Everything, Everything

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In this novel, Madeline Whittier is allergic to everything. So allergic, she never leaves her house. After  she gets a glimpse of a moving truck outside her window, and a boy named Olly, her life drastically changes.

Everything, Everything is just plain beautiful. The writing style is beautiful. Madeline Whittier is beautiful. Olly is beautiful. The plot is beautiful. I think you get the idea.

While this book was highly predictable (though I’m not so sure actually considering the fact that a friend kind of spoiled it by giving me a hint about the ending), it was an exceptional read. I loved every bit of it. This book actually reminds me a little of The Fault In Our Stars except for the fact that it’s not about cancer and they don’t travel to Holland. Still, it’s fantastic.

The romance for me actually wasn’t that excessive and actually added to the beauty of the book. Nicola didn’t seem to romanticize anything and made the story seem realistic, which is really important to me because I don’t like romanticizing illnesses in any sort of media.

With that being said, I’m in love with this book and most likely you nerds will be, too. It’s a wonderful read and hopefully you guys will read it and agree.

My rating:

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If you’ve already read this, feel free to leave some thoughts in the comments. I’d love to read them.

Happy reading!! xoxo

The 5 Symptoms of Binge Reading

We’ve all been there.

Staying up all night just to finish “this chapter” or just to finish the book in general. Going through a good 5 or 6 books in a week. Sleeping all day after a two-week-long binge reading episode because we haven’t slept in only God knows how long.

We’ve all been there. 

There’s no cure, no way to ease the pain. The best thing to do is just ride the waves and let it all play out. But, what is binge reading?

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Yet, when book nerds refer to binge reading, it usually goes like this:

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How do you know you’re having a binge reading episode?

Welp,  if you’re asking me, you’ve come to the right place.

Symptom #1: You haven’t slept in days. 

As a fellow binge reader, I totally understand the whole: “‘I need to finish this chapter before I fall asleep’ and then waking up on the floor 5 o’clock the next day with your book on the floor next to you'” thing. It happens.

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Symptom #2: You haven’t stepped out of your room in a week. (Or longer.)  

Book nerds need two things to survive:

  1. Food
  2. Books

No people, no technology. Just those two things and we’re good. No joke. rapunzel-books

Symptom #3: Yet, despite the need to survive, you can’t remember the last time you even SAW food. 

I mean, who needs food anyway, right?

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Symptom #4: Although, when you did eat, you gulped it down so you could go back to reading. 

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Symptom #5: Your family is highly concerned about your health. 

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So…

do you guys show any of these symptoms?

(By the way, nerds, add me on Goodreads here!)

Happy reading!! xoxo

Never Take Me To A Bookstore (Or Anywhere Around Books)

I know, I know. I kind of went back on my promise and went incognito (AGAIN). But I’m back (AGAIN).This time, I actually have a good excuse.

After my last post, a lot of things started going on. It started with some personal things that were going on, then slid to vacation. At first my mom and I planned on going to someplace like Gatlinburg, Tennessee or the beach. Well, plans changed and we ended up going to visit relatives in Michigan with my grandmother tagging along- oh, and don’t worry, it was still fun.The whole week we visited family member after family member. It was fun, don’t get me wrong. Still, AN INTROVERT HAS TO BREATHE. In order to do that, I went to my safe place:

Books.

Despite the fact that I already have two bookshelves full and several stacks of books in my closet, what else was I supposed to do but go book shopping?

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Of course, there were other things that I got and collected, but mostly what I got is obvious.

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Once I got home and spread the books out to go through my titles, I realized: I have a serious problem.

When I first began learning how to read mom and I would go to the library every month. We’d come home with only a few books that mom would read to me every night before bed. My book pile started small; two or three books here and there, nothing big. But then, it grew. I’d take home fifteen to even twenty books sometimes. It went on a year or two, until we weren’t reading the books fast enough and started missing the return dates. Then mom started taking me to bookstores. Of course, that was a mistake.

Another instance was in elementary school. We had these events called book fairs, and it was like a mini book store that students could go to and buy books. It lasted about one week out of the year and it would always include a family night at the end of the week for the families to come and walk around with their children and check it out themselves. Every year for five consecutive years would my mom and I attend this book fair. That’s when the problem got worse. I personally think it was mom’s fault, and let me explain to you why.

So, mom and I would be walking through the school library (where the book fair was held) and mom would browse through the books while I would wander off to find the books that I liked. No matter what genre it was, mom would come up to me on several occasions with books in her hands and let me read the backs of them. Here’s the problem: I hated reading synopses. Absolutely hated them. Hence, when mom would give me a book to read the synopsis of, I’d pretend to read it, then say: “Sounds great!” and place it in the bag.

We’d end up going home with about three bags of books and an empty wallet.

And on this would go. Even now, as I’m older and in high school, I just pick books off the shelf that look cool and put them in the basket. Occasionally nowadays I’ll read what it’s about, but, now that I’m obsessed with books, I still can’t stop buying. Like the other day when I came out of Salvation Army (or Salvo’s as my wonderful aunt calls it) with eleven books. Hey, but don’t blame me, when there’s a sale, you know you gotta have ’em!

In conclusion: never take me to a bookstore.You never know what I’ll find.

Happy Reading!! xoxoxo

Easy Origami Bookmark

When I first decided to try out one of my favorite hobbies (though I don’t have much time for it nowadays), I came across a tutorial for an origami bookmark. I honestly don’t remember where I found it, but I decided to go ahead and share it with you guys anyway. So, grab a square piece of paper (copy paper, loose leaf, *cringe* book page, or origami paper) and let’s do this!

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If you’re using one-sided origami paper, then flip it over so that the print is face-down, that so you can see the design on the finished product.

Now, the first thing we’re going to do is fold the paper into a triangle by taking the opposite corners and bringing them together.

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Take the two corners and bring them up to the top point of the triangle to make a diamond shape. It should look like this:

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Then unfold them to make the triangle again.

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See the creases on your triangle? That’s going to help you for this step.

Next, what you’re going to do is fold the top point down. What you want to do is fold the point all the way down so that the sides line up with the creases. The point should be right at the bottom of your triangle and then make sure that the fold is straight.

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For this step, we’re going to refer back to step three, where we brought the bottom edges up to the top point. Then, we’re going to tuck them into the little mini-triangle like it’s a little pocket.

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Then tuck the other side into the pocket as well, making a smaller triangle:

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This should be your finished product. Once that’s finished, put the triangle on the corner of your page by sliding the corner  of the page you want to mark into the little pocket. My trick for finding my page is that I place the solid part on the page that I left off on, and the split part on the back of it.

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And.. you’re finished!

Hope you enjoy and…

Happy reading!! xoxoxo

11 Things Book Nerds Go Through Everyday

Hey nerds! Hope y’all are doing great! Me? Just dandy!

Reading for nerds (especially book nerds, of course) is like the highlight of one’s day. I mean, what’s better than coming home from a long day of school or work and just picking up a book and reading for about nine hours? Absolutely nothing. Still, reading can come at a price. So, for you people who don’t know exactly what readers go through, here’s 11 struggles that readers go through almost. every. single. day. 

1- People who say you read to much 

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2- “Why do you read? Books are boooring.” 

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3- People spoiling the end of the book 

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4- Finding out your new best friend doesn’t read

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5- Deciding which book to read next 

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6- “Just one more chapter, I promise” 

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7- Making a book reference that unfortunately no one gets (oh, and they look at you weird while they’re at it)

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8- “Ugh, I’d rather be reading.” 

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9- When the character you shipped with another character gets involved with a character you don’t like

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10- When a book makes you cry… and you’re in public 

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11- “Hey, how’s the book you’re reading?” 

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Happy reading! xoxoxo

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

“Books were only one type of receptacle where we stored a lot of things we were afraid we might forget. There is nothing magical in them at all. The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the Universe together into one garment for us.”

