Monday, August 26, 2013

BoB Wrap-Up

Salaam Alaikum,

   So another BoB has come and gone, and I am sad to see it go.It was even more fun than my first.I participated in three challenges, I vlogged everyday, and I wrote here in my blog everyday.I read six books-two more than my normal for a week- and I got 3 books ahead of schedule for my 100 in 2013 GR's goal.To me that is good.I realized that had I read just 4 more pages I would have read 2,000 pages in a week.But oh we'll, I still got to immerse myself in books that I was dying to read.I was holding on to the idea that the BoB would be extended another week.It's just so much fun.It was obvious that we were all enjoying ourselves immensely and would not have thought twice about keeping the party going.But all good things must come to an end.So six books read, 1,996 pages, three challenges,one twitter chat,daily blogs/blogs, and getting to know a great group of people.My Bout of Books 8.0 readathon was a huge success. I want to say a big thank you to our BoB hostesses, and all the other participants for a great week. Most of you I'll be be following on Twitter, and for the rest I'll see you at the next Twitter chat and the next BoB  January 6,2014:-)

Sunday, August 25, 2013

BoB Day 6 Update

Here it is :)

    Wake Trilogy by L.McMann
     City of Ashes by C.Clare
     Blood Promise by R.Mead
     The Blood of Flowers by A.Amirrezvani

Saturday, August 24, 2013

BoB Day 5 Update

Here we go.

     Wake Trilogy by L.McMann
      City of Ashes by C.Clare
      Blood Promise by R.Mead
       The Blood of Flowers by A.Amirrezvani pg 119/368
PAGES READ TO-Date:1,846

Friday, August 23, 2013

Bookish Mad Lib Challenge

 A. Place name or type (from a book title) can be a proper name or noun like Italy or mountains
B. Fave Villain (from a book - list title/series)
C. Adjective (from a book title) (hot, cold, dark, etc.)
D. Number (from a book title)
E. Noun (from a book title)
F. Fave Hero/Heroine you wouldn't mind spending a LOT of time with (from a book - list title/series)
G. Dessert (from a book title)

A .Duma Key (Steven King)
B. The Darkling (Grisha Trilogy)
C.Beautiful (The Castor Chronicles)
D.5 (The Fifth Wave)
E.Circle (The Circle)
F.Rose (Vampire Academy)
G.Plum (Plum Wine)

Help! I'm being held captive (in/in the/at) Duma Key, by the Darkling!
It is very Beautiful here!
(He/She) is demanding five circle(s) to set me free!
I have just discovered that Rose was captured too!
On second thought, please send plum(s), and don't worry if you don't hear from us for awhile!

Much Love,

(Nerdy Niqabi)

BoB day 4

Progress Time

   Wake Trilogy by L.McMann
    City of  Ashes by C.Clare
    Blood Promise by R.Mead pg369/503

Thursday, August 22, 2013

(Bout of Books) I Spy... Challenge

the moonThe girl is holding swords

a wedding dress
high heel shoe
I don't have books with pictures of combat boots, a Christmas tree, or handcuffs.

BoB Day 3

Salaam Alaikum and Hello,

  Wake Trilogy by L.McMann
   City of Ashes by C.Clare
    Blood Promise by R.Mead pg.18/503
Twitter: #boutofbooks

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

BoB Day 2 Update

Salaam and Welcome,

    Wake Trilogy by L.McMann
CURRENTLY READING: City of Ashes by C.Clare pg250/453
                                          Book Spine Poetry

Still going quite strong. The challenges for today are so much fun.I'm am blogging and vlogging as planned.

Book Spine Poetry Post

The Darkest Minds are Rebel Angels
Everbound in The World Below.
Lost Souls, Once tricked by Memnoch the Devil,
and cursed 'til the end to exist in a City of Bones, a City of Ashes.

Monday, August 19, 2013

BoB day 1

Salaam and welcome,
   So what's the progress for day one? Needless to say that I am very proud of myself. I hope I can get through all seven books this week and blog/vlog daily.

