Monthly Archives: November 2015

Book Girlfriends TAG

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Companion to the book boyfriend tag.

  • Most romantic girlfriend

Nicole: Mia from If I Stay.

Isis: Eleanor from Eleanor & Park

  • Dark and moody with a good side

Nicole: Kyra from The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl

Isis: Gigi from Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood

  • Paranormal girlfriend

Nicole: Max from the Maximum Ride series

Isis: Juliette from Shatter Me

  • Girlfriend you want to tame

Nicole: Molly from The Stupidest Angel.

Isis: Katniss from the Hunger Games

  • Girl you friend zoned

Nicole: Griet from A Girl with a Pearl Earring.

Isis: Hermione from Harry Potter

  • Your soulmate

Nicole: Melinda from Speak.

Isis: Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice

  • Girlfriend you want to elope with

Nicole: Sam from Perks of being a Wallflower

Isis: Cath from Fangirl

  • Girlfriend you’d venture anywhere with.

Nicole: Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter

Isis: Luna from Luna

  • Girlfriend you’d want to be stranded on a desert island with.

Nicole: Penryn from Angelfall

Isis: Kirsten from Station Eleven

  • Most badass girlfriend

Nicole: Hermione Granger from Harry Potter

Isis: Penryn from Angelfall

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172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad – Book Review

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I had very high hopes going into this book, which might be a big reason why I was so disappointed.

172 Hours on the Moon follows the story of three lucky teenagers from around the world who are picked in a lottery, and their prize is to go to the moon and spend 172 hours there. From the start, there’s a lot of mystery. Many things are kept secret. There are vague conversations amongst secret characters. Things are setup to be incredibly eerie and epic.

I didn’t mind the slow pace. The teenagers are each given a brief backstory and mild characterization, which really all felt stereotypical, but while reading it, I decided to push that aside since I was sure it would all pay off in the end. The thing is, I got to the last fifty pages, and I was still waiting for this awesome mystery to unfold. And then it hit me that it had already been revealed, and the really boring action sequences was as good as it got. I had been waiting for something mind-blowing, but what I got was the dullest thing ever. I even predicted the ending; it didn’t faze me at all.

This is not to say that I didn’t enjoy some aspects of the story. There were a couple of truly frightening scenes, which actually gave me goose-bumps. There were also some interesting facts about space and the moon that I found fascinating.

Unfortunately, the good parts didn’t balance out the bad ones. I didn’t like this book. I really wish I had. I wanted to love it. I know I’m partly to blame for having such high expectations, but that doesn’t change how I feel about it.

The Blind Contessa’s New Machine by Carey Wallace

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In a way this book reminded me of The Girl with a Pearl Earring. Except I actually liked The Girl with a Pearl Earring. It doesn’t have chapters, and the way it is written is very calming. I don’t want to bad mouth this book though because for the most part I feel like a lot of things went over my head. For some reason I didn’t get this book, and it isn’t because it is a bad book. I think other people could really like this book. I’m not sure.

 

In a small town in Italy in the nineteenth century a young girl slowly goes blind. Anyway, the girl is going blind, and the story goes through her loss of vision, and how she and the people around her deal with it. Kind of. Her sight isn’t spoken of as much expect as a butt of a joke really, but when reading you can tell how different people deal with it. It’s mostly focused on her romance I would say.

 

I didn’t connect with any of the characters, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t well written. With the three main characters, you get their whole life story in the first forty pages or so.  All in all I give this story three out of five stars.

Book Boyfriends TAG

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The original tag video is over on YouTube, and you can watch it here.

  • Most romantic boyfriend

Isis: Mr. Darcy from Pride & Prejudice. He is just so fricken lovely and romantic and swoon-worthy.

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Nicole: Mr. Darcy from Pride & Prejudice.

  • Dark and moody bad boy with a good side

Isis: Warner from Shatter Me. I mean, come on, he’s the best choice for this category. He’s my love.

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Nicole: Aristotle Mendoza from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.

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  • Paranormal boyfriend

Isis: Victor Vale from Vicious. He is super evil, has superpowers, and I love him.

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Nicole: Victor Vale from Vicious

  • Boyfriend you want to tame

Isis: Prince Robot IV from Saga. I love my robot. I would tame him so he wouldn’t ever put himself in risky situations and get hurt again.

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Nicole: Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter.

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  • Boy you friend zoned

Isis: Edward Cullen from Twilight. Sorry, Edward, but it would have never worked out between us. You’re creepy. I get that now.

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Nicole: Fanboy from Fanboy and Goth Girl.

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  • Your soul mate

Isis: Dante Quintana from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Dante and I would make pretty epic soul mates. We could learn about the sky from birds and murder our shoes together.

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Nicole: Zach from Last Night I Sang to the Monster.

