30 Day Book Challenge: Day 25

I stumbled across this 30 day book challenge by The Chronicles of Radiya and decided to give it a try. Hopefully it will lead to 30 consecutive days of blogging that liven up the blog a bit and give us a chance to get to know each other a little better.

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Day 25: A Character Who You Can Relate To The Most

Every year, on the first day of school, my parents remind me of my very first day of kindergarten: all of the children were standing with their parents, and I was the odd one out, lined up against the wall waiting for the bell to ring so that I could finally start school. So I’m sure it comes as no surprise that this love for learning has remained with me to this day.

In the same way that Hermione read Hogwarts: A History in advance to prepare herself for the school, I would spend the last few weeks before high school started up again reading and reviewing my notes just to make sure I wasn’t behind. (I also get to do that next week, to make sure that I’m all ready for university classes again). I would have a different book with me every day at school that I would read between classes, much like Hermione who seemed to live in the library.

I was called “Hermione” by one of the boys in my grade five class when I was new to the school and had a habit of answering all of the teacher’s questions and correcting his mistakes (much to his annoyance). It got to the point where I was given a limit of how many times I could correct my teacher or comment on a topic per day, probably because I came across as an “insufferable know-it-all.” That certainly wasn’t my intention; I have always researched topics that interest me, and can therefore speak (somewhat) intelligently on a variety of topics. Of course, it also meant that I had to help others with their homework and proofread essays… but I can’t say I minded that too much.

I’ve always greatly admired Hermione for her intelligence, her bravery, her fairness, and her loyalty. She’s been my role model since childhood, and I can guarantee that she’ll continue to influence my decisions in the future.

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What character do you relate to the most?
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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 24

I stumbled across this 30 day book challenge by The Chronicles of Radiya and decided to give it a try. Hopefully it will lead to 30 consecutive days of blogging that liven up the blog a bit and give us a chance to get to know each other a little better.

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Day 24: A Book You Wish More People Would’ve Read

I’m awful at answering this question. There are a lot of books that I think are underrated, which I’ve featured in my Saturday Showcase posts… but here’s one that I feel that everyone, young or old, would benefit from reading.

I only picked up The Bully Book because it was written by a member of Team Starkid, so I certainly never expected to enjoy it as much as I did. The Bully Book covers a wide variety of issues – the bystander effect, bullying, peer pressure – in a powerful, thought-provoking, and interesting manner. It may be a middle grade novel, but its message is something that everyone would benefit from.

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What book(s) do you wish more people would read?

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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 20, 21, 22 & 23

I stumbled across this 30 day book challenge by The Chronicles of Radiya and decided to give it a try. Hopefully it will lead to 30 consecutive days of blogging that liven up the blog a bit and give us a chance to get to know each other a little better.

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I was away in Simcoe for the Gentlemen of the Road stopover this weekend (which I’ll likely make a huge post about, even though it has nothing to do with books) and, once again, I forgot to schedule my 30 day book challenge posts. Here’s another “four bookish things to learn about Erin for the price of one post,” so I apologize in advance for how long this post may be!

Day 20: Favourite Romance Book

I don’t really read books for the romance; I read them for the plot. That being said, there are a lot of contemporary YA books that have adorable romances that make me swoon, smile, laugh, and occasionally cry.

I already mentioned this one in my day 5 post about a book that makes me happy, but I’m going to use it again anyways.

By now, I’m sure that you all know how much I dislike instalove. It may just be the more pragmatic part of me speaking, but I feel like love at first sight isn’t really love – after all, how can you fall in love with someone that you don’t really know? That’s why dating the person and getting to know them before declaring your love for one another is important, but it seems to be skipped over a lot in most books… instead, characters are just inexplicably drawn to one another because they find each other attractive.

Thankfully in Anna and the French Kiss, the relationship between Anna and Etienne starts as friendship and then grows to something more. It’s a realistic progression filled with sweet moments and complications. I fell in love with Etienne along with Anna and was completely invested in their relationship. They’re just too cute.

Day 21: Favourite Book From Your Childhood

When I was younger, I absolutely loved the Inkheart series. I desperately wanted to be like Meggie and Mo, since I’d have so much fun with my favourite book characters. I identified with them so much: they loved books as much as I did, and insisted on carrying as many as they could with them whenever they traveled. I haven’t re-read these books in years, but I sincerely hope that I’ll still enjoy them as much when I give them another read in the future.

Day 22: Favourite Villain From A Book

Ooh, this one is an easy one! I absolutely love The Darkling from The Grisha series. The Darkling is my favourite kind of villain: the morally ambiguous kind. He’s such a complex character: as evil as he may be, he has these flickers of humanity that are intriguing and make him a more sympathetic character. I’m sure that he feels like his actions are for the greater good, and he had completely convinced me that he was trying to help Ravka… right up until the tables turned and left me confused and hurt by his betrayal. I can’t wait to see why he did all of the horrible things that he did, and I’m really excited to see if he has a redemption arc in Ruin and Rising.

