Sunday, March 16, 2014

So I've moved...

Yes yes, I've made the switch. I decided to move over to Wordpress after thinking about this for over several months. 

I'm not going to delete this blog, but there won't be any new content on here. If you want to keep up with my posts, please check out my new blog at http://missbookreader09.wordpress.com/. Thank you all for the support! 

Miss Book Reader

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Bookish Academy Awards Tag!

So back when the Oscars where going on, bookadooodles created a tag about bookish academy awards. I saw Andreea from the moonlit bookshelf do this tag here on blogospheare and thought I would join in on the fun. So here we go!

1.Best Male Protagonist - Peter Pan from Peter Pan or Peter and Wendy by J.M. Barrie. He's the boy that never grows up and truly deserves this "award". 


2.Best Female Protagonist - Stargirl from Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. I love how incredibly unique she is. One of my favorite literary characters ever. 


3. Best Plot Twist - Clockwork Princess. There weren't any mind blowing twists, but this whole book was an emotional roller coaster ride that I had to mention it. 


4. Best Book Cover - Pride and Prejudice. I love this cover! Don't know why, but I do. I think it's because it fits the book perfectly. 


5. Best Male and Female Sidekick- Isaac from The Fault in Our Stars and Annabeth from the Percy Jackson Series. Need I say more? 


6. Most Unique Plot/World - Middle Earth from The Lord of the Rings. This world is incredible and the world building in these books is mind-blowing. 


7. Best Book-to-Movie Adaptation - Catching Fire. Even though I'm not much of a fan of these books, Catching Fire is my favorite of the series and the movie was amazing. 



8. A book that would work well in animated format - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This is pretty self-explanatory. 


9. A writer you discovered for the first time - C.S. Lewis.



10. Best Action in a Book - Divergent. The action is written perfectly in this series. 



11. Best Music in a book-to-movie adaptation - The Book Thief. Confession time. I haven't read the book but I did see the movie. John Williams composed the music, so it's no surprise that I loved it. 


12. Best Novella or Short Book - The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. This was a charming story about imagination. I cannot wait to see the movie when it comes out.  


13. Best Stand-Alone - The Great Gatsby. Duh. 


14. Best Historical Fiction or Non-Fiction - Between Shades of Gray. Favorite Historical Fiction novel, ever. 



So that was the tag. Hoped you enjoyed it! If anyone wants to do this, feel free to do it. I tagged you. :) 


Miss Book Reader


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Top Five Books I Want to Read ASAP - Tag (Original)

Hello everyone! Today I'm doing something quite different, I'm creating a tag! This tag is very basic. Just pick five books that you want to read ASAP. They can be books you own, books you want to re-read, books from the library, or books you want to buy. So here are my top five books. 


1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This is one I'm ashamed to admit I haven't read. It's normally a book that's required reading at school, but it was never required for me so I never got around to it. I own a copy and I really have no excuse for not reading it, so I really need to get on this. 


2. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. I love Oscar Wilde. Anything that he's said, I most likely will have quoted at least two times already. It's shocking that I haven't read any of his plays or novels. I'm making it a point to read this one this year. 


3. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan. This one I should have read by now. I picked it up a while back, but couldn't get into it. Have I mentioned before how bad I am at finishing series? 


4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. This is due for a re-read. Not because the trailer or the movie is coming out... but just for personal reasons. I miss this book and the story. Once I finish one of the books I'm currently reading, I'm probably going to dive into this novel again. 


5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Do you know how guilty I feel about not having read this book? I could never get into it. I got about half way and had to put it down because it was putting me in a reading slump. I may never read this book. Or maybe when I do read it I won't like it. Who knows...


So those are my top five books, let me know what yours are! Leave a link to your post in the comments below. I would love to see what books are on your list. 

I Tag...

- Piper  from Piper's Book Nook 
- Rachael  from Rachael Turns Pages 


If you want to do this tag, just do it! I tag everyone! 

