Book Traveling Thursday (#25)

Hey everyone! It’s Thursday and that means tomorrow’s Friday! I hope everyone has had a great week and can have a relaxing and enjoyable rest of their week. It also means it’s time for another Book Traveling Thursday! This meme is hosted by the amazing Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and  wonderful Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. Go check out their outstanding blogs if you haven’t already! To find more information, future themes and more, go to the meme’s Goodreads group here. This week’s theme (the first of July!) is:

Book with an Eye Candy Cover. Choose a book that you read/bought because of the cover.

I never get a book only because of the cover. The cover definitely does influence me though. I’ve already done a lot of books that would’ve been perfect for this theme. I have decided to do Insurgent by Veronica Roth. It definitely has an eye-catching cover.


Original Cover/Cover From My Country (US):

Insurgent (Divergent, #2)


Favorite Cover(s):

Tödliche Wahrheit (Die Bestimmung, #2)German

All that changed was the colors but I still enjoy it

Divergente (Divergente, #2)French

This is an interesting split cover!

Pobunjeni (Divergent, #2)Serbian

My favorite is the Serbian cover because it has a gloomy and mysterious feel about it.


Least Favorite Cover(s):

Divergente (Divergente, #2)French

المتمردة إنسورجنتArabic

Rezistencia (Divergencia, #2)Slovak

My least favorite out of these is probably the French one. They just put a random person on the cover!


That’s a wrap! Most of these covers aren’t really that good or bad. The majority of the covers looked like the original. What are your favorite and least favorite covers? Let me know! I apologize for the small cover selection this week.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for next week’s Book Traveling Thursday!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

WWW Wednesday (#25)

Hey everyone! It’s Wednesday and that means it’s time for WWW Wednesday! This weekly meme is currently hosted by the fantastic Sam. To participate in this meme, all you have to do is answer three questions:

What did you recently read?

What are you currently reading?

What are you going to read?


Recently Read:

This was a quick but good book. Not my favorite but still an enjoyable read.

When this goes up, I will have finished this book. It was a brilliant read. I loved it so much. I didn’t realize it was a old book until I noticed how all the girls wear dresses. The language is different. Religion is a bigger deal. The author died in 1942… Still a great book!


Currently Reading:

I would’ve started this by now. I got the first and third book of this series instead of the first and second. I’ll have to read the series out of order which I don’t like doing. Oh well!


I’m going to read through the rest of the Anne Shirley series. I love it so much! I probably won’t read it all in a row but this will be what I’ll be slowly tackling.

I want to eventually read this book. I know most have already read it. As always, I’m behind 😀

I don’t know what else I’ll read!


That’s a wrap! What did you read this week? Let me know by linking your WWW or commenting below!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for next week’s WWW Wednesday!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: 2000 Reviews or Less

Hey everyone! Happy belated 4th of July to my American followers. I hope you had a patriotic day yesterday 🙂 If you’re not American, I hope you had an amazing day. It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday! This amazing meme was created by The Broke and the Bookish. You definitely need to give them a follow! This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books We Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads (we’ve done underrated books a bunch of times in the past 6 years but thanks to Lenore at Celebrity Readers for suggesting this topic as a new way to talk about underrated books especially when underrated is subjective. An easy way to find this — go to Goodreads, your read list, at the top of your read list where it says settings you can add a column for # of ratings, then you can sort by that. If you aren’t a Goodreads user you can look up books you think are underrated and see what their # of reviews is on Goodreads? Or if that’s too hard you can spin it some other way!

This is a great topic!

Ten Books I Enjoyed That Have Under 2,000 Ratings:

  1. Space Case by Stuart Gibbs (1,498 reviews)

This was a great debut book for the as of right now two book series! It takes place on the moon and is told by a young boy.

Space Case (Moon Base Alpha #1)

2. Just My Rotten Luck (Middle School #7) by James Patterson  (Reviews 518)

This was a great but simple read 🙂

Just My Rotten Luck (Middle School #7)

3. Promise by Judy Young (Reviews: 17)

This was a great book about a boy with a dad who just got out of jail.

