Goodreads Tag

Hey guys!! As promised, here’s a new post, the Goodreads tag! So let’s get into it.

WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU MARKED AS ‘READ’?

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

Nothing. *the horror* I finished Queen of Shadows a few hours ago, and I haven’t picked up anything else yet.

WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU MARKED AS ‘TO READ’?

Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher

WHAT BOOK DO YOU PLAN TO READ NEXT?

All We Have Left by Wendy Mills. I currently have this out on loan from the library.

DO YOU USE THE STAR RATING SYSTEM?

I do, though it’s all in my head, and it doesn’t really make sense to anyone but me.

ARE YOU DOING A 2016 READING CHALLENGE?

Yes, 90 books. I read 90 books and half of 4 books last year, so I didn’t think it was too ambitious. However, I didn’t count on rediscovering fanfiction this year. XD I’m a few books behind schedule.

DO YOU HAVE A WISHLIST?

Not on a shelf or anything, but my wishlist is every book I’ve read that I enjoyed, a book that is a part of a series I own, or a book that I really want to read.

WHAT BOOK DO YOU PLAN TO BUY NEXT?

I don’t buy books. *gasps* I don’t have a job, so I don’t have any money to spend on books. I frequently go to the library, and every librarian at both libraries near my house recognise me. The books I own have been birthday and Christmas gifts. To this day, I’ve probably bought about 5 or 6 books for myself, including The Hunger Games box set and a special edition of Lady Midnight. (I know, it’s sad – though I am looking for a job!)

DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVOURITE QUOTES, WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE A FEW?

“La musica è chiaro di luna nella note cupa della vita.” – Jean Paul Friedrich Ritcher

This quote is actually originally in English, but I love the Italian translation. (Though the English translation is really pretty). The original quote is “Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life.” I actually prefer the quote in English, but I’m learning Italian next year at school, so I keep translating everything. XD

Another quote I really like is “His heart, the war. Her face, the battlefield.” (The 5th Wave).

WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE AUTHORS?

J.K. Rowling, hands down. My other favourites included Alexandra Bracken, Marissa Meyer, Marie Lu, Rick Riordan, Sarah J. Maas and Veronica Roth. Not necessarily in that order either.

HAVE YOU JOINED ANY GROUPS?

I’m apart of 47 groups. I’m only active in about 8 of them, but I can’t bring myself to leave any, I do visit them all occasionally!

HOW MANY SHELVES DO YOU HAVE ON GOODREADS?

14 (soon to be 15 – I keep forgetting to make one for 2016). Read, currently-reading, to-read, own, 2015, favourites, gifts, read-next, never-finished, school-reads, buddy-reads, you get the idea.

I hope you guys enjoyed this tag, I know I enjoyed answering all of the questions! And I tag all of you to do this. If you do end up doing this tag, please link your post down below, I’d love to see what you guys think about this questions!!

My Goodreads account: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/48457755-skye-hailhydra

Byeeeeee ❤

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BOOKS I WANT TO READ BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR

Hey!

Here I am again with another T5W! (On Friday – again). This week we’ve been asked what 5 books we want to read before the end of the year. I have sooo many. (My TBR on Goodreads is 1125 books long). So I’ve decided to keep this list to books I own. That list is significantly shorter, I only own 30 unread books. So, here are the 5 I want to finish before the year is out!

  1. The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson
  2. Passenger (Passenger #1) by Alexandra Bracken
  3. Firstlife (Everlife #1) by Gena Showalter
  4. Flawed (Flawed #1) by Cecelia Ahern
  5. A Whole New World (A Twisted Tale #1) by Liz Braswell

So there you have it! What books do you guys want to read before the end of 2016? Comment below!!
I also have another post going up over the weekend, so keep your eyes out for that! (:

Byeeeeee ❤

The 15 Shortest Books I’ve Ever Read (Excluding Childhood Books)

Hey guys! This is a kind of follow-up post to my ’15 Longest Books I’ve Ever Read’. And so I give you… the 15 shortest books I’ve ever read. (This post excluded books I read as a child ie. Younger than ten or so – unless I’ve re-read it since then).

