Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Goodreads Tag!!!

As many of you know I love to watch book reviewers on Youtube (collectively known as Booktube) and as much as I like those videos I prefer the blog format for my own thoughts. That being said I always enjoy the tag videos that they do once in a while, so I figured why not do another one of them on my own blog. I've also been preparing some in depth reviews lately that take a lot of thought and time and I just wanted to do a more lighthearted post. I finally decided to do The Goodreads Tag! As you can tell from the widgets on my sidebar, I actively use my Goodreads account, so I'm pretty excited to answer all of these questions.

1. What was the last book you marked as "read"?

The last book that I marked as "read" was I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak. I had been meaning to read this book for a number of years because I read The Book Thief and I loved it so so much. It was so easy to emotionally connect with that book and I really wanted to know what the reading experience would be for I Am The Messenger. I wasn't in the mood to do a detailed review of the book, but for all those wondering I did give it a 4 star review. Honestly, this book has a completely different reading experience from The Book Thief. It felt a little more YA in tone and it centered on a 19 year old male protagonist named Ed Kennedy that is basically stuck in life. He helps to stop a bank robber and later receives a playing card in the mail with three addresses written on it. That's where the adventure begins. I would highly recommend that you pick up this book.

2. What are you "Currently Reading"?

This answer shouldn't come as a shock to most of you because I always try to keep my currently reading section on this blog up to date. I've marked Cress by Marissa Meyer and The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling) as "Currently Reading." I'm actually only actively reading Cress at the moment. I started Rowling's book a couple of months ago during a break and haven't managed to find the time to continue reading it. I can say that both of them are off to intriguing starts and I'm hoping that I'll have some free-time this upcoming term to finish them before summer vacation.

3. What is the last book you marked as "To Be Read"?

 That would be Paper Towns by John Green. As I've mentioned numerous times I'm a huge fan of his Youtube channel Vlogbrothers and I've always felt guilty for not having read his novels. Recently I read both The Fault in Our Stars and Looking For Alaska and I LOVED them. Now that I know I'm a fan of his writing style I want to read all of the books he's written. Paper Towns is the next book on my list to read.

4. What book do you plan on reading next?

To tell you the truth for the past couple of weeks I've been obsessing over this book S by Doug Dorst and J.J. Abrams. One of my amazing friends gave me a Barnes and Nobles gift card for my birthday and I just bought this book. It hasn't come in the mail yet, but when it does I will be setting aside whatever I'm doing to read it. I found out about S through one of the booktubers I watch and this basically encapsulates my reaction.

This book has one primary story called The Ship of Theseus and then another whole story is told through the annotations in the margins. There are also random inserts in the book that contribute to the layered storyline.

It sounds like a lot of gimmicks, but I don't think I've ever been more excited for a book!

5. Do you use the star rating system?

I do, in fact, use the star rating system. I think it's just an easy, universal way to let others know what you thought about the book. I know sometimes I'm just not in the mood to write out a full review, so I'll just rate the book using the star system. I also look at the star rating when I'm considering buying a random book from Barnes and Nobles that I know nothing about. My only problem with the system is that it really needs the ability to mark half stars. Often I'll mark a book with 3 stars when I really thought it deserved 2.5 stars because I don't want to under-represent my thoughts about the book. 

6. Are you doing a 2014 reading challenge?

I am doing a reading challenge for this year. If you're interested in my progress so far I have a widget on the left hand side. My current goal is 80 books, which is five more than I read last year. I've learned that the great part about being an English Lit major is you are always constantly reading something. This explains why one week I'll be reading a YA book and the next I'll be reading an obscure classic novel. 

7. Do you have a Wish List?

I actually don't have a wish list. I feel like a wish list comes with the expectation that people should buy you the items on that list and I don't like to put that kind of pressure on people. Additionally, the books that I want to own constantly fluctuate and I would rather my friends and family give me a bookstore gift card. With the card I can make a number of decisions about what books I have to own at that moment. I also probably wouldn't refer to the list that often. Whenever I'm shopping I like to look at the books they have right out in the open and then I refer to my "to be read" list when I don't know what to buy.