Miss Book Reader 



Monday, March 10, 2014

Book Review- Coraline and The Graveyard Book

Book Summary- 

Coraline's often wondered what's behind the locked door in the drawing room. It reveals only a brick wall when she finally opens it, but when she tries again later, a passageway mysteriously appears. Coraline is surprised to find a flat decorated exactly like her own, but strangely different. And when she finds her "other" parents in this alternate world, they are much more interesting despite their creepy black button eyes. When they make it clear, however, that they want to make her theirs forever, Coraline begins a nightmarish game to rescue her real parents and three children imprisoned in a mirror. With only a bored-through stone and an aloof cat to help, Coraline confronts this harrowing task of escaping these monstrous creatures. 

My Thoughts- 

This was the second Neil Gaiman book that I read and I honestly loved it. I was a little hesitant about reading this book, because it does have an element of horror and I'm not one for horror books, but since it was so highly recommended to me, I had to give it a go. I actually listened to it on audiobook and I'd have to give the audiobook five billion stars! It was wonderful. Everything was told at the right pace and the narration of Neil Gaiman really pulled me into the world of this book. 

So, some things I especially loved about this book.

1. Coraline. Her character was really what made the book for me. I felt like she was so interesting as a main character and I found myself cheering her on. I genuinely cared for her and wanted her to succeed. She wasn't annoying, she had faults, but at times she was able to overcome them. She goes through hell, and is able to overcome it. I loved that about her. She's so young, yet she doesn't feel like a child when I read about her. 

2. The writing. This will always be one of the things I love about Neil Gaiman's books. His writing style is phenomenal and is one of my favorites. The way he's able to make the words come together in such a way is beyond my comprehension. 

3. The depth of this book really surprised me. I was expecting just a nice, quick read, but it really went beyond that. I still find myself thinking about all the themes and metaphors that are in this book. It is more than just a book for escapism, it really gets you thinking. 

There were so many things I loved about this book, that I couldn't possibly cover them all. Maybe when I read this book again I'll do a "thoughts-on" post and go more in depth. But for now, just know that I loved this book so much. 


★★★★★


The Graveyard Book

Book Summary- 

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family . . . 

My Thoughts- 

So I don't have as much positive things to say about this book sadly. I'll just jump right in. When I picked this book up I was expecting a lot. I don't know what exactly, but much more than what I got from the book. It took me quite a while to read and I had to push myself to finish it. So here are just some general thoughts I have, 

1. The pacing of this book was quite interesting. Not quite to my liking. It was weird how each chapter almost read like a short story. There really wasn't anything pulling the chapters together except the main storyline which is that someone is out to get Bod. Besides that they were mostly just about the graveyard and what happens there. I didn't like the pacing much, just because it didn't seem to flow for me. 

2. The main character, Bod, was very iffy for me. He felt like a tool for the story to move on. There wasn't much character development for him, he was the same character at the end as he was at the beginning. Also, I got quite annoyed with him at times as he would say one thing, then do the other. 

3. There were two things that kept me going when reading this book. One of the characters, Silas, and the writing. Every time I picked up this book I would get lost in the writing. Of course. We all know Neil Gaiman is a master at writing style. Silas was Bod's guardian and he was my favorite character in the book. He was the most interesting and dynamic character, in my opinion. 

So those are my thoughts. Not my favorite Neil Gaiman book, but I did like some things about it. I will probably re-read it some time in the future, to see if my thoughts have changed, but for now, here is my rating. 

★★★☆☆

Hope you enjoyed these two reviews! Which Neil Gaiman book should I read next? 

Miss Book Reader


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Bookshelf Tour 2014

So the other day I filmed a mini bookshelf tour. It's just a brief overview of all my shelves. I don't go into specifics or anything, but I thought you would enjoy just snooping on my shelves. :) 



Hope you enjoy. 

Miss Book Reader

Monday, March 3, 2014

Book and Movie Review- Persuasion by Jane Austen

 Book Summary- 

Called a 'perfect novel' by Harold Bloom, Persuasion was written while Jane Austen was in failing health. She died soon after its completion, and it was published in an edition with Northanger Abbey in 1818. 

In the novel, Anne Elliot, the heroine Austen called 'almost too good for me,' has let herself be persuaded not to marry Frederick Wentworth, a fine and attractive man without means. Eight years later, Captain Wentworth returns from the Napoleonic Wars with a triumphant naval career behind him, a substantial fortune to his name, and an eagerness to wed. Austen explores the complexities of human relationships as they change over time. 'She is a prose Shakespeare,' Thomas Macaulay wrote of Austen in 1842. 'She has given us a multitude of characters, all, in a certain sense, commonplace. Yet they are all as perfectly discriminated from each other as if they were the most eccentric of human beings.'