4. Spaced Out by Stuart Gibbs (Reviews 44)

This is a sequel to Space Case. It’s a 2016 release that continues to follow life on the moon from the view of a young boy.

Spaced Out (Moon Base Alpha #2)

5. The Swap by Megan Shull (Reviews: 358)

This book was about twin sisters who swap places.

The Swap

6. Toby Alone by Timothée de Fombelle (Reviews: 175)

A book told from the view point of a tiny boy who lives in the trees

Toby Alone (Tobie Lolness, #1)

7. Courage For Beginners by Karen Harrington (Reviews: 203)

This is a book about a girl with a crazy life that just wants to be a fictional character.

Courage for Beginners

8. Steering Towards Normal by Rebecca Petruck (Reviews: 75)

This is a great book about a boy named Diggy who has to deal with a step brother

Steering Toward Normal

9. The Forget-Me-Not Summer by Leila Howland (Reviews: 47)

This is a book about three sisters who have a crazy summer

The Forget-Me-Not Summer

10. Ask Amy Green: Bridesmaid Blitz by Sarah Webb (Reviews: 11)

The last book in the Ask Amy Green series. A book that revolves around the long awaited wedding.

Ask Amy Green: Bridesmaid Blitz


That’s a wrap! I apologize that none of these books are Young Adult and are all Tween or Children’s books.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more Top Ten Tuesdays!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

 

 

 

Get In The Know: June 2016

Hey everyone! It’s July 5th and I’m publishing a monthly wrap up for June. Better late than never! Today as I just said, I am doing a  Get In The Know or Monthly Wrap Up post. The purpose of these posts are to simply reflect on the past month. Without further ado, here we go!

Monthly Wrap


June Stats:

Views: 631

Visitors: 325

Likes: 293

Comments: 153

Best month for stats so far!


Blogging:

4-5WWW Wednesdays

4-5Top Ten Tuesday

5 Book Traveling Thursdays

(Not going to link them all)

I reviewed I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson Book Review

I did my 3rd Library Book Haul! Book Haul

I did the short but sweet Desert Book Tag Book Tag

I did a book review on Openly Straight Book Review

My 2nd Friendly Discussion Friday took place Discussion Post

You learned about my intimidating TBR pile in this book tag Book Tag

I revealed my Favorite Fathers/Father Figures for Father’s Day Other

I reviewed The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson Book Review

I wanted your questions for my 200 follower Q&A Other

1 year blogiversary was reached! Other

I reviewed Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel Book Review

Elisabeth Dahl who’s book inspired me to start blogging gave me a shoutout!! Other

That’s 13-15 memes

4 book reviews

1 book haul

2 book tags

1 discussion post and 4 other posts

25-27 posts last month!


Personal Life:

I finished a school. Boy was that crazy. I realized that I probably wasn’t going to see some amazing people again. I attended a baby shower and that was lots of fun. Summer begun and I did lots of reading, blogging and relaxing. I reached 1 year of blogging and got a shoutout from an author. Overall I didn’t have too crazy of a month 😉


This Month:

First of all I celebrated the 4th of July or America’s Independence Day.Then I will celebrate my cats birthday(s) later this month. I’m going to wedding . Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is coming out on July 31st!! I might go to my friend’s house and watch some of the movies finally. I’ve only seen the first one.

That’s all I really know. More things might come up/happen. Who knows?


That’s a wrap! How was your month? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for this month’s Get In The Know!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

 

 

 

 

200 Followers Reached! (Unoffically)

Hey everyone! This is just a quick post to let you know that I made it. I reached 200 WordPress followers. It’s unofficial because I haven’t gotten the WordPress notification still. I hope it comes soon! Thank you guys so much for all you’ve done to get this blog to where it is today. I love all of you who support me 🙂 I posted a post asking for questions for my 200 followers Q&A here. I only got three amazing people who asked me questions. I want it to be a great Q&A. If you have any questions you’d like me to answer, either comment them here or on the original question post. Thank you so much in advance if you do that. I promise to keep blogging as long as people keep wanting to see posts.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for my 200 followers Q&A!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

The Greek Mythology Book Tag!

