Top Ten (Seven, really) Character’s I’d Like to Be Best Friends With

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Thank you to The Broke and The Bookish for this wonderful meme! If you want to learn how to participate, click here and check it out. Promise you won’t regret it.   :)

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie and I’ve decided to do something fun,  Top Ten Character’s I’d Like to Be Best Friends With.

There are many characters that we love, but sometimes they wouldn’t exactly be BFF material for us. I thought deeply about this and this is who has made it on my I WANT THEM TO BE MY BFF list.

1. Sydney from Vampire Academy and  Bloodlines Series

She and I would definitely get along together. I’m also a fiercely loyal person and I like that characteristics in my to be bestie too. :D

2. Adrian from Vampire Academy and  Bloodlines Series

Gosh, I want that hunk of a man as my best friend. At times I can be a little uptight and I know he would make any boring task into a fun one. Also fiercely loyal as well.

3. Rose from Vampire Academy Series

In the past I had a best friend that was a bit like Rose and we actually got along fine. We were a perfect friendship match. We were quite a team. Too bad we lost touch when I moved cities. This was back in the year 2000.

4. Eddie from Vampire Academy and  Bloodlines Series

Eddie is the type of guy friend I like to have as a best friend. He may not bear his soul, but he knows what’s important and is always there for you when you need him.

5. Savannah from Racing Savannah

Savannah and I are somewhat alike and I think those similarities would make us really good friends.

6. Mia from If I Stay Duology

Mia and I are so similar at times, it’s kinda freaky. But the differences we do have would make us really good friends. It also helps that I was the girl who at the age of 8 preferred the cello over any other instrument. I played it for many years until I wasn’t able to rent one from the school. Moving out of that district was the worst thing ever because it stunted my growth as a cello player. :(

7. Sydney from Maybe Someday 

Sydney and I would be GREAT friends. I just know it. I can’t even explain it. I just KNOW.

Who do you think would make a great BFF for you? Tell me! I’d like to know.

I’m joining “The 2015 Re-Read Challenge”

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After some debating for some time, I’ve decided to join The 2015 Re-Read Challenge! One of the reasons I decided to join this reading challenge is that I want to re-read a lot of my favorite books this year. When I first started being an avid reader, I was the person that vowed never to re-read a book because ain’t nobody got time for that. But as time passed I’ve change my stance on that. I truly have.

If you would like to join myself and many others on this year-long challenge click here and it will take you the information and sign up page!

THE CHALLENGE

I’m planning to re-read anywhere between 10 to 20 books. I don’t want to set an exact amount because I don’t want to pressure myself too much, but I think having a ballpark figure is good enough.

Some of the books I’m planning to re-read are:

  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Okcler
  • The Lux Series, starting with Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry
  • What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
  • and a few others…

That’s about it! If you too are doing the re-read challenge, please let me know! I would to see which books you think are worthy of being read more than once!

New Year, New Look!

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! The Talking Bookworm has a new look.

As this site enters its third year, I decided it was time for The Talking (Blogging) Bookworm to have a new look! What do you guys think? Is it okay on your eyes? I love the simple look, but I did want some color on it, hence the pinkish tones throughout. Please let me know what you guys think. Thank you to every single one of you for following me and reading my reviews. You guys are awesome!

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

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I was nominated not once, but twice! Woo! Tags Galore! Thank you Emma (Miss Print) and Kayla (The Thousand Lives) for tagging me! Let’s begin!

The rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site
  • Put the award logo on your blog
  • Answer the ten questions they’ve set you
  • Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer
  • Nominate ten people

Emma’s Questions:

  1. Favorite book of all time (top five if you can’t narrow it down)?
    1. EMMA! Ugh fine. You’re going to make me work here… If I Stay, Twenty Boy Summer, Crash Into You, Anna and the French Kiss, Maybe Someday…
  2. Best thing about being a blogger?
    1. Being able to talk about the books!
  3. Worst thing about being a blogger?
    1. Keeping up with all the new books. SO MANY NEW BOOKS. *cries*
  4. How many books do you read a week (month if it’s easier to parse)?
    1. I’d say I average about 4-5 books a month (Although I’ve already read 4 this year in less than two weeks, so it really depends on my mood and free time)
  5. Where do you do most of your reading?
    1. My sofa or bed.
  6. How many books are on your to read list right now?
    1. Too many to count.
  7. What’s one goal for your blogging life in 2015?
    1. To collaborate more with other bloggers, and so far I think I’m doing it!
  8. What 2015 release are you most excited to read?
    1. The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead cause ADRIAN. *melts*
  9. If you could change the ending of one book, which would it be and why?
    1. Boundless by Cynthia Hand. Why? BECAUSE CHRISTIAN GOT THE SHORT END OF THE STICK AND ITS NOT FAIR.
  10. Open spot to share another bookish fact about yourself of your choice!
    1. Many people know me as the contemporary queen, but my senior year in high school all I read were paranormal and conspiracy stories. I was so into vampires. I even had a Team Edward shirt. *shudders*

Kayla’s Questions:

  1. If you could only own (library is still available) ONE book for the rest of your life, which would it be?
    1. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover. I know. I know. I even shocked myself. O_O
  2. Imagine you have $50 to the bookstore of your choice – what would your order look like?
    1. All Fall Down, Crown of Midnight, Vanishing Girls, and The Start of Me and You. BOOM!
  3. What movie would you love to read as a novel?
    1. All 3 Iron Man movies! I know they are comic books, but I want it in books form too.
  4. You have one trope that will be included in the rest of the books you read: what is it?
    1. It’s only 7:45 am Kayla. I haven’t drank coffee yet. This takes too much brain power. I shall not answer it. lol
  5. What is one book you absolutely WILL NOT read, no matter what people say, and why?
    1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Why? I hate horror/scary stories. I get nightmares easily.
  6. You can only pick one 2015 release to read this year: which one would it be??
    1. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
  7. What book would you reread right now if you could?
    1. Maybe Someday and I am. LOL
  8. If this were a well-ordered universe, which character would be brought to life and be your best friend?
    1. ADRIAN IVASHKOV
  9. What’s the best book to movie or book to tv show you’ve seen?
    1. If I Stay is a recent one for me. But if I want to be like everyone else, The Hunger Games is up there.
  10. And because I liked Cynthia’s question, answer #1 from my questions!
    1. I hope you mean this question… What is one book/series that you really wish were a movie, and who should play the main character?
    2. My answer is: The Bloodline Series and I want Leighton Meester to play Sydney. I know she doesn’t have blonde hair and she can always dye it, but dude like I remember her as Blair in GG and she has that badass-ness to her that she could totally be Sydney. That was easy. :)

You have been Nominated!

Andi @ Andi ABC’s

Alison @ Hardcovers and Heroines

Margarida @ The Fault In Our Words

(Can’t nominate ten people because I don’t have ten people to nominate. Also, if you have already been nominated… SORRY!)

My Questions:

1. Which book to movie adaptation would you love for it to be re-done?

2.  What was your favorite debut novel of 2014?

3. Which book are you most anticipating in 2015?

4. If you were given all-expense paid trip to one of the biggest libraries in the world (ex: Stockholm Library in Sweden), which would you pick? Why?

5. Are you for or against e-readers?

6. What is your most anticipated sequel for 2015?

7. What are you currently reading right now? Any good?

8. How many completed series do you own?

9. How is your TBR looking?

10. Any exciting blogging plans for the future?

 

If you do the tag, please leave me the link below so I can read your answers! I would love to read them!

2 Year Blog Anniversary!

So, I am the most horrible person in the world. I FORGOT MY OWN BLOG ANNIVERSARY. The Talking (Blogging) Bookworm turned two years old on December 2014. I started this blog December 2012 when I was still a college student (I was in my senior year. This blog was my coping mechanism for the craziness that your college senior year is). It’s crazy to see how much it has grown in two years. I’ve met some of the best people because of this blog and that only pushes me to continue this and to not stop blogging anytime in the near future. My second year wasn’t my best. Entering the working world was much harder for me that I realized, but I’m back and I’m here to stay.