Day 23: A Book You Wanted To Read For A Long Time But Still Haven’t

I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Angelfall and it’s been on my to-read list for ages. My library has finally ordered in a copy — and, of course, I’m heading off to school in a week so I’ll have to put off reading it for even longer. I will get to it eventually, I promise!

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 19

I stumbled across this 30 day book challenge by The Chronicles of Radiya and decided to give it a try. Hopefully it will lead to 30 consecutive days of blogging that liven up the blog a bit and give us a chance to get to know each other a little better.

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Day 19: Worst Film Adaptation of a Book

It’s been years since I read Eragon, but I remember thinking that the book was beautifully written and fun to read. Unfortunately, the movie completely crushed my desire to reread the book with its choppy plot and poor acting. One day, when all memory of the movie is gone, I may attempt to read the series again.

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What is your least favourite movie adaptation?

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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 18

I stumbled across this 30 day book challenge by The Chronicles of Radiya and decided to give it a try. Hopefully it will lead to 30 consecutive days of blogging that liven up the blog a bit and give us a chance to get to know each other a little better.

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Day 18: A Book That Made You Laugh

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell is one of the best books I’ve read this year. I absolutely adored Beth and Jennifer’s relationship, and some of the things that they said reminded me so much of my own friendship with my best friend. A combination of their emails to one another and the reminiscing that resulted from them made me laugh at the most inappropriate times — on a train, surrounded by people that I had never spoken to; in the hospital while I was waiting for a volunteer interview… It’s okay, though: this book was excellent and made the stares and strange looks that I received completely worth it.

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What was the last book that made you laugh?
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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 17

I stumbled across this 30 day book challenge by The Chronicles of Radiya and decided to give it a try. Hopefully it will lead to 30 consecutive days of blogging that liven up the blog a bit and give us a chance to get to know each other a little better.

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Day 17: Favourite Quote From A Book

I have too many favourite quotes to list, so I’m going to cheat a bit and list my favourites from a book that I read recently and absolutely adored:

“Holding Eleanor’s hand was like holding a butterfly. Or a heartbeat. Like holding something complete, and completely alive. As soon as he touched her, he wondered how he’d gone this long without doing it. He rubbed his thumb through her palm and up her fingers, and was aware of her every breath.”

“He made her feel like more than the sum of her parts.”

“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

“You can be Han Solo,” he said, kissing her throat. “And I’ll be Boba Fett. I’ll cross the sky for you.”

I could keep going with the cute quotes all night… but I’ll stop here and then tell you that you should definitely read Eleanor & Park. Their relationship is absolutely adorable, and it gave me warm, fuzzy feelings and made my heart smile.

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What are some of your favourite quotes?
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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 14, 15 & 16

I stumbled across this 30 day book challenge by The Chronicles of Radiya and decided to give it a try. Hopefully it will lead to 30 consecutive days of blogging that liven up the blog a bit and give us a chance to get to know each other a little better.

I was away for the majority of the weekend, and forgot to schedule the day 14 and 15 posts. Oops. So today you get to learn three new bookish things about me instead of the usual single answer!

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Day 14: Your Favourite Author(s) From Your Childhood

From my early childhood, I loved Robert Munsch, Eric Carle, and Dr. Seuss. I still remember how part of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? goes, and I’ve read my new copy of Oh, The Places You’ll Go (which was a graduation gift from my parents) so many times this past year, so clearly they were pretty influential reads.

When I was a bit older, I fell in love with the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, and the Inkworld trilogy by Cornelia Funke. I also really loved Roald Dahl’s books, and I’m so tempted to purchase the box set of his works since there are a few that I still haven’t read.

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Day 15: Your Five Favourite Characters Of All Time

This is going to be a difficult decision, since there are so many characters that I love (and love to hate) for so many different reasons. Can I do my twenty favourite characters instead? Asking me to choose my absolute favourite characters is like asking me to choose a favourite song or the three books I’d bring to a desert island: virtually impossible because the answer changes all the time. Here are five characters that I adore (in no particular order):

Hermione Granger (Harry Potter series)
Hermione is such a real character, and I could relate to her in so many ways. I love that she’s a bookworm and that she loves learning, since it showed me that there are people out there who are just as passionate about these things as I am. She’s such a loyal, determined friend who is perfectly capable of facing danger standing up for herself. She’s such a great role model for young women, and I’m so thankful that J.K. Rowling created her.

Jeane Smith (Adorkable)
While some of her actions caused me to shake my head, Jeane is definitely an admirable character. An avid blogger, jumble sale shopper, and CEO of her own lifestyle brand, she can easily be described as “quirky.” She’s not “secretly beautiful” and has a few wobbly bits, but she’s okay with that. She doesn’t really care what anyone thinks of her because she’s happy and confident in her own skin, and she shows that being a dork is awesome.

Will Herondale (The Infernal Devices series)
Will is smart, sarcastic, snarky, and ridiculous. He comes across as arrogant and, at times, downright rude, but there’s a heartbreaking reason why he keeps people at arms length. If you are able to break through this snarky exterior, you’ll find a broken boy who is willing to do anything to protect you – even if it means giving up his life or the one he loves. Will also loves books, and completely understands what it’s like to lose yourself in a fictional world.

