December 2017 Wrap Up

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I really liked Shadow and bone to be honest. I think that it was such a unique universe that has so much area to be explored that I couldn’t help but love it. I also really liked to examine the motives of the individual characters because I think that it puts a lot into the individual characters and what they do. I really want to look into the Darkling’s background more because he just overall is an interesting character that I think deserves to have the spotlight a little bit more. I hope to learn more about him with the next books but I’m not going to really hold my breath on that. Honestly, I didn’t have the next book I pry wouldn’t actually continue the series, regardless of how great the world is. I didn’t like the real overall story very much and I didn’t find myself connecting to the individual characters. I did start to like the two main characters’ relationship once they left the palace, but I wasn’t too overall interested in the main story because it was pretty normal where a girl gets taken away by a prince and goes to live happily ever after. I enjoyed the story overall but I didn’t really like it enough to continue it.

 

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I did like The Lightning Thief a lot, but I’m not able to give it all five stars. I honestly loved the audio book and can’t wait to continue it via OverDrive. The biggest drive for me to continue this series is because I really like to look at Mythology and I find it one of the most interesting subjects I have ever had the pleasure to learn about while I was in school. I enjoyed the story and I really liked how many of the demigods had learning disabilities outside of camp because it’s such an amazing representation for people, especially the marketing audience, to have in great books because it makes them seem more real to the individual. I also just liked it as a “new classic” that many people read and is known by most people if not just by the basics of the story. I was afraid that this story had been inflated beyond a point of being able to live up to its hype, but it was great and I really did like it.

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I liked the idea of Witch and Wizard, I really did, but I just got so bored halfway through that I couldn’t finish it. I loved the production of the audiobook too, but it was such a slow story that I wasn’t able to complete it. I ended up stopping around 3/4 of the way through and I just haven’t been able to pick it back up. Because of this I’m giving this a 2/5 stars even though I ended up DNF-ing it. It honestly made me sad that I had to do that, but what are you going to do sometimes? I completed most of it so that I feel like I can discuss it and talk about it, which is why I gave it a review but it just wasn’t my favorite read by any stretch of the means.

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I LOVED Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children. I flat out loved this book and I can’t explain to you how happy I am that I read this book. I fell in love with all of the characters and I can’t wait to read more about them in the next books. I also really like that the inspiration behind this story was pictures that the author found AND that the pictures were included in the book, just because it’s such a unique thing. I also love seeing Jacob and Emma together, they’re so cute and Olive is hands down my favorite because she is so sweet. I just love this book, so watch out for a video and blog post that’s just me gushing about it.

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I don’t know why I really read Burning Glass to be honest. It seemed interesting and the cover was cool but it just didn’t hold my attention and I don’t know why. The story was good, and when I sat down and forced myself to listen to it the story was great. The story overall was really good and I really enjoyed it. I loved the character and the settings, but just overall this book just wasn’t my favorite and I don’t know why.

Annotating Books

Today I wanted to talk a little bit about my opinions about annotating and writing in books. Typically annotating a book causes bookworms to gasp and feel like someone had hit them or destroyed something they love. I want to talk about it a little bit, though, just to discuss my thoughts about it and what I think.

I’m going to spoil you right now, I annotate my books. I’m going to talk later about how exactly I do this, but I’m going to spoil you right now.

I see why people don’t want to, and honestly I take all of my pictures of my books before I even start reading them most of the time. I would like to change that process in the future, but for now I like the way that I take my pictures and interact with them.

Not annotating your books keeps them in perfect condition, and if the book is your absolute favorite book that’s signed by the author I totally get it and don’t suggest writing in the book. I have a few books like this and I wouldn’t take those books out of the house for anything, because let’s face it those books are my favorite things in the world.

On the other hand, when I first read a book I don’t know that it’s my favorite. Let’s take a recent read for an example. I recently read Scythe by Neal Shusterman and I absolutely loved it and can’t wait for the squeal to be released in the near future. I decided to annotate this book just because I liked the cover and I had a feeling that this book would bring up great ideas and thoughts. I didn’t know that the book would become my favorite, but now it is and I’m happy that I actually have highlighted my favorite parts and quotes. I like the fact that I can go back and see what I wrote in the margins when I was first reading it. Especially when I got to a few huge plot twists and I as able to go back to see what I was thinking before then.

I was actually reading through my notes after I finished it and it really helped me put together the story as a whole and suddenly something small made so much sense all of a sudden.

I also recently gave a book that I had annotated to a friend and they said that once they got into the book they thought it was amusing to see my thoughts and what I was thinking at any point in the book.

The main reason I choose to annotate my books is because I keep looking at one of my most loved books, A Great And Terrible Beauty by Libba Brey, it is my most loved book. The binding is beat up, the cover is ripped, and the pages are dog eared where I absolutely loved the page or something important happened. To me seeing this makes me happy because things aren’t always meant to stay perfect. They’re meant to be bent, used, and wear down. That’s what I love about books because the more beat up a book is the more it’s read, the more the story is heard, and the more those characters have found their way into your heart.

I feel like this post is a little messy and unorganized, but I just wanted to share my thoughts on the topic with you.

What side are you on with this discussion? Let me know in the comments below!

~Amanda Ann

November Wrap Up

I felt so good about this month, until I looked at it really and found that most everything was an audiobook that I got from the Library.

Thanks to my mom I found out that my local Library actually loans out audiobooks that you can download onto your phone and can listen to. Since discovering this I found that I don’t listen to the radio as much anymore, and my reading has been really good this month! I’m hoping that December is fewer audio books and luckily I’m no longer going to have NaNoWriMo to do so that’s helpful.

So what did I read this month?

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