I want to thank everyone who has read my reviews and has followed my blog. I’m thankful for each and every one of you. You guys are one of the reasons why I keep blogging. Here is to a better third year! Huzzah!

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ARC Review: Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion #1) by Aimee Carter

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Goodreads Summary:

YOU CAN BE A VII. IF YOU GIVE UP EVERYTHING.

For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.

If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.

There’s only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed …and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that’s not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she’s only beginning to understand.

Review:

This book was almost the death of me. The main reason I was able to finish Pawn because I ended up listening to the audiobook instead of reading the galley I received. I bought the Audiobook (it was only 5.95 on amazon) and downloaded to my phone and it was the only thing I listened on my long commutes to and from work.

Let’s talk about KNOX. I don’t know exactly how I feel about him. Gosh he is such a tease, but also at times he would get soo broody and moody and under my skin. But if I had to choose between Benji and Knox, well of course I prefer Knox. And since I mentioned Benji let’s talk about him. First, I know that I was initially influenced by Kayla (The Thousand Lives) to not like him. I was waiting for him to mess up. The only thing he did wrong at the beginning was the whole “Omg you’re gonna be a prostitute and another man cannot possibly have sex with you before I do so let’s have sex right now”. I was over here shaking my head and going “UH NO. YOU JUST DID NOT GO THERE.” After that he isn’t really there much so he couldn’t really mess things up much more. It also bugged me that he wasn’t more jealous about the whole Knox is going to have to marry Kitty, and that all he will ever be is Knox’s assistant, while watching the two of them be together.

Cecilia did throw me off a little though. I was hoping she would be kinder to Kitty, being masked and all, but making her be her puppet instead as opposed to Daxton’s, she really isn’t much better even if the end justifies the means.

Kitty. Oh Kitty. What a mess did you get into. She isn’t my favorite protagonist. I would have LOVED to see something in Knox’s point of view because to me that boy is still a mystery, but ah Kitty could be really annoying at times. I get why she does what she does, but omg that still doesn’t make it any better.

A character that had me fooled was Grayson. He seemed so timid and little when Kitty interacted with him at the beginning, but towards the end I finally saw him how he really is. He is fully aware of what his family does and it is a shame what he has had to deal with it everyday. I can finally understand his obsession with all the inventions. It keeps him busy and doesn’t get involved in the family drama.

Also I couldn’t believe that Daxton was masked. Where the heck is he and why did a 5 replace him? Dear Lord this just got more convoluted and intense. Honestly that was the moment in the story that got me hooked. Too bad it was 70% into it.

After getting through 70% of the book, you get thrown so many twists and turns that it leaves you feeling… numb. So much happened at the end, I have no idea how to process it. I can’t say this is one of my favorite dystopian series, but I will say that it manages to hook you and now I really want to read Captive.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

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

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Goodreads Summary:

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote 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.

Review:

I am so excited to review this book! To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before has been on my TBR ever since it was published. Needless to say, I finally got around to it. I actually went to read the first couple of chapters before purchasing it to see if I would like it. Anyways, long story short, I didn’t stop reading after the first two chapters. I ended up finishing it in one sitting! I’ve never done that with a book before. It hooked me right in and peaked my interest. I really loved it and that’s a lot coming from me because I’m more of a science fiction reader.

This was an emotional roller coaster and it made me cry throughout the entirety of it. Lara Jean was so easy to relate to and I definitely saw myself in her. It was as if I was Lara Jean. Some parts of the plot took me by surprise, all very good surprises. I loved seeing — rather reading — the reactions of the guys who received her letters. This book made me laugh so much, too. I really enjoyed the characters, especially Peter! The ending really got to me and ends with a cliffhanger. I was so relieved to find out that there is a sequel! I cannot wait!

Rating: 5 out of 5

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