Top Ten Tuesday

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TTT: Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish blog. They give weekly prompts for a bookish list of 10 items (more or less). This weeks topic:

Books On My Fall TBR List

  1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  2. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
  3. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
  4. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
  5. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
  6. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  7. Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck
  8. Tiger’s Quest by Colleen Houck
  9. Tiger’s Voyage by C0lleen Houck
  10. Tiger’s Destiny by Colleen Houck
  11. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  12. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  13. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  14. Heartborn by Terry Maggert

 

{From: The Broke and Bookish}

How to Train Your Dragon Book Tag (Original)

I haven’t done that many book tags. However, when I was watching the How to Train Your Dragon movie, I just knew I had to make a book tag. I have looked on the internet and have not yet come across a How to Train Your Dragon Book Tag. So, I decided to make one for myself and for you. It is quite lengthy so prepare yourself.

 

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Disclaimer: How to Train Your Dragon belongs to Dreamworks Animation LLC.

Rules:

  • You may use these graphics.
  • Link back to the original post and mention the creator (Jessica @ Pore Over the Pages).
  • Include the credits section at the bottom of this post.
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you.
  • Tag everybody, tag nobody, tag somebody.
  • Have fun!

 

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Hiccup started out as a failure to his people. He wasn’t adept at dragon killing. Suddenly, he knows the ins and outs of the creatures he is supposed to despise. He becomes popular, and in turn he tries to use his fame to create an alliance between the humans and the dragons. In the end, he changes the minds and hearts of everyone in Berk.

Black City by Elizabeth Richards. It took me a while to get into this book. I started it, read a little, stopped, and then started the process again. Finally, I picked up again and enjoyed the read. I eventually finished the series.

 

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Astrid is the fierce female viking. She is strong and smart, the perfect contender to be a dragon killer. She is suspicious of Hiccup and eventually discovers his secret. Once she sees the beauty in and of the dragons, she is usually by Hiccup’s side. She stands for her beliefs and helps her friend to the very end.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Celaena Sardothien. Celaena is a fierce, female assassin. She is strong, intelligent, and enduring.

 

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Stoick the Vast. He is the leader of the vikings of Berk. He is strong, determined, and caring. He can be thoughtless, but he does feel responsible for his people. He loves his family. After a while, he sees reason and recognizes his son’s greatness. He is a proud man, but he is even more proud of his son in the end.

J.K. Rowling. Rowling paved the way for female authors. Harry Potter is the best book series in the world. She knows her creative space like the back of her hand. She also stands for the extraordinary and social justice.

 

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Valka goes out on her own to live with the dragons. She knows untold secrets and comes out of nowhere in the second movie. She sees the world in a different light, like her son. Nowadays, most books are a part of a series. Authors have a hard time containing their words and creative worlds = lucky us!

1984 by George Orwell. This standalone novel turned out to be one of my favorite classics after I read it in high school. The plot, characters, and ideas all intrigued me and pushed my intellectual boundaries.

 

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Gobber is loyal and funny. He is a teacher, friend, blacksmith, and so much more. He supports Stoick and Valka, Hiccup, and all others. “He’s a bit gruff, but his heart is always in the right place.” (credit) If you were Gobber, which book characters would you ship?

Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Daemon and Katy. I relate so much with Katy and bad boy Daemon is so hot.

 

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Snotlout is impulsive. He speaks his mind and does what he wants. He is rude and also flirty. If he was a book lover, I’m sure he would buy a book because of an enticing cover, intriguing synopsis, or just because he can. Is there a book that you bought simply because?

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. (review) I loved the cover. I had heard of the title before on Twitter, but hadn’t looked into it. The bookstore didn’t have the original book I was searching for, so I went for it.

 

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Family and friends are the most important aspect in one’s life. Sometimes the representations in books are optimal (while other times the representation is non-existent). Books can contain perfect, desirable relationships that we all want to be a part of, so choose a book with a family or friend bond that you wish were real in your own life.

