Saturday, August 29, 2015

Blog Break

Hey everyone!

So I have some news. Next week I will be starting my first year at university! I am super excited to move and start going to school! But, I will need to take a bit of a break from blogging. I am not quitting, but I am just taking some time off so I can adjust to university life and being away from home. I hope you all have a great fall/ winter!

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Top 10 Characters I would be best friends with

Hey everyone! Today I will be ranking the top 10 characters that I just did not click with.  We would definitely not be friends in real life.

10. Dumbledore form Harry Potter. I just need some wise old guy to tell me what to do with my life.
9. Kenji from Shatter Me. He is such a good friend and he is hilarious.
8. Katy from the Lux Series. She loves to read, she is a blogger, and she is funny. Yup, we are already friends.
7. Daemon from the Lux Series. Well I guess I would want to be more than friends....
6. Greg from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. I would just be dying from laughter lets be real.
5. Finch from All the Bright Places. He is just super fun (well until the end of the novel..)
4. Emmy from Emmy & Oliver. I just want to learn how to surf.
3. Cress from Cress. Although she has been isolated her whole life, she still dreams and loves and I think we would go along wonderfully.
2. Iggy from Maximum Ride. I think that we would have a freakin awesome friendship. He is pretty quiet but he gets crazy when he is excited (uh, me.)
1. Hermoine Granger form Harry Potter. WE WOULD BE BEST FRIENDS FOREVER. I mean, we both love to read and both love school. She is awesome and I am awesome. Perfect right??

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Monday, August 3, 2015

Review: Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta




Title: Jellicoe Road 
Author: Melina Marchetta 
Publisher: Penguin 
Publication Date: August 28th, 2006
Genre: Contemporary 
Page Count: 290 
Age Range: 12+ 


Synopsis (from Goodreads):
"I'm dreaming of the boy in the tree. I tell him stories. About the Jellicoe School and the Townies and the Cadets from a school in Sydney. I tell him about the war between us for territory. And I tell him about Hannah, who lives in the unfinished house by the river. Hannah, who is too young to be hiding away from the world. Hannah, who found me on the Jellicoe Road six years ago."

Taylor is leader of the boarders at the Jellicoe School. She has to keep the upper hand in the terriotry wars and deal with Jonah Griggs- the enigmatic leader of the cadets, and someone she thought she would never see again. And now Hannah, the person Taylor had come to rely on, has disappeared. Taylor's only clue is a manuscript about five kids who lived in Jellicoe eighteen years ago. She needs to find out more, but this means confronting her own story, making sense of her strange, recurring dream, and finding her mother- who abandoned her on the Jellicoe Road. 

My Thoughts:

When I was fourteen I read this book for the first time. I loved it so much I wrote my first review, which was pretty rough. I posted the review on Goodreads and I thought it would be super funny to put on here. 
"I  can honestly say that this is my favorite book. Where should I start.... okay. The cover. I love the cover. This book was really different from any other book I have ever read. When I started reading it, I didn't think I would like it. But, the idea of this whole war between the townies, cadets, and the boarding school was so unique. This is probably what made it my favorite. This book made me laugh and cry. There was also the story inside the story that kept me reading. Overall, an amazing book. I recommend it to everyone." 
But yeah, this is a great summary of my thoughts.This book has been my favorite book (besides Harry Potter) since I read it. Every single character has their own story but when they are smooched together they become even better. Taylor and Griggs have each had a really hard time growing up but they find each other and life is worth living again. When they see each other again after a few years they have to enlist the help of their friends to try to win the territory wars. Speaking of the territory wars, that is freaking awesome. The Cadets, Townies, and Jellicoe School must engage in different activities in order to win more territory in the town of Jellicoe. It takes leadership and the participation from everyone in order to win. SO GOOD.

I loved Taylor. She has been through so much crap but she is still strong. She does not take anyone's crap and usually stays under the radar. When she is given the role of the leader of the Jellicoe School for the territory wars she must step up and learn to trust. With the help of her friends, she learns to negotiate with the Cadets and Townies.

Also, Griggs. I love Griggs almost as much as I love Harry Potter. He is quiet and mysterious but once you get to know him and his story, you understand why he is the way he is. Taylor and Griggs work perfectly together and its amazing. End of story.

Overall, this book is amazing. Read it so you can understand what I mean. Please.

Rating: *****
Cover Rating: LOVE IT
Recommendations:
1. Paper Towns by John Green
2. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
3. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
Favorite Quotation: "You just have to belong. Long to be"


Now, what do you think?


Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Blogger Recognition Award

Good morning everyone! So this past week I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award. I am so grateful that I have received this award but also just so proud to be part of the blogosphere. I want to thank Ayesha and Monisah at Twins Turn Pages because they are amazing in every way.



