The Liebster Award

First of all, let me thank Sarah from @Between the Pages for nominating me for this award! I needed something to motivate me to start blogging again and stop binging Downton Abbey….hehe whoops.

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the 11 questions they wrote for you.
  3. Nominate 11 people.
  4. Give them your set of 11 questions to answer.

Sarah’s Questions:

1. What fictional character would you choose as your best friend?

I’m like the biggest Marissa Meyer fangirl (the biggest ever) so I’m thinking someone from the crew of the Rampion. It would be so cool to be best friends with Cinder or even (sigh) Thorne. All of them just sound like such amazing people!

2. Do you think there’s such thing as people who hate to read?

Yes I do. I know people who can’t even stand looking at books and I that’s okay for them. Sure, they’re definitely missing out and big time, but people are people. Not everyone is going to like everything, or the same thing.

The non-existent-but-will-happen-really-soon-or-someone-is-dying book to movie (or TV series) of the A Court of Thorns and Roses/ACOMAF. I just really, really want to see it happen! That or (bringing out my Marissa fangilness again) a TV adaptation of The Lunar Chronicles – there are so many endless possibilities!

I’m not really sure, because quote memorizing isn’t something I’ve ever really done. I’ve memorized bits and pieces of quotes from Les Mis just because they’re all so pretty like, “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise” but other than that, I haven’t really memorized anything. Oh wait, I did memorize half of Romeo’s soliloquy for fun, you know the “But soft, what light through yonder window breaks…

There’s a lot of hyped books that I haven’t read, and not just brand new ones. I haven’t read The Hunger Games and don’t ever wish to, I haven’t read The Girl on the Train (which seemed to be pretty hyped), I haven’t read the Divergent trilogy. There’s plenty of books out there that are super hyped but I don’t have any desire to read/pick up.

Two titles I love are All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doeer and For Darkness Shows the stars by Diana Peterfreund. They’re just both so pretty. For covers, I love the covers to the A Court of Thorns and Roses covers and I also love the cover to Caraval by Stephanie Garber….

Ahhh I do love YA! It’s so hard to think, because I have little problems sometimes with certain things authors will do. Though I’m not quite finished with it, Winter by (you guessed it) Marissa Meyer has been absolutely perfect and amazing and beautiful and ahhh fangirling. Gosh, I am really sorry I keep talking about Marissa Meyer.

My blog is a little over one month old right now (ahh so tiny!). I had made the blog a long time ago but didn’t posted anything until February 22nd, and now here we are! Age as is what age I am/was when I started? Hmm… I’m not to sure I want to state my age yet. Let’s just say I’m younger :).

Well I certainly don’t intend to… Sure, there might be times like this week when I simply didn’t have time for blogging and things got a little crazy (or maybe I was just watching too much Downton Abbey) but I don’t ever plan on ‘abandoning’ my blog!

Well that wraps it up for this post! I’m sorry if you find it boring… I realize as I am later looking through this that I mostly fangirled over Marissa Meyer and Sarah J. Maas… Whoops. But what can I say? They are both amazing authors!


My Questions:

  1. Do you like book to movie/tv series adaptations?
  2. Are you a fast reader or a slow reader? Do you prefer to read multiple books at once or one at a time?
  3. What is one book that was really hyped up that you ended up not liking?
  4. What is the worst book you ever read?
  5. Do you believe in DNFs, or do you always finish a book no matter what?
  6. Reading while listening to music or no?
  7. Stand-alones or series(s)
  8. Why do you read?
  9.  If you could live in one fictional world, what would it be?
  10.  Who is your current fictional boyfriend (or girlfriend I guess) and why are you together?
  11. Besides reading, do you have any other hobbies?

 

people I nominate:

| Sarah – Breathepages |

| Courtney – Interrobang Books|

| Helen – allbookloves |

|Belle – mybookcastle |

Okay so I’m only nominating four people. Like I said, I’m new to this whole blogging thing, so I don’t know many bloggers and I didn’t want to nominate someone who had already done it!

Happy reading,

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ThriftBooks Haul & Review

After hearing so much about ThriftBooks within the book community, I finally decided I would check it out. I got on the site and started looking around with no intention of buying anything, and ended up with a full cart of books an hour later! I was a little hesitant at first to purchase anything (I mean, books for only $3.59? Hmm…)

Needless to say, all my books came in two big bags today…

Shipping was decently fast, a full 7 days. I ordered the books on the 13th of March and they arrived on the 20th. I’m not to sure what I think about the whole shipping in bags rather than boxes thing, because my books were a little crammed from it.

