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Page Dancer Weekly: Prologue (New Feature!)

Page Dancer Weekly PrologueI’ve been wanting to do this for a very long time but I never really acted on it until now.

So this is the birth of a new “feature”. To be honest, it’s just going to be a fancy name for a bimonthly update thing I want to start. It’s not weekly but I think “Page Dancer Weekly” sounds way better than “Page Dancer Bimonthly”. It’s partially inspired by Cait’s Weekly Fury (at Paper Fury) because I’ve always enjoyed her updates. I’m not going to be nearly as entertaining and energetic as her but I do think that this will allow me to make my blog more personal to me.

Pretty much how this thing is gonna work is that I’ll post it twice a month (or every two weeks) on a Saturday. Once at the beginning/end of a month and once halfway through. Every post will be titled “[Page Dancer Weekly] Chapter #: (Title Name)”. It’s because I’m 100% a cheese and got this idea from a friend and ended up loving it. Why not make my diary/blog wrap-up thing like a book? So that’s how that idea formed.

In this feature/post thing, I’ll be able to talk more about myself rather than just books. I know that I personally just don’t feel comfortable writing posts where I exclusively talk about my day and how it went mainly because my first reaction isn’t to blog about it. By making this a blog wrap-up as well, I think it’ll make me more comfortable with sharing with my readers. I also think I’m going to try to talk about personal interests and obsessions such as music and random things that I’ve begun to do. Yes, I’ll be talking about K-Pop. And yes, you’ll probably be completely confused by my excessive fangirling.

This will also include things like books I’ve obtained and things that I’ve finished. I’ll also link up posts from the past two weeks and talk about what I might post the next two weeks.

Oh and I’ll also begin to put updates for challenges and such here!

I’d also include a section where I highlight bookish news and posts from around the community but I’m also really bad at saving links and remembering them so for now, I’m not adding that on. As I get more comfortable with writing these updates, I might begin to add on different aspects and sections to it.

Overall, this was just a little post to introduce this new feature of mine and explain what exactly I’d be doing with it. I hope you guys enjoy it! 🙂

Ten Books I STILL Haven’t Read from YA

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday, participating book bloggers blog about their top ten lists.

I think I’ve made substantial progress with hitting some of the popular YA books that nearly everybody has read in the blogosphere. I’ve read Speak, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Anna and the French Kiss, The 5th Wave, etc. among other popular titles. Obviously I still have a long way to go because there are way too many books that I still haven’t read.

However, I’m making more progress because I’m reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone at the moment!

1. Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas

I’ve heard phenomenal things and I genuinely think I will like it. I love the look of the covers and from what I’ve heard, it will rip my heart out and stomp on it. Awesome. I like books that do that. Then I can join in on all the fangirl-y pain that people have felt.

2. The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken

Well I’m pretty sure the entire series has been finished at this point. Plus it’s been relatively popular in the blogosphere and I need more action-y books.

3. The Selection – Kiera Cass

Besides the fact that even people at my school have heard of and read this book, apparently the boys in this book are very attractive. Now I question the validity of that statement but it’s another YA dystopian staple that almost everybody has read.

4. The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater

I hated Shiver so I’m extremely skeptical of this one. Multiple fans, non Stiefvater fans and fans alike seem to have enjoyed this one. Plus it sounds like it will have more action than Shiver did. I also feel as if I should give Stiefvater another chance because I didn’t like her other book that much.

5. Heist Society – Ally Carter

Besides the fact that this author seems to be a YA favorite, Heist Society is one of those novels that I’m guilty of avoiding due to the cover. Books with faces don’t really catch my attention. But I’ve heard about spies and so maybe I’ll finally get around to it.

6. White Cat – Holly Black

I’ve tried on two different occasions to read this book but it was always at the bottom of my pile of library books. I have yet to read it OR any Holly Black novel. I should probably fix that.

7. Open Road Summer – Emery Lord

I’ve heard exceptional things about Emery Lord and I know that she is said to be an amazing contemporary author. Many people love her writing and I still haven’t read it.

8. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin

This novel is so popular all over booktube but I’m still a little skeptical. The book gives me this distinct vibe that it’s writing might strike me as being very empty and I feel a slight aversion to the novel. But I still do want to see what the hype is about.

9. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

*Coughs* Um I’ve had this book on my shelf for forever and I still haven’t read it….. Maybe I’ll get around to it.

