The Way You Feel Book Tag (Recommendations)

Hello my Literary Lovelies! I saw this tag done as a BookTube video last week and thought that the questions were incredibly interesting. The more I thought about them, the more I wanted to answer them…So I decided to do that through this blog and let you all join me! The originator of the tag is linked down below, I hope you will visit both Liz and Sam’s channels.

And now, without further ado, I present to you….*fanfare…drumroll**

THE WAY YOU (MAKE ME) FEEL BOOK TAG:

1)      You’ve just spent the last 3 months reading nothing but hyped books. Burn out has set in. Try this unique book to cool you down…

I love to read children’s books with my daughter to break up the burn out and if I’m choosing one of those for this answer, I have to go with Shannon Thompson’s the Princess in Black series. So cute, fun, and unique. Like Zorro with a unicorn and frills.

However, if I’m going with a MG and up book, I’d probably have to choose The Young Wizards Series By Diane Duane.

2)      Work was a complete drag and you need to get lost in another world. Check this out…A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. I am currently reading this and it sucks me into a world of wars and intrigue every time I open the book.

 

3)      Are you seeking a book with epic twists & turns? If you want to be shocked, look no further than… Skullduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. Seriously! I almost used this on both of the previous questions but this book series is full of double crosses, surprise friendships, random twists, and epicness. These are dark MG books that, at times, read like an adult fantasy in the best way possible. Read them. Read them all. Read them now. Just read them!

 

4)      Summer will be over before you know it and you need a nice cozy read. I love to read the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien in the fall. I don’t know what it is about them, but I feel as though those books are amazingly cozy for adventure fantasy books. I also like to read the classics around fall/winter times so Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) and Little Women (and also anything else) by Louisa May Alcott

 

5)      Your Booktube friends are so far away. You really need a great friendship book right about now. Here you goAnne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery is one of my all-time favorite friendship books. I also love MG/YA friendship reads like the Babysitter’s Club Books and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

 

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing my answers to this tag! The original tag was created by Liz over at the blog Let’s Book About It and I snagged it off of the BookTube channel Sam’s Nonsense. You should definitely go check them both out. I will be posting the new ‘fall’ tag from Liz sometime soon as well because…FALL IS AWESOME AND BOOKS ARE AMAZING AND PUMPKINS MAKE ME HAPPY. *ahem* sorry about that, I got a bit excited. ;P

 

If you would like to let us know your responses or chat about any of mine, please feel free to leave a comment! Have a wonderful week and enjoy some words.

A Game of Thrones Reader’s Diary: Weeks 4 and 5

A Game of Thrones

Reader’s Diary

Week 4: Pages 305 – 409

Week 5: 410 – 500 (or 515)

 

I’m going to take this moment to be completely honest with you. I got so into the story, I forgot all about keeping a reader’s diary. I could go back and fake it for you and probably come out with something more entertaining than the previous couple of weeks have been. But in the interest of keeping this blog a real, open, and honest place to talk about books and life…I’m just going to leave you with a few key words and phrases to describe the experience of these past 200 pages:

*AHEM*

 

Murder, INTRIGUE, Folly, Temper Tantrums, Ridiculous Children (Can I slap them…please, PLEASE, CAN I SLAP THEM JUST ONE GOOD TIME EACH? SOMEONE SLAP THAT KID!).

Stop with the stupid.

Seriously…kill that woman. Just…kill her dead. Do it..you should have killed her. Told ya.

DO NOT TRUST HIM – Told ya (they really should listen to me!)

Oh. MY. Gravy Boats. How stupid are you? They put you in charge of people…on purpose? Do they want everyone dead? Well probably.

Oh yeah, that’s a great plan. Start a war and grab the wrong one. Dumbtard.

RUN AWAY. Umm…too late.

MAYHEM.

Thank you for your time. I hope this has entertained and intrigued. There is, really, so much more I could say. But I’ll save the ranting and raving for later, when I’ve finished this book. Or rather, when it finishes with me.

