Why I’ve Been Listening to Audio Books.

I usually read books, but I’ve recently discovered the joy of listening to someone talk that isn’t myself. When I ran out of money (I was actually too lazy to spend $20 0n one book that i would finish in two days), I went searching for a bunch of websites that had good audio books for free. Of course, I couldn’t find one that had the book I was looking for (A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas), because all the sites I found were for classic books, like Shakespear, and whatnot. Therefore, being the smart person I am (if I was smart I would have thought of this sooner), I went to YouTube. Because I’m smart. And since YouTube is advanced, it kept my spot when I left (since i have the app on my phone) so I don’t have to leave a bookmark in the comments like everyone who uses it on the computer or PC.

Listening to an audio book is actually very pleasant, unlike when you read a book with your class in grade school, and you listen along to the cassette tape that you know you’ll have to do a project on in the end (on the book, not the cassette tape). It gives you the time to do what you want while listening or just listen to the audio book as you’re drifting off to sleep. It makes it so easy to imagine their world when you’re not reading. It takes off so much work. I started listening to my book yesterday, and I’m already 20 or so chapters in!!

also: A Court of Thorns and Roses book review will be up in a week and a half or so.

ALSO: to those of you going to school: GOODE LUCK (haha get it, like Goode schoool, Percy Jackson, no? okay)

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HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD BOOK “REVIEW”

OH. MY. GOODNESS.

This book has killed me. I am officially dead. Like seriously.

[WARNING: there is an enormous usage of UPPER CASE LETTERS in this “review.”]

cursed child

Okay, so if you haven’t read the Harry Potter series, it’s basically about a boy named Harry Potter who lives with his aunt and uncle because his parents dies when he was 13 months old. When Harry turns 11, he finds out that he is a wizard, well, he’s actually the most famous wizard in the whole world. And he g0es to a wizarding school called Hogwarts and all this crazy stuff happens, and he just saves the world, i dunno, 9 or 10 times?

OKAY BUT THIS IS 19 YEARS LATER

AND I CANT TAKE IT

SO MUCH SARCASM AND PLOT TWISTS AND OH MY

CAN Y’ALL JUST DEAL WITH MY FANGIRLING FOR A MINUTE?

okay so i started this book at 12:35 am (Since I got to go to the release party), and finished at 7:36 pm (I had to sleep and eat and such, but other than that i pretty much read all day). I WILL KEEP REREADING THIS BOOK UNTIL MY EYES FALL OUT.

Let me be clear: this is the official rehearsal script for the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play. AND IT GETS A 20/10 OKAY, A 20.

I have loved the Harry Potter books since i was 9 years old, and was upset when I didn’t get my Hogwarts letter when I was turning 11. But, reading the Harry Potter series was just like going to Hogwarts, and needless to say, these books saved me.

OKAY BACK TO MY CRAZY REVIEW THAT ISN’T REALLY A REVIEW:

I. AM. IN. LOVE.

I love Jo, I love the book, I loved the party, I loved the book, did I mention that I LOVE THE BOOK?

yeah, so my brother is reading the book right now and [MINOR SPOILERS] he keeps blurting things out like “HARRY IS A BUTT NUGGET HE CAN’T CHANGE ALBUS’S HOUSE!” or “VOLDEMORT DAY??” and I keep telling him to keep reading cause OooOOOOoo MyyyYYYYyy. HOW YOU WILL HAVE THE FEELS. DON’T WORRY LITTLE CHILD, EVERYTHING WILL MAKE SENSE SOON..

I suggest reading this book to anyone who would like to have a very painful death full of feels and shipping.

P.S. SCALBUS IS MY NEW OTP [SCORPIUS AND ALBUS]

ALSO: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO J.K. ROWLING, YOU AND YOUR BOOKS HAVE SAVED  ME. YOUR BOOKS TAKE ME TO ANOTHER WORLD WHEN I NEED TO ESCAPE THIS ONE.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARRY POTTER, YOU ARE GREAT, MATE, AND BLOODY HELL, GET SOME PARENTING TIPS FROM HERMIONE.

 

Yet Another Month Where I Don’t Have Enough Money to Buy All the New Books I Want

It’s that time of the year, folks! Where this little potato updates, and when I have absolutely no money except for the non existent bit I need to keep saving up. This month, I got one book off of Amazon (which was by the way A LOT cheaper at Costco), one book from the library, and one book from my friend.

First book: The Trials of Apollo, Book One: The Hidden Oracle By Rick Riordan

Progress: 54% finished

I got this book on Thursday, May 12 and I am currently on page 209.

 this book, like several other of Rick’s, is based off of the Greek and Roman demigods (half mortal, half ancient Gods), except this series is in the point of view of the ancient Greek god, Apollo. Apollo  has been turned into a mortal as a punishment from his father, Zeus. The book starts off with Apollo falling from the sky, landing in a dumpster in Manhattan. There, he is getting beaten up by some thugs, when a 12 year old girl, Meg McCaffery scares the thugs away. Meg and Apollo meet up with Percy Jackson, who drives them to camp half blood. Im not going to give any spoilers so I’m not writing any more.