10. Dangerous Girls – Abigail Haas

I’m in desperate need of more thrillers and books that twist my mind. I’ve heard that this book does exactly that but I still haven’t borrowed it or even tried to find it at the library.


Obviously this list was just full of popular books with hype.

But what books have you still not read?

Ten Books I’d Love To Read With My Book Club

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday, participating book bloggers blog about their top ten lists.

I’m actually only in my school book club and we don’t really do a lot. We have plans for the library and we pretty much just talk about books and topics related to it. It’s a pretty fun club and for me, a great way to unwind after school. We tried to do a group novel last semester (It was The Name of the Star, I Hunt Killers, and Levithan and we can pick one.). Well it didn’t really work out because nobody would ever read at the same pace but we still got to discuss it… kind of.

I’m not really sure what books would be great for a book club but it seems that for the one I’m in, the book has to be gender-neutral because the guys are opposed to romance and the girls don’t want too much gore. In an ideal world, nobody would care and we would all enjoy reading everything but life doesn’t work that way. So below I have listed books that I thought would be great for my club to read. Most of them are books I haven’t read because I don’t really want to reread a book I’ve read before. I’m just going to pretend that my school has all of the books below.


1. The Archived – Victoria Schwab

Well….. I love Victoria Schwab. I have no idea what this book is about but I’m pretty sure it has a good amount of action or creepiness to satisfy the boys. And I’m banking on the fact that 99% of YA has romance woven into the plot in some way.

2. The Walled City – Ryan Graudin

I want to read this. I actually don’t think there is a lot of romance in this one. But that’s okay. Maybe the girls will be appeased by the cool setting….? Plus gore and action. And I want to.

3. Snow Like Ashes – Sara Raasch

This novel has had exceptionally good ratings from nearly everybody. It is a high-action fantasy novel and it has a love triangle. The only worry I’d have about this would be too much romance. Because the blurb seemed to imply as such.

4. Cinder – Marissa Meyer

There’s a guy in the club that reads exclusively Sci-fi and action. If there is romance, he simply is not interested. I doubt a fairytale retelling would interest him much but cyborgs…? Maybe?

5. Splintered – A.G. Howard

I actually think a girl in the club has read this before. That’s okay. She can lead the discussions. And it’s another retelling. I’m sorry but that guy can learn to expand his net of genres.

6. Outlander – Diana Gabaldon

I think this book might just be the perfect book for the club. Okay sure it’s an adult novel but that’s okay! There’s time travel, historical events, romance, it has it all. I’m not sure how much of each it has, but the cover implies that there might be limited romantic interactions?

What am I kidding? Most books have romance in it in some form.

7. Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo

I own a copy. I haven’t read it. But I own a copy. I know there’s romance. But the unique setting might pull some non-romance readers in…?

8. Anna Dressed in Blood – Kendare Blake

I think it might be safe to say that this book is a YA “classic”. Erm not really a classic but one that a lot of people have heard of. There’s paranormal stuff and gore and honestly I just really want to read this one.

9. The Silence of Six – E.C. Meyers

Besides that fact that the library doesn’t have it… the trailer was cool and action-y. It’s a thriller but also about hackers. Therefore, by my reasoning, it might not be so gory as to scare away the other female readers of the club.

10. The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken

Popular dystopian novel and I want to read it. There’s superpowers and romance. Good combo so hopefully it’d be okay.


It’s pretty obvious that the club I’m in has way way too many different tastes for novels (not that that is a bad thing). Most of the club can stand reading romance novels but some just can’t do it. I feel like nobody would be able to agree on any single book. That attempt was kind of sad XD but maybe I can bring these up as potential candidates at the next meeting.

Top Ten Books I Feel As Though Everyone Has Read But Me

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday, participating book bloggers blog about their top ten lists.

This week was technically a “freebie” top ten Tuesday but since I didn’t realize that, I sort of didn’t think of anything…..

But it’s not a problem! What I did was go to the website and browse old topics! Since I just began blogging last year, I had over a hundred different ideas to pick from. So I just picked a random one and went with it.

Now honestly, this post is more based off the blogosphere because well….. I don’t know too many people that read as much as I do. There are a lot of times where I’ll try to start a conversation about an allegedly popular book only to get confusion as my response. Other ones are books that had movie adaptations or were popular back in middle school. (more…)

Stacking the Shelves [6]

This week I really didn’t check out too many books, but I feel the need to update and do a Stacking the Shelves for those books. I also went to Goodwill where I got three books for $1.59 *fist pumps*

I love good book deals

Before winter break began (which was about three to four weeks ago), I checked out a few books from the school library. Of course I didn’t read them. I already had many checked out from the public library and wanted to read those first. So this is essentially the “oops I forgot to make a post” version XD


20150116_184945From Goodwill

Just Listen – Sarah Dessen

Dreamland – Sarah Dessen

The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kid

Books Checked Out from School Library

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

Hate List – Jennifer Brown

The RithmatistBrandon Sanderson

(I actually got these books recently, but it was still from the school library. Therefore, it shall stay on this list.)

