Sunday, 27 January 2013

Book Banter: Vacations

Welcome to the second installment of my Book Banter series, where I will discuss little bookish habits, pet peeves, and overall booky things. Today's order of business is vacations and reading.

This year especially, I have been doing a crazy amount of travelling, whether it be road trips to the USA for my brother's baseball tournaments, camp, or when I went to France on my school trip back in October. And now, since my exams are all done, I am headed off to sunny Orlando, Florida for a few days before school starts back up again. A friend, her mum, and I are going to Universal Studios so we can visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter; her first time, my second. 

My friend, like me, is a huge reader, and our conversations on skype, usually lasting up to three hours, are somehow book related. We have been discussing which books to bring, if any at all. I want to bring a few physical books that I've been wanting to get to, but I also have some books on my ereader that would be more accessible and easier to bring. I think I'll end up bringing my nook, just because it's easier, but I don't know yet...

Ugh, why must reading be so difficult! What are your thoughts on this topic? Let me know in the comments below!


Review: James Clyde and the Diamonds of Orchestra by Colm McElwain

Book: James Clyde and the Diamonds of Orchestra 
Author: Colm McElwain
Publisher: Matador
Pages: 240 Pages
Format: Paperback (Sent to me by the author. Thanks, Colm!)
Release Date:  February 1st, 2013

I was contacted a few weeks ago by the author about reading this book, and I jumped at the chance to read it. And when I saw that Carrie Hope Fletcher, who's opinion on books I hold high, said that she was loving it, I was twice as excited. Unfortunately, I'm currently studying for exams, so reading it was pushed to the back burner, but I finally finished it the other day (at around 1 Am, I should say. Couldn't put it down).

Goodreads Summary

Alongside his friends Ben and Mary Forester, James Clyde must protect a powerful diamond from falling into the wrong hands. A strange and sinister man dressed in black is also pursuing the diamond and will stop at nothing to obtain it. James and his friends set off on a perilous journey to return the diamond to its rightful place. But they are being hunted every step of the way by the relentless man in black who will stop at nothing to obtain the all-powerful diamond.

First off, this book was ADDICTIVE. When I started reading it, I had to peel myself away from the story. I found my mother yelling at me for reading when I should have been practicing my French verbs. Whoops! But it was fast paced, which is a huge thing in a book for me because it kept my interest and made me want to flip the pages faster.

The characters were awesome as well. I haven't read a book where the characters are younger than I am in a long time, and the way the characters perceive the world and the events that occur is fantastic. Their frame of mind is so innocent and it makes me just want to pick up James, Ben, and Mary and hold them. They had this wonderful, hopeful air to them that gave the book this interesting atmosphere.

And the atmosphere was my favorite part about the story. I cannot tell you how many times I've wanted to just melt into the pages of my childhood stories, and just stay there, and I am forever jealous that the three main characters are able to do just that. The imagery of the mountains, and the evil queen and the brave knights make me want to visit Zara and stay there.

Colm McElwain has created a world filled with magic, knights, and evil queens that had me sucked in from page one. I only had one problem with it; It was over too soon! I am desperately hoping that there will be a sequel, because I cannot wait to return to Orchestra!

4/5 stars. I think that everyone should go and pick this one up when it is released on February 1st! A must read!


Friday, 18 January 2013

Review! Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Book: Code Name Verity
Author: Elizabeth Wein
Pages: 343 Pages
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 3/5

I had seen some rave reviews on this, and my aunt bought it for me as a Christmas gift and I was so excited to read it. But the truth is, although it was good, it didn't live up to expectations.

Goodreads Summary

Oct. 11th, 1943--A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it's barely begun.
When "Verity" is arrested by the Gestapo, she's sure she doesn't stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she's living a spy's worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.
As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage and failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?
Harrowing and beautifully written, Elizabeth Wein creates a visceral read of danger, resolve, and survival that shows just how far true friends will go to save each other. Code Name Verity is an outstanding novel that will stick with you long after the last page.