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  • Boyfriend you want to elope with

Isis: Dan Torrance from Doctor Sleep. I know he’s like forty and a recovering alcoholic, but I would settle down with Danny. No doubt about it.

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Nicole: North from It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown.

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  • Boyfriend you’d venture anywhere with

Isis: Sirius Black from Harry Potter. As a human or as a dog, Sirius would be the best companion on the road. I’d go anywhere with him.

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Nicole: Percy Jackson from the Percy Jackson series.

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  • Boyfriend you’d want to be stranded on a desert island with

Isis: Turri from The Blind Contessa’s New Machine. As an inventor, Turri would surely find a way to get us out of the island, or just to entertain me. I wouldn’t mind being stuck there with him.

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Nicole: Harry Potter from the Harry Potter series.

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  • Most badass boyfriend

Isis: Raffe from Angelfall. I think the fact that he’s an angel everyone fears speaks for itself, but my Raffe is so amazing.

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Nicole: Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games.

Crush: Peeta Mellark

The Walking Dead BOOK TAG

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RICK: The craziest book you’ve ever read.

On the Lips of Children by Mark Matthews

This book is about cannibal children living in a tunnel. It’s disturbing and kind of racist.

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

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Reading this book, and later its reviews was surreal. I felt like I was the only sane person in the world, and that made me feel a little crazy.

CARL: A character with the best development.

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

In this book, Juliette Ferrars changes from a stupid little girl to a confident, empowered woman.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

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Neville Longbottom has the best character development from a nervous, bullied boy to a strong, brave young man.

DARYL: Favorite tough character with a heart of gold.

Angelfall by Susan Ee

Raffe is my favorite. He thinks he’s so tough and cool, but he’s really just a big fluff ball.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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Eleanor tries very hard to be, and to portray herself to be a tough person. And she is, but not all the way through. She is still a soft person inside.

MAGGIE: Favorite sibling relationship.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Elizabeth and Jane have a really close and sweet relationship. I loved their interactions and love for each other.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D.  Taylor

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The relationship between Cassie and all of her brothers is really nice and realistic.

MICHONNE: Favorite badass female character.

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Abra is awesome. Despite being young, she can kick some ass.

We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

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Eileen Tumulty is amazing. That’s all you need to know.

GLENN: Bravest character.

Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin

Max is really brave throughout this entire book. He goes through so much, and he overcomes his obstacles.

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

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Melody was born brave.

CAROL: A book that took you by surprise.

I’m Not Scared by Niccolo Ammaniti

I was not expecting anything that happened in this book. It was shocking and thrilling, and impossible to forget.

The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror by Christopher Moore

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This book surprised me simply because I expected to hate it and I ended up really liking it.

SHANE: Most shocking betrayal.

Vicious by V. E. Schwab

Best betrayal I’ve read. Vic and Eli take revenge to another level.

Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles

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I remember being very surprised by this book, but I won’t say anything so not to spoil it.

HERSHEL: Favorite mentor/guardian figure.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Sam, Dante’s dad, is so supportive and fun and charming. I loved the love he had for his son, and the way he stood up for him.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

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Sally Jackson seemed to be the prefect mother in this. Not sure if she stays that way throughout the series though.

LORI: A book everyone hates, but you love.

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

I don’t know why no one talks about this book, and when they do, no one likes it. I love it, though. It is quirky, but it doesn’t go over the line. It’s just such a great read for me.

Fairy Bad Day by Amanda Ashby

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I’m not sure about anyone else, but I know Isis hates this book with a fiery passion while I found it very funny.

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling – Book Review

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“Work hard, know your shit, show your shit, and then feel entitled.”

There are many reasons why I love Mindy Kaling, but this review isn’t about her, it’s about her book. So, instead of listing the many reasons why I love Mindy Kaling, I will talk about why I loved her book so much.

Honesty is something I highly value, and this book floods with it. Mindy talks about her life, her friends, her work, her adventures–both the good and the completely embarrassing. There are informative essays about college frats and sororities, fancy White House dinners, sex scenes on screen, soup snakes, and (my favorite) confidence.

In each of these essays, Mindy taught me valuable lessons that ultimately narrow down to having a positive attitude and knowing what makes you happy so that you can work towards achieving it. I really loved the way she expressed her insecurities while at the same time showcasing her confidence. Though that might sound like a paradox, I think it’s naive to believe no confident person has insecurities that sometimes fall through the cracks. And the reason for that is that no one is perfect. Yet the media tries to point fingers to celebrities imperfections and blow things out of proportions for entertainment. This is why books like these are important.

As an aspiring author and TV writer, I look up to Mindy, and I always have. She gives me hope and motivation that someday I will be as successful as her. Me, a young woman, a minority, who loves to make people laugh. It’s people like Mindy that make this world a better place. Yes, I know I diverted from talking about the book, but I couldn’t help myself. I love Mindy Kaling. Her audacity and fierceness is inspiring.

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