The Complete Maus – Art Spiegelman

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea – April Genevieve Tucholke

Stacking the Shelves [5]

I went to Half-Price Books over the weekend and I got a couple books.

I was this close to getting a copy of The Diviners but I was not going to pay $10 for a book that was damaged on the inside.

Saturday was spent insanely shopping at the store, finding two Wendy Mass books and Goblet of Fire for my collection. I STILL haven’t been able to get my hands on the first book which annoys me because my brother can’t start it until he has all of them. I also got a Bon Jovi CD because I couldn’t help myself and Atlas Shrugged for kicks.

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Books Purchased

Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life – Wendy Mass

A Mango-Shaped Space – Wendy Mass

The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness

Sleepaway Girls – Jen Calonita

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling

(Whoops too much photo-editing. I swear it didn’t look so splotchy I think I just hit a wrong button on my phone.)

Top Ten Most Anticipated 2015 Debuts

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday, participating book bloggers blog about their top ten lists.

 


2015 has begun my friends.

I’ve heard many people say that 2015 is going to be a really good year for YA. I don’t know if that’s true because… well I haven’t read many ARCs, but there are a few notable releases that I’m going to be keeping an eye out for at the library in the following months.

1. Red Queen (Red Queen #1) – Victoria Aveyard

I have an ARC of this book (courtesy of my wonderful TBTB Secret Santa, Emma @ Awkwordly Emma). I still have yet to read it but I am definitely happy that I got a copy of this already.

Release date: February 10th 2015 by Orion

2. Simon vs. the Homo-Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

Love the bright red cover and I’m intrigued by the title.

Release date: April 7th 2015 by Balzer + Bray

3. We All Looked Up – Tommy Wallach

I have no clue why but the vague summary pulled me in and I feel like it might be really introspective. And I haven’t seen a single cover with the title written so small on it.

Release date: March 31st 2015 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

4. An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir

Have read many rave reviews for this book and it’s a fantasy in one novel. I won’t have to spend too much time dedicated to a series.

Release date: Expected publication: April 28th 2015 by Razorbil

5. Hello, I Love You – Katie M. Stout

It’s the first novel in YA that I’ve even heard of involving Kpop. As a huge Kpop fan, I’m really hoping that this book is accurate and portrays Korea and Kpop well. It will either be a huge mess or amazing; there is no in between. I’ll probably have very high expectations for this one. On the other hand, I actually have a cover to put on this TTT so now I won’t have to use some random Kpop idol’s picture 🙂

Release date: June 9th 2015 by St. Martin’s Griffin

6. 5 to 1 – Holly Bodger

Indian caste system + beautifully colorful cover = I want.

Release date: May 12th 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

7. The Night We Said Yes – Lauren Gibaldi

I was actually hesitant about putting this on my TBR (too many contemporaries on it) but then I actually read the summary and yeah I want to read it.

Release date: June 16th 2015 by Harper Teen

8. The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) – Renee Ahdieh

I’ve never heard of a book being inspired by A Thousand and One Nights (which I still have to read) but I’m intrigued by this novel.

Release date: May 12th 2015 by Putnam Juvenile

9. The Boy Next Door – Katie Van Ark

I used to figure skate. I haven’t read a book with figure skating (although I know there is a lot out there) and I’m interested to read this one. I hope it’s accurate because it’d be a shame if it wasn’t. Hopefully the cover isn’t any indication of the story because it already looks like a disaster for figure skates (That concrete is gonna kill those blades).

Release date: January 6th 2015 by Swoon Reads

10. Denton’s Little Deathdate – Lance Rubin

The idea of a world that’s the exact same as ours, with the exception of knowing your deathdate, piqued my interest. And the alliteration in the title makes it a fun one to say. Denton’s Little Deathdate. Denton’s Little Deathdate. Denton’s Little Deathdate. I’m going to be repeating that a bunch XD

Release date: April 14th 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Cover Comparisons: Torn Away Vs. Panic

Cover Comparisons

Torn Away vs. Panic

This post is like so late it’s not even funny. I read these two books like two weeks ago and I haven’t even written this until today.