After all the reviews I had read claiming that this book was amazing, I had high expectations. But honestly? I don't really know how to feel about this book. It was filled with so much detail that at times, I had to put it down and recap what had just happened. There were so many names of planes, and generals or Gestapo officers, and expeditions that I couldn't keep up. Another thing that bugged me about this book was that, at the end of part one, it felt like the book was over, and all of part 2 was just kind of a let down.

The characters were what kept me reading. I wanted to know what happened to Maddie and Julie. I wanted to know what happened to them in the end. They were such well thought out characters and they were more like sister in the way that they acted around each other, making such a great team.

I'm really impartial about this book. While the story was interesting enough to keep my attention, I really didn't care a lot about it. It was interesting, but it moved so slowly.

Overall, I'm giving this a 3/5. The three was because the writing was amazing and I loved the journal style of the book. Oh well.


Monday, 14 January 2013

Review! Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Book: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Dutton
Pages: 372 Pages
Format: Paperback

I had put off reading this book for so long for such stupid reasons. I had always said how it looked cheesy and it didn't sound very good, when really, I just didn't pick it up. But my little sister picked it out for me for Christmas because of 2 reasons; the cover was pretty, and I went to France last year. XD So I posted on twitter and a few of you said that I should read it, and I did. AND OH MY GOD WHERE HAS THIS BOOK BEEN ALL MY LIFE

Goodreads Summary

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets √Čtienne St. Clair. Smart, charming,beautiful, √Čtienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

Two words, guys; √Čtienne St. Clair. Seriously? An American boy with a British accent who lives in Paris? Did he come out of the Teen Girls Dream Boy Machine, or what? He is literally the epitome of perfect boy. Ugh, at some points in the book, I wanted to shove aside Anna and throw myself at him!

And I loved reading about France because I remember it all so clearly, so when they are talking about seeing Paris, and the Latin district, it made me super nostalgic and it made the whole novel come to life a little bit more. And the way that everything is described is so vivid and bright, which is exactly how it is.

It was overall such an adorable book that I practically inhaled I read it so quickly. I had been reading a lot of darker novels, and I really needed a dose of contemporary chick-lit. And Anna made me smile a lot. The way she was written was like a real teenager in the way that it was very much like her train of thought, nothing uncut. It was like how I think. Sometimes I LIKE TO THINK IN CAP LOCKS, and sometimes I like to think a little bit more somberly (is that even a word?). 

Anna and the French Kiss was an adorable, addictive book, that made me squeal and laugh and dream of Paris. 5/5 stars. Wow this has been a great year in books so far!


Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Review: Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Book: Beautiful Redemption (Caster Chronicles #4)
Authors: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Publisher: Little, Brown Teens
Pages: 451 Pages
Format: Hardcover

Be still, my heart. Oh dear lord, this book guys. This. Book. Ugh, still having feels over it and its been a week since I read it. Kami and Margaret have done it again; wrote a book that reduced me to tears and made my dad hand me tissues, tea, and a pat on the head. Thanks, Papa Wayworth. What would I do without you?


Goodreads Summary

Is death the end . . . or only the beginning?

Ethan Wate always dreamed of leaving the stifling Southern town of Gatlin. But he never dreamt that finding love with Lena Duchannes would drive him away. Lena is a Caster girl whose supernatural powers unveiled a secretive and cursed side of Gatlin, so powerful it forced him to make a terrible sacrifice.

Now Ethan must find a way to return to Lena - and Gatlin - as she vows to do whatever it takes to get him back. Even if it means trusting old enemies or risking their loved ones' lives. Can Ethan and Lena rewrite their fate and their spellbinding love story in this stunning finale to the Beautiful Creatures series?'

What i loved about this whole book was how, when Lena and Ethan are separated, you can see their bond so much more clearly than when they are together. They are drawn to each other and that sense of devotion made me die a little. I was rooting for them through the entire book and the way that Lena's eyes light up when she feels him around just made my heart melt a little.