8. What book do you plan to buy next?

I want to buy Towering by Alex Flinn next and I think that I might do that as soon as the paperback gets released. I've enjoyed Flinn's writing since I discovered Beastly in high school. I'm a sucker for a book that reworks fairytale characters. 

9. Do you have favorite quotes on Goodreads?

I do keep a list of some of my favorite quotes on Goodreads, but it by no means represents all of my favorite quotes. I actually keep a separate journal of some of the quotes I've liked over the years and I haven't got around to liking them on Goodreads. Recently whenever I come across a great quote in a book I'll make sure to find it on Goodreads. Right now I'm really in love with this quote from The Fault in Our Stars: "My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations." Another quote that I love, which I actually made my senior quote is from Katharine Hepburn, my favorite actress: "If you always do what interests you at least one person is pleased." 

10. Who are your favorite authors?

This is such a difficult question!! I love Agatha Christie, all of the Bronte sisters (my favorite is Charlotte though), Christopher Pike, Meg Cabot, Roald Dahl, Jane Austen, Dan Brown, Richelle Mead, JK Rowling...the list could really go on, but I think I'll cut myself off here.

11. Have you joined any groups?

No, I actually haven't joined any groups, but I've been considering it lately. I'm just not sure which groups to join and what they function as. Are they like books clubs? Is it just a convenient forum to talk about books? If it's like a book club I know that I would never be able to keep up considering most of my time is filled with my college activities.

That's all the questions I have to answer for the tag. If you like to read and haven't created an account on Goodreads, you should definitely consider it. Best Wishes!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Jane Eyre Watch-a-thon: Jane Eyre (1997)

While it's nice to do book reviews I decided this week to take a break and return to my Jane Eyre Watch-a-thon. I figured it has been a while since I've reviewed a Jane Eyre adaption and reading The Turn of the Screw really made me want to return to the story I love so much. Since I'm all about relaxing this week to de-stress from finals week and to prepare for a conference I will be presenting a paper at, I decided to choose one of the shorter adaptions. Without further ado I present:

Jane Eyre (1997)
Ciarán Hinds as Mr. Rochester
Samantha Morton as Jane Eyre
This version has a 1 hour and 48 minute runtime (rather short in my opinion)
Here is the link to the IMDb page if you would like to know a few more details about the adaption:

I've found that this version is aired quite frequently on tv, particularly if you get the Ovation channel. Consequently, I've seen bits and pieces of it a number of times, but for the review I actually sat down and watched the movie from start to finish. 

Normally this is the part where I would list out the pros of the adaption, but sadly there is only one small positive aspect to the movie. In fact, I'll be candid and say this is one of the worst adaptions of Jane Eyre out there. 
A little dramatic? Maybe, but just watch the movie and you'll see what I mean...or you could stick around and read the rest of my review. 

The one positive to this adaption is the fact that they seriously address the Typhus outbreak at Lowood. Many adaptions tend to skim over the outbreak or neglect to mention it altogether. Here we actually see the teachers and nurses rushing to care for everyone and the numerous coffins slapped together to bury the bodies of all of the dying children.

That being said there is really so much wrong with the 1997 adaption that I'm not even sure where to start, so why not with the main characters.

  • Ciarán Hinds as Mr. Rochester and Samantha Morton as Jane Eyre: Neither of them managed to perfectly capture their characters in my opinion. Their performances were a strange mixture of overacting and underacting that always left me confused and unsatisfied. While Rochester's character is meant to be a little cruel and surly, Hinds takes those character traits to the extreme. He likes to scream deliver his emotionally fraught lines, which just made me feel uncomfortable. Other times his lines are so wooden and robotic. In my notes I actually wrote that this Rochester sounds like a cranky 70 year old man and looks like a pedophiliac uncle. Morton's Jane fluctuates between a stupefied, doe-eyed look, intense crying, or creepy orgasm face (don't believe me? You should skip to the proposal scene). The two of them also lack any sort of chemistry and the kissing scenes are really hard to watch. I've never felt more like a voyeur than in those weird kissing scenes. I'm not exactly sure what went wrong with the acting since I've seen Hinds play some great roles in other movies. He just isn't the right actor to play Rochester and Morton isn't right for Jane either. 