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All the books I got!

Pricing was amazing! I got seven books for only $22.42 which is pretty good in my opinion – the last time I bought books I spent $28 on three. Yep, I’d say this was a pretty good deal!

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

This book cost $3.59 and was said to be in “good condition”. You can definitely tell that it is used, but other than some wear and tear on the outside, I would say it was in decent condition!

The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

This one cost $3.59 (most of them do) and was in “acceptable condition”. Again, you could tell that it was used, but not so much as A Great and Terrible Beauty. The naked book was in fine condition, which is great, but there was a sticker on the outside that I didn’t have luck getting off…

The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

This book was said to be in “acceptable condition” just like The Tea Rose, but I found this one much worse off. There was noticeable tears on the edges of the dust jacket, especially on the edges. The naked book was a little boring, which I was hoping it wouldn’t be, since the dust jacket wasn’t in the greatest condition. I’m saving the dust jacket for now just because, but it’s currently naked on the shelf. (Gah, it sounds so bad saying that!)

The Wild Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

Now this one I was a little dissapointed in because ThriftBooks said that it was in “good condition” but it clearly was not (as you can see in the top left picture). I knew it was a ex library book, but it was covered in tape and the plastic dust jacket thing, had dents even under that, and stickers all over it. There were also lots of markings on the pages…

My heart was really sad, however, when I took the covers off, it cleaned up decently nice. 🙂 There was still a little bash near the front of the spine, and the markings, but it was much better. Also, it tore up a little of the inside when I took the library dust jacket off, but it wasn’t that noticeable.

There was also the sticker on it from the library (F DON) that I couldn’t take off, but it didn’t really bug me at all. Oh, and the naked book was gorgeous!

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

This one was one of the more “expensive” ones at $3.79… It was listed under “very good condition” which I find to not really be that true, as you can see there is some minor wear in the pages.

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

This one was listed at good condition, and honestly I found nothing wrong with it other than the dent on the top of the spine. I think this one was what I expected for all of them to arrive as, but they didn’t unfortunately.

Looking for Alaska by John Green

So you can’t really tell that this is Looking for Alaska because there is no dust jacket! I don’t think I realized that as I selected this copy (usually it says which ones are missing dust jackets) and I was kind of surprised. It’s not really that big of a deal though, because other than the two little smudges you can see in the pictures, this one was in perfect condition. This one was listed as “acceptable”.

So in all, I had a fairly decent experience with ThriftBooks! I think if I had to give some advise to people who haven’t ordered from ThriftBooks before, would be not to depend on the condition scale to tell the actual condition of the book. I ordered a variety of books in a variety of conditions, and honestly the scale thing really had nothing to do with the way the book came. The ones that were in “good condition” weren’t the greatest and the ones in “acceptable condition” were nicer.

Use this link for 15 percent off your first purchase — ThriftBooks*

*Yes, that’s my Reading Rewards link… hehe. I’ll get 20 percent off when you order 🙂

Happy reading,

Lydia

DNFs of 2017 (So Far)

The doomed DNF.

The one thing that haunt us book lovers into the late hours of the night, silently whispering into our ears that we’re a bad person for not finishing the books that we start.

Or at least that is the way it is for me, lol.

I am slowly learning that if a book isn’t interesting me, isn’t begging for me to pick it up, doesn’t make me feel like I would die without it, or it’s taking way too long to finish, I’m wasting my time on it and need to put it down for a little while. Not forever, just for a little while until I can come back to it at a better time and finish it.

So far in 2017, I regret to say that I have a lot of those. More than I would want, but oh well. Here are some of my DNF books of this year so far:

1. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Pages in: 93

I got this book because I am a huge Jane Eyre fan and because I had heard so much about it, but really, this wasn’t compelling enough for me to keep going. Sure, maybe I would have liked it better if I wasn’t also reading These Shallow Graves and ACOTAR  at the time, but you know, it wasn’t really my thing.

2. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

Pages in: 113

You see where I got my blog title now? I just love the word mirth. Anyways, I put this one down because I honestly was not understanding it, at all. Usually classics aren’t that hard for me to comprehend, but I really wasn’t getting this one for some reason.

3. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy

Pages in: 92

Again, must not have been paying enough attention at the start of the book, but this went right over my head. And it’s one of those books that has been on my TBR forever!

4. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

Pages in: 131

Are we sensing a trend here with all of these unfinished classics? Haha, this one I was actually really enjoying and excited about, but I started reading to many other books and it just kind of got shoved out of the way with so many others.

5. The Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland

Pages in: 16

Didn’t really have a reason for stopping this one, I just wasn’t really interested at the time.


Hehe, I think I have more, but I loose track sometimes! It doesn’t help that I need to buy new bookshelves and my books are sort unorganized right now. Do you all have any suggestions for small rooms and lots of books? I’d love to know!

Happy reading,

Lydia

Black Cat Blue Sea Award

Happy, happy Friday!

I know I am looking forward to staying up late tonight and finally reading more than 20 pages of A Court of Mist and Fury – I’ve only been able to read it in increments lately and it is absolutely killing me every time I have to close it so I can actually get more than five hours of sleep. (Guys can we talk about Rhysand in this one though… RHYSAND! MY GOSH RHYSAND. Okay. I’ll try to calm down now…)

So today’s post is a little different because I actually got nominated for something…The Black Cat Blue Sea Award! Thank you so much to Book Princess Reviews for the nomination!

Here are the rules:

  1. Anybody nominated can nominate eight other bloggers.
  2. The nominee answers three questions posed by the nominator.
  3. The questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions.
  4. If any of the questions asked are offensive or the nominee simply does not want to answer, the nominee does not have to answer them to earn the award.

Questions Asked by Book Princess Reviews


1. If you could frame one book cover as a work of art, what would it be?

Oh gosh I don’t know… I’m trying to think of what book covers I really like… The Dutch cover of Heartless by Marissa Meyer is super pretty(the one that is spelled “Harteloos”), but I love the cover for Caraval!

2. Surprise! There’s a book on your doorstep. What is it and why?

Right now, of the top of my head, a copy of Winter by Marissa Meyer because every single time I go to the library, it’s checked out! I am absolutely desperate at this point to get my hands on a copy (insert fangirling screams and crying here). But if I thought about it more, it would be A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. I haven’t even finished the second one yet but I know that it will be an unbearable month of April while I wait for the third to come out!

3. If you could set a book in any setting, what country would it be and why?

This will sound funny, but I’ve always wanted to read a romance set in Ancient Rome or Ancient Greece. I’ve been studying the culture of Ancient Romans as part of a Latin course I am taking, and I am absolutely enthralled by it. I want to see like a Romeo and Juliet style romance set in Ancient Rome/Greece but better, because Romeo and Juliet isn’t my favorite lol.

The people I nominate:

Maxxesbooktopia | GracegetsbooksMay Contain SpoilersBetween the Pages | JenAcideByBibliophile | The Book Cover Girls | Twin Tales |imbookedbybooks

My apologies if you’ve already been nominated… I literally had no clue whole to nominate since I’m like *really* new at this  🙂


My Questions:

  1. If you could spend one full 24 hour day with any fictional character who would it be and why?
  2. What is a book you are dying to read but haven’t been able to get your hands on a copy or it hasn’t come out yet and why?
  3. What is a book/book series that you have no interest what so ever of reading or you will never read? Why aren’t you interested?

 

Thank You So Much + Announcements

Thank you.

Wow. I don’t even know how to start…

Huge thank you to all the people who have been following, liking, viewing and commenting on my blog since it has started. You don’t know how amazing this is for me to have all this support from so many people this early on encouraging me – I don’t even have words for how I feel!

Since my first post not even a month ago, my blog has grown even bigger than I had ever expected it to in years! I’m so thankful that I didn’t beat myself down like I had in the past and had the courage to hit the publish button – if I hadn’t have, I wouldn’t have been able to experience all this.

Here’s hugs for you all:

 

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Annoucments:

In inspiration to my success so far, I now have a twitter which you can view here or @booksandmirth. I will be posting general updates along with book stuff there which I think will be lots of fun!

I’m trying to make a better posting schedule than what I have, so it’s more predictable and less random… 🙂

Though this post is short, and not book related, thank you and happy reading!