  Wake (Lisa McMann)
   Fade  (Lisa McMann)

  That's great right! Two books in one day. Two short books, but books none the less. And I'm posting my blog and about to film my video. It feels so good when things go according to plan.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

I Beat the Heat-Readathon That Is

Salaam Alaikum and Hi,

   So 12 books and 3,896 pages. That is wild.I am proud of myself and angry at the same time.I started four days late on August 2, and I have no idea what happened, but I screwed up my entry into the Readathon.I was not able to post progress updates in the second week, my link not working.So I do not know what to think.I just continued, posting updates via Twitter. In my mind I was a participant, and I was a reading fool.I read and completed:

Ghostgirl 1&2 by Tonya Hurley
Days Of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
Deathnote 3&4 by Tsugumi Ohba
Chinese Cinderella by A.Y. Man
Does My Head Look Big In This? By Randa Abdel-Fattah
Curses!A F***ed Up Fairy Tale by J.A. Kazimer
Death Comes To Pemberly by P.D. James
Speak by L.H. Anderson
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

   That is not bad for a three week Readathon. I did blog more during this time, and it seemed that I was constantly reading.So before I jump onto the next Readathon on Monday, I spend Sunday catching up on YT videos.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Bout Of Books Readathon Goals

Salaam Alaikum and hi,

   My goals for this Readathon? Read,read,read-and read.I have so many books that I want to read,but only a week's time.I am positive on 5 books, but waffling between to books that I am desperate to get to.I can't make up my mind.So here are at he books:

The Wake Trilogy by Lisa McMann
Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani
Beautiful Darkness by K. Garcia & M. Stohl
   The last two are the ones I can't decide between. I prep them both and chose when the time come, but I hoping I will catch reading fire and be able to read them both.I still have no other strategy other than just read like the wind.Seven books in one week!That is a feat for me and I will give it my best go. The Wake trilogy has fairly short books, and all the books in the reading pile are ones I REALLY want to read.So wish me luck  to keep the slumps at bay and that I can accomplish this seven book person reading coup.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Beat The Heat Readathon Update

Salaam Alaikum and Hello,

   So we are going into Readathon overtime.Thats just great!I love readathons.I have goals with my reading and writing and they help a lot in my accomplishing those goals.So Im on my eight book.I finished one trilogy toward my 2013 finish 5 series goal, and I am on a roll towards my 100 bk goal having read 56 books so far.
    I finished the Ghostgirl trilogy by Tonya Hurley and it was so entertaining.Its hard to believe, looking back as I read, that I survived high school with my psyche in tact.I loved reading this series.This is one case where the cover lived up to the content.I read the second volume,Black Edition of Deathnote by Tsugumi Ohba. I went out on a limb and added Manga to my reading repertoire and I am so glad I did. Volume two introduces two new characters- and the plot thickens. I've vlogged/blogged about how much I love Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead and The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. And I have just finished Speak by L.H.Anderson.Not since We Were The Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates have I been so emotional when reading. It's probably the first book in where an open ending is fitting.It allows every reader to have the ending they want.So it's safe to say that it has a happy ending after all.
   I will continue on with Death Comes To Pemberly by P.D. James. In this book Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice meets murder mystery.Then I will finish with Does My Head Look Big In This by Randa Abdel-Fattah.Im hoping that it's a bit funny.I was hoping to end this readathon on a funny note.
   So that's my update.I hope you enjoyed it.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Evolution of Mara Dyer-Review

