Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Owned Authors

First off- a note to you guys. Even though I'm pretty certain no one really follows my blog, I'm sorry for not being very active on my blog lately! Things have been a little... hectic. With my trip to Washington DC, and a visit to my Aunt's house for a few days, I haven't gotten much free time.
Second off- welcome to another top ten tuesday courtesy of The Broke and The Bookish. Today, we're sharing our top ten most owned authors. I'll try to list these in order, maybe

1) Erin Hunter. I own 18 books by Erin Hunter. Eighteen. Even I didn't know I owned that many. Yet somehow I managed to fit them all into the space of half a bookshelf? Here's a really grainy pic of all the books I own by her (on the other side of the yellow book is a book called "Crookedstar's Promise" that I couldn't fit)
(also I have two books that also aren't in the picture because they were too tall to fit on that bookshelf):
There are so many of them they don't all fit in the camera shot!

2) Rick Riordan. With a slightly less startling five books. I used to have seven books written by him, but I can't seem to find where they disappeared to.

Why yes, yes that is a Totoro Doll you see.
3) Michael Scott. I have five books by him also, which are his "Secrets of Immortal Nicholas Flamel" series (which is an awesome series), except I don't have the Warlock sadly. Until then, here's the five books I do own:

4) Jonathon Stroud. I have three books of his, the boxset of "The Bartimaeus Trilogy". My dad bought it for me for my birthday one year at a used books store for really cheap.
5) J.K. Rowling I have three books of hers I believe. I bought the boxset of "Quidditch Through The Ages" and "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" right before the Borders near me closed. Then I also have Goblet of Fire which I got on my eighth birthday.
6) Cornelia Funke. One of my favorite authors! I have 4 of her books, which have all been very loved as you can tell through the spines of most of them...

7) CS Lewis. How could I forgot to put him earlier? I have all of the Narnia books. It was the first box set I ever recieved and I remember being mighty proud of it. This was one of my favorite series when I was younger, and it still is!
Also well-loved, as you can probably tell.

8) Tony Diterlizzi. Unless I'm missing something (which is entirely possible) that's it for my "3+" books authors. I have tons of authors that I own two books of, so I'll be choosing these next three for various different reason. I have two books of Mr. Diterlizzi's, and these books are massive, with absolutely  stunning art inside them!

9) Jeanne Birdsall.  I love Ms. Birdsall's series, the Penderwicks. It is my favorite middle grade series of all time, and probably just one of my favorite series period. It's a great fun read, and I feel like I can connect a lot to Jane from when I was younger. I own the first two books of the Penderwicks series.

10) Kim Stanley Robison. And finally, I chose this book to show that yes, I do own a variety of books. Both of these are Adult Sci-Fi books, but they aren't from the same series.
And... that's it! That's all I have for you today. Do you own any of these books? Perhaps you've read them? Thanks so much for reading. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Deserted Island

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Broke and Bookish. I know it's Wednesday, but shh--! I'll still sneak this in. Yesterd--ahem, today's topic is top ten characters you'd bring with you on a deserted island.

1. Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles mostly because I have a feeling her cyborg parts could help us out if we got in trouble.

2. Wolf from The Lunar Chronicles because he's a great fighter. If something tried to attack me then I could get him to fight it off.

3. Gandalf from The Lord Of The Rings because he's very wise and all-knowing. And maybe he could call on his Eagle Friends to fly us out of there.

4. Legolas from The Lord Of The Rings because he's an elf who probably could find food for us somehow.

5. Lucy from The Chronicles Of Narnia because she has a knack for finding things and hopefully those things might, in this case, include food or a boat or a cool portal through a palm tree into another land.

6. Percy from Percy Jackson and The Olympians because he's the son of the Posedon! And maybe he could talk to the fishes and ask them for survival stuff. Plus we need a little laughter in our time at the deserted island.

7. Annabeth from Percy Jackson and The Olympians because she's really smart, and a great architect, so I'd be counting on her to build us a huge treehouse.

8. Katniss from The Hunger Games because she obviously knows a lot about how to survive anywhere-- hopefully a deserted island as well.

9. Han Alister from The Seven Realms Series because he's rather good at the whole surviving thing.

10. Howl from Howl's Moving Castle because hello, magic. Also I'd just want him there with me on the deserted island.

So, those are my picks. Sorry they were late!

SLC: Library Scavenger Hunt!

So, this week on Summer Library Challenge (hosted by the lovely Book Monsters) it was time to do a Scavenger Hunt! This one was so much fun and it really forced me to try and discover new things! I'm sad that this challenge is coming to an end, and I really hope they host it again next summer.

1. Go to your favorite section of the library. Close your eyes and feel out, picking a random book. If it’s a book you haven’t read before, see if it’s one you would like and then check it out and read it.
I went to the YA section of the library, and chose a shelf at random. Then I closed my eyes and picked out...
Witchlanders by Lena Coakley

2. Go to a section of the library you’ve never been to and pick out a book you normally wouldn’t.
For this one I went to the manga section because that's somewhere I don't go often plus it was nearby...
Hikaru no Go Vol. 1 story by Yumi Hotta

3. Talk to your reference librarian, ask them a question (or two), skip the computer and go straight to the source to help you find something.
I didn't accomplish this one... oops.

