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Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge

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So I know its already March now but I finally ended up joining the Goodreads Reading Challenge! I came up with the ambitious goal of reading 500 books this year and I’m not really sure whether I’ll be changing that goal….

I feel like reading is less fun when its constrained by things like genre or number and that’s why I don’t plan on reading a certain number of books each week to reach my goal. (I’m actually just going to use the reading challenge to measure the amount of books I read this year!) Anyway, I thought this might be a fun way to track the books I read and I’ve never tried the Goodreads Reading Challenge before.

So that’s really all for this week….I’ve been feeling sick for the last few days so I’m going to be taking a break from blogging and writing and just focusing on getting better (and finishing my homework).

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Lit Talks: Do you check the goodreads rating?

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Lit Talks is a series of  discussion posts where I discuss anything that has caught my eye. I aim to take a new angle on old and new topics alike. 

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#BookBlogWriMo: #ShowMeYourShelves

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This is an version of NaNoWriMo for book bloggers. There’s a prompt for each day discussing various aspects of blogging. #BookBlogWriMo is hosted by Book Bumblings.

Today’s Prompt: #ShowMeYourShelves – Take a picture of your bookshelves, whether they’re physical or Kindle folders. It’s always fun seeing how people organize their books!

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#BookBlogWriMo: Why You Blog

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This is an version of NaNoWriMo for book bloggers. There’s a prompt for each day discussing various aspects of blogging. #BookBlogWriMo is hosted by Book Bumblings.

Today’s Prompt: Why You Blog – Again, self-explanatory. Continue reading

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The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

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Goodreads Blurb

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. Having missed her flight, she’s stuck at JFK airport and late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.

My Review

I expected this to be both cheesy and cliche. I was far from right! It was both romantic, sweet and so very realistic. This was more than a love story, it was an exploration of different relationships and random coincidence. It was both funny and serious and kept me simultaneously laughing and crying. It was heartbreakingly honest and I just wanted to read more. The ending felt more like a beginning and each page was a journey that I didn’t want to end.

The plot was simple, the story itself was not. Hadley is preparing to suffer through her father’s second wedding when she misses her flight by four minutes. Oliver is just another random stranger who charmingly offers to take care of her suitcase. One meal and a plane ride later, they are kissing goodbye in another airport. The painstaking uncertainty of their departure had me screaming, “you have to be together!!!!”

Both characters are so very realistic. And even through the course of this love story, their growth is very clear. I loved Oliver for being able to live in the moment with Hadley, despite the fact that he was going to London for a far sadder reason than Hadley. Hadley’s habit of assuming and placing blame reminded me of myself but I was still annoyed with her for jumping to conclusions so quickly. I think she should have had more faith in Oliver (and maybe even in the power of “true love”).

Rating: 

4.25/5 stars

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This or That Book Tag

Hey!

I am doing the This or That Book Tag – feel free to particpate and leave a link in the comments 🙂

Okay, let’s begin…

Physical book or E-book?

I love physical books but it’s just not practical for me to buy them anymore. Instead, I choose to invest in ebooks that I can read on my Kindle!

Audio or Book in hand?

I definitely prefer a book in hand but I have listened to audiobooks before and I think they’re pretty cool. However, audiobooks do take longer to finish and since I’m swamped with unrealistic amounts of homework, it’s more efficient for me to read rather than listen.

Paperback or Hardcover?

Paperbacks always! (There is no real reason behind my preference of paperbacks.)

Adult or Young Adult?

Young Adult of-course! I think I’m too young to read adult… 😀

Series or standalone?

Both! I love series because if I really enjoyed the first book, I know the series isn’t over and I can keep reading. On the other hand, standalone books are great because there are no cliffhanger endings and all the loose ends are tied up at the end of the book. Also, instead of having to wait for the next book to come out, I can move on to something else.

Dog ears or bookmarks?

Bookmarks – I strongly dislike dog-earing books.

Breaking the spine or barely opening the book?

I don’t like breaking the spine but sometimes I do (accidentally). Barely opening the book sounds rather inconvenient though…

Borrow or buy?

Usually I buy books. I enjoy buying books because I can re-read them as often as I want to but I’ve borrowed books before.

Bookstore or online?