  • The beginning of the movie was incredibly vague and disorienting. Whenever I approach a new adaption I like to look at it from two different perspectives: the book lover and the first-time movie goer who knows nothing about the story. I found the intro scenes to be insufficient from both perspectives. The movie starts right off with the red room scene without any background explanation. The hyped up gothic scene is interspersed with the credits and some strange uplifting oboe music that makes no sense at all (sidenote why do the theme songs for all of these Jane Eyre adaptions heavily feature the oboe?) The audience really has no idea about the significance of the room or why Jane is even being punished. Then one requisite Brocklehurst scene later and 4 minutes into the movie Jane is already headed to Lowood. We never get any sense of Jane's troubled childhood and the terrible character of Mrs. Reed and her spoiled children. 

  • That incessant voice-over.

  • I subscribe to the adage that when creating stories you should "Show, not tell", but in the case of this adaption everything is told to the audience through the voice-over. Much of the plot is skimmed over in a few lines of narration, particularly Jane's childhood and her time spent as a teacher at Lowood School. The voice-over also cuts in at the worst possible moments. One example that left me screaming at my computer screen was when St. John proposes to Jane. Rather than allow him to have his say and then have Jane appropriately react to him, the voice-over precedes to talk over St. John, revealing Jane's inner feelings on the matter. Audiences are also supposed to believe that Jane and Rochester are in love, but there are insufficient scenes to support that idea. Instead, we get numerous inner monologues/voice-overs where Jane proclaims just how much she loves Rochester. I have a theory that if all of the voice-overs were cut out, the story would fail to make any sense. The last comment I want to make on the subject is if I wanted to get all of the details of the story through a voice-over, I would have just listened to an audiobook version of Jane Eyre.

    • So much for an independent and strong-willed Jane right? The movie stomps on this beloved version of Jane and leaves you with a sad shell of a character. The whole point of Jane Eyre is that she struggles with her emotions and essentially indecorous feelings for Mr. Rochester in a constrained society, while managing to figure out who she is and what she really wants out of life. Morton's Jane meanders around Thornfield like a love sick puppy hoping that Rochester will notice her and her passionate feelings for him. The movie also cuts out many of the events that help to build Jane's independent character. The movie addresses that Jane must leave to see her dying Aunt Reed, but audiences never get any of those scenes where she rises above her cruel aunt and sets aside her resentment for her treatment as a child. Rather, Jane leaves Thornfield and like two seconds later she's back and Rochester scream chides her about being away for a month. Additionally, Jane is miraculously rescued on the moors when she runs away from Thornfield, so yet another missed opportunity for character building. This movie even cuts out Jane's uncle and the money he wills to her upon his death. So essentially Jane returns to Rochester as the same exact person, not his equal, but as the love-sick woman who can't live without her domineering love. What a shame.
    I think I've covered the major faults that I found with this particular adaption, so I'll just quickly list some other aspects of the movie that made me dislike it so much.
    • The award for the worst scene transition in the movie has to be during Jane's childhood. In one frame Jane and Helen are happily smiling at each other and the next is a close-up of a dead girl's face in a coffin. I personally freaked out a little because at first I thought that the girl in the coffin was Helen, but it turned out not to be.
    • The slow motion during the Rochester horse scene was so tacky and contrived that I couldn't take the scene seriously
    • There is no mention of Miss Temple at all and Mary, one of the Rivers sisters, is cut out as well
    • The actress who plays Adele was a little too old for the part. Her innocent, often saccharine sweet dialogue didn't not fit her person
    •  Mr. Rochester's singing voice was so obviously dubbed it almost rivaled the ridiculousness of the dub done to Leslie Caron's character in the movie Gigi
    • The gipsy scene is also cut out (I expected that to happen through)
    • Rochester's injuries are inaccurately represented
    At the end of my watching session I was disappointed in general with this particular adaption. While I can understand cutting out scenes in order to fit the run time, there was just so much more wrong with the movie. It also completely lacked any aspect unique enough to add to the Jane Eyre canon. I wouldn't recommend this adaption to anyone, even my worst enemy.