The town of Gatlin never seemed so real up until you get to see things on Ethan's side. The town's foundation is gossip, church meetings, and funerals in my mind. And seeing it from the other side, where those are the three things that are made known in that world. Seeing how similar the two are, yet so different because of one thing (live vs death) was eerie.

And the ending. Oh my god, the ending. Just when you think everything is going to be okay, IT'S NOT. THAT HAD TO HAPPEN AND I HAD TO CRY (cue Papa W patting my head). The ending was fantastic though. The epilogue made me bawl, because it was so beautiful and it was the perfect ending to perfect series.

I will miss the Caster crew, and their adventures, but I look forward to watching them onscreen when the movie hits cinemas, and, hopefully, rereading them in the near future. I give Beautiful Redemption a 6/5 stars because it was fantastic and beautiful and the best of the series, and I highly recommend this series to everyone. :)


Tuesday, 8 January 2013

My Most Anticipated of 2013!

Edit: I thought I posted this yesterday, but apparently Blogger didn't get the message. So here it is!

Hello everyone and here is the last day of my New Years Blog Spree! And to finish it off, I thought I'd focus on the year ahead by giving my most anticipated of 2013! 

Harken by Kaleb Nation
I am so excited to read Harken! I made a full post on it here! I have been following Kaleb since the release of his first novel, Bran Hambric and the Farfield Curse, and I have been with Harken since it was the #SecretKalebBook that was first brought up during late night BlogTV shows.

It's going to be self-published, and it is being released exculsively to Kindle on 1/13/13, and it will be released on other ereading networks in the coming future.

Harken Website
Goodreads Link

Shatter Me was one of my favourites of last year and so was Destroy Me. And I have been looking forward  to this for the last few months, well, since it was made known that it would have a sequel and since the cover came out (because seriously? THE COVER IS STUNNING). 

I can't wait to see what Tahereh Mafi has in store for us now, and she's giving some #UnravelMeInATweet spoilers on her twitter page! But if you want to keep yourself unspoiled, then the book is released to the public on February 5th.

I was OBSESSED with the whole idea of The Selection, and I drank it all up. And, once again, this cover is amazing. Kiera left us on a bit of a cliffhanger at the end of the first book, and I am so ready to jump back into America's world, and see what happens to the rest of the competitors.

America's story resumes on April 23rd, which to me, is too far away. I just want to read it nooow! ;)

Robyn Scheider is one of the funniest people I've seen, through her YouTube videos and her Twitter feed. But she is also one of the most thoughtful. From what I've seen of her, she is able to create meaning and metaphor out of anything, and she does it with striking accuracy. And I'm excited to  read her first YA novel, since I've only read her Knightly Academy series which are works of comical brilliance.

Severed Heads, Broken Hearts is going to be published on June 4th,  and I can't WAIT to pick this up. No seriously, I cannot wait that long.... anyone want to get me an arc? or an early copy? or an unpublished manuscript The Devil Wears Prada style? XD

I read Lies Beneath last year when i first started my blog and I am so excited to read the second one. Not only does it contain MERMAIDS AHHH, but it also is written from Lily's POV, which will be interesting to read about, getting and outside look at the mermaids.

Anne Greenwood Brown's second book is going to be available on March 12th. 

SO those are my most anticipated of 2013! Let me know in a comment below what you are most looking forward to this year. I hope you all enjoyed my New Years Blog Spree!

Love, Indigo

Sunday, 6 January 2013

December Wrap Up and January TBR

Welcome to day 6 of my New Years Blog Spree! Wow, this has been a blast so far, and it's really gotten me thinking about new posts to do :) But now, here are the books I read in December and the ones that I want to read in January!