I really like the way this is written, and you get to figure out what happens to the seven and Nico and Reyna. (TBH all I really care about is Nico)

also…. SO MUCH GAYNESS! I APROVE!

YOU GO UNCLE RICK! KEEP UP THE GAYNESS!

Book #2: The Waiting Tree by Lindsay Moynihan

Progress: 16%

WARNING: THIS BOOK IS NOT APPROPRIATE FOR YOUNGER READERS.

There is vulgar language in this book, and there is a frick frack scene in the preface.

ALSO HAS A LOT OF GAYNESS!

This book is about a 18 year old boy who’s parents died, and lives with his three brothers, Paul, his oldest brother, who feels like he is doing the right thing by abusing Simon; Luke, his second older brother, who does not have enough courage to stand up to Paul; and Jude, Simon’s mute twin.

Ever since Simon and his best friend, Stephen, were caught in a (somewhat sexual) relationship, everything was going downhill for Simon. Not only did Stephens father make Stephen move away, but Paul has been abusing (verbally and physically) Simon, and the whole town now knows that Simon is gay. This means that Simon can not go to church, and, his only ally is his workmate, Tina. Now, to make everything better, Paul is threatening to kick Simon out of the house if he doesn’t change. Since Simon and Tina have an alliance, Tina agrees to pretend to date Simon not only so he can stay in his home, but so Monique, another workmate of his, will stop pestering him about getting a girlfriend.

That’s all I’ve read so far.

Book #3: The Happiness Project… and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin.

Progress: 32%

Look, I’m just going to be bland and blunt here; this book is very boring. i do not recommend it.

Book #4: Lumberjanes #2 by Noelle Stephenson.

 this is a graphic novel. Usually I don’t read graphic novels, but this one changed my point of view on them. this has a great story line, and is related to the Greek Gods, which i take interest in.

i am going to go now because A) i am hungry and B) i have my foot lodged in a desk compartment, and i probably won’t be able to get it out if i keep it in there any longer.

 

Bye! see you in a couple weeks!

March (still) Readings

Okay, so this is pretty early, so just deal with me here. This month, I actually started a bunch of books.

Book one: Cloaked by Alex Flinn

This book (so far) is about a 17 year old boy named Johnny Marco who’s family has a long history in the shoe repair business. One day, when princess Victoriana, a princess from Aloria, is staying in the hotel where Johnny’s  shop is, Johnny is put to a quest by the princess herself! Johnny has to find Phillipe, Victoriana’s brother, who was turned into a frog by an evil witch. Johnny has many problems throughout the story, for example, when he got kidnapped by the evil witch, and when he was nearly trampled by giants in the Keys.

So far, I’m really enjoying this book. I am 57% finished (thank you, Goodreads). I do not like Victoriana’s character because she and Johnny are 17 years old, and she told Johnny that if he finds Phillipe, then she would marry him. First of all, they’re not even adults, so they cannot get married yet, second of all, They’re 17! they’re so young, and definitely not ready to share their life with someone else yet, if they’re still figuring out their own, and finally, why would Victoriana, a PRINCESS, want to marry a low life, shoe maker who has little to no money, and works in a hotel? No offence to anyone, but I think that that has very little possibility.

 

Book 2: Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan, illustrated by John Rocco

this book is basically stories about the 12 Olympian Gods, written in Percy Jackson (from the book series’ Percy Jackson and the Olympians and the Heroes of Olympus) perspective.

I really like the way Rick Riordan writes Percy’s character. His character is so relatable to my age group. The way Rick writes Percy’s character is like he understand what it is like being our age, and he can connect to us in certain ways. He truly understand what it feels like to be a teenager.

The words Rick uses when he is writing in a characters perspective is like he is that character. He is funny when he writes as Percy. Greek Gods is a Hilarious book so far, and I am lovin’ it (*INSERT: McDonalds theme here*). I am currently 72% finished.

OTHER BOOKS THAT I AM LESS THAN 10% FINISHED:

The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney: 8% finished

 

The Happiness Project, Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean my Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin:

1% finished

Well, that’s all for today! Bye!

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Hey guys! My name is Grace. As this is my first post on my blog, I decided to do is write a review. This review is on the book Dumplin’, by Julie Murphy.

Here’s the summary to the story:

Dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom, Willowdean has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American-beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . .  until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet Pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

Dumplin’ was a absolute AMAZING book. I read this book in two days time, and whenever I wasn’t reading, I was thinking about the book. This book is awe-inspiring and has beautiful writing. Julie Murphy has the gift of a beautiful writer.

This book was recommended to me by a friend, and let’s just say that they’re now the person that I turn to when in need of a new book to read.

I recommend this book to everyone who enjoys Rainbow Rowell or John Greens work, I think you’d enjoy it very much.

Well, I hope you enjoyed my book review (remember that this is my first book review ever, and I have no experience).