    There are still plenty of other Jane Eyre adaptions to watch and review, so stay tuned for another Watch-a-thon post. If you're curious about which adaption is next on my watch list, my only hint to you is that there might be some black and white cinema in the future. Best Wishes!    
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    Sunday, April 13, 2014

    Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

    Title: Allegiant
    Author: Veronica Roth
    Page #: 526
    Name and # in Series: Book #3 in Divergent Trilogy

    Book Blurb: The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

    But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

    Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.


    That was quite the summary right, well how about we get to the realities of the book and why I actually decided to rate it a half star higher than Insurgent. I'd like to take a moment to say that this review will be spoiler free for all those who haven't managed to finish the trilogy yet.

    For starters I'm glad again that I picked up this trilogy after all of the books were released because there is still a lack of recap at the beginning of the book to inform readers about the past events. This is just me being super picky, but its one of the details that is a must in a series book.

    I've also consistently pointed out that one of the strong suits of this trilogy is the fast paced plotline that keeps readers interested and this book is no different. In fact I thought Allegiant was the best at keeping the plot stream lined (it would have to considering it's the last book in the trilogy). There was hardly a moment where I found myself bored with the characters actions or conversations.

    The only problem as I mentioned in my last review is that all of the world building happens in this book. I get that Roth wanted to withhold some information to shock her readers, but it was so hard to imagine the setting and the social situation without those important details. I'm always hesitant to bring up other books in the same genre, but The Hunger Games managed to do this successfully without taking away any of the shock value. That being said, the new information you do learn was so intriguing and does make you think about where our own society is headed.

    Speaking of the "riveting dual perspective" I found that I really didn't think Four's added point of view was executed properly. While it occurred only a few times there was some plot overlap between the perspectives that gets really repetitive. As a reader if I have already experienced an event through one character's pov, it is annoying to have to go through the same events all over again. This repetition is only intensified by the fact that there is virtually no difference between Tris and Four's narrative voices. A successful dual perspective novel doesn't necessarily need to label each chapter with the character's name because you can recognize the mind of the character through the writing. Numerous times I've found out about halfway through a chapter that I'd been reading through the wrong character's perspective. By the middle of the book I was heavily reliant on the character labels to keep myself from getting confused.

    There were just a few picky little details about the writing that I couldn't leave uncritiqued, so bear with me for a couple of lines. First, there was an overuse of the word "things." As a mostly academic writer, this word makes me cringe inwardly. "Things" is one of the most vague and empty words in the English language.You can always find a specific word to replace it that will instantly improve the sentence. Additionally, I was so annoyed that whenever Tris has any physical contact with Four she spends at least three sentences detailing how he smells. Today, Tobias smells like rainbows and sunshine and anything else that a 14 year old girl loves to write in her diary. I'd also like to know how Four/Tobias can smell like air all the time. Is it mountain air, smoggy air near a factory, or the smell of air when your sewage tank breaks?
    My sentiments exactly

      Aside from those incessantly vague scent descriptions, I felt like Tris and Four's relationship was more authentic compared to the previous book. Roth cut out all of those petty, worthless fights and incorporated some discussions that were thoughtful and had some actual bearing on the stability of their relationship.

    I also couldn't end this review without commenting on the ending (in a non-spoiler way like I promised). While I successfully managed to avoid spoilers myself, I knew that something shocking was going to happen at the end. That still didn't stop me from being surprised by the choice of ending.

    As you can probably tell over the course of these reviews I've had a like/hate relationship with these books. On one hand they managed to keep my attention and on the other the writing style kept me from enjoying this trilogy as much as I wanted to. What really counts is at the end of the day I don't regret reading the Divergent trilogy and I'm looking forward to watching the film adaption when it comes out on dvd.  