Prince of Wolves by Quinn Loftis. Jacque, Sally, Jen. These three girls have a bond that I envy with a passion. They know each other so well. They can finish each other’s sentences, talk in code, quote movies, and play the most hilarious games.

 

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Fishlegs is intelligent. He knows dragons by the book, and by the book only. He inspires knowledge in himself and in others. As with Fishlegs, sometimes books make one want to learn something new, research a new topic, try a new experience, or go somewhere exciting. Name a book that makes you want to expand you horizons.

Collide by Shelly Crane. (review). Sign language. I actually wanted to learn sign language after watching Switched at Birth on ABC Family. I bought a book and started practicing through the internet, but then life caught up with me. After recently reading Collide, I realized I still have the desire to learn sign language. However, I need to find the time and devotion to fulfill this dream.

 

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Toothless is a Night Fury. He is the only one left of his kind, making him extremely rare. He is loyal, fast, intelligent, and cute. Find the bookish equivalent to Toothless, a novel that is not read too often/under-hyped that you adore.

Iron Butterfly by Chanda Hahn. I really love this series. I think it is unique and covers intense issues while still incorporating YA fantasy aspects. I think this book needs more recognition and readers.

 

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Those in the Boulder Class are solid and resilient. Meatlug in particular is tough, obstinate, slow, and lazy. Sometimes it is hard to pick up the motivation one needs to complete a task. Other times, there are bumps in the road, rocky obstacles that get in one’s way. Despite the struggle, we have to rise about the challenge and persevere.

The Tiger Saga by Colleen Houck. Kelsey Hayes. (review of Tiger’s Curse) Throughout the course of this series, Kelsey faces so many obstacles. She fights physical and mental demons. She has to build her confidence, deal with two love interests, travel the world, take classes, and so much more all as a teenager. Her adventures take her through so many obstacles, yet she comes out on the other side stronger for it.

 

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Not much is known about the Mystery Class, hence the name. Dragons in this class are cunning and stealthy making them feared above the others. Barf and Belch are a part of this conundrum. While they share one body, each head has it’s own personality. To be effective they must work together.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. (review). This book is in the mystery genre. Something terrible has happened to the Sinclair family, but since the main character doesn’t remember, you follow her pursuit to understanding herself and those around her after a life-changing accident. The end is shocking and sad, but reveals the realities of life and how others can impact your decisions.

 

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“Sharp Class dragons are vain and prideful, and they all possess sharp body parts.” (credit) These dragons are sleek and shine, honor and self-respect. They are beautiful and graceful with their pointed limbs and they know it.

Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. Aphrodite LaFont. Aphrodite is all about appearance. She is beautiful and quite smart. She gets the guys and has grace. She can be rude and crude, as well as misunderstood. Her parents are rich and powerful. It seems like she has it all.

 

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Stoker dragons are small and unruly. They can literally set themselves on fire making them hotheaded. This class is an explosion in a tiny package. Find a book that is small, in physical size or page number, that is full of action, mystery, or willful characters.

Wake by Lisa Mcmann. I read this book a long time ago. I hardly remember it. However, for only around 210 pages, I remember that it was full of interesting ideas and a suspenseful plot.

 

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Rare, powerful, inflexible, and loyal. These are some of the descriptor words for a dragon in the Strike Class. More prominent traits of the Strike Class also include blazing speed, cleverness, strength, and navigation. They are very rare, but very mighty. They are like a wild mustang horse: hard to train but loyal in the end.

Paper Princess by Erin Watt. (review). I finished this book in one sitting of about 6-7 hours. This book was hard to contain and the cliffhanger had me guessing. Nevertheless, like the Strike Class dragons, the characters stayed true to themselves in the end. The Royal brothers exhibit some of the same traits of stubbornness and power.

 

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As the title suggests, Tigal dragons are associated with water, specifically the ocean. Those in this class are usually larger than most other classes. Water can be soothing, but not with dragons. For most book lovers, we enjoy a relaxing read near the water (as long as your book doesn’t get wet). For dragons, find a book that matches their habitat in setting.