Books Read in December

Beautiful Darkness                                                                          The Kite Runner            
By Kami Garcia and Margaret                                                       By Khaled Hosseini      
Stohl                                                                                                   4/5 stars   
5/5 stars                                                             

Books to be read in January

      Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein       Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

I have aimed to read only three books this month because I have exams this month; 4 of them. But I hope I get to read these and let me know what you'll be reading this month in the comments! :D


Saturday, 5 January 2013

Book Review! Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Book: Beautiful Chaos (Caster Chronicles #3)
Author: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Publisher: Little, Brown
Pages: 518 Pages
Format: Paperback

So... I cried. No, that's a lie, I sobbed like a baby. I was not expecting the feel attack that was in store for me. I was just going along with all of the amazing-ness that came along with this and BOOM - feels.

Goodreads Summary

Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena's Claiming. Even Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals is affected - and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What — or who — will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?

For Ethan, the chaos is a frightening but welcome distraction. He's being haunted in his dreams again, but this time it isn't by Lena - and whatever is haunting him is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Even worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself — forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn't know why, and most days he's too afraid to ask.

Sometimes there isn't just one answer or one choice. Sometimes there's no going back. And this time there won't be a happy ending.

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl have me so far invested by book three that I feel like these people; Ethan and Lena, Ridley and Link, John and Liv, are my friends. And everything that they go through is a needle to the heart or a breath of fresh air.  

Everything in the series has built up to this book, and everything tied together. I really have nothing more to say on this besides wow. This whole book, and everything leading up to it, is fantastic. I was crying, I was laughing, I was cheering. And that's what you look for in a book. You look for characters to love, and stories to cherish. And I have found both within these pages.

A 5.5/5 stars. A beautiful climax and a wonderful novel.


Friday, 4 January 2013

Top 12 of 2012!

2012 held a lot of great books, But I decided, because I have seen a lot of posts and videos around the book-blogger/booktuber community I would share my input! So here are my top 12 books of 2012!

#12: The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller

I'm a sucker for a good love story and this one was amazing. I loved the whole idea of a secret society with people who remember past lives. It sounds absolutely amazing and it makes me want to remember past lives!

#11: Bunheads by Sophie Flack

To read about a dancer who was in a similar situation was interesting, and it rang a truth in my mind about the mindset of a classical ballet dancer and about the dance world in general. I'm waiting for Sophie Flack to write another novel because it was great!

#10: Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

I read my first book my Sarah Addison Allen this year and the way she manipulates words is enchanting and enticing. The story lines she creates and entwines with the story is phenomenal as well. I loved reading her books and will be reading more from her this year.

#9: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson write the way people speak. Nothing is over exaggerated or glorified. It's fun to read and it makes everything seem like its not really fiction. And also, there's a ghost that does your homework. How cool is that?

#8: Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown

I love mermaids so much, and this was such a different take on them. They weren't all magical and happy go lucky, but they were realistic. And Calder makes me melt. Ugh. Where can I buy my own mermaid? Anyone?

#7/6: Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth


Love this series. The world that was created was my favorite part because the land, and the world, and the setting; it was a character. It pushed the plot along and forced the characters to grow up and keep moving.

#5: Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi

Now we're getting into my favorites. Dear Lord, I loved this book. After Shatter Me, I didn't think that I could love Warner, but seriously? Now I just want him to be happy. And not only did we learn about Warner, but we learned more and more about Juliet. Just, Ugh. Tahereh Mafi needs to leave some talent for the rest of us.

#4: Going Bovine by Libba Bray

This book had me captivated. The characters were crazy and insane and wonderful. The way the story was written, you had no choice but to be rooting for Cam. But it also had this looming darkness about it. Through the whole book, you know something isn't as it seems, but at the end, everything made sense and it pulled together beautifully.

#3: The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl


So many tears were shed and I just.... I can't even describe my love for this book. I was sucked in and there's no getting out now. I fell in love with everything this series had to offer, and I just want to go back and reread them for the first time.

#2: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

What I love about good books is that I think about them all the time. And I always find myself thinking about it. I think about the haunting imagery of a true dystopia, and the idea of a girl with a lethal touch feeling wanted human contact for the first time. I think of the way her story moves and flows and how it intoxicates you. Again, she needs to leave some talent for the rest of us.

