It has come to my attention that I have yet to music/book mash up post. So today I thought it would be fun to pick out songs that I think would make good theme songs for some of my favorite books. This turned out to be turned out to be trickier than I thought, but it was really entertaining too.
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Stars by Sixx:AM
When I ever I listen to this song it always reminds me of Rhys and Feyre on Starfall
The Host by Stephanie Meyer
Smile Like You Mean It by The Killers
Back when I first read the host I listened to this song on repeat so of course it always makes me think of the book. But I also think the lyrics kinda fit with the story.
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Kings and Queens by 30 Seconds to Mars
I just think this song captures the story perfectly, particularly these lyrics:
“Into your eyes Hopeless and taken We stole our new lives Through blood and name In defense of our dreams In defense of our dreams”
Also whilst researching for this I happened to listen to Stay by Rihanna and it really made me think of Darrow and Mustangs relationship so I’m also including this one too.
Throne of Glass Series, Heir of Fire onwards by Sarah J. Maas.
Bonfire Heart by James Blunt
I chose this one because to me it describes Aelin and Rowans relationship perfectly, especially the beginning part of the song.
White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Paradise City by Guns N’ Roses
Ok, this is technically not my pick but I don’t think there is another song that I could even begin to associate with this series.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Iris by Goo Goo Dolls
This song just makes me think of forbidden love and that is the basic premise of Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
And that it! This post was super fun, I’d love to hear from you if you have other songs that you associate with any of these books!
Today I thought it would be fun to share some bookish confessions.
So let’s get started:
I judge books by their cover! Oh, how I try not to but I really can’t help it
I do almost all my reading on my Kindle app
Books about vampires bore me to tears and I actively avoid them at all costs.
I didn’t make it past the first page of The Girl on the Train
I thought Me Before You was an epic let down and depressing.
I prefer books being told from the first person, so much so that if I do happen to download a random book and I find it’s written in the third person I usually move it straight to the bottom of my tbr list.
I used to love Twilight! including Edward Cullen (vomits)
I read Grey purely for research purposes not because I like the series
I think that is all of them. I’d love to hear some of yours!
I’m the first to admit that I do judge a book by its cover. I know it’s a rubbish thing to do but I just can’t help it. Covers are the first thing that draws my attention especially if I’m in a book store. So this week I present to you (in no particular order) some of my favorite book covers:
The thing that I love about these covers is that they are all gorgeous in their own unique way. I’ve read all the books on this list apart from Forces of Nature which is sitting on my book shelf waiting patiently for me to get to it, and at least 70% of them made to my reading shelve simply because the cover captured my attention. Which is a definite sign that the cover did its job.
But my absolute favorite one at the moment is the cover for These Broken Stars. This is a book that I read a few years ago now, I love it because it really captures the feeling of the story is about.
Anyways that’s all from me this week, I really like to hear one some of your favorite covers are?
I did actually write a little review about this one. My main beef with this book was that I did not enjoy the writing style or the world building. It felt very stark and depressing, it was a real shame because the synopsis had held so much promise for me.
This is the one that stopped reading to day. My god, I don’t know where to start… honestly, it was all pretty awful. The characters were blah and pretty boring. Thomas was just gross, he made my skin crawl with all the rancid shit that was coming out of his mouth. I just found the whole thing crass and distasteful.
My main motivation for not finishing a book is, that I have a lot of books that I want to read, therefore if I’m not enjoying what I’m reading, then I’m not going to waste time by continuing with it. I usually try to get through at least 5/6 chapters before packing it in though just encase things pick up.
That’s me done.
Feel free to let me know about your DNFs in the comments.
Yesterday whilst browsing in the supermarket I discovered they had summer reads segment in their book section, which consisted of about 10 books. Yes, I did pick each one up and read the blurbs, the result, I found 1 book that I may possibly read the others didn’t really spark my interest.
The thing that I notice though was they all seemed to be from the same genre, romance, drama, chick lit… I think you get the picture – which got me to thinking, what constitutes a summer read? Normally when I think of summer it read it usually means something fairly light-hearted and easy to read which does fall into those categories. But the more I think about it, the more I feel summer reads could and should be more.
So with this in mind, here are my somewhat alternative “Summer Reads”
I’ve tried to include a few different genres to spice things up. I’ve read all of these books, my personal favorites are Legend, Rhapsodic, and Till Death Hopefully, you’ll find something that sparks your interest.