    Friday, April 11, 2014

    Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

    Title: Insurgent
    Author: Veronica Roth
    Page #: 525
    Name and # in Series: Book #2 in Divergent Trilogy
    Book Blurb: One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

    For those of you that have read my previous review of Divergent you will probably notice that I gave Insurgent a half star lower rating. I really had so many hopes for the second book in the trilogy and at the end of my reading experience I just ended up more disappointed.

    I'll just start off with the positives of the novel before I get into the main complaints I have and even a few nit-picky ones. No matter what I have to say about Insurgent the truth of the matter is that this book in general is very plot driven and manages to easily hold my attention. I bought this book and in about two days I finished it and picked up the last book in the series. The ease with which people can read this book is probably its saving grace. Had the plotline been slow to start and clunky the entire way I wouldn't even be here writing another review. Insurgent, like Divergent also has a great cliffhanger at the end that easily motivates you to pick up the next book in the series. I can only imagine how terrible it must have been for people who actually had to wait for the sequel to be released. 

    That being said there are A LOT of flaws in this book and what really motivated me to lower my rating down a half star is the fact that many of the problems that existed in Divergent are even worse in Insurgent. First of all I would just like to point out that there is no brief recap of the past events of Divergent at the beginning of this book. I consider the true hallmark of a great series author to be their ability to integrate some important events from the previous book in such a way that doesn't interrupt the narrative or stall the new plot development. When I picked Insurgent up and started reading, Tris is busy mourning the loss of Will and for about a solid 10 minutes I kept asking myself "Who the hell is Will?" and why is she blubbering so much. Of course after a google search I remembered he was the friend she ended up shooting. I can only imagine how difficult it must have been for people to remember plot details who actually had to wait the full time for the sequel.

    On the same topic I don't know if this was just me, but did anyone else find it rather unusual that Tris mourns more for Will than she does for her own parents. I get that her and Will bonded during their training experiences and that it is rather upsetting to have to shoot your own friend, but I feel like the death of the people you loved and who raised you it actually more important.

    Before I move on to my next complaint I think we should all take the time to thank our lucky stars that Roth decided not to incorporate a love triangle in this book. Lately, so many YA authors have been forcing readers to endure the ever annoying choice been two men for the protagonist and really I can't take much more of it. That being said, some people will also not appreciate me for this comment, but I hated Four and Tris' relationship in this book. In the first book he is all about encouraging her to accept her new identity and to become a stronger and better person. Now he is too busy treating her like that collection of highly breakable porcelain dolls your grandmother collects (nope, just mine? Okay) Every two seconds he argues with her about how this mission is too dangerous for her and that he hates when she puts her life on the line when she really shouldn't. Excuse me, but isn't that the whole point for being a Dauntless?!? Speaking of arguments it seems like every other chapter the two of them get into petty fights that aren't realistic and interrupt the plot. These fights essentially stand in for authentic relationship growth. By the middle of this book, I just wanted to tell Tris to dump Four and be her awesome heroic self.

    My next complaint is actually one of the ones that I had when I read Divergent and that is the complete lack of chapter transitions. Until I read this book, I had no idea just how important those transitions were. I get the point of cutting those out is to throw the readers right into the action, but it really only leaves me confused. I'm hesitant to cite one particular instance of this because I don't want to spoil the plot, so I'll leave it to you to find the numerous examples of this. I'd also like to point out that when there is a lack of a chapter transition, I'm always convinced that I skipped a page, so I go back and reread the ending of the previous chapter only to find that I didn't miss anything.

    The last complaint that I have is another one from my previous review and that is the complete lack of world building yet again. We still have no idea how the factions formed or why being Divergent is so scandalous or why the entirety of the society collapsed to form this one. The sad thing is that I've actually started to read Allegiant and discovered that all of the world building happens in this last book. THE LAST BOOK. I think I'll save this particular rant for my review of that book because I have a lot to complain about.

