Books of the Past

I’ve been thinking a lot about books I read as a child recently. Before I had a blog to document my feelings and opinions on books, I just had my memory (and of course the occasional elementary school book report). I’ve began to wonder how many books I have actually read in my life, and decided that it is impossible to count. I simply can’t remember every single one I have read. So I’ve decided instead of trying to remember every single one, I’ll share a few books (or series) that I remember having a big impact on me, or that I enjoyed very much. I’m not putting these in any particular order, just however they pop into my head.


1. The Magic of Spider Woman by Lois Duncan, Shonto Begay (illustrator)244612

Despite my crippling fear of spiders, this book never failed to enchant me. It tells a Native American tale about a woman who learns the secret of weaving from spider woman. However, this secret comes with a warming. When the main character ignores the warning, she gets trapped within one of her own creations. I remember reading this book over and over. The story was so interesting and the pictures were stunning. Of all the children’s books I read, this is the one that sticks out most in my memory.


2. Junie B. Jones (series) by Barbra Park958277

Of course there weren’t quite as many Junie B. Jones books when I was in elementary school ( I think there are 28 now?) but I always loved Junie B.’s adventures and thought everything that happened was absolutely hilarious (which it probably still is). We had a box of the books and home and a bunch floating around our classroom at school, so I never had to worry about finding one to read, even if I had already read them all a million times already (of course that’s an exaggeration…. unless it isn’t?).


3. The Magic Treehouse (series) by Mary Pope Osbourne 824734

Much like the Junie B. books, I read this series over and over again (and also there weren’t quite so many out when I did). I travelled in time with these books, and there was a new world to discover every time I did. It also didn’t hurt that there was a bit of mythology and magic thrown in (which began to show up more in the later books). After finishing a book I would go find my older brother (who is even more of a book worm than I am) and pretend that I was Annie and he was Jack, and go on adventures of our own. That is until we found another book to read!


4. Little House in the Big Woods (series) by Laura Ingalls Wilder441602

These books were probably my favorite stories. I loved Laura and wanted nothing more in life than to be her. Her life to me was something of a fairy tale, and it sounded so fun and adventurous. I loved reading about her moving across the country in the wagon and all the obstacles they ran into. I loved reading about how Pa built the houses they lived in as they moved west. And I loved reading about how she grew up and made friends and became a teacher and fell in love. And now all I want to do is read them again.


I could probably make this list a hundred thousand books long, but I think I am going to stop at four. When I look back and think “What books made me fall in love with reading?”, it is these books. I do have some honorable mentions; books that I loved but that I don’t feel exactly belong on the list.

The Cam Jenson books– These books were another great series, but I didn’t enjoy them quite as much as some of the other series.
Captain Underpants books– hilarious (and I loved the flip-o-ramas) but I got tired of them after a while
Encyclopedia Brown books– fun, but I think I only had one or two, so I didn’t really get into them as much as the other series
Harry Potter books– Okay, so don’t hate me for putting these down here. I did love them, but I didn’t start reading them until I was a little older, so I don’t really consider them “childhood books” even though they are technically for children
Ballet Shoes– I remember reading this book over and over and over in my third grade classroom, but as much as I loved it I don’t remember it as well as the books on my list, so I don’t think it quite belongs.


There were of course a lot of books that I liked, and if you want me to think up some more I would be more than happy to. But how about you? What books did you love as a child? What books shaped your childhood? I’d love to hear what they were!!

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The Pixar Book Tag

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I was tagged by Lauren @ Comma Hangover  to do the Pixar Book Tag! I grew up watching Pixar movies, and now that they have such a great bunch of movies lined up to come out, it is only right to participate in the Pixar tag! What better way to celebrate the amazingness?

So, without further ado, lets get down to business:


Toy Story

A book where you wanted the characters to come to life.

Am I allowed to say every great book ever? Cause I want more characters to come to life than people I actually know….