Lydia

Paper Towns by John Green – Review

I have finally done it – I read a John Green novel! Granted, it shouldn’t have taken me this long to read one since they’ve been around for a (cough cough) really long time now, but I finally picked one up at the library and read it.

I thought it was amazing. Absolutely amazing.

John Green’s characters are downright funny, relatable and just all over real. In no point during this book did I ever feel like I did while reading Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales. From the main characters to the supporting characters to even the characters who aren’t really part of the story immediate story line, I adored.

John Green’s writing style has a unique feel to it, and has and amazing voice as a writer. It surprises me that I haven’t ever wanted to read John Green before this, because I’ve been subscribed to the vlogbrothers channel for the longest time and have enjoyed his Crash Course Literature videos in the past. Before this, nothing in me desired to read his books because I had seen stuff from the movies and thought they were just sterile and kinda meh.

Paper Towns was full of color, full of exciting moments, confusing moments, sad moments. I felt like with this book I really was completely there with the narrator, I felt the same emotions that he did. I laughed during this book, I might have cried a little at the end, like I said, I loved it!

The only thing that is keeping me from giving this a whole five stars is the ending. I just felt like after all I had been through with the book that I (or reader in general) deserved a better ending. This one didn’t seem rushed, but more unfinished. Like I could have used maybe 50-80 more pages.

Overall, amazing!

Happy reading,

Lydia

 

Bookish Book Questions

Hello lovelies!

I’m doing something a little different today but answering some bookish questions that I found on The Book Cover Girl’s blog for a tag that is going around! As I am really really new to this book blogging thing, and I’m not really familiar with so many book blogs at this point, I figured instead of doing the tag I would just answer some of the questions on it because they all seemed so much fun. 🙂

So without further ado, here you go!

What is the best book you have read in the past year and why?

So far (as in 2017), Cress by Marissa Meyer has been one of the best books I have read so far. I just loved that I got more of Thorne in this book than I had the last one, and the Cresswell feels were WAY too much for me to handle. Yep, lots of second hand aggression and fangirling over this one. Oh, and also These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly – absolutely stunning!

What is the worst book you have read in the past year and why?

Definitely The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe. I read it in honor of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey and the heroine, Catherine Morland, and honestly it was a piece of junk. Uh, my head spins just thinking about it.

If you could live in a fictional world, which would it be and why?

Okay, this sounds a little stereotypical (if you could say that) but the Harry Potter world. I mean, for real, who wouldn’t want to go to Hogwarts?

What book has sat the longest on your TBR list without you reading it?

Probably Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, mostly because of it’s size. I’ve picked it up maybe once or twice and only gotten 70 or so pages in, but it hasn’t happened – yet.

Update: I actually started this one a little after writing this and passed the 70 pages mark! Currently at 300, go me!

If you could read one book for the rest of eternity, what would it be?

Gosh I don’t know. Would a series count? If so, maybe the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer or the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling (duh).

Do you prefer long books or short books? Are you a fast or slow reader?

For length of books, it really depends on what mood I’m in. I generallly go for bigger books on the shelves, but sometimes after reading a big book, I like to go for short ones. For example, after I had read ACOTAR, I read The Inheritence by Louisa May Alcott, which was only 177 pages long.

As far as reading speed, I read very fast. I think the average reading speed is anywhere from 200 to 300 words per minute, but I read at like 400-500 last time I took reading speed test.

What was the first book you remember reading?

I really don’t know! I remember there used to be these little picture books without any words that had really thick covers and were about this mouse that went on adventures. 

Who is your favorite book character of all time?

That’s almost as hard as asking what my favorite book is! Let’s see, I don’t think I really have one, but I love Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles a lot, but then I also love Sirius Black and Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter, and Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird.

What time of day do you usually get your reading done?

Mostly throughout the whole entire day on weekdays. I have a 40 minute transport time to and from school, and then I’ll read for awhile before I go to bed. On weekends though, it’s most from 7:00 PM – 1:00 AM!

If you could trade places with a fictional character who would it be?

I don’t know if I’d really want to trade places with a character, but maybe be able to go to their world and be best friends or something with them. For instance, I would hate to trade places with a character and then screw something up. 🙂


 

Thanks again to The Book Cover Girl for the questions I (kinda sorta maybe) stole!

Happy reading,

Lydia