In a world where books are illegal, and firemen create fire instead of ceasing it, Guy Montag discovers the power of the written word. Together, Guy and a retired college professor risks their lives to bring back the words that impact the world of today. What makes this book so special is that Bradbury creates a world that illustrates how bad off society would be without the impact of books in our lives. I mean, think about it. A world without books? How about no.

Another thing I really loved about this book was that it really brought my love of reading back to me. After witnessing a world without the books I hold dear to my heart, I realized that books are truly magnificent, including this one. So, as I walked alongside Mr. Montag as he fought against the rules of society, my adoration for words grew. Especially as I realized how powerful a stack of paper covered in words can be.

The only problem that I had with this book was that I felt it should have been longer, as every nerd feels about almost all of the great books they read. Still, Bradbury’s fantastic writing snatches you and doesn’t let you go until the very end, yet you’re still wishing for more.

I’M BACK!!!

So, for the last several months, I’ve only been posting every now and then. For that, I apologize (because I know that you lovely nerds have missed my awesomness). It’s seriously been a loooonnnggg school year filled with work, stress, and growth. I guess today I just wanted to give you guys a little update on how I’m doing (great, thanks for asking) and what’s been up with me lately (because y’all know I’m a conceited little nerd).

First, I’ve changed. Now that I’ve been through the most excruciating three years of my life (middle school, and yes, I’m that young), my life has significantly changed, for the better. I’m happier, more optimistic, and care-free. This year I’ve had my ups and downs, but they’ve all resulted in a magnificent and wonderful change in me:

Happiness.

Now, I know you guys are probably now asking my secret to happiness. To this question, I’ll answer: I honestly don’t know. You see, people every day claim that happiness is something a person has to choose. It seems like everything today are “choices” and not things that we, as mere humans, really can’t help. For example, I didn’t know how to force myself to be happy. Trust me, I wish I could, or I would have done it a long time ago. But I didn’t. Why? Because I can’t.

This year I’ve grown so much, in maturity, in knowledge, and in my perspective of this complex world. Today, I view the world so differently than before. I view it as a vast expanse of area that we should explore. I’ve heard so many times that the reason why the Earth was given to us was to explore it, and if we chose not to, we weren’t doing our job. I’ve also grown smarter. Not in academic things, but in knowledge of the world and my place in it. Through all that I’ve experienced and gone through this year, I’ve realized how my small soul fits into this world, and how I hope to impact the future of this world.

I hope you guys can understand where I’m coming from. I’m sure you nerds remember what it was like to be a teenager once. From ages fourteen to twenty, teens like me really are curious about their purpose in the world, even if they really don’t let on about it. After all, they think their alone in the battle of find self-worth and purpose. But they’re not alone. Everyone does it at least once in their life. If not during their teenage years, then later on. Still, we all do it, we just don’t have enough guts to admit it.

To be honest, I haven’t written like this in a while, but I hope that you guys reading this kind of understand why I haven’t been active as much lately. Life has just been a jumbled up mess (because that’s pretty much what life is) and I just needed time to face it head on and at least attempt to figure it out. Even though I haven’t just yet (and probably never will because it’s so crazy), I at least have some idea of how it goes and how I fit in the timeline. With this, I’m going to sign off you little lovely nerds, and hopefully now that I’ve had some time to think and ponder about the things teens usually ponder about, I’ll definitely be more active. After all, if I didn’t, y’all know you’d miss me.

Happy reading!!! 😀 xoxoxo

‘Tis the season for spooky reads!

Wow! It’s been a while since I’ve last written. And an even longer while since I’ve last created a “top ten” post. School has been crazy! Even though I’m a day late, (as always) I’ve decided to do one of those fancy shmancy top ten posts. What do I have for you this time, you ask? *insert evil laugh here* the horror genre.

Since Halloween is right around the corner, I decided to put my favorite thinking cap on and come up with my top ten favorite books in the horror genre. Considering that my favorite reads lie  in that genre, this may take a while. Nonetheless, I shall try to choose my top ten favorite books that are kind of… spooky…

 

10. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff.