8112318So I decided on the characters from The Candymakers by Wendy Mass. I chose them because (1) that would mean there would be some pretty amazing candy made that just sounds so amazing and (2) there would be no force trying to end the world like in so many of the other books I read. So you go ahead and choose your reason.

Also, I have a feeling that the kids in this book would be pretty fun to hang out with… there would definitely be a lot of laughs and a lot of sugary fun!


A Bugs Life

A character that goes through a transformation.

Considering that in most books a character goes through some kind of transformation, I decided to go with an actual physical transformation… not just a change in personality, outlooks, or attitude.

13589580I am going to go with Brooklyn from What the Spell. In the beginning of the book, Brooklyn turns 16 and is finally allowed to use her powers (ya know, cause she is from a family of witches). So like any 16 year old girl, the first thing she decides to do is completely change her appearance. She goes from a shy mousy girl to a total bombshell overnight, and that is just where the journey begins.

Brooklyn also goes through a bit of a personal transformation, but it is all started by the change in appearance (and the powers obviously, but that’s not the point here).


Monsters Inc.

A strong/scary character that develops a soft side for someone else.

9378297This one was actually pretty easy. I’m going with Cas from Anna Dressed in Blood.

So Cas isn’t a bad character in any way (he’s actually the protagonist), but in the beginning of the book he pushes people away and refuses to get close to them. He just wants to do his ghost killing (sending off?) job and move onto the next one.

Then comes Thomas. And Caramel. And Anna. The rest is history. Cas learns to let people in, and when he does it’s beautiful. So I wouldn’t say that Cas develops a soft side “for someone else” per say, but he does develop a soft side, so that’s good enough for me!


 Finding Nemo

“P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way Sydney” A book that has an address or quote that’s burned into your memory forever.

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The first thing that came to mind was Harry Potter, because not only is 4 Privet Drive, Surrey an address I will never forget, the books have a lot of great quotes.

One of my absolute favorite quotes comes from Hermione: “Books! And Cleverness! There are far more important things-friendship and bravery…”


The Incredibles

Coolest book family.

Percy-Jackson-The-Lightning-Thief-Original-CoverPercy Jackson. He has quite possibly the coolest family ever.

First of all, his father is POSEIDEN. That is awesome. But that also makes a bunch of the Olympians (and other gods) related to him in some way, and all their kids… which kind of makes the biggest, most powerful extended family of all time.

Oh, and not to mention the monsters. I mean, not all of them are good, but there are a few like his Hell Hound and Tyson the Cyclops. Oh! and don’t forget the horses! And Pegasus (pegasi?). And all the other cool horse things.


Cars 1, 2, and 3

A book that keeps getting sequels you feel are not needed.

10507293For all the great books that don’t get sequels, there are all those books that don’t need sequels and get them anyway.

My choice for this one is The Selection Series by Kiera Cass.

Don’t get me wrong here, because I absolutely loved The Heir (I still haven’t gotten to read The Crown), but the original three books didn’t need a sequel. They ended really well.

That being said, in this instance I am really happy we got more of these books! And the covers… oh the covers!


Ratatouille

A book featuring a non-human/humanoid.

1183379Hmmmmmmmmmm. Now that I’m thinking about it, I haven’t read a lot of non-human/humanoid books lately. That’s pretty sad on my part.

I think I am going to have to go back to my middle school years and say The Warrior Series by Erin Hunter. Or rather, the Warrior Series’ (plural).

These books were my life for years. I had every single one all the way up to the third or fourth series when I started to grow out of them. But man those cats were a lot of fun to read about. They had some amazing adventures in there!


Wall-E

A book that made you lonely.

41zlOSzTsuL__SX331_BO1,204,203,200_For this one I’m going to say Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay  Asher.

This book made me so sad and heartbroken and empty inside. I mean, I did really love the book-it was amazing-but it was so deep and it just made me want to be around all my friends and never let them out of my sight.