Have you read A Game of Thrones? Are you reading it along with me? Let me know your thoughts down below! Happy Reading

Weekly Reading Goals: 8/21-8/27

Every Sunday I go on my BookTube Channel and talk about whatever goals I have for the upcoming week. These videos are more for my benefit (I have to at least TRY if I tell you I’m going to do something) but several people have responded well to them and so I keep going. This week, I decided to things a bit differently. I discussed my goals for reading and writing very quickly, and moved on to other life goals. The more in-depth look at reading goals will go here, on my reading blog (and the writing goals will grace my writing blog.) Simple right? So why did it take me so long to come up with the idea….let’s not go there.

Now that the intro stuff is out of the way, let’s get into the meat of the matter.
My week’s Reading Goals:

  1. Read 300+ pages.

Some of you might find that number to be small potatoes. Others of you might be blown away by it. The truth is, this number was a fairly arbitrary pick for me, so let’s break it down.

a. Clayton Stone at Your Service by Ena Jones

This MG book is 180 pages long but I started it last night so I have about 150

more to go. That’s approximately 1/2 of my reading goal this week.

b.  A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

I am currently on page 515 of 807 so, technically, I have completed this   week’s read-a-long goal. However, I have been reading at least a chapter or two before bed every night and see absolutely no reason to stop that habit at this point. If I read about 100 pages this week, that leaves around 50 left in my goal

c. Heartless By Gail Carriger

The 4th book in the Parasol Protectorate series, I borrowed Heartless from

Overdrive on e-book and I am having a hard time reading it in this format

(my eyes are horrid). However, 50 pages should be fairly easy to accomplish.

BONUS: The Faceless Ones By Derek Landy

No pages here, this is a strictly audio endeavor, which I intend to complete

today. Skullduggery Pleasant is too funny to put away for long.

 

SO what are you reading this week? Leave me a comment and let’s chat about it! Happy week 😀

 

 

A Game of Thrones Reader’s Diary Pt. 3

A Game of Thrones

Reader’s Diary

Week 3: 203-304

Tyrion

Tyrion is preparing to leave the Wall in the morning. After being begged to bring the plight of the brothers in black to the king, he chooses to walk the wall and see the ‘end of the world’ one last time. As he’s walking, he runs across Jon Snow, who taxes him with messages for Winterfell. An odd little interval chapter that I’m sure will be important later on.

Arya

Arya doesn’t understand everything that’s happening and feels guilty over Lady, Mycah, and Nymeria. Her sister won’t speak with her, the men she once thought of as family and protectors are now men she can’t stand to be around. Her depression and guilt are crushing her and she acts out. I understand that immensely. When her father comes she, like I, thought there would be a blow up, a punishment. Instead, there is a tired old man giving his daughter a lesson she shouldn’t have had to bear yet. A few days later come the lessons she’s been secretly hoping for. 😛

 

Daenerys

WOOP! It’s about TIME! YOU GO GIRL!

Ok, so that aside…Dary is having some FUNKY dreams and an all-around hard time with whole riding around the clock idea. Between that and her new husband, D is (understandably) sore and cranky. But dreams serve her well and she’s beginning to grow into her role. She even, FINALLY, stands up for herself to Varys. I think Daenerys is meant to be the next dragon leader…but we’ll see what happens. She humiliated her brother and finally allowed herself to be outside of his grip of abuse and fear. She has also shown herself to be a woman now, someone who knows and understands what it is to be who she is. She is beginning to control and lead…and on her 14th name day she is noticed to be with child (which she already knew and purposefully became so).

Bran

Bran is, understandably, a cranky cranky boy now. Old Nan sits with him and so we learn a bit more about her..she has been a nurse to the family for generations. However, Bran isn’t quite happy with her anymore. He spends his time watching the knights and his brothers out of his window. But the Tyrion Lannister arrives with words from Jon Snow for his family. Along with the words for the family, Tyrion once more shows his softer, sentimental side by providing a blueprint for a saddle that will allow Bran to ride once more. Bran is excited for life again and remains so, even optimistic that the children of the forest will help his uncle Benjen (who has been missing for far too long).

Eddard

Lord Stark is trying to discover the truth behind his brother-in-law’s sudden death and, now, the truth behind his son’s horrible fall. The Grand Maester Pycelle is old and cunning and Ned speaks to him about Jon’s death, who was with him, what happened, etc. It is both sad and frustrating to read this part. To see the loose threads and realize no one else seems to be worried. Then he goes back to his rooms and Petyr (Littlefinger) The Lord Baelish wishes to speak to him, pointing out the spies who watch his tower. In between he must have a conversation with Arya about Bran and his new limitations…this entire chapter felt sad and frustrating to me.

