Falling for Autumn Read-A-Thon Challenge!

It’s the final day of the Falling for Autumn Read-A-Thon hosted by Ner @ A Cup of Coffee and a Book and I am so happy to be hosting a fun fall-themed challenge!

I challenge you to spell a fall-themed word with the first letters of book titles!

I went for APPLE because I’m totally craving a good apple right about now… 😉

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(sorry for the mirror image — my phone broke and I have to use my webcam to take the picture in the meantime)

A ll the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry
P lague by Michael Grant
P aper Towns by John Green
L ies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown
E verbound by Brodie Ashton


As for my read-a-thon accomplishments, I finished only 1 book, which I consider pretty good as I’ve been in school the whole week! That book was Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, and I’ll be reviewing it on Monday!

Another special thanks to Ner for hosting this read-a-thon — I think I’m officially cursed for read-a-thons, but thanks for letting me host a challenge! 🙂 I hope everyone is having a wonderful start to fall…Where did September even go?!?!

xo

Movie Review: The Maze Runner

Information about the movie can be found at IMDB.com, here.

Synopsis from IMDB:

Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they’re all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow “runners” for a shot at escape.

My review of The Maze Runner book by James Dashner can be found here! Read the book first!

my rambles

I was a bad fan, and completely forgot to pre-order tickets to see this movie, therefore, I just got to see it this past Friday. But man, was it worth my wait! I recently just read the book of the same name in anticipation for seeing the film, and I think this may be one of those cases where the movie and the book were at about the same level for me.

There were very minor changes from the book, but they didn’t affect the main storyline, and therefore I wasn’t upset at all. I actually think the changes were for the better as they simplified things a little bit to make them easier to understand and more doable for a movie. The pace of the movie was definitely sped up from what I thought when I read the book. But I loved it!

The stand-out part of this movie would have had to have been the actors in my opinion though. I knew that I was going to love Dylan O’brien because, well, come on he’s Dylan O’brien — not just that pretty face, but he has some amazing acting skills that’s for sure. But I felt like each actor really was the character. When I read the book I totally envisioned them to look and act like these actors portrayed them. I couldn’t help but love all of the characters, even Gally in the movie!

Another thing that blew me away was the CGI of the maze and the grievers. It was just so cool and again, just as I imagined them!

So all in all, I think this movie is one of the most faithful adaptations to a book that I have seen. It was awesome, and verging on almost better than the book, dare I say it?! There weren’t slow parts like I found in the book, it was pure action and adventure! If you’ve read the book, see this movie. If you haven’t, see it anyway because I went with a friend who hasn’t and she loved it, and now wants to read the book too!

4.5

Did you see this movie? How did you think it compared to the book?

xo

Review: Zac & Mia by A.J. Betts

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 2nd, 2014
Pages: 289
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Series: N/A
Genre(s): Contemporary
Synopsis from Goodreads:

The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this tough and tender young adult novel that’s a lot about love (and a little about cancer).

Winner of the 2012 Australian Text Prize

“When I was little I believed in Jesus and Santa, spontaneous combustion, and the Loch Ness monster. Now I believe in science, statistics, and antibiotics.” So says seventeen-year-old Zac Meier during a long, grueling leukemia treatment in Perth, Australia. A loud blast of Lady Gaga alerts him to the presence of Mia, the angry, not-at-all-stoic cancer patient in the room next door. Once released, the two near-strangers can’t forget each other, even as they desperately try to resume normal lives. The story of their mysterious connection drives this unflinchingly tough, tender novel told in two voices.

my rambles

Special thanks to HMH Books for Young Readers and NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy for review!

Zac & Mia was such a beautiful story. Although it had it’s small, miniscule flaws, it was a book that I fell in love with both the written story, but also the wonderfully fresh and funny characters. I fell in love with the fact that stories like this are real, and that stories like this can have happy endings.

I thought I was going to be crying a river when reading Zac & Mia, but I didn’t. That’s not because the author didn’t make the story disease-driven. I felt like the diseases that both Zac and Mia had were their driving force and the reason they were brought together, but that wasn’t a bad thing. A.J. Betts wrote these characters in a way that made you optimistic as the reader. One of the characters may be the exact opposite of optimistic, but the character development for such a short book is amazing. I loved getting to see how both characters almost swap places from start to finish. Soon their force to keep going isn’t to stay alive, but stay alive FOR the other person, and I think that was beautiful how much both Zac and Mia were affected by each other.

