Random Book Talk

I don’t really know what I’m writing, to be honest. I haven’t posted in ages, and I really didn’t want to miss another Thursday so I decided to another daily prompt. Of course, this didn’t really help either, I now just have one word I’m supposed to make a blog post about and I don’t know what to say. I wanted to write something about fiction, but couldn’t muster up anything. So, I’m going to just write about whatever comes to mind. This might be a bit all over the place and maybe a bit boring, the very opposite of the definition of percolating, but oh well.

So, I’m in the biggest reading slump, but I think I’m finally starting to come out of it. I don’t want to talk about it too much, in case I jinx it but I’m currently making progress in 11/22/63 and listening to the audiobook of One Day by David Nicholls. I think I’m going to talk about the Stephen King novel first. Without freaking out too much, I just want to mention how amazing and phenomenal this books is. It really messes with your mind and gets you thinking (I probably said that in my wrap up, sorry not sorry) and there are so many turns that I never saw coming. Granted, I’m really terrible at predicting the endings of books. Something really important could be staring me in the face and I could just ignore it’s importance or just assume it’s no big deal. I don’t want to spoil anything, but this book has really blown me away.

One Day is also an amazing book, and I’m enjoying it very much. I’m torn between wishing there was more than just one day a year and thinking that this format is unique and really adds to the story. I don’t know. I like this idea, because somehow it works and we get all the information we need, but I also really want to see more of Emma and Dexter’s lives, rather than just once a year. Other than that, I’m really loving this book and can’t wait to see how it plays out.

That’s it for today, I’m feeling a lot better after getting something written. I also took a really nice picture the other day (I posted it on my tumblr, follow me! It’s @miathebookthief). Here it is, to end the post:

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Thank you all for reading! Until next time!

via Daily Prompt: Percolate

Fifty: Top 5 Books Set Before 1950

 

the_book_thief_by_markus_zusak_book_cover1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: Did you really have to ask?

 

 

 

77288892. The Diviners by Libba Bray: This is another one of my favorites. It’s set in 1920 New York and it’s just amazing. If you haven’t read it you should most definitely check it out.

 

 

legacy-of-kings3. Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman: This is an amazing book with a unique time frame. It’s set during the reign of Alexander the Great, which I love and is a really interesting concept. I love this book but haven’t gotten around to the sequel yet, but don’t you worry I’ll be on it.

 

 

infernal-devices-covers14. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare: Again, no real explanation necessary. This series is set in 1875 and is so phenomenal. Go read it.

 

 

271906135. And I Darken by Kiersten Gier: This book is, again, set in a very unusual time: 1430. I love this book, its so unique and beautifully crafted.

 

 

 

That was another Fifty! What are your favorite books set before 1950?

Let’s Talk about Companion Novels! Daily Prompt

I’ve got to say, before today I haven’t really given much though to companion novels. If they’re something interesting, I usually read them. For instance, the Anna and the French Kiss series is three companion novels. And while I haven’t read all three (I still need to read Isla and the Happily Ever After) I did really enjoy Lola and the Boy Next Door, even though it wasn’t as good as the first. To me, it usually depends on how good I thought the first book was. Companion novels are not usual my favorite, actually. Mainly, because I get so attached to the first group of characters in the first novel, that seeming them as secondary characters annoys me.

 

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What do you guys think? Series or companion novels?

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City: Daily Prompt #3

Okay, you got me. I missed a day and I feel really guilty. I’ll try my best to fix it.

Also, regarding this one word prompt, I wondered briefly how to tie this into books but eventually I came across what I think is a really cute idea. So, I’m going to be recommending to you books that take place in big, bustling cities.

New York City, New York, United States: 

I have two options for this city, mainly because one is set in 1920s New York City which is vastly different from the modern day city we know today. It’s magical and phenomenal and I love both of these so much.

The Mcityofbonesrepackaged-259x400ortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

 

 

 

 

 

 

7728889The Diviners by Libba Bray

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paris, France:

anna-and-the-french-kiss-hdAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Francisco, California, United States:

51es6ecjkyl-_sy344_bo1204203200_Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barcelona, Spain:

1232The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

 

 

 

 

 

 

City

Drawing A Blank: Daily Prompt #2

So the title of this post basically represents my state of mind at this very moment. So the “official” prompt of the day was “Natural” but upon seeing that words I immediately started going into panic mode, because there wasn’t anything that I could think of to talk about. Thankfully, WordPress has a “Try Another” option and so I found this one. So that worked out well.

I’m not kidding, this whole time I was thinking: Ah, no, I need to post something; I can’t give up on the secnod day. Noo.” So that was my drama moment of the day.

I was basically just sat by my desk like:

art animated illustration painting window                                      writer's block bang head can't think

 

 

 

 

 

Needless to say, It was very frustrating. Actually, what I need to do is stop procrastinating so much. Soon, (hopefully), I’m going to start planning the posts before actually sitting by my laptop and typing it up. I do that for reviews and that seems to help. See? Solutions. Or not. I basically just sitting here, word vomiting and spewing out as many random combinations of words as possible. I guess it works. Thanks for sticking with me and I will have another blog post up soon.

Drawing a Blank

1st Daily Prompt: Struggle

Right…so hello everyone! Finally, a week or so later than promised, I’ve finally come around to posting a “Daily Prompt”. For right now, my goal is to right a post daily for a week. I know this sounds like a little and not challenging enough, but to me, if I make it, it’ll be quite a feat. I just procrastinate so much, that nothing ever gets done. Anyways, on to the actual post:

Recently (or for the last few months), I’ve found myself in a massive book slump. It’s not fun. Mostly I just can’t seem to get myself to sit down and focus on reading. Currently, I’m reading 1984 by George Orwell, and I’m really enjoying it when I actually find the time to sit down and read. The problem is just actually physically sitting  down and reading. I just can’t get down to it. It’s beyond frustrating. At least I’m listening to audio books and getting some reading done. Another thing, is that when I actually read during the day, it happens when it’s dark outside and that’s not very convenient. During school, the only time I had time to read was at night so I seem to have formed a habit of only reading when the sun has set outside and it’s really frustrating. I’ll find a way out of it, soon. I hope. This is a big struggle for me, as I love reading and the feel of it, but right now I can’t seem to focus on what I’m reading. I also don’t want to force myself to sit down and read either, because then it won’t be enjoyable. The struggle.

That was the first Daily Prompt. Sorry it’s a little short today, hopefully over the next weeks I’ll get into a rhythm and things will flow more smoothly. Thanks for reading!
Struggle