#1: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Of course. Like I said before, a good book is one you remember. And I remember every detail of this one, down to the metaphors, and the imagery, and the beautiful writing that had me in tears at three thirty am. There is an honesty about this book. The fact that sometimes things don't go the way we want, but there's a difference between staying behind the yellow line and being safe, and doing something.

So those are my top 12 of 2012! Comment below with the links to your posts, or tell me your top books of this year!

Love, Indigo

Thursday, 3 January 2013

My Holiday Book Haul!

I celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah so when I asked my family for books for both occasions, they took me very seriously. I ended up with 15 new books, and I am here today to show you the ones that I have acquired!

From my Grandma:

From my Aunt, Uncle, and cousins

From a family friend

And that's what I got this Holiday season! As you can see, I have a lot of reading to do, so I will be going now! But I will leave you with two things; one is to comment below with the books you got, or link me to your hauls! Second is a picture of my desk as I am writing this. It is basically a mess of books and other things, including a shattered iPhone off to the side and a Dalek clock!

Come back tomorrow for another post in the New Years Blog Spree! 

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

2013 Reading and Blogging Resolutions!

Welcome to day 2 of my New Years Blog Spree! Today Is January 2nd, 2013 and I have already made the mistake of saying 2012 seven times. Whoops. But now onto my reading and blogging resolutions!

In this past year I read 72 and a half books, and I say 'and a half' because i was on page 400 out of 519 of Beautiful Chaos when the ball dropped on New Years. But none the less, I succeeded in my goal to read 70 books this year. But that was the past and this is the future. Now onto what I am resolving to do in 2013.

Resolution #1: Read 80 books

Now this will be an interesting one. School is about to get a lot more hectic in the next year, with University only a year and a half away, I will be studying a lot more. But the thing is, I don't want reading to be pushed to the back burner. I want to make sure that I read. And I'm going to cut down on the amount of time I do useless things, like scrolling down tumblr, or watching that rerun of Friends that I've seen twice. I want to read 80 books this year and dear god I'm going to get there :D

Resolution #2: Read all the books I've been putting off

Anna and the French Kiss,  Graceling, Unwind and Unwholly, ect, ect. These are just a few books that have been raved about and to be honest, I've been putting them off. I don't know why when I now own some of them, or friends do and have offered to lend them to me. I just don't know. But I'm going to read them. SO next time I'm in a book store or library, and I see one of these books, they will be my first priority.

Resolution #3: Read some classics

They're called 'classics' for a reason, and I want to read a lot of them. I have a beautiful copy of Pride and Prejudice just sitting on my shelf. I have the picture of Dorian Grey. My dad has a whole shelf in his office of leather bound copies. They are all there, at my disposal, and 
all I have to do is read them. And I'm not sure why I haven't. It may be because I'm intimidated by them? Maybe. But, overall, I want to read more classic novels this year.

Resolution #4: Become more active in the blogging community

The book blogging community is so open and welcoming. If anyone has an opinion to share about reading or books, they listen, because that's what we're good at. Reading is about listening to the authors words and the characters in the book. We are good at listening to people, and we all have opinions  But I find that I haven't really tried to become apart of the community. SO that's what I want to do. Take part in more memes and discussions, follow more blogs, and use my twitter more. 

SO that's what I have planned for the New Year. Not that many, but It'll take me all year to accomplish them. What are your reading and blogging resolutions? Tell me in the comments below :)

Love, Indigo

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

2012 End of Year Book Survey

Here is day #1 of my New Years Blog Spree! First up is the 2012 End of Year Book Survey by Jamie at The Perpertual Page Turner!

1. Best Book You Read In 2012? (You can break it down by genre if you want)
Okay this is being done by genre because how do you expect me to chose?!