As I mentioned before, for such a short (I say that as an opinion of mine, and the eARC was only marked 203 pgs) book, I was amazed at how much emotion, character development, and just storytelling in general the author jammed into that book. Because, while I ended optimistic, this book took me through a rollercoaster of emotions. I often found myself sitting there reading and stop to think how I would act and feel in that situation. I loved that this book made me think, and reflect on how LUCKY I really am.

I’ve read some reviews comparing Zac & Mia to The Fault in Our Stars — the very synopsis does! — and while, unless you have a fetish for YA books about cancer patients, there isn’t a reason for comparison. Zac & Mia is different, unique, and wonderful in it’s own ways. And when you choose to read this book, please don’t make comparisons between the two.

Overall, Zac & Mia is a book that I am so happy  I read. I loved every bit of it, and I’m so very thankful that this book had a happy ending!

xo

Week in Review: September 21st A.K.A. The Catch-up Edition

Week in Review

What I Did:

I’m finally back! And when I say back I actually mean it for a long long time this time! Life has really been crazy ever since school started, but most recently especially. School has been a ton of work (I don’t usually have time to read after school anymore because by the time I finish my homework I’m pooped.) And almost two weeks ago, my great aunt passed away — she was very close with my parents, grandpa, aunts and uncles so it really hit our family hard. And that same week I got my beautiful kitten, Clary. So there was something good to come of that week. She’s 11 weeks old now and just precious. She loves sitting on my shoulders or lap while I read, but has her moments where she’s a maniac running around the house! I love her so much and I cannot wait to make tons more wonderful memories with her than I have already!

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Books I Added to My Shelves:

I haven’t actually bought or received any books in the past two weeks…but I plan to go to the bookstore later today or sometime this week so expect pictures of my most recent purchases to be up on Instagram when I do!

Recently Finished and Currently Reading:

Most recently I just finished reading Zac & Mia by A.J. Betts which I really enjoyed. It was just what I was looking for and I was really in the mood for a hospital/sick book after watching the pilot of Red Band Society on FOX (is that morbid????). Anywho, my review for it will be up on Monday, but *hint* I really really really really liked it!

I’m finally getting around to reading Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. I planned on reading it like a week and a half ago but LIFE UGH. So yes, I am FINALLY reading Lola! YAY!!!

On My Blog (The last two weeks):

So this was my little catch-up edition of Week in Review! I hope you’ve had a wonderful TWO weeks since I’ve been MIA. I’d love to hear what’s new with you all so feel free to comment or tweet me! 😉

xo

 

 

Falling for Autumn Read-a-Thon Sign Up + Challenge Announcement!

The wonderful Ner over at A Cup of Coffee and a Book is hosting her very first read-a-thon! I am so excited for this because, as you may have noticed from the lack of posts, I haven’t been reading or spent much time at all on the internet. So, I’m hopeful that her read-a-thon will kickstart me back into reading and blogging this fall!


Here is her little blurb about the read-a-thon and her rules for participating:

“Falling for Autumn is read-a-thon where we welcome the Fall/Autumn by reading as many books as possible during a week. It’ll take place from September 22 to 28, with daily guest-posts, interviews, challenges and giveaways. Everyone is free to enter by signing-up and sharing the official blurb by leaving a link to this post on twitter, Goodreads or Facebook. For more information, please visit A Cup of Coffee and a Book

* There’s no need for you to have a blog in order to participate. You can enter by using your Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads and YouTube;
* You don’t need to enter every single day. As long as you’re signed-up, read and do a wrap-up at the end, there’s no need for you to show your progress every single day;
* The sign-up form will be open until September 24th;
* Please leave a link to this post on your blog or any other social networks you’re participating with;
* ATTENTION: only participants of this read-a-thon can enter any of the giveaways hosted!


She’s also created some awesome challenges to try to follow throughout the read-a-thon that have a bit of an Autumn theme to them:

* Read a total of four (4) books;
* To read at least 150 pages per day;
* To read a book with an autumnal colour on the cover (red, orange, brown, gold);
* To read a book with a male protagonist;
* To read the first or last book in a series;

I’m not writing up a TBR for the read-a-thon…I feel like since I’ve been out of the reading habit it’ll be better for me just to read whatever I’m in the mood for! I am SO SO SO excited about this read-a-thon, and if you feel like you want to join in on the fun you can sign up here!


Challenge Announcement!

Ner was looking for bloggers to sign up to host challenges throughout the read-a-thon, and I signed up! I will be posting a fun challenge that I won’t yet reveal, on the 28th, the last day of the read-a-thon! I think you’ll all love it and I can’t wait for the read-a-thon to begin on Monday!

Thanks so much to Ner for making this all happen and I’m so happy to be a part of it! 🙂

xo