This is a tough one because as much as I love bookstores, sometimes it’s just more convenient and even cheaper to buy online! So I guess I’d say both!

Fiction or non-fiction?

Fiction – I’m not a big fan of non-fiction.

Fantasy world or real life issues?

Both! It’s nice to lose myself in a fantasy world once in a while but I still like books that give me a big dose of reality.

Kindle, iPad, or other?

Kindle! 😀 I’ve only had my Kindle for less than a year (after nabbing it from my dad) but I am in love with it!!

Monster read or short & sweet?

Both! Although sometimes I’m really not in the mood for a monster read so honestly it just depends. Other times, I’m prepared to spend hours on a monster read if it’s a book that’s really worth reading.

Starry-eyed romance or full of action?

I love “starry-eyed romances” but I personally think that even books focused on romance should have an actual plot. I like action books too but I’m more of a romantic.

Curl up in a Snuggie or bathe in the sun?

Neither! To be honest, I strongly dislike sun-bathing and I’ve never worn a snuggie in my life. Most of the time I just sit at my writing desk and read.

Read the review or decide for yourself?

Usually I read reviews because I feel better about spending huge amounts of money on books if other people have enjoyed those books too. Sometimes I decide for myself – usually those are during spur-of-the-moment buys where I just randomly pop into a bookstore and pick something that looks interesting. If it’s a book in a series I’ve loved or from an author whose writing I enjoy reading, then I don’t bother reading a review.

Zombies or unicorns?

Neither. I get scared easily so I don’t read horror books. I would have picked unicorns when I was younger but now I’ve lost interest in them..

(I’m not sure if saying “neither” qualifies as “cheating” but I’m being honest.)

So I’m not tagging anyone in particular – if you want to participate, just leave a comment with a link to your blog post.

🙂 Rachana

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Book Tag: The Book Blogger Test

Hi guys,

So I was “book tag hunting” again today and I found this interesting book tag called The Book Blogger Test on several different blogs. I wasn’t tagged but I decided I would participate anyway 🙂

Without further ado…here are the questions!

What are your top three book pet hates?

1. I hate it when people fold down the corner of a book page – I feel like its abusing the book!!

2. I don’t like seeing people mistreat their book(s) by throwing them around or drawing/annotating/writing in them. I just think it’s disrespectful!

3. Boring books – I hate it when a book I was all geared up about turns out to be really boring.

Describe your perfect reading spot

Weirdly enough I’ve never actually imagined a “perfect reading spot..” So just off the top of my head – my perfect reading spot is probably a really comfy beanbag or cushioned chair. Definitely, something that’s soft and won’t make my butt sore 😀

Tell us three book confessions.

1. Despite the fact that a lot of people don’t like the last book in the Divergent series, I think the ending was most realistic as it is. My confession is that I would not the change the book so that one character lives and the other dies in her place.

2. I prefer YA books with some romantic content because relationships in books are so sweet!!! 😛 And then I can start shipping characters together!

3. I read when I’m supposed to be doing homework or studying for a test..(Mom, dad, pretend you didn’t see this and keep reading the rest of my blog post:)

When was the last time you cried during a book?

This one’s kinda hard…because I rarely cry during a book. I mean I feel empathy for the characters and everything but that empathy doesn’t exactly manifest in the form of tears. But as cliche as this sounds, the last time I cried during a book was probably while reading The Fault in our Stars (a year ago).

How many books are on your bedside table?

One or two but they’re all assigned books from school. I have a lot of books on my Kindle though!

What is your favorite snack to eat while you’re reading?

I have a sweet tooth so a cookie (preferably chocolate-chip) is fun to munch while reading.

Name three books you would recommend to everyone.

1. Harry Potter (series)

2. The Hunger Games (series)

3. Divergent (series)

Show us a picture of your favorite shelf on your bookcase.

Sorry – no picture. Most of my favorite books are packed away neatly because I needed room for all my school textbooks 😦 Now I just use my kindle to read.. space is an issue at home.

Write how much books mean to you in three words.

Life, love and adventure.

What is your biggest reading secret?