At the beginning of this year, I set myself a GoodReads challenge of reading 150 books, however by the time it got to April/May time I was wayyy behind schedule and feeling under pressure which resulted in me feeling rather stressed out and this started to suck the joy out of reading. So I made the decision to adjust my goal slightly. My newish challenge is 120 books.
As we are halfway through the year I thought it would be fun to have a look at some of my other reading statistics from this challenge. I present to you my first ever personally made infographic:
I didn’t actually realize how many books I’d rated 5 stars until I made this graphic which was a nice surprise. I’m pretty happy to be 64 books in, I’m 5 books ahead of schedule now that has definitely eased the pressure as well.
One other thing that I forgot to add which I think is pretty cool is that so far this year I have read 18,604 pages!!
So have you set yourself a reading challenge? Are you managing to keep to on schedule? I’d love to hear from you!
Today I’m talking favourite book genres. I’m going to take you through my top three.
#1: Young Adult.
I’m trying really hard to pinpoint one exact reason why love Y/A but it’s a bit more complex than that. Characters in Y/A are at the starting point in their life where anything is possible, I think it’s the journey that these characters go on (no matter what their story is) that really appeals to me. Another reason is that as a teenager I always wanted to experience going to an American high school, for some reason I’m fascinated by them, so reading Y/A novels that are set there full fills that. I also like the huge verity of subjects that Y/A can cover.
My top 3 Y/A Novels:
#2: New Adult.
In particular, New Adult Romance. I do love a good romance novel and I usually find the best ones in this category. The romance in this category are usually a lot more intense (and let’s be honest steamy) than Y/A because the characters are that much older.
My Top 3 New Adult Books:
It’s only been in the last year and a half that I have really gotten into fantasy. I’ve dabbled before but I never used to actively seek them out. Now though I can’t get enough, I love emerging myself into a world that is vastly different to ours. Places where all types of magical things can happen.
My top 3 Fantasy books:
That’s all from me, I’d love to hear what your favorite genres are so please feel free leave a comment.
When I write a review, I liked to give each book a rating out of 5. I like to think that this system is straight forward and easy to understand.
I have a brief explanation for each rating on my Review policy but I thought I’d take you through each one a little bit more in depth, with a little help from Dean Winchester!
🌟1 STAR – This is the lowest mark I give a book. Although there are times where I have wanted to give a 0 I try not to. So, what does 1/5 really mean? Well to put it simply: I didn’t like your book. It wasn’t to my taste, it made me roll my eyes and it just wasn’t for me, I wouldn’t recommend! Yadda, yadda, yadda I think you get me point.
🌟🌟 2 STARS – Only slightly better than then a 1/5. Usually, means that I didn’t completely hate the story, but there was probably something that ticked me off.
🌟🌟🌟 3 STARS – This is what I was when a book was just OK. It’s probably an entertaining and enjoyable read but nothing to really shout about.
🌟🌟🌟🌟 4 STARS – This is awarded to books that I have enjoyed a lot. Books that get these marks because although I’ve enjoyed 95% of the story something about them doesn’t make the 5/5 mark. For example, if the story is really good but the writing style is a bit meh or if the ending of a book was a bit wtf but the rest of it was amazing then yeah I’ll usually give it this rating. Some of these books also make my recommended reading list
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 STARS – DING DING DING!! JACKPOT BABY!! If I give a book 5/5 it’s because its blown my mind with it’s epicenes!!
5 Star rating books don’t happen that much, but when the do it’s the best. I will usually promote and rave on social media too, as well as adding to my recommended reading list. I usually recommend these books on the many Facebook groups that I’m member of.
And there you have it a low down on my rating system. Hopefully this has been somewhat of an entertain reading.
Happy Thursday! Although it’s been a short week I’m feeling exhausted already. So this week I’m going to cheat a little bit for this post and use an infographic that I found on The Expert Editor which I think just about sums up all the Mind and Body benefits of reading:
Personally, I find that reading helps my concentration and focus on other things that I’m doing during the day. I would atribute my good memory to reading too.
I agree with the reducing stress part, I only have to walk into a book shop and I immidiatly feel calmer. I used to do this a lot when I was at college.
That’s all from me, if you feel there is anything missing feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.