Bout of Books 13.0 | Challenges & Updates

I haven’t been doing to great with this read-a-thon to be honest, and I have tried to keep up with the challenges but have been a little busier than I expected. School is almost completely over for me (I’ve been waiting for my professor to post the link to my last final, but she’s been MIA!)

Today is the first day I’ve truly had time to read, and it’s been a rainy day, so after this post is all done, I am going to cozy up and read for a while.

I’m attempting to finish The One That Got Away and make a dent to Seriously Wicked. Ideally I would also like to finish the audiobook I’m listening to and get a few more Deadpool comics read.

Challenge #1: Book Haiku (Kristina Horner)
The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger

DUFF means fat, ugly
friend. But we know that beauty
is truly skin deep.

The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase

His eyes and that smile…
She remembers so clearly..
and she feels confused.

Challenge #2: Modern to Classic (Ranty Runt of a Reader)

I definitely think The Hunger Games will be a classic 100 years from now

1) It is extremely popular, inspiring so many other dystopian novels
2) It has caused a lot of thought into what our future will really look like and if it will resemble it at all.

Challenge #3: Color Cover (Wishful Endings)

I decided to go with hot pink because I think these covers are all just so pretty 😉

Review | Fairest of All by Serena Valentino

Review | Fairest of All by Serena ValentinoFairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen by Serena Valentino
Publication: Disney Press on August 18th 2009
Genres: Fairy Tale Retellings, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
one-star
The tale of the young princess and her evil stepmother, the Wicked Queen, is widely known. Despite a few variations from telling to telling, the story remains the same--the Queen was jealous of the girl's beauty, and this jealousy culminated in the Queen's attempt on the sweet, naive girl's life.

Another tale far less often spoken of is the one that explains what caused the Queen to become so contemptuously vile. Still, some have attempted to guess at the reason. Perhaps the Queen's true nature was that of a wicked hag and her beautiful, regal appearance a disguise used to fool the King. Others claim that the Queen might have hated the girl for her resemblance to the King's first wife. Mostly, the Queen is painted as a morally abhorrent woman who never loved another being during the course of her miserable life.

In fact, the theories about exactly what cause the Queen's obsessive vanity and jealous rage are too numerous to catalog. This book recounts a version of the story that has remained untold until now. It is a tragic tale of love and loss, and it contains a bit of magic. It is a tale of the Wicked Queen...

To be honest, the main reason I got this was the gorgeous cover. It’s prettier in person than on screen and when I saw a copy I had to have it. That was years ago, so I finally decided to give it a shot. Of all the Disney princesses, Snow White is one of my least favorites, but I was intrigued to read this to find out what re-telling Valentino created for the Wicked Queen. Unfortunately, I was sadly disappointed at everything inside the pages.

There were quite a few issues I had with the book and the writing. One of them was how wordy the paragraphs were. There was too much prose, too much unnecessary descriptions, etc. I didn’t connect with any of the characters either, and thought they didn’t have much depth. I really had a hard time finding the story itself enjoyable since there wasn’t anything remarkably unique about it other than learning a little more about the Wicked Queen, which wasn’t all that interesting either.

The writing seemed to be directed at very young audiences, but with so much description, I’m sure children would have a hard time getting through this one as well.

I wasn’t DNF’ing books at the time that I read this, otherwise I probably would not have finished it. When I saw the author had written a similar retelling of the Beast from “Beauty and the Beast” (my favorite Disney movie) I was tempted to purchase it because of the beautiful cover on that one as well. After I looked at the first page, I could tell that it would be another similarly disappointing book and decided not to pick it up.

one-star

Bout of Books 13.0 | Challenge – Bookish Survey

BoB13-200x200Since I didn’t get a chance to sign up until late last night, I missed the first challenge. I won’t be participating in the second one, so I decided to go ahead and fill out the Bookish Survey (Writing My Own Fairy Tale) anyways.

1. How do you organize your shelves? I organize them, mostly, by genre. Some of my genres take up entire bookcases and some take one or two shelves. I also want to organize them by author’s last name but I’ve never gotten to it.

2. What is one of your favorite book that’s not in one of your favorite genres? I’m not a big fan of memoirs/biographies/autobiographies but one of my favorite books is The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.

3. What is the last 5 star book you read? The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater!

4. What book are you most excited to read during the read-a-thon? I’m excited to finish The One That Got Away because I haven’t had a chance to really get into it yet.

5. What book do you recommend the most? I have tons of books I would recommend! I’m sticking with Harry Potter because if you haven’t read them.. WHY HAVEN’T YOU READ THEM?!

Bout of Books 13.0 | Goals & Updates

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I haven’t participate in a challenge/read-a-thon in a while but the Bout of Books is my favorite one and when I saw it started today, I decided I would jump in last minute. Even though I’m not sure if I will have a ton of time to read this week, I still want to give it a shot.

Goals:
+ Read approximately 2 hours/day
+ Finish 2 “currently reading” books
+ Participate in at least one challenge
+ Finish read-a-thon!

Updates:

Monday
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Books: The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger [currently listening to]; The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase [currently reading]

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Monthly Rewind: April 2015 + May TBR

April in one word:

Fun

I laughed a lot in April. Not so much at the beginning but the rest of the month was good. This month just made me happy and there are a few reasons to this, but most that I will keep to myself. It was just a good month overall.

I’m glad I was able to remain pretty active this month (surprisingly!) and posted more than I thought I would. I even posted four reviews! That’s quite a feat for me. I’m really looking forward to this month.

5 Things that happened in April:

1. My brother turned 18! I know this isn’t about me but it happened (he also got his drivers license!)
2. I got a box of ARC’s!
3. I changed the layout of my blog again!
4. I signed up for a few different runs (one of them is happening tomorrow!)
5. I went to an 80’s night at a bar (for the second time) and had the most amazing time

New books on my shelf

Let’s talk about all those lovely books pictured above. That box of ARC’s! I was really excited about this because it was unexpected, it contained 5 YA books that sounded amazing and it had been a while since I received a few books that I am really excited about!

For review:
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
Etherworld by Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam
Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay
Every Last Promise by Kristin Halbrook
Wrong About the Guy by Clare LaZebnik
Gifts:
The Merciless by Danielle Vega

Purchased:
The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase

I hadn’t purchased any books in a while but when I read the synopsis and reviews of The One That Got Away, I immediately ordered a copy.

Reading Goals: 

For the month of April, I only finished How to Say Goodbye in Robot and made a good dent in I’ll Give You the Sun but haven’t finished it. I did mark one DNF which I will be discussing later in a roundup of Unfinished Reads. So I may be setting my goals a little high (as usual) for the month of May.

The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase (currently reading)
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (currently listening to)
Deadpool: X Marks the Spot by Daniel Way (currently reading)
The Duff: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger
Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay

Overall it was a good month and I am definitely ready for May :) Hope everyone else had a great month too!