The Darkling (The Grisha series)
But, Erin, he’s evil, you say. And that may be true, but I love morally ambiguous characters because the distinction between “hero” and “villain” isn’t as clear-cut as we would like to think. The Darkling is power-hungry and manipulative, but his brief touches of humanity make me wonder if he feels that his actions and decisions are for the greater good. He’s done some horrible things that aren’t excusable or defensible by any means, but I hope that we’ll be able to understand why he did them – after all, he’s such a complex character that he has to have a motive aside from “well, I’m the bad guy, and this is what we do.”

Charlie (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)
I loved being inside Charlie’s head, even though it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. He’s so open and honest with his thoughts, and would often say something completely profound that would resonate with me. My high school experience was similar to Charlie’s in many ways (though also drastically different), so at times it felt like I was the one writing the letters. Charlie’s journey from the naive, unnoticed wallflower to a more confident young man who has found love is both heartbreaking and beautiful, and I loved seeing how what he saw/read/felt/heard affected him as an individual.

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Day 16: Your Favourite Genre

I don’t really have a favourite genre, as it changes with my mood: contemporary, sci-fi/fantasy, dystopian, historical fiction, paranormal… I like them all!

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Who were your favourite authors when you were younger? Which fictional characters do you adore? And what genre is your favourite?
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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 13

I stumbled across this 30 day book challenge by The Chronicles of Radiya and decided to give it a try. Hopefully it will lead to 30 consecutive days of blogging that liven up the blog a bit and give us a chance to get to know each other a little better.

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Day 13: Your Favourite Author

See that lovely man up there? That’s John Green, and he’s one of my favourite authors. He’s so eloquent and intelligent, and every time I come across something that he’s said, I get excited, inspired, and incredibly jealous that I didn’t come up with it myself. Between his books, Vlogbrothers videos, and involvement with charities like Project for Awesome and Kiva, John has inspired me to:
1) travel — both to discover the world and discover myself
2) be myself and be proud of it
3) continue learning about subjects that I’m interested in regardless of whether or not I’ll ever use it in life (thanks, Crash Course!)
4) decrease World Suck
5) become a better person
6) not forget to be awesome

John Green has helped restore my faith in the world and its inhabitants on many occasions, and I have so much respect for him. I can’t wait to see what he does next.

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Do you love John Green as much as I do? Who’s your favourite author?

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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 12

I stumbled across this 30 day book challenge by The Chronicles of Radiya and decided to give it a try. Hopefully it will lead to 30 consecutive days of blogging that liven up the blog a bit and give us a chance to get to know each other a little better.

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Day 12: A Book You Used To Love But Don’t Anymore

Way back when, before I really got into YA novels and long before I started blogging, I went through a phase where I read all the mystery/true crime novels. Harlan Coben’s books were some of my favourites, and I especially enjoyed The Woods and the Myron Bolitar series. I still make it a habit to pick up his books as soon as they’re released, but I’ve recently found myself growing bored while reading them. There’s no element of surprise anymore, and I’m able to correctly identify the perpetrator and their motives almost immediately. I’m not sure if it’s because all of his plots follow a specific pattern or because I suddenly developed super sleuthing abilities overnight, but one thing’s for certain: I miss the way I felt when I first read these books.

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… this post always makes me want to sing the Gotye song, Somebody That I Used To Know. “Now you’re just some old book that I used to love.”

Anyways, are there any books that you used to love but aren’t that fond of anymore?

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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 11

I stumbled across this 30 day book challenge by The Chronicles of Radiya and decided to give it a try. Hopefully it will lead to 30 consecutive days of blogging that liven up the blog a bit and give us a chance to get to know each other a little better.

Day 11: A Book You Hated Really Didn’t Like


After seeing that one of the quotes on the front page was taken from Beyonce’s Halo, it’s easy to say that I didn’t have a great first impression of the book. I have nothing against her music (and, you know, she did just cut her hair to look like mine which is pretty fantastic) but if you’re going to pick a quote for the front of your book, you would think that you’d choose something other than “baby, I can see your halo / you know you’re my saving grace.” Yes, it has to do with angels, but… just no.

The characters were all incredibly shallow and unlikeable. When Bethany wasn’t telling you how much she loved and needed Xavier (who she had just met; yay for instalove) she was reminding you that she’s an unnaturally beautiful angel. Not that you really got to see her use any of her angel powers; aside from flying and occasionally healing people, she sat around, attended school, and pined over hot human boys. Her friends were only there to emphasize how flawless and beautiful Bethany is, and their conversations are the stereotypical sort that would cause this book to fail the Bechdel Test – which is kind of sad considering the fact that the author is female and was a teenager at the time she wrote this book.

As for the plot? Well, there is no plot. There’s over 500 pages of… nothing. Unless you count pages upon pages of pining over a brooding hot guy to be a plot, which I don’t. The dark forces that the synopsis mentions aren’t involved in the story at all until the very end of the book because (of course) there are two more books in the series and you’ve got to draw the story out somehow, right?

I honestly have no idea how I managed to finish reading Halo, but I disliked every minute of it. And yet I still pick up books based solely on their pretty covers…. I guess I’ll never learn.