I don’t exactly have a “reading secret” – after all, I am an open book so to speak. But I will tell you a secret – I try to avoid reading non-fiction as much as possible. (I have nothing against the genre 🙂

Who I’m Tagging:

I’m tagging: Should Be Reading, Adina’s Book Blog, Bookish Notions, Books & Tea & Sugar, The Book NecessityDarcy’s Book Blog and… anyone who wants to participate of-course!

(If you’ve already done this book tag before and I’ve tagged you -> apologies! If you haven’t and you want to participate, please leave a link in the comments 🙂

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Reading Habits Tag

Hi Guys!
So I found this tag in my wordpress reader and thought I’d try something new and participate! 🙂

1. Do you have a specific place for reading?

I don’t care where I read as long as it’s comfortable and I have a place to sit. Usually I read at my desk at home though.

2. Book mark or random piece of paper?

Sometimes I use random pieces of paper but I do have a pretty big bookmark collection that I select from for “special books.”

3. Can you just stop anywhere in a book or do you have to stop at the end of a chapter?

Anywhere although sometimes I try to finish a chapter if I’m really hooked.

4. Do you eat or drink when reading?

Yes. Normally I like to take small snack breaks with a book or even finish a smoothie while I’m reading.

5. Music or TV on when reading?

I really like to focus on just reading so I find watching TV or listening to music while reading an unwanted distraction.

6. One book at a time or several?

I like reading several books at a time because I find it fun to immerse myself in the different storylines. Although, the downside to this is that I end up comparing the books.

7. Reading at home or elsewhere?

I’m not picky – I don’t care where I read as long as I can immerse myself in the story. I read whenever I can – on the subway, at home, in the library, on the bus…

8. Read out loud or silently?

I don’t like reading out loud because it feels less personal.

9. Do you read ahead or skip pages?

Sometimes I read ahead if I’m really excited about the book but I try not to because I don’t want any spoilers. I don’t skip pages unless there are scenes that make me uncomfortable.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

I like keeping the book new but since I “inherited” my father’s Kindle, a few months ago, I’ve been reading more Kindle books than physical copies.

11. Do you write in your books?

I would never and will never write in my books!!! I feel like writing in a book is equivalent to committing a crime 😛

12. Who are you tagging?

Anyone who wants participate and my friend at http://www.thebooknecessity.wordpress.com

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Quotabulous Friday #1: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

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This is my first post for my Quotabulous Friday meme and I thought I would start with a truly amazing book like Code Name Verity since it’s such a (beautiful) engaging read. What’s you favorite quote from the book? 🙂

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Starters by Lissa Price (Starters #1)

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 When every unvaccinated person between twenty and sixty dies in the Spore Wars, Callie Woodland and her brother Tyler are forced to run. By squatting on other people’s property, Callie, Tyler and their friend Michael struggle to survive until they can work as adults. But Callie’s desperation nearly costs her life when she goes to Prime Destinations – a body bank in Beverly Hills where teenagers allow seniors called Enders to rent their bodies. In order to earn money that can buy Tyler a better life, Callie signs on as a donor. But two rentals later, her neurochip malfunctions and she wakes up as Callie Winterhill. Stuck in the life of her renter, Callie quickly adjusts to this new and more luxurious lifestyle – living in a mansion, driving expensive sports cars and even going to teen clubs. Just when Callie is beginning to the embrace the life she must live until her rental contract expires in a few weeks, she finds out about Prime Destinations evil intentions and her renter’s equally shocking plans.

*spoilers*

Callie is a tough resourceful character that quickly adapts to escape sticky situations. Throughout the book she is forced to make tough choices and quick decisions while not always knowing who to trust or rely on. In some ways she’s just another average teen trying to survive in the dystopian world the author has created. But her circumstances ensure that she is the one who ends up fighting the Body Bank.

Although the story has it’s share of romance, Callie and Blake’s relationship only add to the story because  their relationship take on greater significance when Callie discovers the truth about Blake, the grandson of a senator. That final plot twist revealing his true identity is almost disappointing because the entire time I was rooting for their relationship! But it’s a clever tactic that makes the story much more exciting.

In addition, the cliffhanger ending in which the Old Man manages to speak to her, will have readers quick to latch onto the second book in the series: Enders.

This dystopian novel is a well-written fast-paced read that I definitely recommend for sci-fi fans.

Rating

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