WWW Wednesday

What are you currently reading?

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I’m moving pretty slow through this, but am loving it! If you’re looking for a summery read that focuses on friendships, this one is perfect.

What did you recently finish reading?

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I really loved this one! My review is here.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I began this one awhile back, but other books keep getting in the way. I really like it so far though, and am hoping to finish it this time around before starting anything new.

Top Ten Tuesday: Schedule Problems & Apologies

As you may or may not have noticed, this is the second week in a row I’ve skipped Top Ten Tuesday. I’m not planning to remove it from my blog – I just haven’t had the time to schedule them.

Since it’s now pretty late into Tuesday night, I’m going to let it go once more. However, the regular posts will be back beginning next week and should continue from there. My apologies to anyone who enjoys the posts on my blog, but I’m sure other bloggers have typed up some great Top Ten Tuesday posts from the past two weeks, if you look for them!

I hope you guys have had a wonderful day and are enjoying your current reads, and sorry again for the lack of planning!

Readathon Wrap-Up

If you saw my TBR post, you know that I participated in two readathons this past week. One was a small one for a Goodreads group, and another was the booktube-a-thon.

Overall, I read half the books on my TBR (which only had four books) and a total of 5 books (3 of which were graphic novels) and 1,123 pages.

The books I read:

  • The Pirates Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke
  • Saltwater Witch (Comic #1) by Chris Howard
  • Saltwater Witch Graphic Novel: Chapter 2 by Chris Howard
  • Nineteen, Twenty-One #1 by Yohan
  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Booktube-a-thon Challenges Completed:

  • Read a book with pictures (graphic novels)
  • A book with red on the cover (The Pirate’s Wish)
  • A book from the genre you’ve read least this year (graphic novels; I rarely read them.)

That’s three out of seven, which I consider a success – especially since I wasn’t really focused on the challenges while reading or even forming my TBR.

Goodreads Read-a-long Books:

Very few of these actually counted for my other readalong, since the graphic novels did not count. Still, I read two books and they were both ones I have waited to read for a bit now!

Overall Thoughts:

I did five days of reading for these, even though the booktube-a-thon lasted seven. (The other readalong ended earlier.) This weekend, I just wasn’t in the mood to read and didn’t want to push myself – after all, I don’t need any kind of reading slump!

Anyway, I’m pretty proud of my reading, but I’m planning to slow down after this. I’ve been forcing myself to read more often since I began blogging, and I’m ready to slow down and take more time with the books I read. I’m still going to try to keep up the same review schedule – at least one a week – but I don’t think that will be difficult.

If you guys participated in the booktube-a-thon, or another readathon, or just read this week, let me know what books you got around to! I hope you enjoyed your reading week as much as I did mine.

(Also, please note that graphic novels won’t become a ‘thing’ for me and my blog. It was nice to try some out, and I plan to read them a bit more now, but I prefer words over pictures. Also, I am not comfortable at all writing long reviews for something I read so little of.)

 

Book Review: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

2My Rating: 5 stars

Date Read: July 17, 2014

Source: Purchased ebook

Publication Date: February 26, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Genres: Young adult, romance, contemporary

Summary (taken from Goodreads): Two misfits.

One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Review: I was unsure about this book while reading the first few pages – and honestly, that’s so difficult to believe now, because I loved it.

Eleanor and Park are so wonderful together. Even during the parts where they were just friends, they were so cute.

They were also realistic. Park cared too much about what people thought of him, and this didn’t change. It didn’t disappear because he liked Eleanor and suddenly didn’t care about what anyone might think of him. I feel like that was really important, that the characters kept flaws through the story. They didn’t need to lose them to be great characters and people.

Even more important was Richie’s character. For the first parts of the book, there were no real signs as to why Eleanor was afraid of him. Sure, he kicked her out – but that was all we knew. The rest came on slowly, building up later in the book. I think it’s so important to show that not all abuse is obvious or plain to see. The fact that his neglect was such a key part of the abuse really stood out to me as well – it wasn’t all physical, like most abuse in books seems to be.

I hated and loved the ending, in the way that I always hate open endings – but it was realistic and just as great as the rest of the story. Still, imagining what those three words could be is going to kill me!

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a weekly event started by Should be Reading where you share the books you’ve found throughout the week. These don’t have to be purchases, just books that you added to your TBR.

Here are the books I’ve added to my TBR this week:

I found these all when searching for books in a Goodreads challenge I’m participating in. They seem like some great series that I’m excited to get to!

This one was recommended to me by Sophie the Bookworm. I’ve read the sample and it’s really good so far, although I don’t think I’ll be able to read it this week like I hoped I would!

Book Review: The Pirate’s Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke

My Rating: 4 stars

Date Read: July 14, 2014

Source:  Purchased ebook

Publication Date: June 18, 2013

Publisher: Strange Chemistry

Genres: Young adult, fantasy, romance

Summary (taken from Goodreads): After setting out to break the curse that binds them together, the pirate Ananna and the assassin Naji find themselves stranded on an enchanted island in the north with nothing but a sword, their wits, and the secret to breaking the curse: complete three impossible tasks. With the help of their friend Marjani and a rather unusual ally, Ananna and Naji make their way south again, seeking what seems to be beyond their reach.

Unfortunately, Naji has enemies from the shadowy world known as the Mists, and Ananna must still face the repercussions of going up against the Pirate Confederation. Together, Naji and Ananna must break the curse, escape their enemies — and come to terms with their growing romantic attraction.

Review: I enjoyed this one so much better than the first. Ananna grew on me and there was a much more believable connection between her and Naji.

It was also a lot more enjoyable to read. It was fast-paced, a lot like the first, and maybe I just found it better because I could finally relate to Ananna – but another thing about this one was the side characters.

I loved the characters so much, and was sad to be parted from some of them. The manticore especially was my favorite; her and Ananna had such a strange, great friendship. I liked seeing her views on humans and her confusion. She didn’t understand Ananna in a lot of ways, but her heart was in the right place and she did try to help her.

Overall, I think this was a great conclusion. A much better read after getting used to the writing style from the first book.

WWW Wednesday

What are you currently reading?

I’ll admit I was worried about this one for the first few chapters, but now I’m really liking it. However, I might put it down for a bit just to get to a more fast-paced book – fantasy or paranormal, maybe.

What did you recently finish reading?

I enjoyed this one quite a bit more than the first! My review will be posted tomorrow, if you want to know more about what I thought.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Lately I’ve had a hard time choosing which books to read, so I’m not too sure on this one yet. It might be a review copy, since I’m feeling a little behind on those at the moment.