Adult Fiction: The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
Contemporary YA: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak, Bunheads by Sophie Flack, Going Bovine by Libba Bray, Perks of Being a Wallflower by  Stephen Chbosky
Dystopian YA: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, The Selection by Kiera Cass, The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Supernatural YA: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown, Entwined by Heather Dixon

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Debutantes by Cora Harrison. I was so expecting to love this, but I ended up just hating it. It was predictable and it made me so angry

 3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012? 
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I just picked this book up as a whatever kind of book, but I ended up falling in love with the writing, and the characters and the plot. I wasn't expecting to love it as much as I do.

 4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?
Either The Fault in Our Stars by John Green or Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. Also Beautiful Creatures because awesome series :D

 5. Best series you discovered in 2012
I fell in love with the Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. The world that has been created is fantastic and the characters are almost palpable, and it makes me want to get lost in the world of the Casters for days on end.

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?
I read my first Libba Bray book this year and I loved it. Going Bovine was witty and hilarious, but the way that everything tied in to make one message just blew my mind.

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Entwined was the first book that I read that was a fairy tale retelling. Besides some of Donna Jo Napoli's books, this was my first real introduction to retellings and I loved it.

 8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garica and Margaret Stohl. I was so captivated by every word on the page and found myself dreaming of Gatlin when I should have been focusing in class.

 9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:
Hands down, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I need to read it again and again and again.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?

The colors of this cover are so pretty, and it looks so clean and innocent which is really ironic because of what the book is about. I just can't get enough of this cover.

11. Most memorable character in 2012? 
The most memorable character in my mind is either Ridley Duchannes from Beautiful Creatures, or Dulce from Going Bovine. I love love love both of these girls.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. Her words leaped off the page and made me speechless. This woman has talent.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012? 
Going Bovine by Libba Bray. The themes of heroism and the way love and death effect your life. It really struck a chord with me, and it made me really think.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read? 

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012? 
Oh dear lord, here we go:

“I spent my life folded between the pages of books.In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.”                                          
Shatter Me, Tahereh Mafi

There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does."                        
The Fault in Our Stars, John Green

“In a world like this one, only the random makes sense."  - 
Going Bovine, Libba Bray

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012? 
The longest I read was Beautiful Creatures with 563 pages, and the shortest was Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi which was 83 pages on ebook.

 17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!
The book was Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. I read this book in school and at one point, near the end, I had to put 

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
My favorite romantic relationships have been Lena and Ethan (Beautiful Creatures), Hazel Grace and Augustus (TFiOS), and Haven and Iain (The Eternal Ones).

My favourite friendships have been Adam and Kenji (Shatter Me), Ethan and Link (Beautiful Creatures), and Charlie, Sam, and Patrick (Perks of Being a Wallflower)

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously?
The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson. I read this very early on this year, and I loved it just as much as I loved the first one.

20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
All of John Green's novels. I read them all this year, and I was so glad I did.

And that it is it for me today! I hope you stuck with me this far, and come back again tomorrow for another post!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all of you!

This year has been a whirlwind adventure that has left my head reeling. This year alone, I have gone into grade 11, failed my first test, went to France, pulled multiple all-nighters, started my blog, read some beautiful books, and met some wonderful people. 

2012 has been a wonderful year but I want to start things off right for 2013. That's why from today, January 1st, until January 7th, there will be a post up every single day. I want to get into the habit of posting more, and even if I havent read a book, I want to take part in more memes, and I want to make more Book Banters (my title for generic book discussions).

So here's the agenda:
Tuesday, January 1st:  
 The 2012 book survey from The Perpetual Page Turner!

Wednesday, January 2nd:
Reading and Blogging Resolutions!

Thursday, January 3rd:
Christmas/ Holiday Book Haul!

Friday, January 4th:
Top 12 books of 2012!

Saturday, January 5th:
Book Review of BEAUTIFUL CHAOS by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Sunday, January 6th:
December Wrap up and January TBR

Monday, January 7th: 
My most anticipated of 2013!

I really hope you all stick around, and if you want to, follow along with me! I hope you all had a fantastic year, and here's to an even better one! I leave you now with a quote by the wonderful Neil Gaiman:

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.

Happy New Year, 
Indigo Wayworth