Jon

Jon’s really coming into his own. You go Jon, You go!

Eddard

Ned Stark persists in being against The Hand’s Tourney. The Starks of Winterfell don’t put much love or merit in things like tournaments but King Roberts insists. Knowing that he’s being constantly watched, Ned is still looking to find out what Jon Arryn knew that got him killed, though Jon’s death seemed to be that of an illness gone south. When Ned speaks to armorer, Master Mott, and meets an unlikely child pieces both fall into place and add difficulty to the puzzle. Why would King Robert’s illegitimate child cause The King’s Hand to be murdered?

Catelyn

Ser Rodrik and Catelyn Stark are on their way home from King’s Landing and traveling incognito. When they stop for rest and shelter at an inn from Catelyn’s youth, she reminisces over her childhood and worries for the safety of her home area until a small group comes into the inn…two knights, a Black Brother, and Tyrion Lannister. When he recognizes her and calls her by name, Catelyn pours steel into her backbone and accuses him of attempted murder. I like Tyrion and, though she’s grown on me a bit over her past couple of chapters, I still don’t like Catelyn. She is emotionally led and while she tries to be logical, she allows her anger to overcome everything else. Strong emotions I don’t mind, the inability to control is the issue.

Sansa

This girl…I expected her to fall apart into hysterics the first time a rider was unseated during the tourney. When a man was killed not ten feet from her seat, she merely noted it with interest and thought that the sad part was really that this lad was so young he wouldn’t be remembered in the songs, so no one knew his name or would remember him.

She is smitten by beauty and bowled over by “The Knight of Flowers” a 16 year old stud who wins the day. Then she has an odd run in with Littlefinger…who is weird and creepy as always, and a fancy time with Joffrey at dinner (where the little pri…nceling behaves himself as though enamored with his betrothed). The King drunkenly declares himself part of the fight the next day, Joffrey summons his Hound to take Sansa home, and she is left without a word of farewell as the tipsy Hound escorts her back to her rooms.

Sansa is made of stern stuff, boy howdy. As Sandor Clegane laughs and roars and confesses his history to her, the fear she has harbored leaves her and she now feels sorry for him…right up until he threatens her life.

 

3 Reasons to read MG as an Adult

There is a debate happening across BookTube and book blogs right now, one that happens every few years, about reading YA (young adult) fiction as *gasp* adults. I won’t get into it because I am, in fact, an ‘adult’ and I do, indeed, continue to enjoy YA books. It happens. What I do want to discuss today is something I think deserves just as much discussion: Children’s and Middle Grade books. Specifically, the benefits of reading children’s and middle grade fiction long after you’ve passed the top end of that particular age bracket. Don’t worry, I’ve narrowed this down to a top 3 list!

1)      If you are a parent, teacher, caregiver, aunt, uncle, cousin, or person who lives near children (a.k.a. pretty much anyone on the planet) reading children’s and middle grade literature allows you to keep your finger on the pulse of the younger generations. You can not only monitor what they’re being exposed to through their reading, you can also find common ground to strike up conversations. Start a book club with them and discuss the important things, both in the books and in their lives.

Similarly, if you’ve been reading children’s and middle grade books in a wide variety you will be more readily equipped to suggest the book that might change a child’s life. For example, you hate reading but love skateboarding and now you’re grounded until you choose a book and write a review for class? Try out Tony Hawk’s autobiography.  You might just help with an assignment, but this might be the way they get into reading…or pass the fifth grade.

2)      Books meant for a younger audience deal with hard hitting issues such as death, race, orientation, and even terrorism in a more direct and seemingly sensitive manner which can help ease you into dealing with these issues in a much swifter and easier fashion than many adult books, which either swerve around the problem or tackle it with bloody force. Articles on dealing with grief might help eventually, but a good cry while reading through L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables might help you get up and try a lot faster than a ‘professional’ giving step by step instructions.

