TTT – Top Ten Bookish People I Want to Meet

Top Ten Tuesday: “Top Ten Bookish People I Want to Meet”

Top Ten Tuesday is a fun way to spice up Tuesdays (because everyone hates Mondays, Wednesdays are the halfway point, Thursdays are “little Fridays”, and everyone knows about Fridays… :)) and it’s hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

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10: John Grisham – I just want to know how he comes up with his stories and ends up on the best sellers list every time!  He’s got to have some great tips…plus, does anyone know if he was an attorney earlier or does he do all the research himeself for his stories?

9: Seal Member who shot bin laden – I know they’ve recently figured out who this guy his, but I would love to just be able to shake his hand and ask him how he’s kept it a secret for this long! 

8: Stephanie Meyers – First I would want to know how she deals with the mass media of love AND hate, then I would want to know if she thinks she could ever top Twilight?

7: Margaret George – I LOVE her books.  Just to sit down to lunch with her and talk about all the different periods of history she’s covered with how she decides to put little details in the chapters would facinate me.  I’m a history junky at heart.

6: Phillippa Gregory – Her love stories with the different characters ALL in the and around the same era are amazing reads for me.  I love being able to look through the eyes of the different characters that may have been mentioned in another book to see the different points of view. 

5: Christopher Paolini – To be SO young and come up with those characters, the adventure, the places…I would love an afternoon to sit with him and just see what all he thinks about day in and day out.

4: Amy A. Bartol – This is the first author to reach out to me and send me one of her books.  I absolutely adore this woman and the characters she has given us!  I fangirl for her and what makes it awesome…she is totally cool with it.

3: Veronica Roth – I would love to know how the series ends…if she wouldn’t give up the ending, I would settle for an afternoon of find out how she thought of the factions and the different characters.  I would be surprised if she doesn’t come out and look/sound like Tris! 

2: Suzanne Collins – Hunger Games…it was a bestseller, now a major motion film.  I would love to know how she feels about the movies.  I would ask her if she’s got any other book ideas.  I want to know why she put Peeta and Katniss together…I would demand to know why Gale just wasn’t the guy she chose.  Can you tell I’m a little biased?

1: J.K. Rowling – I just want a day with her.  7 books…that’s all it took for her to be set for life.  She could choose to never write another book again.  How amazing would that be?  I want to see how quirky she is…beacuse to come up with Dobby, Hippogrifffs, and floo powder means either you’ve just got a great imagination or maybe a few nuts and bolts that aren’t tightened all the way.  Either way, I would love her the same.

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Top Ten Posts on My Blog

Top Ten Tuesday: “Top Ten Posts on Your Blog that Give the Best Picture of You”

Top Ten Tuesday is a fun way to spice up Tuesdays (because everyone hates Mondays, Wednesdays are the halfway point, Thursdays are “little Fridays”, and everyone knows about Fridays… :) ) and it’s hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

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Here are a few posts that I think best sum up some of the best of my blogging or at least gives you an idea on how I review books and write.  (I know this post is late…but better late than never!)

1)  My post about Twilight (to be…or not to be…sparkly)

2) My gushing over Intuition by Amy A. Bartol

3) My blog about Admitting What You’re Reading…Guilty Pleasure Books in Public

4) My review of The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

5) My breakdown of Insurgent by Veronica Roth

6) My confusion but love for Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

7) My surprise fascination with Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

8) My random post showing how much I love the Olympics

9) My disappointment in Tiger Lily by by Jodi Lynn Anderson

10) My Top Ten Tuesday post: Top Ten Characters I’d Like to See on a Reality Show

Sweet Blood of Mine by John Corwin

This book was filled with a ton of AWESOME witty comebacks and sayings.  I found myself laughing out loud through many sections.  I was a bit on the fence on this book because of a couple different things, but it certainly was a funny read and most definitely different.  There were so many different types of “creatures”…it was kind of awesome.

Title: Sweet Blood of Mine

Author: John Corwin

Publisher: Raven House

Summary (by Goodreads):

From Mega Nerd to Super Stud.

Justin Case and women do not mix. Man boobs, a love of Kings and Castles, and being tight with the “nerd” crowd certainly don’t win him any points either. After rescuing Katie, his crush, it turns out she might not be the girl he thought she was, while Elyssa, the school’s Goth Girl, turns out to be more. Can high school get any more confusing?

Determined to improve himself, he joins a gym and meets a sexy girl that just oozes a “come hither, Justin” vibe. Until she attacks him in the parking lot, and Justin realizes she’s no ordinary girl but a being with supernatural speed and strength. After a narrow escape and an excruciating migraine headache, he wakes up with supernatural abilities all his own: speed, strength, and the ability to seduce every woman he sees.

While that might sound like the perfect combo for any hormonal teen, Justin is a hopeless romantic who wants his first time to be special. Is that too much to ask for? But he doesn’t know what he is or how to stop his carnal urges. One thing is clear: If he doesn’t find answers there are other more sinister supernaturals who would like nothing better than to make him their eternal plaything and do far worse than kill him.