The rules of this award.....
1. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you
2. Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you've nominated in the post. Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).
3. Comment on each blog and let them know you've nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.
4. Provide a link to the original post at Edge of Night

1. Angel at Angel Erin's Book Obsession
2. Tessa at Crazy for YA
3. Paige at Electively Paige
4. Colleen at Call Me Leen
5. Caitlin at The YA Bookworm
6. Alexa at Alexa Loves Books
7. Candace at Candace's Book Blog
8. Lisa at Read. Breathe. Relax
9. Mariam at Mariam Mimi's Bookish Blog
10. Kristin at Simply Bookish Things
11. Elly at A Hufflepuff's Thoughts
                                        12. Catriona at Little Book Owl
                                        13. Georgia May at Teen Book Hoots
                                        14. Pearl at Bibliopearl
                                        15. Lori at Pure Imagination Blog

How this blog was started....

There wasn't any specific event that triggered me making this blog. It was more just me sitting in my room, staring at my bookcase and saying "you know what? it would be freakin cool to have a blog." And here we are. I started my blog the day after that and now it is just a challenge to see how long I can keep it. I love blogging because I can articulate clearly how I feel about a book and I get to communicate with so many amazing bloggers (see above). You are all amazing and make blogging so much fun!!!

Advice to other bloggers....

1. Do not be scared to say what you want. There have been a few times when I am writing a review and I kind of sugar coat what I mean. If you want to have a powerful review, just go for it.
2. Interact with the community. There are so many sites that you can meet other bloggers or you can just comment on other posts and see what happens.
3. Join Goodreads.  Goodreads is life.
4. Keep to your schedule. For example, I write posts every Saturday and post them on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Saturdays. It keeps me organized so I know exactly when I am doing things.

LOVE YOU ALL
Sincerely.
a Book Nerd





Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Top 10 Uplifting Books

Gooooooddd morning everyone! Today I will be listing some uplifting books that you should read if you are having a bad day.

10. Maximum Ride by James Patterson
9. Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
8. Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer
7. Going Bovine by Libba Bray
6. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E Lockhart
5. Literally any Sarah Dessen book
4. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
3. It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
1. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Monday, July 27, 2015

Review: To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han




Title: To All the Boys I've Loved Before 

Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster 
Publication Date: April 15th, 2014 
Genre: Contemporary/ Romance 
Page Count: 288 
Age Range: 12+ 


Synopsis (from Goodreads):

This is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead write each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all. 

My Thoughts:

To All the Boys I've Loved Before was so different than I was expecting. I know I say this all of the time but I was expecting some cheap romance that had no story line. I don't know why I thought this way but it was probably because the synopsis just lends itself to that thought. I mean, it seems like some YA book that I would have read when I was ten and loved. However, it was nothing like that. It was more of the story of Lara Jean and relationships with the people around her. This is not just boys, but her family as well. 

Lara Jean's relationship with her sisters was by far my favorite part of this book. The characters in general were the best part of the book. Jenny Han did a wonderful job building each of the characters and working them all together. Margot, Lara Jean, and Kitty are the three Song girls. They are very close but their relationship gets a bit rocky when Margot goes off to college. They have to adapt to a new environment, especially with the youngest, Kitty, getting older. Kitty was hands down my favorite character. She was funny, didn't take anyone's crap, and so young and innocent. She is the kind of kid that I always wished I was. I also really enjoyed every scene that she was in.

The three girls made this book for me. I have one sister and I am pretty close to her so reading a book that had such a huge sister bond was really refreshing and nice to read about. It had all of the fights, touching moments, and jealousies e that a sister bond definitely has.

Now I know that you are waiting to hear about the boys. Well, I liked them. They weren't mysterious and intimidating like so many YA books now have. They were down to earth and real. Pretty normal teenage guys. Jenny Han did not overdo them and make them seem to be more than they were, which I really liked. There were many boys in this book so I will not list them all, plus that would ruin the book for you. I will say that I am Team Peter all of the way. Josh was a pain who I wished would just go to England with Margot. Peter was cute and reminded me of Wesley from DUFF (loved that movie, just saying). 

Overall, this was a good read but nothing super amazing. It was a cute summer read!

Rating: ***/*
Cover Rating: eh
Recommendations:
1. The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider 
2. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick 
3. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han 
Favorite Quotation: "You just gotta hold your head up and act like you don't give a shit"
Now, what do you think?

Sincerely, 
a Book Nerd 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

BOOKTUBEATHON 2015

You know how I have been posting recently about to-read piles and how hard it is to get rid of them? Well I have a answer to your problems. BookTube-A-Thon 2015!

If you did not participate last year then let me explain what it is. So over the course of the week, you will be challenged to fulfill a certain number of reading tasks and video tasks. Some of these include reading a book with a red cover or a book that has a movie associated with it.

BookTube-A-Thon is a great way to get a bunch of reading done and having fun with the book community. The wonderful Ariel Bissett is in charge of this event and she just made the first announcement video. You can watch that here.

So this year the event will run from August 3rd to the 9th. Once more information is released I will post it on here.

Happy reading!

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd