Thursday, 16 August 2012

Follow Friday! (2)


Originally started by Parajunkee and Alison can Read.

Q.  What blogger inspires you? It can be any kind, it doesn't have to be a book blog. 

 A. I would have to say Lea from lcs adventures in libraryland. She was one of the first book blogs I ever came across and one of the first people I ever followed.  

Monday, 18 June 2012

It's Monday! What are you Reading? (4)

This meme is posted originally at Book Journey to discuss the books you read this week and the books you plan to read this week.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead - Goodreads
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare - Goodreads
Revived by Cat Patrick - Goodreads

I think overall I had a good reading week. I really enjoyed Revived and Vampire Academy. They both got 4 stars. But I didn't like City of Bones as much as I thought I would (3 stars) sadly. 

The books I plan to read:

Delirium by Lauren Oliver - Goodreads
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan - Goodreads

Monday, 11 June 2012

It's Monday! What are you Reading? (3)

This meme is posted originally at Book Journey to discuss the books you read this week and the books you plan to read this week.

Okay so again I'm sorry that this is a little late. I was staying with my grandparents this weekend because they flew over from NZ. And the Hotel they were staying at had no internet.

So the book I read this week was:

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa.

And the books I plan to read are:

City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare 
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Top Ten Tuesday! (2)

The Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted at The Broke and Bookish

This weeks list is: Top Ten Tuesday Rewind! 
So I will be picking: Top Ten Blogs/Sites You Read That AREN'T about Books.

1.  Tumblr!

Biggest procrastination tool ever. And I am completely addicted to it! I am always on there, and because of that I never manage to get my homework done.

2. Youtube

Spending hours a day browsing through pointless videos that will get me nowhere.  

3.   Facebook

Really the only way to connect with my friends. You know, apart from actually going to school. 

4.  Twitter

I don't really add any of my friends on twitter. I guess it's kind of like my second life hahaha.

5.   Google

I feel like I'm cheating by listing google. But hey, without it I wouldn't know where I would be. 

6.  Forever 21

Living in Australia, it's really hard to buy clothes no one else has. So I usually ask my mum if  I can buy from Forever 21. And It is definitely one of my favourite clothing stores ever! Oh how I wished I lived in America. 

7. You me and Charlie

Other then it being totally amazing, it's also Diana Agron's website! 

8.   The Beauty Department

Also run by a celebrity. An amazing website for beauty D.I.Ys

9.  Curvio

Basically, if you see a dress you like on, let's say Glee, then just go on this website and it will give you either to exact or similar matches. Come on, that's pretty cool.

10.  Etsy

I've never actually bought anything from here. But I love looking at all the cool and quirky things. I definitely recommend if you want something no one else has. 

Armchair BEA: Best of 2012!

Armchair BEA is for everyone who can't go to the actual BEA.
Today's subject is Best of 2012.

1.  Catching Fire By Suzanne Collins

I would've put The Hunger Games here, but I read that at the end of 2011. But Catching Fire was just as good and definitely deserves a place on this list.

2.  Divergent by Veronica Roth

Duh, of course I would put this in the list! It's just completely amazing. 

3.  Insurgent by Veronica Roth

I haven't read this book yet, but i am dying to! I ordered it online and it still hasn't come *sobs*.
But anyway, this book was probably one of the most anticipated books of the year.

I haven't done that much reading this year, and really these are the only books I was completely in love with. Hopefully that will change soon. 

Monday, 4 June 2012

Armchair BEA - Interviews!

So I don't live in the US so I decided to participate in the Armchair BEA!
Today is...
An Interview!...with me!

1. Please tell us a little about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? How did you get into blogging? 

Well my name is Cleo and I am 13 years old and I live in Australia. I haven't been blogging for long, about a month I think. And the reason I got into blogging is because I just love reading, and I was too nervous and shy to start a youtube channel.

2. What are you currently reading. Or what is your favourite book that you've read so far in 2012?

My favourite book in 2012 would have to be a tie with Divergent or Catching Fire. They are both just so amazing! Just...ugh I love them.

3. Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.

I love food. It's so yummy and deliciously delicious. 

4.  Where do you see your blog in five years?

I hope by then I haven't forgotten about it! But if I still manage to keep it up and running by then, then I hope to see it more professional. Right now, since I just started, my blog isn't that great. But hopefully once I have everything sorted out it will be great. 

5.  If you could eat any dinner with any author or character who would it be and why?

That's tough, but it would have to be Four from Divergent. He's so interesting to me. I guess because he keeps to himself a lot.

6.  (sorry i had to do one more) What literary location would you like mos to visit and why?

Hogwarts. Hands down.  

It's Monday! What are you Reading? (2)

This meme is posted originally at Book Journey to discuss the books you read this week and the books you plan to read this week.

Sorry that this is late. I didn't get a chance to go on my computer yesterday sadly. But I have it now. So yay!

So this week I only finished one book. Which was:

Born Wicked By Jessica Spotswood

I will talk more about that book later in my review.

Now, the book that I am currently reading:

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

And the books I plan to read:

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

I know, I know I'm probably the only person in the world who hasn't read this book yet. But hey better late then never right?

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

And again, I have not read this series either. But I've heard great things about it and I can't wait to start reading it. 

So those are all my books! So tell me, what are you reading? 

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Follow Friday! (1)

This meme is hosted by the lovely ladies at Alison can read and Parajunkie.

You're a matchmaker—your goal, hook up two characters from two of your favorite books. Who would it be? How do you think it would go?

I would probably choose Peeta from The Hunger Games, and London from Forgotten. They're both just the sweetest people ever, and I think they would be really great together. I know this might seem like a weird couple to most people but I think they would be such a cute couple.

Monday, 28 May 2012

Top Ten Tuesday! (1)

The Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted at The Broke and Bookish

This weeks list is: Top Ten Books Written In The Past 10 Years That I Hope People Are Still Reading In 30 Years.

My list:

1.  The Hunger Games Trilogy
 Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

I hope everyone is reading this book in the future. It's such an amazing read that I think anyone can read it. 

2.  The Harry Potter Series    

Harry hates living with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia, and their 
spoiled-rotten son, Dudley. Harry's room is a tiny closet beneath the stairs, and the entire family treats him with disdain. What's more, Harry keeps getting into trouble for making strange things happen - things he seems to have no control over. But then Harry discovers the truth about himself when a determined messenger delivers an enlightening message. It turns out that Harry's mother was a witch, his father a wizard. And not only is Harry also a wizard, he's a famous one! His survival of the attack by the evil wizard who killed his parents has marked him as a legendary hero - as has the lightning-bolt-shaped scar on his forehead.

Soon Harry finds himself attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he receives training in some magic basics, masters riding a broomstick, and discovers his incredible talent for a game called Quidditch, which is played in the air on flying brooms. And for the first time in his life, Harry has friends who care about him: his fellow students Hermione and Ron and a giant named Hagrid. But all is not rosy when Harry discovers his true destiny and finds he must once again face the evil one who killed his parents. His survival will depend upon the help of his newfound friends, as well as his own wit and powers.

This  series brings back so many memories for me. These books are probably one of my favourite reading experiences, and for that alone I hope people will be reading it in the future just to have that 
same experience. 

3.  Divergent 

In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

This book was absolutely breath taking. It completely sucked me in. People of the future, read this book!

4.  Anna and the French Kiss

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home. As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near - misses end with the French kiss Anna - and readers - have long awaited?

So let me just tell you. This is one of the best contemporary books I have ever read. It is just simply amazing.  

5. Shift

Olive Corbett is definitely NOT crazy.

Not anymore. These days she takes her meds like a good girl, hangs out with her best friend Ami, and stays the hell away from the toxic girls she used to be friends with.

She doesn’t need a boyfriend. Especially not a lifesaver-type with a nice smile. And she doesn’t need the drama of that creepy new girl Miranda, who has somehow latched on to Olive's ex-best friend.