Salaam and Hello,

   What can I say about this book? I thought it was AWESOME!! Mara came undone in the first book and completely unraveled in this book.And she had some help from the most unlikely of sources. But there was a major aspect of her story I could identify with.
    I was young once,(a long time ago), and I remember adults selectively believing in the easier lies that the more difficult truths. It was easier to believe answers lay in drugs and bad influences. They in themselves are evil.Everyone can see it.But the possibility of the problem being the adult themselves is an impossibility. Why would it be? They are there to help. It is apparent to everyone that they love the child and want nothing but the best. So cut and dry,the line between good and bad.And this is what also plays out this book. Mara may be crazy, but she had help getting there and it comes from the most unlikely of places whether they,the adults,realize it or not.
     The line between good and evil is blurred- in this story, and in real life. Maria's mom think she is helping her daughter. I want to smack her because she is such a know-it-all. So trusting in the "system."Mara's father is clueless.He blindly follows his know-it-all wife, making himself a mediocre chofer. He does a better job as a lawyer than as a father. Her brother Daniel gives me a slight relief in my anger towards the family. He's smart, heck he's almost a genius, but he is a teenager in every sense of the word.I thought it cute the way he and Mara got along. I'm glad she has him.Without him Mara's life could be even more difficult than it is. Joseph is truly a kid.It is just hard to believe he is the way that he is- so innocent.Kids his age in the real world are such suckers.Sorry for associating him with such a word, but I can't think of any other. My younger brother spent the majority of his childhood ratting his older siblings out to our parents. But this is just a story, a work of fiction.
     Noah Shaw.He takes my words away.So cool,controlled,strong.I pity him and I am in love with him. Honestly, Noah Shaw could only exist in stories.And his parents aren't too good either. He has a father who's never there, and a step-mom who seems to be there just so that CPS doesn't remove him from the home.But even with her there I wonder how he hasn't been taken by them.In real life he would never be so lucky.
    Then we have Jaime. He's a more real character.I don't have much to say about him. His is the most believable character in the book.
   Poor Mara. So many problems and not many people to count on. Her parents are unknowingly the problem, her brothers can only do but so much, and her boyfriend's social reputation doesn't help her that much-although his money does make up for it.
   Jude, I hate as I should.But I also have pity for him because he is a victim just like Mara. I won't say how, but I feel that he is.
   I won't say anymore than that on this book.It was highly entertaining, intriguing, I picked it up and finished it in one day it was so good. I gave it a 5/5 stars on Goodreads.If asked, I would recommend this book to everybody.

Beat The Heat Readathon

Salaam Alaikum and Hello,

   This is my progress so far for the Beat the Heat Readathon.

    Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
    The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
      Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead pg 128/443

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Days of Blood and Starlight Review

  Salaam Alaikum and Hello,
   There is something odd about this book.Something odd in me.I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what it was.The story was interesting.I did not find it to be boring.Thank goodness there were no exhausting love triangles.But still there was this pull in the back of my head that just wouldn't let me fully enjoy the book.
   After much thought I've finally figured it out.There are only 3 humans in the book. The first book, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, was the same.Sure there are ex-boyfriend and bystanders present, but the main characters are not human.And those in the friend role accept these non-human beings with no problem. There's a world filled with angles and beasts killing each other, and there like,"COOL. Can I go?" "Let's all sit down to couscous and eggs and sing and play the drums and violin."Well, no one actually said that, but that is the vibe I get.If I were in that situation I would have been terrified. If I were Karou, I certainly would have made my own Adonis. or two,,,or three.Just kidding.
   But back to the story, and my review.It was interesting. Laini Taylor did a good job bringing the world of Chimera and Seraphin to life, and making the characters real.All of the traits and character that makes us human were found in her creatures.And that is why I kept reading.I knew it was just a story.But for all the beastliness and angelic- ness, the characters still suffered the same as us humans.They had the same faults in character, the same dreams, and the same determined spirit when faced will evil. And I can get down with a story like that.I just wish Thiago was more human and less douchbag.
    So that's my review.Great story.I will be picking up the next book.Ive got my fingers crossed for Akiva and Karou. Although it feels as though there will be a love triangle in the next book. But the way Karou's love life was when the second book ended I feel that it's kind of unavoidable.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Beat The Heat Readathon

Salaam Alaikum and Hello,
   Yep, that's right I'm doing a two week readathon. You're probably thinking I'm crazy, but I assure you I'm not.I just happen to really enjoy reading, and even more so when it's reading with a large group of people.So, even though I am 3 days late-LET'S DO THIS!!

In 11 days I aim to read, (in no particular order):
Ghostgirl(Tonya Hurley) bks 1 &2
Days of Blood and Starlight(Laini Taylor)
The Evolution of Mara Dyer(Michelle Hodkins)
Shadowkiss & Spiritbound (Richelle Mead)
Deathnote Blk Edition Vol 2

   So that's a total of 7 books in one week and three days.I can do that.It all starts with that first page