I have to admit, the first name that came to mind for this question was Gayle Forman, because her books kind of have that same effect, but I think Jay Asher wins on this one.


Inside Out

Name a book that could be one of your core memories.

*low whistle*

18879761A core memory. That’s a tricky one. There are a lot of really deep books out there (like the above mentioned Thirteen Reasons Why) that could all be core memories just because of how emotionally jarring they  are.

I am going to go with a Gayle Forman book for this one: I Was Here. This book starts out with a suicide, and ends in the most beautiful way possible. It’s definitely a book that is going to stay with me forever, so I guess it could be one of my core memories.


And there you have it! The Pixar book tag!

I’m not going to tag anyone specifically (mostly because I have no idea how many people have already done it), but if you haven’t done it and you want to, then consider yourself tagged and don’t forget to leave me a link so I can see your answers!

The Harry Potter Spells Book Tag

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I saw this tag over on driftinglexi and I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist. It is such a cute tag! Now, I’m not quite sure who originally created the tag, but if you know please let me know in the comments! So now, on to the tag!


Flagrate

A book you found interesting that you would like to rewrite.

This is a pretty hard choice. I’ve read a lot of *ahem* interesting books that I would love to rewrite. I mean, the ideas behind the stories are really good… it’s just not executed well (to the point where I just shake my head and ask the universe “why”).

Quarantine Bk_1 coverI think the winner for me is Quarantine by Lex Thomas. It had such potential. I had such hope. And it just broke my little bookworm heart.

I mean, the synopsis for the book is amazing. A high school becomes a fight-to-the-death arena after a disease wipes out everyone over the age of 18. And nobody can leave because they are Quarantined. How awesome does that sound!? Oh how I would love to rewrite this. Or have Suzanne Collins rewrite it. That would be a masterpiece.



Alohomora

The first book in a series that got you hooked.

Yet another hard one to answer. For this one I am going to have to go with The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. 28187

I tore through this series in a week after I read The Lightning Thief. I love Percy Jackson and the world he lives in. The books are fun and easy  to read and just amazing all around.

And don’t get me started on the characters. I love them all so much. Percy and Annabeth and Grover make the most amazing team in the world. And they definitely know how to get out of a sticky situation or two!


Accio

A book you wish you could have right now.

This one was easy. Two books came to mind immediately. Since I already read Beyond the Rising Tide (check out the blog tour review post here) and just really want a hard copy, I’m going to go with Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. 23207027.jpg

Not only do I LOVE the idea behind this book–three sisters who have to fight to the death on their 16th birthday for the title of queen… not to mention the powers they have, or should have–I LOVE KENDARE BLAKE!

I probably have said this a million times to anyone who will listen. I can’t help it. Her writing is just amazing. Oh, and I got to interview her, which you can see here. Totally fangirling right now. I just really want this book. I need this book.


Avada Kadavra

A killer book.

Not sure if this was supposed to mean killer in a good way or in a bad way, but I’m going with the good way. A killer book that was amazing. Now to choose one…9378297

I’m going to have to go with another Kendare Blake book: Anna Dressed in blood!

This is one of my favorite books ever. Anna is a ghost who can’t help but kill anyone who steps inside her house… until Cas. Cas is a ghost hunter who wants nothing more than to avenge the death of his father, who died on the job. The result is a KILLER book that I have read way too many times and will never stop rereading because it is that amazing. And I can’t forget about Thomas and Caramel. Gotta love them.


Confundo

A book you find confusing.

There are a lot of pretty confusing books out there, but Asylum by Madeline Roux takes the cake. I’m not saying it was a bad book, because it wasn’t, but it was pretty confusing.13597728

The story line itself isn’t the problem here. It was pretty clear until about half way through. Then all this weird confusing stuff started getting added… reincarnation or rebirth or something. I still don’t quite understand it.

