Friday, May 25, 2018

50/50 Friday (86): Book You Wish Was Recommended to You More/Less

50/50 Friday is a meme hosted by Carrie @The Butterfly Reads and I and focuses on the opposite sides of books (best/worst, differing opinions, etc).  Every week will have a new topic and several advance topics will be listed in the tab labeled 50/50 Friday!


Today's Topic: Book You Wish Was Recommended to You More/Less


More:


Standalone
Released: 2003
Rating: 5 stars

Blurb:
"“It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime."

Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashtuns. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir's choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic."



I read this a few months ago and I can't believe it wasn't recommended to me more!  I think I saw it maybe once or twice but it's largely one of those books I feel like you have to discover on your own which is absolutely ridiculous.  It's such an amazingly structured book with circular themes and heart wrenching prose.  Seriously, if you haven't read this, consider this your wakeup call!


Less:


The Mortal Instruments #1 (six books total)
Released: 2007
Rating: 4.5 stars

Blurb:
"When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end."



I did enjoy the first few books in this series but in my opinion, it started going downhill after the third book.  I expect more world building and more character development with longer series' but I was just disappointed by this.  I was recommended this SO much (as noted in my review of the first book) and it was crazy how many people were raving about this series to me.  I don't know, it was okay but I think the greatness wasn't sustained.


Have you read either of these?  Do you have a different opinion?  What books do you wish were recommended more or less?  Make a post and link up down below!



Next Week's Topic: Favorite/Least Favorite Read in May

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A Guide: The Basics of HTML


So after a three month hiatus with these posts, I'm finally getting back at it again!  In honor of my third blogoversary last year, I began this series of Guides that contain all my knowledge that I've gleaned from being a blogger.  I'm currently celebrating my fourth blogoversary at the end of March (yay!!!) and there will be a bit of a surprise for that (aka a giveaway and other special things coming in June... probably).  But back to this Guide.  I've done four other Guide's before this which I've linked below for your convenience.  And, without further ado, onto the basics of HTML!

The Pursuit of Reviewers
Review Writing
Blog Design
The Wonders of Images

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Review Sunday: Q by Luther Blissett (aka a team of authors)


Standalone to date
Released: 1999

Blurb:
"In 1517, Martin Luther nails his ninety-five theses demanding reform of the Catholic Church to the door of Wittenburg Cathedral, setting off a period of upheaval, war, civil war and violence we now know as the Reformation.

In this age devastated by wars of religion, a young theology student adopts the cause of the heretics and the disinherited. Across the chessboard of Europe, from the German plains to the flourishing Dutch cities and down to Venice, the gateway to the East, our hero, a 'Survivor', a radical Protestant Anabaptist who goes under many names, and his enemy, a loyal papal spy and heretic hunter known mysteriously as "Q" play a game in which no moves are forbidden and the true size of the stakes remain hidden until the end. What begins as a personal struggle to reveal each other's identity becomes a mission that can only end in death."


Friday, May 18, 2018

50/50 Friday (85): Book You Can/Can't Bring Yourself to Reread

50/50 Friday is a meme hosted by Carrie @The Butterfly Reads and I and focuses on the opposite sides of books (best/worst, differing opinions, etc).  Every week will have a new topic and several advance topics will be listed in the tab labeled 50/50 Friday!




Today's Topic: Book You Can/Can't Bring Yourself to Reread

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Review Wednesday: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #5)


Throne of Glass #5
Released: 2016

Blurb:
"The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don't.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she's to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart."


Sunday, May 13, 2018

Review Sunday: A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas


A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1
Released: May 1st, 2018

Blurb:
"The Winter Solstice. In a week. I was still new enough to being High Lady that I had no idea what my formal role was to be. If we'd have a High Priestess do some odious ceremony, as lanthe had done the year before. A year. Gods, nearly a year since Rhys had called in his bargain, desperate to get me away from the poison of the Spring Court to save me from my despair. Had he been only a minute later, the Mother knew what would have happened. Where I'd now be. Snow swirled and eddied in the garden, catching in the brown fibers of the burlap covering the shrubs My mate who had worked so hard and so selflessly, all without hope that I would ever be with him We had both fought for that love, bled for it. Rhys had died for it."


Friday, May 11, 2018

50/50 Friday (84): Series On Your TBR You'll Keep/Get Rid Of

50/50 Friday is a meme hosted by Carrie @The Butterfly Reads and I and focuses on the opposite sides of books (best/worst, differing opinions, etc).  Every week will have a new topic and several advance topics will be listed in the tab labeled 50/50 Friday!


Today's Topic: Series On Your TBR You'll Keep/Get Rid Of

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