Weekend BookBlogger Hop: 18

The BookBlogger Hop is hosted by Crazy-for-Books every week. It had been too time-consuming for a while, but she’s started it back up again. Basically, if you blog about books, answer a question provided and if you link to their post in your blog, you can add your blog to their list of participants. This week’s question is:

Do you have a keeper shelf for books you loved? What books are on that shelf and why?

I don’t actually have a “keeper shelf,” per se. I do have a couple shelves that are filled with my favorite books – basically all my young adult books, fantasy, etc. But I really don’t like getting rid of books. It’s probably some sort of psychological issue of mine, but it literally hurts me to get rid of a book once I physicallyownit. Once, I went through some of the old ones that I haven’t looked at since I was 5. And then again since I was 12 or so. But I’ve only donated children’s book that I don’t care about. I’m not kidding – I still have one and a half bookcases just dedicated to childrens’ books. So basically, my entire bookcase is my keeper shelf!

My Sister’s Keeper

Title: My Sister’s Keeper
Author: Jodi Picoult
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Release Date: February 1, 2005

Can a parent love too much? Or is too much never enough?
Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conveived as a bone marrow match for Kate – a life and a role that she has never challenged … until now. Like most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister – and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and perhaps have fatal consequences for the sister she loves.

This entire book was touching. Anna and Kate’s story, through the eyes of the entire family, was such an emotional rollercoaster that I had to take a break a few times so I wouldn’t dissolve in tears. I can’t imagine such a situation, and the style of the writing hid so many true motives and secrets and moral issues within the main plot line that I was never bored. I was never completely at ease with the characters until the end, and then I was breaking down in tears anyway – yes, this story was VERY emotional.

Anna’s character was so conflicted. She wanted to do the right thing, and for most of the book, that included being noticed. As much as her love for her sister was, Anna was a child too. I was definitely on her side the entire time. As soon as I met Campbell, too, I was on his side. He was such a supporter of Anna, whatever his reasons were at the time, and there was just something instinctive that I liked about him whenever his character popped up, and it wasn’t just his sarcastic humor. His and Julia’s parts in the story were key, and I enjoyed their own backstories as well. It doesn’t hurt that there was an awesome dog mixed in with them, either.

Brian and Sara, Anna’s parents. Wow. I can’t even believe what they went through, and had to deal with. The entire book, with three children all with their own issues, and then their own marital issues because of the children and the misguided focus they both had, and then all the trouble they went through forthatending? Really? Still, I think I liked Brian better than Sara, if only because of a bias towards Anna. Jesse, too, was mixed up with this, and I feel as though he was possibly most affected. His scene with his dad was really touching.

Basically, you will be shocked by this book. Even though I love all the characters, and the story was great, I will probably never read this book again, if only because it touches a little too close to home for me. Besides, I didn’t like the ending – I mean, come on! Making me cryat the end?? Who does that!? Still, I really do recommend this book. It will take you for a ride and leave you thinking, for sure.

~Yours Truly

Weekend BookBlogger Hop: 17

The BookBlogger Hop is hosted by Crazy-for-Books every week. It had been too time-consuming for a while, but she’s started it back up again. Basically, if you blog about books, answer a question provided and if you link to their post in your blog, you can add your blog to their list of participants. This week’s question is:

Blogging Question: Do you immediately write a review upon finishing a book or do you wait and write multiple reviews at once?

I try really hard to write a review literally immediately after I flip the cover shut. Everything is fresh in my mind, I have thoughts all ready and anxious to be typed through my fingers onto the blog. But, unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen, so I sometimes end up forgetting. And then procrastinating. And then I’ve forgotten for so long to actually write the review that I’ve read ten more books and have written their reviews and so I don’t even remember what the book was about. Or I do, but the detail really isn’t as clear, and my review is more of a mini-review, or I post about it with a couple other books that I’ve done the same with. I really don’t like it when I get behind in blogging, but unfortunately, it does happen.

Weekend BookBlogger Hop: 16

The BookBlogger Hop is hosted by Crazy-for-Books every week. It had been too time-consuming for a while, but she’s started it back up again. Basically, if you blog about books, answer a question provided and if you link to their post in your blog, you can add your blog to their list of participants. This week’s question is:

Do you belong to a book club, either online or in real life?

My answer is sort of weird. I just joined my friend’s website, Chain Reaction Reviews, which is sort of like a blog/online book club, that she made for her Girl Scouts’ Gold Award. She’s going to host some actual, real life meetings, too. We’ve only had one so far, but I think that she’s going to continue it. Basically, anyone can post a review of a book they’ve read, but she has the final say on whether or not it goes up. At the in-person meeting, for the most part we just hang out, but it’s a requirement to have posted a review that day. So, yes, I suppose I am part of a book club, haha.

Shut Out

Title: Shut Out
Author: Kody Keplinger
Publisher: Poppy – Little, Brown and Company
Release Date: September 5, 2011
ARC

Most high school sports teams have rivalries with other schools. At Hamilton High, it’s a civil war: the football team versus the soccer team. And for her part, Lissa is sick of it. Her quarterback boyfriend, Randy, is always ditching her to go pick a fight with the soccer team or to prank their locker room. And on three separate occasions Randy’s car has been egged while he and Lissa were inside, making out. She is done competing with a bunch of sweaty boys for her own boyfriend’s attention.
Lissa decides to end the rivalry once and for all: she and the other players’ girlfriends go on a hookup strike. The boys won’t get any action from them until the football and soccer teams make peace. What they don’t count on is a new sort of rivalry: an impossible girls-against-boys showdown that hinges on who will cave to their libidos first. And Lissa never sees her own sexual tension with the leader of the boys, Cash Sterling, coming.

From the very beginning, Lissa’s voice was very clear. She was wacky, with a good reason why, but her frustration with her boyfriend was completely on track. I mean, really – a guy left a girl with her shirt off to chase a bunch of guys a couple blocks away. There is something really messed up between the guys – and it got violent. I was so happy when Lissa took a stand, even before the sex strike, just because it was ridiculous how these guys were so out of control. I loved her determination, and I was always on her side. Even when she went slight insane in the middle due to her control issues, I was always rooting for her, if not her method. She was a very lovable character, especially when her thing about Cash was finally revealed (no, not a romantic thing – well, sort of, but really just the reason why she feels the way she does about him). I sooooo wanted to hit him for being so stupid. But it all works out in the end.

The sex strike material was great, too. I loved how Keplinger dealt with common issues, especially in high school and teenagers’ lives. The innate insecurities, lies to protect self-esteem, questions that everyone thinks but are taboo according to society. I’m so glad that she breaks the unspoken rule to mention these things, because even though she doesn’t provide the answer, she definitely reasons out at least a part of it, that made sense, and besides being an entertaining read, it was also intellectual and enlightening. But don’t let those “big words” stop you from reading the book – it just really gave me a different perspective on life in general as well as those issues.

I highly recommend this book to anyone over the age of 14 (the publisher recommends it for over 15). There is “taboo” material, but I think that this book has made me realize how important the taboo subjects are. People don’t want to talk about them, so they ignore it, and they think that everything is fine. But for teenagers, especially, but for everyone in reality, it’s always healthier to have someone, even a parent, to talk to about something instead of asking yourself the same questions over and over again without a real answer because of embarrassment or uncertainty. This book is amazing – you won’t regret reading it.

~Yours Truly

Weekend BookBlogger Hop: 15

The BookBlogger Hop is hosted by Crazy-for-Books every week. It had been too time-consuming for a while, but she’s started it back up again. Basically, if you blog about books, answer a question provided and if you link to their post in your blog, you can add your blog to their list of participants. This week’s question is:

If you were to write a book, what type of book would you write?

I’m actually attempting to write a book now – hopefully I’ll have more time during the summer to do it, but as of right now, I’m super busy and barely even remember that I have it haha. It’s a fantasy book, and I’m not giving anything away – yet. I’m going to at least finish a rough draft before ANYTHING gets out about it 😉

Weekend BookBlogger Hop: 14

The BookBlogger Hop is hosted by Crazy-for-Books every week. It had been too time-consuming for a while, but she’s started it back up again. Basically, if you blog about books, answer a question provided and if you link to their post in your blog, you can add your blog to their list of participants. This week’s question is:

BEA Edition – What upcoming releases are you most looking forward to?

Unfortunately, I can’t attend BEA, but as for the actual books that I’m (optimistically) hoping to get soon? Arise (Hereafter #2) by Tara Hudson is a big one, and so isOnyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer Armentrout – I’d say these are the two that I’m most excited to read (not necessarily in that order) that haven’t come out as of now.