Persuasion is the last work of one of the greatest of novelists, the end of a quiet career pursued in anonymity in rural England that produced novels which continue to give pleasure to millions of readers throughout the world.


(Summary Taken from Goodreads)

My Thoughts- 

Persuasion is the second Austen novel I've read that I didn't know how the story was going to work out. Her other novels, I've seen adaptations of, so I know how the story ends. Reading it without knowing the ending was a complete delight and I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I went into it with high expectations, and I have to say that I wasn't let down. There was only one issue that I had with this book, but I'll get into that later. 

My first initial thought about this book, was how beautiful the writing was. Jane Austen really has outdone herself with the pacing and delivery of the story. It flows in such a lovely way, that I always wanted to be reading this book. For a while, I couldn't put it down, I had to find out what happened next. The narrative is enjoyable and easy to read. Even though we aren't inside Anne's head, you still get a strong impression of what her character is. I found Anne to be extremely dynamic and a wonderful heroine to follow. Going along with that, all the characters were written beautifully. They all had strong personalities and I loved that. They didn't overshadow Anne, nor did Anne overshadow them. 

I think the story itself is a beautiful tale. It's heartwarming and uplifting. Seeing a character who deserves so much, find a happy ending, is wonderful to read about. I was constantly rooting for Anne, as well as all of the other characters. While some of them aren't exactly pleasant 100% of the time, they felt like family to me, and I wanted them all to have a happy ending. 

My only issue I had with this book, was the romance. I didn't really see the development of it. Even though this is, I suppose, considered a romance novel, I felt like the romance wasn't the main focus of the story. I felt like I was reading about Anne's development as a character, rather than the development of a relationship. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, because I do love it when novels don't focus just on romance. But with this I felt like I missed the major progression of the romance. That's my only issue, that I couldn't pin point when exactly when the two characters were truly in love, it just sort of happened.


But overall, I loved this book. I think it's one of Austen's finest works and I highly recommend reading it. 


★★★★☆




My Thoughts on "Persuasion" (1995)- 

I watched this adaption immediately after finishing the novel, and for the most part, I liked it. It was an enjoyable movie. I wouldn't mind watching it over again. It's a good movie to have on in the background, when you are doing something else.

The writer's were very faithful to the original book (although for some reason they changed the names of several minor characters, which isn't exactly an issue, but why do it?), while staying true to the story and nature of the characters. 

I thought the actress, Amanda Root, who portrayed Anne, did a very good job. She captured Anne well and you can easily her character development. I thought that the actor who played Captain Wentworth did a good job, but fell flat. There wasn't really anything super interesting about him. He seemed very two dimensional. 

For the most part, I liked this movie. But nothing about made it a brilliant movie. I would recommend watching it if you've read the book and want to see the story on the big screen, but I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it, because it just was okay. Nothing about it wowed me or made me fall in love with it. 

It was decent and respectful to the story, but I wanted something that really captured the book in a more vibrant way. 


★★★☆☆

So let me know what you thought of Persuasion if you read it. Keep Reading! 

Miss Book Reader

Sunday, March 2, 2014

February 2014 Wrap Up










1. This Star Won't Go Out ★★★★☆
2. The Ocean at the End of the Lane ★★★★★
3. Out of the Easy ★★★★☆
4. The Last Battle ★★★★★
5. Ignite Me ★★★★★
6. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children ★★★☆☆
7. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (The Graphic Novel) ★★★★☆
8. Every Day ★★☆☆☆
9. Nine Stories ★★★★☆
10. Coraline ★★★★★

So February was a really good reading month for me. Although the first three books were books I finished, rather than read in February. 

I would definitely have to say that my favorite reads were Coraline and The Ocean at the End of the Lane. What can I say? I'm obsessed with Neil Gaiman. Don't be surprised if you see more of his books pop up in my wrap ups. 

I've written brief reviews on most of these books on my Goodreads account, so you can go check those out. And I wrote three reviews for three books on my blog. 

I hope you had a great reading month as well. What did you read? 

Miss Book Reader