By the time I finished the book I was completely lost. It was one of those moments where you squint your eyes at the universe and just go “whaa?”. Or at least that’s what I do when I’m totally confused. You know what I’m talking about, right? Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this.


Expecto Patronum

Your spirit animal book.

Umm. Umm. Let me think about that. See, if the question was “what is your spirit animal” I would be able to answer no problem (a leopard). But my spirit animal book is a totally different question. 8835379

I think for this one I’m going to say Ruby Red by Kirsten Gier. Now, I’m not choosing this book because I am a spontaneous time traveler (I wish), but rather because Gwen, the main character, is thrust into this new life over night.

I kind of relate to that, seeing as I’ve moved more times that I can remember. I guess at this point I’m used to new situations, but I could totally relate with Gwen. Oh, and if I were Gwen I probably would have done exactly what she did, so as far as I’m concerned she is my fictitious twin sister. Oh, and if you feel like reading my review of Ruby Red you can do so here.


Sectumsempra

A dark, twisted book.

I’m gonna go ahead an be honest here in saying that I haven’t really read a lot of dark and twisty books. I’m more of a dark and twisty movie type. That being said, I still have to choose one, so don’t laugh when my dark and twisty book looks like rainbows and butterflies next to the first one that comes to your mind. 18805623

I’m going to pick The Tenderness of Thieves by Donna Freitas. Its not that this book was super dark or mysterious or anything, but it did have that sort of undertone.

Jane, the main character, had been held hostage during a burglary before the book began. Throughout the book she deals with the after effects of the traumatic experience as the police try to figure out who was behind it. You can read my review of the book here.

So what do you think. Dark and twisty enough for you?


Apparecium

A book that surprised you in a great way.

Definitely without a doubt The Duff by Kody Keplinger.6931356

I watched the movie before I read the book. There. I said it. I actually did like the movie; it was cute and funny and left me warm and fuzzy inside. But believe me when I say THE BOOK IS SO MUCH BETTER!!! Like a million gazillion times better.

The movie was just a super watered down version of the book. The book was emotional and heartbreaking and hot and beautiful. The characters are so real, and the emotions are spot on. I wish every high school book was as good as this one.


So those are my answers for the Harry Potter Spell tag. Do you agree with my choices? What books would you pick?

I am going to tag:

If you do this tag, let me know! I’d love to see your answers!

#ScaleBackABook

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Recently, the hashtag Scale Back A Book was trending on twitter. A lot of them were pretty funny, so I decided to post some of my favorites here for your enjoyment!

 

 

 

And my favorite of them all:

I decided to join in and posted these:

 

 

 

Which are your favorites? Did you post any? Let me know in the comments!

Your Bookish Identity Tag

 

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This tag was created by Katytastic, Little Book Owl, and Benjaminoftomes; three pretty awesome booktubers. The idea behind this tag is to answer a few questions relating to popular book series, and seeing where you fit into their worlds. I decided to do it because it sounds like a lot of fun!

Here are the questions:

  1. What dystopian/fantastical world would you live in?
  2. Who would your partner be?
  3. Who would your godly mother/father be? [Percy Jackson]
  4. Would you be a downworlder or nephilim? [The Mortal Instruments]
  5. What house would you be in? [Harry Potter]
  6. What faction would you be in? [Divergent]
  7. What would be your daemon? [Golden Compass]

Let’s do this!

What dystopian/fantastical world would you live in?

They all have their ups and downs, but I think I’m going to go with the Harry Potter world. Magic, castles, quittage, and butter beer. What could be more fun?hogwarts-school

Who would your partner be?

I’m not sure if they mean partner in crime or romantic partner… so I’ll do one of each. My partner in crime would be Anna from Anna Dressed in Blood (assuming she doesn’t kill me, of course) . Nobody is messing with that girl.

Choosing a romantic partner is a bit (okay, a whole lot) harder. Percy Jackson or Cas (Anna Dressed in Blood) are my top two choices. They are both pretty awesome.

