elvenavari: (AraLeg)

Bookend Review 2014

So it turns out that student teaching kept me plenty busy, but not so busy that I couldn’t read around 25 books while doing it. I applied for jobs…didn’t get jobs. So my fall was spent subbing, which means lots of reading time, especially in high school classes where I don’t have to repeat myself tons of times. As such I was able to read a total of 101 books in 2014, I probably could have squeezed another in there but I decided to just relax, plus I got sick and have issues concentrating on things when I’m sick.

My goal for next year is going to be 150 books. I plan to read more manga, which some consider books and others don’t. As long as it’s over 100 pages, I count it. Onto the books and reviews!

Start: 1/1/14

End: 12/18/14

Books, ratings & reviews, under the cut! )
elvenavari: (Book Slut)
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Another busy year, lots of unexpected events, but I still met my reading goal of reading 75 books! And with the gift cards I received for Christmas I have already bought 6 books on my Kindle Fire to start 2014 off with. I’m going to save my B&N gift cards for books that will be published in 2014.

I’m going to be student teaching the first part of 2014 so… my reading goal for 2014 is just going to be 50 books, as I don’t know how many I’ll get around to the first half of the year and then I have no idea what will happen the second half of the year.

Anyway! Onto the books and reviews!

Start: 1/1/13
End: 12/26/13

1. Heart of Stone - Diana Palmer
2. The Christmas Wedding - James Patterson
3. Christmas Dog - Melody Carlson
4. Just Breathe - Susan Wiggs
5. The Scarecrow - Michael Connelly
6. The Well and the Mine - Gin Phillips
7. A Mercy - Toni Morrison
8. Lost Souls - Poppy Z. Brite
9. Water, Stone, Heart - Will North
10. Moonlight Masquerade - Jude Deveraux
11. Loveless Vol. 10 - Yun Kouga
12. The Tudor Rose - Margaret Campbell Barnes
13. Commencement J. Courtney Sullivan
14. Benny & Shrimp - Katarina Mazetti
15. Warm Bodies - Isaac Marion
16. Don’t Let Me Go - J.H. Trumble
17. Person Effects - E.M. Kokie
18. Riding with Heaven - L.C. Chase
19. Bound by Love - T.A. Chase
20. Nowhere Diner: Finding Love - T.A. Chase
21. Trials of Tam - Amber Kell
22. New York Christmas - R.J. Scott
23. The Nudo Twins - Mark A. Roeder
24. The Confessions of a Duchess - Nicola Cornick
25. Lessons for Lewis - Amber Kell
26. Hair of the Dog - Ashlyn Kane
27. Clockwork Princess - Cassandra Clare
28. The Infernal Devices Vol. 1 - Cassandra Clare
29. Second Chance - Heather Brewer
30. Will Grayson, Will Grayson - John Green & David Levithan
31. The Christmas List - Richard Paul Evans
32. A Creed in Stone Creek - Linda Lael Miller
33. What Really Happened in Peru - Cassandra Clare
34. Nemesis: The Final Case of Eliot Ness - William Bernhardt
35. The Runaway Queen - Cassandra Clare
36. Don’t Go - Lisa Scottline
37. Come Home - Lisa Scottline
38. Zall’s Captain - Amber Kell
39. Meant for Each Other - D.H. Starr
40. It Might Be Magic - Carolyn Gray
41. His Undoing - Aria Grace
42. A Proper Education for Girls - Elaine di Rollo
43. Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend - Matthew Dicks
44. Loveless Vol. 11 - Yun Kouga
45. Fly Away - Kristin Hannah
46. Vampires, Scones and Edmund Herondale - Cassandra Clare
47. Think Big - Ben Carson
48. The Midnight Heir - Cassandra Clare
49. True Love - Jude Deveraux
50. Game - Barry Lyga
51. The Rise of the Hotel Dumort - Cassandra Clare
52. Divergent - Veronica Roth
53. Duncan’s World - T.A. Chase
54. The Boy Who Sneaks in my Bedroom Window - Kirsty Moseley
55. Gives Light - Rose Christo
56. Looks Over - Rose Christo
57. St. Clair - Rose Christo
58. Why the Star Stands Still - Rose Christo
59. Witch Eyes - Scott Tracey
60. Saving Raphael Santiago - Cassandra Clare
61. Crash - Nicole Williams
62. The Fall of the Hotel Dumort - Cassandra Clare
63. Texas Heat - R.J. Scott
64. Love for Hire - Anna Marie May
65. Lust & Fae - Joyee Flynn
66. Judging Jager - Amber Kell
67. Inflaming Inno - Amber Kell
68. Caught Running - Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux
69. What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything - Cassandra Clare
70. The Warrior Heir - Cinda Williams Chima
71. Shadowhunters & Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader - Cassandra Clare (editor)
72. Mrs. Poe - Lynn Cullen
73. The Iron Traitor - Julie Kagawa
74. Insurgent - Veronica Roth
75. The Last Stand of the New York Institute - Cassandra Clare

Ratings & Reviews )
elvenavari: (Jace)
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Movie Review

I pride myself in being a realistic fan. It seems like whenever I become a fan of something I am almost off the spectrum, even though I may love it dearly. The good thing about being this way (I think) is that it’s easier for me to look at something for flaws or not to have exceedingly high expectations for something. I went into the movie theater to watch The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones with the knowledge that it is a book adaptation (and yes, I have read all the books) and as such there would be changes. I wasn’t able to go opening day and I wasn’t going to avoid the websites I frequent because there might be spoilers. I’d already read the book so what could really be spoiled?

But I will be nice and warn others because I know some are hardcore about spoilers so this is your warning. There will be spoilers for the movie The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones in this review.
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elvenavari: (AraLeg)
My friend Liz and I went to see Warm Bodies in theaters tonight. I read the book yesterday because I like to read a book a movie is based on before seeing the movie so I can make comparisons. There are times that the movie is better than the book, but they are very few and far between. This was not one of those cases.

Rating: 3/5 stars

I don’t think I included any real spoilers… mostly just book vs. movie stuff.
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elvenavari: (AraLeg)
I went to my first premiere last night. Now, it wasn’t in Hollywood or anything of that sort. It was only in Louisville, KY but still it was my first and I had a blast. I saw The Hobbit.

My friend and I planned a “date” months in advance. She went before Thanksgiving to buy our tickets for the midnight showing. We went to supper, Half Priced Books and Mejier beforehand to kill time. We got to the theater at 10:45, ready to stand in line but to our surprise they were already seating when we went in. So we claimed our seats and settled in to wait.

I enjoyed going to the premiere. It’s always the most fun to see a movie with other people who enjoy the same thing. Though, admittedly, the clapping and cheering gets on my nerves. Here comes the part where I talk about the movie, so if you don’t want spoilers. QUIT READING!

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