Hey everyone! It’s Saturday and that means relaxation. Today I’m going to be doing a book tag. Specifically as you can tell by the title, The Greek Mythology Tag. I saw this on Catiá @ The Girl Who Read Too Much blog  and knew I had to do it. Without further ado, here we go.

Greek



Zeus (Jupiter): God of the Sky and Thunder/King of The Gods- Favorite Book (Choose Your Own Category!!)

This shouldn’t even be a question!! I have so many favorites. If I had to pick A favorite, it would have to be Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone by J.K. Rowling. It’s one of my favorites because it made me finally see how amazing Harry Potter is.

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Poseidon (Neptune): God of The Seas and Earthquakes- Book That Drowned You In Feels

So many!! I am going to have to say Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Levi and Cath’s adorable relationship drowned me over and over again.


Hades (Pluto): God Of The Underworld- Favorite Book With a Dark/Ominous  Plot

I can’t think of any.

 *Her Face XD


Hera (Juno): Goddess of Marriage and Family- Cutest Fictional Couple

I haven’t talked too much about Simon and Blue from Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda lately. (Or have I?) Anyway.. They are so adorable! I can’t get over how cute they are throughout the whole book. If you haven’t read the book yet, what are you waiting for?!


Athena (Minerva): Goddess of Wisdom, Handicraft and Strategic Warfare- Series with the best world building

Hunger Games all the way!! The way they portray the actual Hunger Games in both the book and the movie is amazing.

Credit to  TheSpark.net

Aphrodite (Venus): Goddess of Love and Beauty- Most Beautiful Cover on a 2016 Release

This one hasn’t been released yet but The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. It  has such a beautiful cover! I cant wait to read the book 🙂


Ares (Mars): God of War and Bloodshed- Most Violent Book You’ve Ever Read

I don’t really read violent books. I guess Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth are really all I can think of.


Hephaestus (Vulcan): God of Blacksmiths and Fire- Scorching Hot Swoon Worthy Character

Hmm.. Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars and Oscar from I’ll Give You The Sun are up there 😀

credit to devianart/chocojunk 

Artemis (Diana): Goddess of the Hunt and Virginity- Favorite Kick-Ass Heroine

Katniss Everdeen (Hunger Games) and Tris Prior (Divergent) come to mind. They are pretty kick-ass and do what they can to protect their family.

Credit to Pinterest  credit to devianart

Phoebus Apollo (Apollo): God of Light and Healing- Sequel Book That Redeemed Its Series

None. If I don’t like the first book I wouldn’t read the second.


Hermes (Mercury): Messenger God Of Thieves and Commerce – Book With The Best Message

Um.. I don’t know. Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg. It teaches you that it’s okay to be your self and to not let others judge you and get you down. That’s probably not the best example but it’s all I got.

Steve Harvey!!!


Hestia (Vesta): Goddess of The Hearth and Home- Book With The Most Relatable Story.

I’m going to steal Càtia and Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions. Sorry guys! Fangirl is the most relatable because the main character Cath is so relatable 🙂


Demeter (Ceres): Goddess of Fertility and Agriculture- Best Bookish Setting

Hogwarts all the way!! I know it’s not an original answer but it’s true!


Dionysus (Bacchus): God of Wine and Celebration- 2016 Release You Are Most Anticipating

I guess I already used the answer above. I guess I’ll say Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I know it’s not an actual  book. I don’t care if J.K. Rowling can’t let go of Harry Potter. Since I can’t make it to London for the play, this book is my only taste of it.