Yet from a distance, Olive can see there's something sinister about the new friendship. Something almost... parasitic. Maybe the wild rumours ARE true. Maybe Miranda is a killer. 

But who would believe Olive? She does have a habit of letting her imagination run away with her…

No one I know has read this book, and that kind of disappoints me. You guys are missing out on an amazing book! I hope that it does pick up some popularity and people start to read it in the next 30 years.

6.  A Straight Line to my Heart

A funny, poignant, realistic story of Tiffany's first love and first job, and the inevitability of change in the first summer out of school School is over, not just for the year, but forever. Tiff and Kayla are free, which is what they've always wanted, but now summer is nearly at an end and that means life decisions. Tiff is hoping her job at the local paper will lead to something more, but "The Shark" soon puts her straight on what it takes to become a hard-nosed reporter like him. At home, Reggie—the only grandad she's ever known—has quit smoking and diagnosed himself as a cactus, and then Kayla hits her with some big news. And into all this stumbles Davey, who plays rugby but quotes Truman Capote, and is the first boy who has ever really wanted to know her. Tiff is smart with words and rarely does tears, but in one short week she discovers that words don't always get you there; they don't let you say all the stuff from deep in your heart.

Now This book. Gosh, this book. Basically I loved this book and I  will definitely read this in 30 years time so I hope other people will too.

7.  The Invention of Hugo Cabret

ORPHAN, CLOCK KEEPER, AND THIEF, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo's dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.

The reason I want people to be reading this book in the future is because it is so damn different from everything else out. The drawings are so beautiful and its just...yeah. 

8. Lola and the Boy Next Door

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit -- more sparkly, more fun, more wild -- the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket -- a gifted inventor -- steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

Again this book. Amazing! 

9.  Forgotten 

I remember forwards. I remember forwards, and forget backwards. My memories, bad, boring, or good, haven't happened yet. So I will remember standing in the fresh-cut grass with the black-clad figures surrounded by stone until I do it for real. I will remember the funeral until it happens - until someone dies. And after that, it will be forgotten. Here's the thing about me: I can see my future, but my past is blank. I see the future in flashes, like memories. I remember what I'll wear tomorrow, and a car crash that won't happen till this afternoon. But yesterday has evaporated from my mind - just like the boy I love. I can't see him in my future. I can't remember him from my past. But today, I love him. And I never want to forget how much.

C'mon hoe can this book not be on the list?

10. Once

Felix, a Jewish boy in Poland in 1942, is hiding from the Nazis in a Catholic orphanage. The only problem is that he doesn't know anything about the war, and thinks he's only in the orphanage while his parents travel and try to salvage their bookselling business. And when he thinks his parents are in danger, Felix sets off to warn them—straight into the heart of Nazi-occupied Poland.
     To Felix, everything is a story: Why did he get a whole carrot in his soup? It must be sign that his parents are coming to get him. Why are the Nazis burning books? They must be foreign librarians sent to clean out the orphanage's outdated library. But as Felix's journey gets increasingly dangerous, he begins to see horrors that not even stories can explain.
     Despite his grim surroundings, Felix never loses hope. Morris Gleitzman takes a painful subject and expertly turns it into a story filled with love, friendship, and even humor.
No one knows about this book either! This book I read a few years ago, but I still think about it every now and again. I definitely recommend it to anyone.  
Okay so that is my list!
Now you tell me, what is in your top ten next week?

It's Monday! What are you Reading? (1)

This meme is posted originally at Book Journey to discuss the books you read this week and the books you plan to read this week.

I had some free time this week considering the past ones have been quite hectic. But I plan to read some more this week...hopefully. Although I do have a big assignment due next week, so I might have to take some time off for that.  Anyway.

I finished reading:

Catching Fire - Goodreads
Divergent - Goodreads
Wonderstruck - Goodreads

I'm currently reading:

And I'm not quite sure what I plan to read next. I haven't really planned that out yet. But next time I definitely think about it before I make this post hahaha.

So, what are you reading?