 Who would your godly mother/father be?

Either Aries or Zeus. Aries because his children are competitive and quick tempered, and Zeus because I’m not afraid of heights and can be pretty bossy at times (according to my brothers, that is).

Would you be a downworlder or nephilim?

Hmmm. Probably a nephilim. I could see myself as a shadow hunter. But if I were a downworlder I would most definitely be a vampire.

What house would you be in?

According to the Buzzfeed quiz I am a Gryffindor, which I’m totally okay with. Here is Buzzfeed’s description of a Gryffindor:

You have the heart of a lion. You never give up, never back down and give everything 100%. Good things happen to you because you fight for them. You stand up for yourself and for your friends because you believe in what is right. Your energy is magnetic and makes you a natural leader.

 

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What faction would you be in?

I did the Buzzfeed quiz for this one as well. I got Erudite, which surprised me a little. I always thought I was more Dauntless… oh well. Here is what Buzzfeed had to say about the Erudite:

Erudite is the faction dedicated to astuteness, curiosity, and intelligence. They are in constant pursuit of knowledge and they can be found with a book in hand at any given moment. They’re power-hungry and thirsty for authority, often sacrificing themselves into moral corruption. Their attire consists of blue, glasses (no matter how perfect their vision), and their substance in the Choosing Ceremony is water.

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What would be your daemon?

This one was an easy pick. My daemon would definitely be a snow leopard. They are beautiful, strong, and fierce. The perfect companion (for me at least!)leopard_snow_01

 

What is your bookish identity? If you do the tag (or have done it) leave the link below so I can read it!!

 

The Coffee Book Tag

 

photo-1424020128429-a60765861de1When I first say the Coffee Book Tag over on Coffee Book Love I knew I would have to participate. I love both coffee and books way too much not to. The tag was started by the YouTube channel BangadyBangz. You can see the video here. Lets begin!

Black Coffee

“Name a book that’s really hard to get into but has hardcore fans.”

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I’m going to say the Vampire Diary books. They are so completely different from the TV show that the fan bases are different. But, I have friends that are such big fans of the books they refuse to even try the show. I personally had a hard time getting into the first book, and never read past it.

*I’m not talking about the VD books based off the TV show

Peppermint Mocha

“A book that gets more popular during the festive season.”

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A lot of people have said Harry Potter for this one, and I have to agree. There really is something about the books that just reminds me of Christmas. Probably because J K Rowling just has an amazing way of describing things, and her Christmas feasts just sound so amazing (and look amazing in the movies)!

Hot Chocolate

“Your favorite children’s book.”

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This was a really hard one to choose, mainly because of the huge amount of books I read as a child. But The Magic of Spider Woman might just be my favorite (which is strange considering my phobia of spiders). Something about it just drew me back to read it again and again.

Double Shot of Espresso

“A book that kept you on the edge of your seat.”

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Unraveling. Without a doubt. This book (and the sequel) kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I read it in a single sitting. Then, I read it again. Unraveling is definitely one of my favorite books.

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“A book you see everywhere.”

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There are a lot of really popular books, but I think The Fault in Our Stars takes the cake. It is literally EVERYWHERE. Honestly though, I wasn’t that impressed when I read it. It was a bit of a let down.

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“Shout out to an indie author/book!”

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I’m going to go with Shearwater by Derek Murphy over on Creativeindie.  Although I haven’t read the book (yet), it is up there on my TBR and his blog posts about the launch were fascinating to read. Also, I love his blog, so if you haven’t checked it out yet, be sure to do that!

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“A book you expected more from.”

 

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If I hadn’t already used them I probably would have went with The Fault in Our Stars or The Vampire Diaries. But I did, so I’m going to go with Quarantine. It’s not that I didn’t like the book, but it wasn’t as good as I was expecting it to be. I feel like it could have been so much better if someone else (see: Veronica Roth or Suzanne Collins) wrote it.