4. If you normally use self checkout, go to an actual circulation clerk to check out. Or opposite.
Okay, the only reason I did this was because the self chechkout refused to check out one of my books and kept coming up with an error message. Luckily, the circulation clerk did not do the same.

5. Find a movie, CD, or other non-print item to check out.
Uh... I didn't do this one either. Does an anthology of short stories count? I don't think I've ever checked out an anthology before, so I checked out...
Zombies vs. Unicorns edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbaleister

There we have it, library goodness! I suppose this also turned into a bit of a "Library Haul" so that can count. Hehe. See you next time!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thursday Thoughts On Spoilers

Thursday Thoughts is a weekly meme held by Ok, Let's Read. This week the topic is "Spoilers".

My opinions on spoilers are conflicted. First off, let me begin by saying that: I don't like surprises. At all. Not even good surprises. (Except for presents. Yay, presents!) So alot of the time I ask people what happens in a book. If I want to know spoilers, then I ask for them from people. However, when people say or post spoilers without warning, that's when I don't like spoilers.
Because yes, I don't mind spoilers, as long as you give me fair warning.
And okay, I'll be honest here and say that when I see the warning on Goodreads or wherever, something deep inside of me (not that deep inside of me) can't help seeing what it is. I can't help myself, ok? I know spoilers ruin the book for alot of people, but for me it just gives me time to brace myself.
And, as a disclaimer, I will say that I never spill spoilers without fair warning, even if it would be a smallish spoiler.
So that's all I have for this topic today. What are your opinions on spoilers?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Marry Kiss Cliff Book Tag

So, this is a tag that actually originated on YouTube, but I really wanted to try it out because hello, it looked awesome and fun and yeah. I first watched it here but there are a billion other videos on it too. Pretty much it's like the title says. You put names of your fictional crushes (or just fictional characters in general) into a mug or hat or what have you, draw out three names, choose which one you would marry, which you would kiss, and which you would cliff.

Without further ado, let's get started:

Round One:

Harry Potter (Harry Potter Series)
Peter (Narnia Series)
Edmund (Narnia Series)

Marry Peter
Kiss Harry

Cliff Edmund

Round Two:

Leo Valdez (Heroes of Olympus)
Grover (Percy Jackson Series)
Seamus Finnigan (Harry Potter Series)

Marry Seamus
Kiss Leo
Cliff Grover

Round Three:

Howl (Howl's Moving Castle)
Captain Carswell Thorne (Lunar Chronicles)
Augustus Waters (Fault in our Stars)

My first thought was "Squee, Howl!"

Marry Howl (!)
Kiss Thorne
Cliff Augustus (Sorry, Gus)

Round Four:

Pippin Took (Lord of the Rings)
Ron Weasley (Harry Potter)
Four (Divergent)

Again, I squee-d out loud when I saw Pippin's name because I'm way too much of a fangirl. Hah.

Marry Pippin, of course
Kiss Ron
Cliff Four

Round Five:

Han Alister (Seven Realms Series)
Percy Jackson (Percy Jackson Series)
Prince Kai (Lunar Chronicles)

This one was hard.

Marry Percy
Kiss Han
Cliff Kai (I love you Kai)

Final Round:

Bilbo Baggins (The Hobbit)
Maxon (The Selection Trilogy)
Fire Dancer (The Demon King)
Bilbo though! Yas! And Dancer! Augh this is so difficult! (The problems of a Fangirl)

Marry Bilbo
Kiss Dancer
Cliff Maxon

There you have it, my pointless but very fun to make post. Do you agree with any of my descisions? Disagree with any of them? If you do this meme yourself then I'd love to check it out. Thanks for stopping by.

Beautiful People Meme (July 2014)

I am back from vacation! I took lots of pictures of the monuments and memorials I visited while in Washington DC. It sure is good to be home though! And because that had absolutely nothing to do with the task at hand, I'll now introduce this meme again. I did last month (I was the last to link up... but no more! Onward!) It is hosted by Notebook Sisters and Further Up and Further In so if you are an aspiring author, or write at all, give this meme a try!
Today's character is one that popped into my head a few weeks ago and hasn't left since. He doesn't even have a last name yet, but his first name is ... Pierre!
1) What’s their favourite food? (Bonus: favourite flavor of chocolate!) I don't know. Something sweet, probably candy or pie or other sweets.
2) What do they absolutely hate? Being bossed around. He's only seven years old, and is sort of in that "You aren't the boss of me" phase.
3) What do they enjoy learning about? Well, he doesn't exactly enjoy learning because he thinks it's a waste of time. But if you know something about a language that he doesn't know, then he will constantly ask you "What is ____ in *insert language here*?"
4) Who is the most influential person in their life? He lives in the alleyways by himself most of the time, but he does get help from Guisieppe alot of the time. (Obviously, he can't survive by himself at the age of seven.)
5) What is their childhood fear? Still a child. But he is frightened of nightmares.
6) What is something they have always secretly dreamed of doing, but thought impossible? Finding and being reunited with his dead twin brother, Gustav.
7) What is something he is impractically afraid of? Nightmares, again.
8) Are they a night owl or morning person? Night owl, mainly because he doesn't really like sleeping.
9) Do they say everything that pops into their head, or leave a lot unsaid? He says everything that pops into his head. Literally, everything.
10) What are their nervous habits? Avoiding eye contact, fidgeting, playing with the sleeves of his shirt, subtle things like that.
That was alot of fun!