recent. I’m not including rereads (which would be Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in this case). I have a lot of 4 and 4.5 star books, but I decided to only post the 5 star ones, even though I talk about most of them all the time. Whatever. 


Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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I finished this book just last week and I enjoyed it a lot. So incredibly geeky. I want to try a virtual reality like the OASIS.


Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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I need to stop mentioning this book in every TTT topic. But it just fits everywhere, I can’t help it, I love it. I recently ordered the last two books in the trilogy so I’m looking forward to reading them.

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For the nerds & geeks: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline [REVIEW]

20603758Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Published by Random House in August 2011
Pages: 374

Genres:
Young AdultDystopia, Science Fiction
Source: Purchased
Buy: Amazon | Book DepositoryB&N
 
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In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

There is a chance you will really love this book if you A) love video games B) consider yourself a misunderstood nerd/geek or C) love 80s pop culture & games. Even if you don’t do or like any of these things you will probably still enjoy this book, because it’s awesome. I know I got very few of the 80s references, being a 90s child, but that didn’t bother me. (Though when I got to the Pac-Man part I was like AHA! I KNOW PAC-MAN. 10 POINTS FOR GRYFFINDOR)

If you’ve ever played Second Life, the OASIS is kind of like that. Just way more immersive and real. It’s kind of like Second Life + Oculus Rift + a suit that makes you actually feel things inside the virtual reality + a smell tower that makes you smell the virtual reality. Oh, and + Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory where Halliday is Willy Wonka and the OASIS is the chocolate factory.

People in this book literally live their entire lives inside the OASIS, they even go to school and get married there. You don’t even need to get out of the house, you can go to a restaurant in the OASIS, order a pizza, and that order will transfer to a the pizza place near you in the real world and they’ll deliver to your door. Amazing. 

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Book Traveling Thursday (17) | A book that brings me joy

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It’s Thursday and time for another Book Traveling Thursday. This weekly meme was created by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. Visit their Goodreads group to learn more about Book Traveling Thursday 🙂

The rules are to share covers related to the weekly theme where you include the original cover, the cover from your country, your favorite, and your least favorite. I’ve decided to go for a top 3 and bottom 3 arrangement, because that’s more fun and I get to showcase more covers. 


This week’s theme is “a book that brings you joy.” I chose Eleanor & Park because I really enjoyed reading it (though the ending didn’t quite bring joy lmao). All the descriptions of Eleanor’s hair and clothing brought me joy because I just adored her style. And they were just plain cute. 

ORIGINAL COVER

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I love this cover. So cute and simple. 

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WWW Wednesday #4 (March 23)

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Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I did a WWW Wednesday, but since I’m not doing the Top 5 Wednesday today I’m doing this instead. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Samantha @ Taking On a World of Words where you answer the following questions: 

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently reading

23395680I decided to start Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I wanted to read something that won’t take me too long, and even though this book is about 600 pages it’s a quick read because there’s not much on each page. I’m only 100 pages in, but it’s interesting this far. I love books that play with the format.

 

 

 

 

Recently finished

12600138Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I’m on a bit of a sci-fi binge, it seems. I loved it so much, it had a bit of a lull in the middle, but I found both the beginning and the ending really engaging. Even most of the infodumps were interesting, what’s up with that? I was thinking of giving it 4.5/5 stars because of this one complaint I had but then the end made me land on 5/5.

 

 

 

 

Reading next


12649718Time for another read-along with Trang @bookidote! This time it’s Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. It’s time to check this out because everyone’s been raving about it for ages and there’s a movie coming. I’ve been on the fence about reading this but why the hell not. It’s supposed to be really sad and I’m all about that.

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Review: The Basic Eight by Daniel Handler

8166391The Basic Eight by Daniel Handler
Published by HarperCollins ebooks in October 2009 (first published 1999)
Pages: 416

Genres:
Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Source: Purchased
Buy:
Amazon | Book DepositoryBarnes and Noble
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Flannery Culp wants you to know the whole story of her spectacularly awful senior year. Tyrants, perverts, tragic crushes, gossip, cruel jokes, and the hallucinatory effects of absinthe — Flannery and the seven other friends in the Basic Eight have suffered through it all. But now, on tabloid television, they’re calling Flannery a murderer, which is a total lie. It’s true that high school can be so stressful sometimes. And it’s true that sometimes a girl just has to kill someone. But Flannery wants you to know that she’s not a murderer at all — she’s a murderess.

This was Daniel Handler’s, aka Lemony Snicket, debut novel. It’s a character driven novel (as opposed to plot driven) about a group of high schoolers that call themselves the Basic Eight. The book is epistolary, we’re reading the narrator’s journal as she counts down to Halloween, the night she murders her crush, Adam. She tells us in the beginning that she’s writing from prison, so we know she’s been caught and is serving time for her crime. She wants you to know that the media is wrong wrong wrong about her and the Basic Eight.

This is Flannery Culp, a wholly unreliable narrator. But she makes sure you know she’s unreliable, she tells you several times that she’s editing and rewriting her journal, that what you’re reading isn’t necessarily exactly what happened. And if it happened, it might’ve taken place at another point in time. You can’t trust Flannery, that’s part of what makes this novel interesting and fun to read. 

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Book Traveling Thursday (16) | An awesome father figure

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It’s Thursday and time for another Book Traveling Thursday. This weekly meme was created by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. Visit their Goodreads group to learn more about Book Traveling Thursday 🙂

The rules are to share covers related to the weekly theme where you include the original cover, the cover from your country, your favorite, and your least favorite. I’ve decided to go for a top 3 and bottom 3 arrangement, because that’s more fun and I get to showcase more covers. 


This week’s theme is “Father’s Day is celebrated in a couple of days in a few countries! Choose a book with a awesome father figure.” Father’s day is in November in my country, but oh well! I had a lot of trouble coming up with a book for this one. I’ve already done Harry Potter (Mr Weasley/Sirius), Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Brimstone) and The Knife of Never Letting Go (Ben). So what’s left??? I can barely remember any other father figures LOL. 

So I choose you, Ned Stark! (A Game of Thrones) Love me some Ned Stark. 

ORIGINAL COVER

This seems to be the first edition from 1996, but correct me if I’m wrong. Bad font/color but I like the drawing of the iron throne. 

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