  1. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling. 109 pages.
  2. Out of the Past (Once Upon A Time #3) by Kalinda Vazquez. 112 pages.
  3. City of Bones: The Little Book of Quotes by Cassandra Clare. 112 pages.
  4. Bridge To Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. 128 pages.
  5. Messenger (The Giver #3) by Lois Lowry. 169 pages.
  6. The Call of the Wild by Jack London. 172 pages.
  7. The Giver (The Giver #1) by Lois Lowry. 180 pages.
  8. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. 182 pages.
  9. A Dog’s Life: The Autobiography of a Stray by Ann M. Martin. 192 pages.
  10. Unite Me (Shatter Me #1.5, #2.5) by Tahereh Mafi. 197 pages.
  11. If I Stay (If I Stay #1) by Gayle Forman. 201 pages.
  12. Fallen in Love (Fallen #3.5) by Kate Lauren. 201 pages.
  13. Four: A Divergent Story Collection (Divergent #0.1 – 0.4) by Veronica Roth. 201 pages.
  14. Looking for Alaska by John Green. 221 pages.
  15. Run for Cover (Tomorrow Girls #2) by Eva Gray. 224 pages.
    If you have any more ideas for posts like this, be sure to comment them below!

    Byeeeeee ❤

5 Favourite First Sentences

Hey!

Here I am, yet again, doing Top 5 Wednesday on a Friday!

And since I’m too lazy to get up and go over to my books, these favourite first sentences are the ones that I remember off the top of my head.

So without further ado, I give you, 5 first sentences I really like, that were chosen because I happen to remember them.

  1. “Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.” Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling

2. “The Friday before winter break, my mom packed me an overnight bag and a few deadly weapons, and took me to a new boarding school.” Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3) by Rick Riordan

3. “I’ve been locked up for 264 days.” Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi

4. “Aliens are stupid.” The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1) by Rick Yancey.

5. “Now that I’ve found the way to fly, which direction should I go into the night?” Matched (Matched #1) by Ally Condie

I’m going to write next weeks T5W now, so it’ll definitely actually be up on Wednesday. 🙂

I’ve also written a post for the 15 shortest books I’ve ever read, which will be posted tomorrow!

Byeeeeee ❤

The 15 Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

I’ve always been curious as to what the longest books I’ve read are, and I just realised a few hours ago that on Goodreads, I can see what the longest books are that I’ve read.

So without further ado, here are the 15 longest books that I’ve ever read!

(Warning: most of my reviews contain spoilers)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) by J.K. Rowling
This book is 870 pages long, and I haven’t managed to read anything longer than it in the past six years.

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer
832 pages. You can read my review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1438618588

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J.K. Rowling
759 pages.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) by J.K. Rowling
734 pages.

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare
725 pages.

Angel Fire (Angel #2) by L.A. Weatherly
720 pages.

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare
669 pages. You can read my review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1589046512

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) by J.K. Rowling
652 pages.

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
640 pages. You can read my review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1482071164

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
599 pages.

The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan
597 pages.

The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus #3) by Rick Riordan
586 pages.

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare
567 pages. You can read my sentence-long review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1430071858

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas
562 pages. You can read my review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1613686509

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer 560 pages.

Ta-da! The 15 longest books I’ve read. I’m thinking of maybe doing the 15 shortest books I’ve ever read too. Comment if you think I should.

Byeeeeee ❤

Authors You Are Waiting On Other Book From

Hey ya’ll!!

I’ve decided to start doing the Top 5 Wednesday. Even though it’s Saturday.

So, without further ado, here are 5 authors that I’m waiting on another book from!

  1. Marie Lu

I can’t wait for The Midnight Star, it’s going to be epic!! But aside from that, I’d love to see more books from her in the future.

2. Alexandra Bracken

Author of my favourite trilogy – The Darkest Minds! I really hope there’s a lot more in store for her readers!

3. Evelyn Skye

I finished reading The Crown’s Game a few hours ago, so of course Evelyn is on this list! I can’t wait for The Crown’s Heir, and I hope she writes more books after that.

4. Sarah Blakley-Cartwright

Sarah is the author of my favourite standalone book – Red Riding Hood. It still remains the only book of hers that I’ve read, but I really hope I get to more of them in the future.

5. J.K. Rowling

This wouldn’t be a list of authors I love if I didn’t include the Queen. All hail the Queen! *Bows down* 😀
As you can see, I really, really, really like J.K. Rowling.
I know we only just got Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, (which I have yet to read *cries*), but I will read almost anything my Queen writes. I hope we keep getting amazing books from her for a long while yet.

Comment your favourite authors down below if you’d like! I’d like to know what authors you want to see more books from!