Anyways, while I was reading Torn Away and Panic, I noticed that they had similar covers. Both have a girl’s side profile with her hair blown all over her face. The positions are almost identical on the covers.

(And they both have pointy, upturned noses. When I look at Torn Away the first thing that I see is the model’s nose.)

torn away vs. panic coversThe only really big differences are the hair colors and overall coloring of the book.

What inspired me to write this post was my opinion on the cover of Panic. When I finished the book, I was of the opinion that this particular cover is terrible for this book.

For people that don’t know what Panic is about, I shall tell you in a nutshell.

A girl named Heather recklessly enters herself into “Panic”, a game where people compete in possibly life-threatening challenges to win a large sum of money.

Link to Goodreads

The book itself has an amazing concept but some readers might take one look at it and think that it’s about a girl who suffers from panic attacks or something. It suggests anything but what the actual plot is. Just because Heather’s hair blew around in the wind when she was doing the challenges, does not mean that it’s fitting for the cover. It might look dramatic, but I feel unsatisfied with it. Maybe they were going for a mysterious look?

(I do like how Lauren Oliver’s name was written in lime green though. Great contrast.)

On the other hand, I think this cover idea fits Torn Away better.

In a nutshell….

Jersey Campbell’s hometown is struck by a tornado, causing her to lose everything. Grieving, she’s sent to live with relatives. But in the wreckage of a storm, is it possible to retrieve the things that can’t be destroyed?

Link to Goodreads

I admit that at first, I was hesitant to start this book due to the cover and general premise. I didn’t think that I would be interested in reading a book like that. Obviously I was wrong because I read it and loved it. Finishing it, I can safely say that this cover is actually, in my opinion, really good for this book.

The tornado was what caused Jersey’s life to be turned upside down. Instead of having a black background, they have grey clouds, hinting at what the book is about. The cover depicts the sorrow that Jersey feels during the storm extremely well.

My vote is for Torn Away, but which book do you think has a better fitting cover?

The Monstrumologist: Expectations Vs. Reality

Expectations vs. Reality

The Monstrumologist

Expectations

Scary monsters

Creepy, creepy houses

Really creepy scientists

Will Henry to be less spineless

Cooler monsters

For me to actually be scared

More monsters

Work with chemicals

Nightmares

Monster battles

Cool gothic setting

Blood

Dead people


Reality

Scientist with emotional control of a teenage girl

That same scientist is also on the crazy side

Monsters with descriptions that vaguely remind me of vampires

Three floored houses that aren’t scary at all

Shrunken heads

People with daddy complexes

Heavily disguised child labor

Starvation of children

Sleep deprivation (nooooo!)

Bipolar worms

BLOODY monster battles

Jack the Ripper

Human sacrifice

Book that’s about as scary as a chick flick (actually those can be pretty scary when they’re bad)

Jack the Ripper


I know the format of this post is kind of ugly but I will figure out a way to insert a legible table soon.

Anyways, when I first picked up The Monstrumologist, I had thought it would be more eerie. Definitely not the cheerful but gory book it was. I found that it utterly failed at scaring me and I’m a complete wimp when it comes to horror. It was most likely because of the fact that the story talked about emotions quite a bit and that Will Henry was rarely ever scared in the novel.

I also thought that there would be more monsters than just the Anthropophagi and the body-invading worms. Truly disappointing in that aspect. For some reason, the Anthropophagi reminded me of vampires although I know that they are nothing alike. These monsters don’t even drink blood.They were like giant humanoid gorillas with super strength.

And yes! There was Jack the Ripper. Though it wasn’t super obvious until the end. He was placed in the book as more of a side-character.

I have to say that the biggest surprise was the fact that Dr. Warthrop wasn’t creepy in the slightest. I had begun reading the book expecting it to be about a scientist that was experimenting with monsters and had forced Will Henry into being his unwilling assistant. Instead, I read about Dr. Warthrop who didn’t really understand Will Henry’s boundaries and how to raise a kid.

I wasn’t expecting the book to get emotional at all. Dr. Warthrop and Will Henry both had a lot more baggage than I thought they would, considering that the book looks and sounds really creepy. I was pretty surprised when the book started to get into the background of Dr. Warthrop and Will Henry.

So did The Monstrumologist meet my expectations? Kind of. It was good in the aspect of writing and storytelling but I was expecting it to be much scarier.