3)      Finally, sometimes you just want to relax, de-stress, and read something that allows you to revisit the home and innocence of your youth. You miss the times of braces, first crushes, and bff’s for-like-ever. These can all be revisited smoothly and swiftly with an old favorite (I like to curl up with one of Ann M. Martin’s Babysitter’s Club Books or some Winnie the Pooh myself) or even through a new modern ‘classic’ like Brandon Mull’s Fablehaven series. Maybe the feel of a Nancy Drew book can transport you back to the summer of awkward growth spurts and braids, or the flow of Harry Potter remind you of acne and beginning football.  Whatever it is, read to remember the wonder and awe of your childhood. Let the stresses of your ‘adulting’ melt away. Believe again.

It’s ok, no one will judge you for enjoying a good book.  If they try to, just ignore them and retreat to a well-made couch fort. No one has time for that sort of negativity!

Game of Thrones Reader’s Diary Pt. 2

A Game of Thrones

Reader’s Diary

Week 2: Pages 109-202

Eddard

Poor, frozen Ned Stark. Crossed between what he said he’d do, who he wants to be, and who his king/best friend/brother wants him to be. I do not envy his position. I think the king has become soft and spoiled while he allowed his best friend to harden on his own at Winterfell, where Ned wishes he’d stayed. King Robert is crazed with hatred for Targaryens and doesn’t listen to the truths spoken by his Hand. Frustrating, to say the least.

Tyrion

The Fool has ridden north to the Wall, intending to inspect it and get a feel for the world (or lack of one, as they say) beyond. He is riding with Benjen Stark, Jon Snow, and a few others. Jon and Tyrion’s relationship here takes a step that I didn’t expect, but do enjoy and appreciate. Tyrion’s smart mouth and well-read brain come in handy. Not to mention the tid bits about dragons that made me swoon! What smart details to add! Well played, Mr. Martin. Well Played.

Catelyn 

The last time we saw Catelyn, I was hoping for someone to smack some sense into her or, better yet, put her out of my misery. Well *boom* wish granted. Not how I was expecting, of course, but in a way that makes perfect sense. Still, she’s a sharp tongued wench. She left at the end of the chapter with barely a thought toward her sons. After spending all that time draped over Bran’s bedside, I can understand the statement that she’d done all she could there. But, come on, Brickon is 3ish…he doesn’t understand why Mommy wouldn’t see him and why Mommy left. And Rob is 14 and the head of the keep now…his Mom could probably have been a big help to him. But no, no one could be trusted, it had to be her. Pfft.

Sansa

This girl…this poor simpering fool of a girl…makes me want to smack her. I suppose she’s just too much like her mother. In love with the idea of being betrothed to the simpering princeling, in love with the nice pretty things and the ideas that have half formed in her mind. She meets the knights and has, shall we say, strong feelings of both respect and fear. Ok, good…then Joffrey, the spoiled idiot, parades his “Hound” in front of her to scare her and offers to take her off on a day exploring “just the two of them”…I was actually pleased when they stumbled upon Arya and Mycah. I was afraid Sansa was going to get herself injured or raped or all of the above because she couldn’t see past her mental images to get a bead on the real prince. Then he got bit and I thought…well that’s not going to end well. Stupid

Eddard

This chapter was short, but HARD. To see Cersei Lannister and the probably inbred **** prince sit there, accusing, lying, and manipulating in order to make Joffrey out to be the victim and the hero all at once…to me it makes him look weak and his mother look a fool. But to Eddard…to Eddard it looked like his daughters opening a schism between them that might possibly never be fixed. It looked like having to kill the sweetest and best trained of the wolf pups on a whim and a whine while his best friend washed his hands of the situation and refused to ‘man up’ and handle the situation. It looked like Sansa losing her beloved pet because of Joffrey, but blaming Arya. It looked like a bad day.

Bran 

This is probably one of my favorite chapters in anything I’ve read this year, if not this decade. Bran’s dream was fabulous, a little spine tingling, and a lot mysterious. The best part, for me, though was when Bran finally awoke and found his wolf pup. Those first words after his coma…wonderfully done.

Catelyn

She arrives at King’s Landing and sends Ser Rodrik to the castle to find Ser Aron Santagar in an attempt to discover who might have owned the dagger sent to murder Bran in his coma. The dagger that sliced Catelyn’s fingers and sent her on this mad journey. In the in between time, Cat goes to rest but gets herself lady napped and taken to Littlefinger, Lord Baeris who had been her father’s ward and like a brother during their growing up time…until he dueled her betrothed for her hand. Guess who’s dagger it is? What a tidy little bow.

