Friday Funday! The Book Tag.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Friday Funday!

It always amazes me how authors have the ability to write a story and create characters that we relate to and make us feel like we’ve entered another world. When I read a book, I feel like I’m in the story with the characters because I always imagine the setting in my head. I haven’t always been the bookworm that you see today, in fact there was a time when I used to think books were boring. I am so glad this narrow-minded thinking is gone because I’ve missed out on a lot of great books. I began to like reading when I read the Twilight series, it was the first time I took an interest in reading books. I am so happy I like them now because I can’t stop buying books, I just love reading fun and exciting stories.

Since I’m such a book lover I decided to answer The Book Tag questions! Enjoy and join in on the fun on your blog 🙂

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1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

I do and it’s in my room on my comfy bed, that’s where I can really concentrate on the story without distractions. Sometimes I will read in the living room, but that happens  rarely.

2. Bookmark or a random piece of paper?

A bookmark and I use the one that is given to me when I purchase a book from my local bookstore. If I don’t have a bookmark with me then I usually fold the corner of the paper to show me where I stopped reading.

3. Can you stop reading anytime you want or do you have to stop at a certain page, chapter, part, etc.?

When I’m reading I usually stop at the end of a chapter, if I don’t do it that way I usually feel like my reading is incomplete. However, if I’m commuting to work or simply going out with friends, then I stop in the middle of a paragraph or the end of a page.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?

Neither, I like to completely devote my attention to the story I’m reading. Every once in a while I might make some tea, but I never like to munch on something while I’m reading.

5. Can you read while listening to music/watching TV?

Yes I can, but I concentrate better when I listen to music. I do it a lot on the bus or subway when I try to tune out people around me.

6. One book at a time, or several at once?

That depends, if I have a few books that I am eager to read then most likely I’ll read several at once. For example, right now I’m reading Game of Thrones and Reached by Ally Condie at the same time. Typically though, I prefer to read one book at a time!

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

Definitely reading at home because that’s where I can get comfortable and cozy and that’s important to me when I’m trying to relax with a good book.

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Silently in my head, of course 🙂

9. Do you read ahead or skip pages?

I get very curious about the ending of a book, so I usually go to the very last page and read the final sentence. After that I skim through the book and read ahead a little, but the stuff I read makes me question how it happen. So I go back and I patiently read until I get to that specific part of the book. I have spoiled many books for myself when I do that, but I don’t really mind that much.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it new?

Breaking the spine? O M G, never ever will I do that! I am very protective of my books, hence why I never lend them to other people because I don’t know if they’ll give it back to me in a good condition. I like it when my books look like they’ve just been bought from the store, they’ll last longer and won’t fall apart.

11. Do you write in books?

Based on my answer in the previous question, absolutely not! The only time I’ve written in books was in university when I had to highlight and make notes on the side.

Wow, I actually wish there were more questions to answer because I can talk about books all day long. I hope you guys enjoyed this post, let me know  in the comments box, what kind of books you like to read! For me it’s dystopian, fantasy and love stories!

See you again very soon and have a great day or evening!

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Divergent Movie Review! (CAUTION: SPOILERS)

Hello everyone,

I finally got the chance to see the much anticipated movie, “Divergent” by Veronica Roth and I was impressed. My motto about books turned into movies is “always the book before the movie” because there is usually a lot important details that are left out. However, this movie stayed true to the book, you would’ve gone to the theater without reading the book and you wouldn’t feel confused as if there is a missing piece of the puzzle. I am glad that the major points of the book were not excluded, but as every book to movie adaptation, there were some things that were changed and edited out. Many people compare this series to the Hunger Games and I would like to weigh in on this discussion. Divergent NOTHING like the Hunger Games, they are both different from each other, in terms of the plot and the message it is trying to convey. The only similarity between these two series is that they are both set in the dystopian future.

I’ll get started with the review, but please be advised that I will be giving away major spoilers. Therefore, please do not read this post if you haven’t read the book or seen the movie. Other than that, please enjoy and let me know in the comments box below what is your favorite character and your favorite part of the movie.