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks. This book take place mostly on the beach by the ocean. Filled with merpeople, water, discovery, and princes and princesses, Of Poseidon fits in with the Tidal Class.

 

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“Natural born hunters, Tracker Class dragons have a highly acute sense of smell or taste that enables them to track down and find things.” (credit) Sadly, we humans are not trackers. There are some forms of books that are hard to find, like versions from other countries, special editions, hardcopy VS. paperback, ARCs, and more. Like Stormfly, these books are a torturing “mix of beauty and brutality.”

Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I very much want to read Caraval. After all of the hype, it has become my most anticipated read of 2016. I can certainly wait till it’s release day, but I would LOVE an ARC of the novel.

 

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There is a lack of knowledge about these dragons, so they have not yet been classified. They could be sorted in the future, but until then they are stuck in the shadows of information. Like debut authors and their books, they are new and haven’t had quite as much publicity and appearances in the book world to be fully understood.

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller. I cheated by choosing two. I want to read both of these 2017 debuts, like right now.

 

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Dragons don’t like smoked eel of lunch. They flinch and cower from the striped delicacy. Like the eel, there are some books that people just won’t touch. It could be because of a passionately harsh fandom or because you don’t want the next book to ruin your experience with the previous. There are many reasons not to read a certain book, and while people will try to persuade you to pick it up, it is your choice to decide what you will read.

*shrugs* I don’t know. I would almost say a book genre, like bibliographies. I could say Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, but the truth is that I might read it sometime in the future.

 

Tag, you’re it!

 

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http://howtotrainyourdragon.wikia.com/wiki/Dragon_Classes_(Franchise)

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Top Ten Tuesday

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TTT: Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish blog. They give weekly prompts for a bookish list of 10 items (more or less). On this week’s blog post:

All About Audio Freebie

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My Favorite Bands

  1.  Fall Out Boy
  2. Twenty One Pilots
  3. Imagine Dragons
  4. Maroon 5
  5. The Chainsmokers
  6. Coldplay
  7. X Ambassadors
  8. DNCE
  9. One Republic
  10. Rixton
  11. American Authors

Ok, so I do like music, but I’m not much of a music person. I don’t really obsess over bands or songs. My music preference is arbitrary, ever-changing. I listen to the radio and pandora, and that’s it. If I like a song, I’ll buy it. I will play it over and over again till I get sick of it and/or find a new, catchy song. Besides that, these 11 bands/artist are among my favorites. I have most of their songs and can listen to them at any time. One day, I hope to go to a Maroon 5 concert.

 

{From: The Broke and Bookish}

Blogger Recognition Award

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I am excited because this is my first blogger award of any type. I want to thank M (mreadsbooks) @ A Blog of One’s Own (post) for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award.

 

Rules

  • Write a post to show your award
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to

 

How my blog started

Ok, how my blog started…. Well, in May of 2016 I had just finished my first year of college. By the time I started my blog I had taken all of my exams, finished all of my classes, and moved back home. I had recently figured out my life. I declared myself an English major with an emphasis in Literature and Language. I also declared my Spanish minor and writing minor, as well. I then knew what I wanted from life. I could picture myself in a bookish job, reading and working with YA authors/books. When I started to look for internships and potential jobs, I saw entries where a background in reading, editing, and reviewing was encouraged. Some even asked for a link to the prospective employee’s blog. Blogging, I thought, that could be fun and helpful towards my future career. So I jumped right in. I started a blog about books, specifically YA novels. Now you must understand, that I didn’t start this blog simply to get ahead in life, although it is a positive side effect. I have always loved books and reading. The book worlds were my escape and the book characters my friends. I loved where fantasy stories could take me, the different lives I could live vicariously through words on a page. Remember, that at the time when I started Pore Over the Pages, I had decided I wanted to take my passion further. This is what erupted from that defining moment in my life when I figured out which path I wanted to take.