Jon

Jon is now in training at the Wall, learning to be the man he swore himself to be. He is also much hated for his attitude. The loner illegitimate son of Lord Stark, Jon finds issues on both sides and none of his training mates are keen on him. Tyrion Lannister’s advice, ‘don’t let them see that the words cut or you’ll never be free…’ good advice that I’m sure Jon will take, but The Bear then calls him away…a bird has come to tell him some good news.

Eddard

Ned is running ragged, already disillusioned and exhausted by life in the palace and life as the King’s Hand. Along with the issues between his children and his own extreme dislike of the counsel and learning just how out of it as a king his bestie really is, Ned finds his wife in a brothel. Ok, ok…so they were both taken there in order to speak in a place where no one would suspect either of them of ever being. Still, it is kind of funny. The love and respect between them is obvious, but I still don’t particularly like Catelyn. Eddard, on the other hand, is growing on me.

Reading Diary: Game of Thrones

Last week I began a read-a-long of the popular (or at least, famous) book A Game of Thrones. (have you heard of it? I hear its pretty ok I started a Goodreads group and have places to chat about the book…wanna join in the read-a-long? Come on by Buddy Reads with Beth!).

When I started reading, I also started a reading vlog. When I started the vlog, I started a diary type page to keep up when I didn’t want to film. Warning…there are mild spoilers (though I tried to keep that to a minimum). I hope you enjoy my reading Diary for pages 1-109 of A Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones Diary:

 

I am about to begin reading George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones. This is the first book in The Song of Ice and Fire series and I have heard so many things about this series…I’m almost afraid to begin. But I set up a Goodreads group and hyped up a read-a-long for this, we’re reading 100 pages (or so) a week starting this Friday, July 29th, and I had better set a good example since I’ve never hosted anything previously.

 

July 29th – Starting off

 

Today is the day! I’m about to pick up A Game of Thrones…my friends have warned me against becoming attached to any character, human or not, that shows up at any point in the story. “Don’t even think about becoming attached to a location Elizabeth,” one told me. “Just stay aloof!”

Another, who has lived with me during re-reads of Harry Potter, repeatedly pushed the point that some of the deaths will be as hard, or possibly harder, than those in H.P. and that I MUST remain separate as there is no one to let me lay on their shoulder and watch NCIS at 3 am to get the taste of tears off of my tongue. I’m a bit frightened of this book again.

Prologue:

WHAT?? What the…what is an ‘Other’? Is this some sort of Fey creature?

Man…They weren’t kidding! 3 characters were introduced at the beginning of the prologue…2 were dead by the end of that chapter.

Bran:

The first chapter follows 7-year-old Bran on his first outing with his father and brothers on the way to his father, Lord Eddard Stark, having to take care of a disciplinary issue at one of their holdfasts. Dire wolf pups are found, 1 for each of Bran’s siblings. I wants one.

Catelynn, Daenerys, Eddard, Jon, Arya, etc.

Each chapter switches between the main characters, showing us things that are happening from different perspectives. We get different truths, different visions, different placements. While this sounds like something that would be difficult to follow, the writing is surprisingly easy to slide through. I am amazed at how much harshness and beauty can live side by side in this book. All 3 of the first characters were dead by page 23. The Histories, religions, beliefs, animosities, senses of humor, and personalities of each character are interesting, well done, and enticing. I want more when I should be wanting to set it down and do work. This could be a problem.

 

I dislike the Lannisters.

Bran:

I can’t believe this! What in the world?? What is with these illicit affairs, first of all? And, that aside, HOW COULD YOU/HE DOE THIS? SERIOUSLY? THE KID IS 7 YOU TWIT!

 

Dany:

The characters are all so much younger than I had it in my mind that they were. Harsh times kill off the old and the infirm I suppose. Daenerys Targaryen is 13 as she is wedded of to the 30(ish) year old Khal of the Dothraki. She is a fierce and fiery young lady, I forget her age during the chapter until I am reminded again at her inexperience and youth. However, I can see the makings of a queen. I look forward to more from her and her Dothraki king.