DIVERGENT MOVIE REVIEW

When I watched the trailers for the movie I felt like the director will try to focus more on the romance between Tris and Tobias (Four), luckily that was not the case. To me it seemed like there was a good balance between the romance and the struggle for freedom. Before I get into the specifics, here is a brief summary of what the first book is about. Divergent takes place in dystopian Chicago, where society is divided into five factions:

  1. Dauntless (the brave)
  2. Amity (the kind)
  3. Erudite (the intelligent)
  4. Candor (the honest)
  5. Abnegation (the selfless)

It is believed that these factions will bring order to the world and reduce the chaos that the world was going through many years ago. If you ask me, combining all of these factions into one seems like a better idea to me. Every year, sixteen year olds attend a aptitude test that will help them find out if they are compatible with another faction, after they receive their results they must decide whether to stay with their faction or choose another one.

The beginning of the movie was good and the pace of the scenes from Tris getting her haircut, going to the aptitude test, finding out that she is a Divergent and attending the Choosing ceremony was well done. With the Hunger Games and Twilight, I always felt like “Hey slow down, there is more to be showed and said”, with this one I didn’t feel like that.  However, there were specific characters and scenes that were excluded from the movie, which I wasn’t thrilled about. For instance, some of the scenes that were missing and changed are:

  1. The Dauntless initiate who dies on the first train ride. Ok well, I can let that one slide.
  2. Edward’s missing eye. I was actually very interested to see this scene come to life, so I was definitely disappointed that it wasn’t included in the movie.
  3. Visiting Day. This is when the parents came to visit their children, this scene was very different in the movie. Instead we had Tris’s mother pop out of no where, asking her daughter to tell her the truth. I guess it is not super important to have it, but I would’ve liked to see the parents of the other initiates.
  4. Christina and Will’s relationship. There was a small hint in the movie of their relationship, but we didn’t see the conversation that happened in the book between Christina and Tris about Will. I feel like this was an important to include this, because Tris’s guilt about killing Will play an important role in shaping her character.
  5. The sexual assault scene. I know it was included, but it was cut short. I might not hate the idea of that though,because I hate this scene in the book. I wouldn’t have liked to see the groping part of that scene, it makes me cringe.
  6. Dauntless characters (Uriah, Marlene, Zeke). I am not sure why these characters were not included, I guess the makers of the movie wanted to focus more on the main characters, rather the side character. Despite that reasoning, I would’ve liked to see them and their interactions with Tris. I hope they include them in the second movie, because Uriah especially is an important character.
  7. Tobias (Four) drunk. Alright, so the only reason I wanted to see this particular scene is just for the laughs.
  8. Tris’s capture. This change kind of bothered me, in the book Tris is thrown into jail while undergoing her fears. Until her mother comes and saves her, in the movie Tris is being taken away, but before they get her into jail, her mother jumps to the rescue. Nevertheless, Ashley Judd’s entrance was exciting and it still turned out into a great scene, so I guess I will let it go.
  9. Tris vs Four. Alright, in the book the way the scene was done is Tris and Four are alone “fighting” each other, while she tries to make him remember her. This was a very personal moment between Tris and Four, but in the movie they had an audience, the Erudite people. I guess they made the change to be more action-packed movie, but I would’ve preferred if this scene was not changed.

Now that we have talked about the movie, I want discuss the acting because I thought it was great. I had a conversation my friend about the acting and she said that she did not like it, I have to strongly disagree. Shailene Woodley did a fabulous job playing Tris, throughout the books we have the opportunity to find out how Tris feels in certain situations. Shailene was able to portray Tris’s feelings of fear, doubt, happiness, sadness, through a simple look in her eyes and lip gestures.

Theo James did a great job portraying Four’s sternness, as well as his growing fondness for Tris.

Ashley Judd delivered a great performance of bringing that intensity of saving Tris and also reveling her Dauntless-born bravery.

Last but certainly not least is Kate Winslet, who plays Jeannine Matthews, the Erudite leader. She played Jeannine’s role perfectly and exactly how I pictured Jeannine’s cunning, evil personality to be portrayed in the big screen. Just like Shailene, Kate Winslet did a great job showing Jeannine’s determination and desire for control on her face, by simple things such as squinting her eyes and tightening her lips.

Overall, kudos to the cast for doing such an amazing job and the stunts were pretty impressive as well.