 The Perfect Blend

“A book that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying.”

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I’ve read a lot of books that could qualify for the perfect blend, but the first one that came to mind was definitely Allegiant. I loved the whole Divergent series, but Allegiant definitely took be on the hugest rollercoaster ride. I don’t want to give away any spoilers (just incase you for some reason haven’t torn through these books already), but I bawled my eyes out for two days straight after I finished it.

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Thank you guys for reading! If you liked the post and want to tag yourself, feel free! Leave your link in the comments so I can check your answers out!

Author Q&A- Rose Montague

Today I had the pleasure of interviewing and amazing author named Rose Montague. She is coffee, chocolate, and wine lover, as well as an amazing writer. If you haven’t read her books, you are missing out big time. Read the interview below.
Q: How long have you been writing? Why did you start?
A: I experimented with writing when I was a teenager and even submitted a few short stories. It never went anywhere and I didn’t try again for a long time but I love to read and I kept that up. Four years ago I decided it was time to write my first novel and was fortunate to see Jade published in 2013.
Q: What inspires your writing? Do you have a muse?
A: I get most of my story ideas when I am half asleep. Sometimes I remember to write them down and sometimes they are forgotten. Most of my writing is done in the early hours of the morning, well before sunrise.
Q: Tell me about your series Norma Jean’s School of Witchery. What was the original idea behind it?
25116933A: You know that SNL skit with Christopher Walken demanding more cowbell? I was writing Jane, the sequel to Jade and my beta reader, Hans Markus kept saying we need more Jewel. Jewel was a young teen witch who helped Jade, Jane, & Jill. The more cowbell, more Jewel eventually led me to spin off a new series featuring Jewel and Norma Jean’s School of Witchery was born.
Q: What makes your witches different than other witches in books and movies. What did you base their powers off of?
A: My goal was a Harry Potter style school for older teens with more romance and more of the things teens think about. One of my reviewers said it “Makes Hogwarts seem like a play school”. I like that quote. Magic is not hidden in the world of Norma Jean’s and the setting is in the United States. There is a ton of action to go with that romance.
Q: You have also written Jade and the sequel, Jane. Tell me a little about these. What inspired them?
18820229A: Jade is an action paranormal mystery with a little romance on the side. I loved writing this one because of the mystery and I drop clues here and there than most readers don’t catch until the mystery or surprise is revealed. The biggest mystery is Jade herself. That was so much fun. My main goal in writing is to have fun writing fun books to read. Jade is the prime example of that. Jane is more of a roller coaster ride of a road trip, packed with enough action to fill three books. I can only describe it as a war. There is a wedding, and a funeral. Both were a ton of fun to write. The wedding of Jade & Jane is my favorite scene in that series.
Q: What is the strangest place you have ever come up with an idea?
A: Usually when eating or drinking. A word search of Jade will show coffee mentioned 20 times, espresso 11, wine 39 (LOL), & chocolate 13. If you like those things you will love Jade.
Q: Which of your characters is most like you and in what way? Which is least like you?
A: I would like to think that Jewel is most like me. She doesn’t hesitate when it’s time for a decision to be made. She goes 100 percent constantly. She values friendship and she knows what is right and wrong. She doesn’t second guess herself even when the result of her decision does not turn out exactly like she wanted.
Q: If you could be a character in any movie, who would it be and why?
A: I like Selene from the underworld series.
Q: What are some of your favorite books? What about them do you like?
A: I love urban fantasy and young adult reads. My favorite authors are Jim Butcher, Faith Hunter, Ilona Andrews, & Patricial Briggs. My favorite book is Sunshine by Robin Mckinley.
Q: What is something you want the world to know?
A: My books are a lot of fun but it’s not all fun and games. There are some life lessons and messages in my books. I wrote a blog post about this here if you are interested in finding out more….
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