Byeeeeee ❤

ROOM REVIEW

Room by Emma Donoghue

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

This isn’t the type of book that I would usually pick for myself to read, but I had my eye on it for a few months, ever since one of my Goodreads groups chose it for their BOTM.

Then three weeks ago for my birthday, a friend of mine gave me the book. She said it was a bit different, but that she loved it, and that I had to read it. So I did.

It took me a while to get used to the writing, I’m so used to reading novels from the POV of a sixteen-year-old female, and so to read from the perspective of a five-year-old male was very different for me.

The book took me a bit longer to read than most other books of its size that I’ve read. Truthfully, I almost DNF on several occasions, but I’m glad I didn’t.

Room didn’t really begin to engage me until around page 120. After that, I really started to get into it. Another 30 pages later, I was bored again.

Around page 170, things started to get a lot more interesting. Everything looked as though it was about to be resolved, and I was panicking because I was only halfway through the book.

I was still intrigued for quite a while, but then my interest slowly began to decline again.

Page 300 and onward was probably my least favourite part of the book, but I did like aspects of it, particularly the ending. That is how you end a book.

I could hate the entire book but find it impossible to hate the ending, because some authors just know how to end a book. Emma Donoghue is one of them.

THE REST OF THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS!

The book is split into three sections; Before, After and Living.

Before takes place during the time that Jack and his Ma are stuck in Room.

I found most of this section incredibly dull. I understood though that it’s length and detail was highly necessary for the rest of the book, so I did my best to power through it.

It was the section that took me the longest to read.

After takes place during the aftermath of Jack and Ma being freed from Room, and from Old Nick.

This was my favourite section, but it still took me a bit to get through parts of it.

I liked seeing Jack’s reaction to everything in the world, but sometimes he just annoyed me. I had to keep reminding myself that he was a five-year-old boy who had never seen anything outside of the same four walls.

Living takes place once Jack starts to stay with his Grandmother.

This section was okay… I enjoyed aspects of it. I found his Grandmother incredibly irritating, but I liked Leo.

I loved the ending of the book, and it’s by far my favourite part of the book.

END SPOILERS!

Overall, I did enjoy this book, and I think it’s worth giving a go if you need something to read.

This review is also on my Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/48457755-jaide

Byeeeeee ❤

Ruler of Books Tag

Hey ya’ll!!

So, I saw this on @AShelfofDreamsandBooks , and I decided to give it a go!

What book would you make everybody read?

This is a tough one…. I’m going to have to go with Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakely – Cartwright. This is my favourite standalone book ever. I only read it a few months ago, but I plan on rereading it soon! The plot was engaging, the writing was flawless, the characters had depth, it was everything I had ever hoped it to be.

But, you know, you should all go read Harry Potter too…

What book would you abolish in book construction?

Brainjack by Brian Falkner. This book had such an amazing premise, and after falling in love with Falkner’s book The Tomorrow Code, I was excited to read this. Unfortunately, from the very first page, it failed to draw me in.

What author would you commission to write you any book?

Can I pick two? Alexandra Bracken and J.K. Rowling. Two of my favourite authors, and their writing styles are just phenomenal, so I would love for the two of them to write me something.

What book would you demote to the library basement?

The Messenger by Markus Zusak. I got through an entire 45 pages before I decided to DNF. The writing wasn’t anything special, the plot wasn’t engaging, and I didn’t really care what was happening.

What cover artist would you want to make a mural?

I can’t choose just one!! I pick Colin Anderson, and Michael O.

Colin Anderson designed the stunning covers for the Shatter Me series, and Michael O designed the covers for The Lunar Chronicles.

What characters face would you put on a coin?

Either Ruby Daly, or Adelina Amouteru. I think they would look quite nice on a coin, as weird as that may sound, and they also both happen to have made it into my ‘Top five fictional characters of all-time’ list. (Should I make a post about that?)

What book would win the “Ruler of Books 2016” award?

Ugh, this is another tough one! (Yet again) I’m torn between two.

The two best 2016 releases I have read thus far are; Stars Above by Marissa Meyer, and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.

Who do you tag to do this?

I tag everyone who reads this post to give the tag a go. I enjoyed doing this, it made me think a bit harder about these books in order to answer most of the questions, and I’d love for you all to do it now!!

If you do participate in this tag, please leave the link to your tag in a comment down below, I’d love to know all your thoughts!

Byeeeeee ❤