 

Advice

I don’t really know how qualified I am to give advice since I am still a newbie, but alright. I am still learning, and I think that is the best experience a blogger can receive.

1. Share YOUR opinions.

This may sound obvious, but write what you believe. Don’t conform. Your reviews/ideas are for yourself first and for your audience second. Stay true to your personal thoughts.

2. Get involved.

Blog hop. Participate in weekly memes. Follow other blogs. Leave comments. Like posts. Join social media: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Bloglovin’. Become friends and interact with fellow bloggers. Build yourself a good and friendly reputation.

 

Nominees

This award has been going around for a while, so if I tag you and you have already completed this award, link me to your post. If you participate due to my tag, let me know when you publish you post. You are in no way obligated to participate. If you want to join in, then have fun!

August 2016 Owlcrate Unboxing

Ok, so I think I’ve waited long enough to post my Owlcrate unboxing. This may be one of the few I conduct. I am not subscribed to Owlcrate, I just got the August 2016 box as a birthday present.

1. Owlcrate Box

Ok, but even the box is cute. Look at the little footprints!

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2. Spoiler Alert

This card explains most of what’s in the box, hence the “spoiler alert.”

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3. Fast Times at YA High Postcard

This card had a cute little intro cartoon and “Fast Times at YA High” title.

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4. Drawstring Pouch + Necklace

The blue drawstring pouch was holding an adorable Eleanor & Park necklace with a cover picture and cassette tape.

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5. Buttons

There were two buttons: Chapter Raptor and Hogwarts is my Home. I absolutely love the Hogwarts one!

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6. Decomposition Book

The version of the decomposition book that I received was red. The inside front and back cover contained creative and various illustrations. This book is great for writing down my notes and thoughts.

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7. Golden Trio by Susanne Draws

Here we see our favorite three people in the world of Harry Potter. This cute drawing of Harry, Ron, and Hermione was done by Susanne Draws.

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8. Rainbow Rowell Card

This Rainbow Rowell card included an avid readers addiction, as well as Rainbow Rowell’s books: Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, Carry On.

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9. Coloring Book and Color Pencils

This coloring book is so soothing and cathartic. I usually use my own color pencils since the ones provided are small and limiting in color. However, they are really nice.

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10. Letter from the Author

Kasie West wrote a sweet letter to her readers. She talks about the importance and connection of personal letters. She also shares a story that influenced her book, P.S. I Like You. It is even smudged and words are crossed out, making it look very authentic.

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11. P.S. I Like You

This book was on my radar for a while. I was so glad to receive it. I can’t wait to read it.

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12. Signed Bookplate

Kasie West took the time to sign a bunch of bookplates. I am thankful for her time and effort, and feel bad for her most likely sore wrist.

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Overview:

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I loved this Owlcrate! And not only because it was my first and maybe my last. I had been looking at buying and reading P.S. I Like You. I was glad that I hadn’t already bought it. I still haven’t read this book because my TBR is soooo long. However, I had been looking at reading a Kasie West novel. Here is my authors of summer reading list, featuring Kasie West and 7 other great authors like her.

I had actually guessed that P.S. I Like You would be the featured book:

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Thank you Owlcrate for your August 2016 box. I am thankful for all of the thought and effort that you put into the making of each month’s package.

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday

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TTT: Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish blog. They give weekly prompts for a bookish list of 10 items (more or less). The topic for this week:

Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Books Of Fantasy Genre

  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  3. Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck
  4. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  5. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  6. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
  7. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
  8. The Iron Butterfly by Chanda Hahn
  9. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  10. Prince of Wolves by Quinn Loftis

In case you haven’t noticed, all of these books are not stand alone novels. All of these books are the first in series. As such, for this prompt I somewhat altered the title and went with “Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Series Of Fantasy Genre” rather than “books”. Some of the books within the series I enjoy more than others, but I like the series as a whole as well.

 

{From: The Broke and Bookish}