    I guess what I'm trying to convey through this review and the one I did for Divergent is that these books do have some annoying flaws, but at the end of the day they are still enjoyable reads. The Divergent Series is not the worst Dystopian series I've ever read, but it is certainly not the best either. I would still recommend this series if you are looking for an interesting, plot driven read.     

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

    April Book Haul!!

    Wow has it really been a whole month already?! Well it has and thankfully my college finals are finished. Now I'll actually have some time to read all of these books I keep buying. For the astute reader, you may remember I mentioned that I had a book review in the works and I haven't forgotten about that statement. I'm almost done writing up the review and it should be posted within the next two days (for real this time). In the meantime you can read about all of the books that I bought this month. YAY! This particular haul has a mixture of new, used, and free books because why limit yourself to one book source. Sooooooo let's get started:

    (Sidenote how cool is that box! Maybe it's just the band nerd inside of me that loves it so much)
    How about I start from the top of the book stack and make my way down.

    The first book as you can tell is To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Like every other teenager, I had to read this in my high school English class and I loved it so much. It's actually quite shocking that I hadn't owned a copy before I bought this one used. One of these days I'll have to pick this book up again and give it a reread.

    The second book on the list is N or M? by Agatha Christie and it's actually a book that doesn't feature Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple. It stars her lesser known sleuths Tommy and Tuppence Beresford and I think this is the only book featuring them that I haven't read yet. 

    The next book that I decided to buy is The Big Four by Agatha Christie and I'm actually really excited to read it. From what I can tell from the book blurb this is a series of short stories featuring Poirot, but there are four villains in the book...hence its name.

    An Agatha Christie Chronology by Nancy Blue Wynne is the next book in my stack and while it does really remind me of the Agatha Christie Secret Notebooks by John Curran, I decided to buy it anyway. I think it will be nice to spend an hour or two rediscovering the plots of all the Agatha Christie's I've read so far.

    The next book on my list is a little bit of a let down, but in all honesty it is partly my fault. For those of you interested in reading more than one of Christie's novels, I would just like to warn you that many of her books are published under alternative titles. The book I have here 13 at Dinner was also published under the title Lord Edgware Dies, which I have read and do own a copy of. Still, I think I'll keep this alternative copy for my collection of books.

    The last Agatha Christie book that I bought this month is called They Came to Baghdad. The book blurb on my copy is a little vague about actual plot details, but I'm sure that this will be another great read.

    This next book was an impulse buy because I really just want to read a hilarious book. This particular one is called Nightlight, a parody of the book Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.

    The next two books I will talk about together because they're both by the same author. I was lucky enough to receive the book Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford for free through the Goodreads First Reads giveaways and while the plot sounded interesting I haven't actually read any of Ford's other work. When I saw this copy of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet I just had to buy it. Depending upon my reading schedule this week I should have a review up of the Songs book soon.

    The last three are books that I actually purposely went to the bookstore to buy because I was so tired of hearing about how awesome they were from other people and that fact I couldn't contribute to the conversation. The first is called I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak and I've been wanting to read this for some time now because I LOVED The Book Thief so much. I can only hope that this book is as good as his first.

    Next in the pile is The Diviners by Libba Bray. I honestly didn't even need to know what this book was about because the moment I heard it was by Libba Bray I just had to have it. Everything I've read by her is so fantastic that I'm pretty sure this book is a safe bet.

    Last, but most certainly not least is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green....I know I'm like the only person on the face of the planet that hasn't read this book and I feel soooooo guilty about it. I actually first became familiar with John Green through his Youtube channel Vlogbrothers and for years now I have happily called myself a nerdfighter. The only problem is while there really are no qualifications for being a nerdfighter, I've felt terrible about never having read any of John's books. All I can say is that is about to change very soon.

    That is sadly all of the books that I've bought this month. If you are interested in what I have to say about them remember to look out for some upcoming reviews on this blog and maybe check out my goodreads account. With that, I'll just say Best Wishes!