I really enjoyed this book when I read it. (Link to my book review here: https://nerdybookgirl13.wordpress.com/2014/09/19/the-replacement/) However, to me, it lacked something. I wished it was a little bit creepier. Although, it was still an amazing book, so I definitely recommend it.

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9. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs is probably one of the most amazing books out there. (See how hard it is to choose? I think every book on this list is amazing.) The book begins when Jacob gets to move to this mysterious island, where he discovers Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children in ruins. I developed a huge obsession over this book for a while. The photography and the writing mixed to create an eerie, spooky tale that pulls you in and doesn’t spit you back out until the end.

 

8. Zom-B by Darren Shan

Yes, I’m absolutely obsessed with the works of Darren Shan, and this won’t be the last time you’ll see his name in this post. Let’s be honest, Shan is amazing. His writing is amazing. His books are amazing. He’s amazing. This book is set in a more of an apocalyptic time period, where B and a few of her friends have their first look at zombies. This book is number one in the Zom-B series, and it’s truly amazing.

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7. The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle

Set in a small Amish community, Katie is about to go out on Rumspringa, where she will get a taste of the Outside. However, rumors of unrest in the Outside has led to the doors of the community to close. But when Katie finds an injured young man at the fence, she provides him shelter in her barn, with a small cost. This book takes on a more dystopian fiction-style but is still enough to make you shiver. When I discovered this book I was at the state book fair, and the cover is what drew me to it, as well as the focus of the Amish culture. However, don’t let the setting of the plot fool you. You should definitely read this book. Especially if you’re wanting a thriller.

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6. Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender

Alexis leads a normally dysfunctional life, with her anti-cheerleading ways, and trouble-making attitude. But a family fight leads to a discovery: dysfunctional is becoming more like dangerous. Her sister, Kasey, is acting different. This book may be the typical “ghost story” book, but, let’s just say, it’s also not. This book was one of the most amazing horror books I’ve read, and you should read it, too!

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5. Vampire Academy by Rachel Mead

In this book, the world of the undead consists of three parts: the strigoi, the moroi, and the dhampir. Each has a special part. The strigoi are the bad vampires. The moroi, the good. The dhampirs, assistants to the moroi, and protectors. Rose, a dhampir, is sworn to protect her moroi, Lissa, as the society of vampires start to untangle. Read this book! You won’t regret it.

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4. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

The monster in this book isn’t a typical monster. Yes, it shows up at midnight as they always do. Yes, it haunts you. But it’s not the monster that you’d expect. This book is a beautiful book, and even if it’s not a typical horror book, you should definitely read it.

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3. Cirque Du Freak: A Living Nightmare by Darren Shan

I can’t even describe to you how amazing the whole Cirque Du Freak series is. It was the first book I had ever read by one of my favorite authors: Darren Shan. This story is narrated by Shan himself, in the view of the main character, who steals a spider from a vampire, and gets adopted into the world of vampires and the freak show. This is one of my favorite books. It’s creepy, and beautiful, both at the same time. I definitely recommend it.

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2. A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

This book is a little different from all the rest. Based on Grimm’s Story Tales, Hansel and Gretel head out on a great adventure. I loved this book and read it in only a few days. I definitely recommend it.

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1. The Demonata: Lord Loss by Darren Shan

This is the second series that I had read by Darren Shan. The first book, Lord Loss, is written in the point of view of Grubbs, a teenage boy who witnessed his parents get murdered, then left to live with his uncle, who introduces him to the secret world of demons. Together, along with a few friends, they face the demons, and what they have to offer. I’m obsessed with this book. Not only do I recommend it, I beg you to read it. Shan’s gory details and beautiful writing makes for the best horror book ever written.

 

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Thank you guys for reading this post! I really hope you try out all of the books above and enjoy them. If you’ve already read a few, comment below and let me know what you think. Also, if you want more posts, follow me! …I may even follow back.

 

Happy reading!