I tag EVERYONE who wants to participate! No pressure of course 🙂


That’s a wrap! This tag taught me a lot about Greek Mythology. It’s a fun tag and is definitely worth the time.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book tags!
~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

Friendly Discussion Friday (#3) EBooks?

Hey everyone! It’s Friday. Today you get two posts 🙂 I hope you’ve had a great week so far and can have a relaxing weekend. It’s time for another Friendly Discussion Friday. I’ve done two posts so far. You can find them here:

#1: Cover Influence #2: Hardcover or Paperback?

Today’s topic is going to be:

Books

Some people believe that physical books will eventually melt away. EBooks will be the only form of book. Yet others believe that physical books will always be around no matter how big EBooks get. Last year, physical books and ebooks took turns falling and rising in popularity.


My Opinion?

I haven’t read a single ebook and don’t plan too. I’ve always loved print books and refuse to read a book off of a tablet or Kindle. I love print books because:

  • You can physically turn the pages
  • The book doesn’t need to be charged
  • There’s something satisfying about holding a real book
  • Your eyes don’t get tired from staring at a screen

As you can probably guess, I’m physical/print books all the way


What Do You Think?

Do you agree with me? If so, why?

If you disagree, what makes you like ebooks more?

If you’re stuck in the middle, why?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments!


That’s a wrap! This was a great topic to do since it’s a topic that lots of people think about. Where do you stand?

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more Friendly Discussion Fridays!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

Thanks for

Book Review|The Porcupine of Truth

Hey everyone! Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a great week so far. Now you can hopefully relax! Today I am going to be doing a book review. As you can tell by the title, I am going to be reviewing The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg. This is the second book by the author. You can find the first book’s review here. Without further ado, here we go!


Title: The Porcupine of Truth

Author: Bill Konigsberg

# of pages: 336
Genre: LGBTQ, Adventure
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Goodreads Rating: 4/5 stars
Amazon Rating: 4.7/5 stars

Amazon Summary:

Carson Smith is resigned to spending his summer in Billings, Montana, helping his mom take care of his father, a dying alcoholic he doesn’t really know. Then he meets Aisha Stinson, a beautiful girl who has run away from her difficult family, and Pastor John Logan, who’s long held a secret regarding Carson’s grandfather, who disappeared without warning or explanation thirty years before. Together, Carson and Aisha embark on an epic road trip to find the answers that might save Carson’s dad, restore his fragmented family, and discover the “Porcupine of Truth” in all of their lives.”


Critic Reviews (Credit Given):

* “A friendship between a straight boy and a lesbian is relatively rare in YA fiction and is, accordingly, exceedingly welcome. And that’s the truth.” — Booklist, starred review


* “Konigsberg weaves together a masterful tale of uncovering the past, finding wisdom, and accepting others as well as oneself.” — School Library Journal, starred review


“Bill Konigsberg’s The Porcupine of Truth is at once heartwarming and heartbreaking, a funny and thought-provoking road trip with remarkable friends Carson and Aisha, who share tough lessons about mending fractures, forging bonds, and discovering grace. Undeniably human and unforgettably wise, this book is a gift for us all.” — Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle and Winger


My Thoughts:

This was an amazing book! It’s the first time I’ve seen a straight boy and a lesbian be friends anywhere. This book is about Carson finding out about his grandpa’s past. At the beginning of the story, Carson meets Aisha. He falls in love with her at first but then learns that she’s a lesbian. Carson and Aisha become extremely close. His dad is an extreme alcoholic who is dying. Carson decides that he needs to find his grandfather and reunite him with his dad before he dies. Aisha and Carson travel across the country to find his grandfather following clues from people they don’t even know. To find out if they find his grandfather and more, read the book 🙂 I rated this 4.5/5 stars because there is some breaking and entering. I don’t think it was the best choice that could’ve been made. I hope more authors can put  diverse friendships like this in YA.


That’s a wrap! This is a great book. I definitely recommend it. Do you want to read this book after this review? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