First 4 Sentences:

I glanced at the time on my phone as I strode for the exit of the high school.  My Kings and Castles after-school club meeting had run a bit long thanks to some over-excited nerds who didn’t like a few rule changes the national committee had passed down.  As if the committee cared what Justin Case and his fellow nerds thought.  Now I was running late for “sword” practice with my two best friends, Mark and Harry, and dying to test the new foam sword I’d constructed for the upcoming tournament.

My take:

Disclaimers and such: I received this book from the group on Goodreads called: “Shut Up & Read” in their Read It & Reap section.  So although, I received this book for free in exchange for a review, all thoughts are my own.

So first of all, this book is downright hilarious.  The wittiness, the comments…it was just great to read something that was truly sarcastic and actually funny.  That meant I took a lot of “screen shots” of some funny sections on my iPad while I read…I had to pick a couple favorites to put up here!

I stood in the doorway for a stunned moment, unsure if my skills as Kings and Castles woodland elf had prepared me to take on a challenge like this.  Nathan could pass for an ogre.  His neck had more girth than one of my legs, which was probably why he was an all-star football player.  It meant suicide to attack that monster.

And…

A warm hand touched my neck.  I shrieked like a little girl in a helium factory.  Stacey stood behind me.  Just great.  Now they’d have a video of me screaming too.

Secondly, I felt the book was a little disjointed…written in two sections.  The first half is this nerd being super bullied and not just by the football jocks…it was administrators, teachers, coaches…they ALL seemed to have it in for Justin.  The second half I felt was the section where he finds out who he is, who his girlfriend is, who his dad is, who his mom is, etc. etc. etc.

It’s as though, just about everyone he knew really wasn’t human.  It was a little disorienting to place a character and then have to change it all up halfway through the book.

Thirdly, I don’t mind a little sexual tension or angst with my characters, but downright sexual conduct I guess is a bit much for me.  A teenager visiting a strip club or being able to “connect” to females and have them want to rip his clothes off…was a bit much to read.  Props though for the fact that Justin totally wanted to save his “v” card for a special moment and never actually progressed to anything past making out or groping.

If this were a movie, it’d probably a really strong PG-13 or even an R do to the sexual content and couple nudity scenes.   A LOT of people loved this book and if it weren’t for the strong sexual content…I totally would too.  Like I said earlier…the comments, wittiness…it was hilarious to read.   If you read it, PLEASE let me know what you think.  After reading a log of other reviews, I feel like the wet blanket…haha!

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Insurgent by Veronica Roth

First of all…there are NO spoilers for Insurgent (if you have not read Divergent, there will be).  A number of people have been complaining about finding spoilers, and I wanted to make sure people could read this without having to worry.  I have been DYING for this book and it did not disappoint!  🙂  I did feel like there was A LOT that the author wanted to put in it and it took 525 pages.  I’m still so in love with Four.

Title: Insurgent (Divergent #2)

Author: Veronica Roth

Summary (by Goodreads):

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

First 5 Sentences of the Book:

I wake with his name in my mouth.

Will.

Before I open my eyes, I watch him crumple to the pavement again.  Dead.

My Doing.

My take:

I read it in one day.  I need to re-read again…soon.  I was racing myself to the end and probably missed a few details, but oh man…talk about non-stop action.

First of all…the things I absolutely LOVED about the writing of the book.

It picks up RIGHT where Divergent left off.  – I don’t mean like a couple hours later…I mean, they’re still on the train so you could literally finish Divergent’s last page and pick up the first page of Insurgent and keep reading. I LOVE it when authors do that.

There is no re-hash of the first story.  – Many authors like giving background of the first story to kinda “re-cap”…Veronica just kept writing like everyone had read the first story and it totally made my day.  Thank you!!!

Second of all…the things that I LOVED is about Tris, Four, and the other characters.

Tris finally gets to use her training.  – All the craziness of running to jump in and out of trains in the first book actually makes sense and comes into play.  What makes her who she is and any ghosts that haunt her also determines her actions and how she approaches things. Mainly Will and the guilt of his death from the first book.

Tris and Four’s relationship.  – They’re still in the honeymoon phase, but have to deal with the real life of what is happening with the factions and trying to figure out who to trust.  We all died waiting for them to finally start their relationship in Divergent and Veronica is kind enough to make sure we get our kisses in Insurgent.

The characters that change or die.  – I hate seeing characters die, but if it’s for the sake of the story…it’s best to put them out of their misery.  Authors that don’t do necessary “killing” of characters, I think, cheapen their story.  Also, characters that don’t grow or change make a story stagnant…so the fact that there are a couple people that make you want to scream at them or cry because they’re dying in front of you, it makes the story more alive…in my oh, so humble opinion.

Last but not least, my opinion…

…does that answer your question?

I tend to get into my stories…but this one, I would literally drop the book on the table and walk away for a few minutes because of how upset I would get or how rushed I would feel with the story.  There is a cliffhanger in this one…excuse me, I mean CLIFFhanger.  I could NOT believe how she left the story for the next one!…and then you realize you have to wait a whole year for the next one and it’s not even titled yet!!!  This book was an emotional roller coaster for me.

If you haven’t read Divergent, don’t try reading Insurgent.  You will be frustrated and not know what’s going on.  But it’s worth reading Divergent and then staying up into the wee hours of the morning to finish Insurgent…  🙂

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