We are not quite finished yet, what is a movie review by a music fanatic without discussing the music in the movie. To describe the music in one word would be PHENOMENAL! I truly mean it because the soundtrack managed to capture the intensity and emotions of each scene so well. If a soundtrack from a movie manages to make me emotional and give me goosebumps, then it is top notch (in my books at least). I have already shared one of the songs from the movie in this week’s Music Monday post, so I am going to share my second favorite which is “Find You” by Matthew Koma, Miriam Bryant & Dj Zedd.

Before I end this post I want to recommend other dystopian books that all of you (or some of you) might enjoy.

  1. The Matched Trology by Allie Condie. This series about a dystopian world called the Society, the Society controls everything from what you eat, when you fall asleep, where you word, who you marry and when you die. Every year 17 year olds have to attend a Match Banquet where they get matched with a complete stranger. The main character Cassia is matched with the best friend Xander, but for a second another face was shown on the screen. This is when Cassia’s journey begins!

   2. The Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver. This story is set in an alternate present where love is considered a disease. Therefore, every year 18 year olds have to undergo a surgery that remove the feeling of love. The government considers love to be dangerous and it has to be removed from mankind’s system.

 

Thank you for reading and see you soon!

Friday Funday! Top 10 Disney Songs.

Hello everyone,

As promised, here is part 2 of my Disney post and today I will share you my favorite Disney songs.

Let’s get started.

10. The Jungle Book – Bare Necessities

I love this song because it puts me in bright and happy mood, this song was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original song in 1967.

9.. Tale As Old As Time – Beauty and The Beast

I love ballad songs and this is the perfect ballad song for me, Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson vocals suit the song so well. The song won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song and Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media and Best Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

8. Mulan – Reflection

If I had to use one word to describe this song it is beautiful. I love it not only because of the melody and rhythm, but also because of its amazing lyrics. Staying true to yourself and not pretending to be someone else is a beautiful and inspiring message that this song conveys. I love the movie version of this song, as well as the Christina Aguilera version, they both are powerful and inspiring, the song was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song.

7. Strangers Like Me – Tarzan

This is another Disney movie soundtrack that impressed me and I love Phil Collins’s song contributions to this movie. However, the song that I love the most is “Strangers Like Me”, the guitar tune in this song is what won me over.

6. Under The Sea – Little Mermaid

I went to an aquarium in my city a few months ago and the entire the time, this song was playing in my head, lol. For me, this is the best song from The Little Mermaid, it won an Academy Award & Golden Globe award for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television and Best Recording for Children.

5. Let It Go – Frozen

Once again, here is a more recent Disney song and I love this one because of its powerful vocals. The song won an Academy Award for Best Original song.

4. Wish Upon A Star – Pinocchio

This song with a gentle melody is fitting for this wonderful Disney story, I remember when I was a child and I listened to the song, I felt very relaxed. The song won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1940.

3. A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes – Cinderella

This song is part of my top 10 favorites because I absolutely love the message and lyrics. The message is “never stop dreaming”, I love how Disney finds a way to inspire young people with their movies and songs.

2. Aladdin – Prince Ali

Of course there will be an Aladdin song on this list, but I was torn between Prince Ali and Friend Like Me. However, I kept going back to Prince Ali and I absolutely love it. Robin Williams did an amazing job singing the song, but then again I do not expect anything less from someone as great as him.

1. Circle of Life – Lion King

Surprise, surprise, actually this should not be a surprise to you because as I said in my last Disney post, The Lion King is the number one Disney movie for me. The opening sequence of the movie seems powerful and not only because of the animation, but the song somehow makes it seem complete. The entire soundtrack is perfection, but this song stood out to me the most. The song was composed by Elton and the lyrics were written by John Rice, the song was performed by Carmen Twillie and Lebo M.

Let me know in the comments box below which is your favorite Disney song, I’m curious to know 🙂

See you tomorrow with the Divergent movie review!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music Monday! Week 47.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Music Monday, today I will be sharing a more recent music video from the Divergent soundtrack. The music video I am going to share is “Beating Heart” by Elle Goulding. Later on this week, I will be writing a Divergent movie review and share with you my thoughts about the movie.

Alright, while I was watching the movie and this song started to play, I was immediately obsessed, I see myself hitting the replay button for weeks. Elle’s vocals are captivating throughout the song and for me it captures the mood of the first movie, perfectly. The music video is quite interesting as well, the music video begins with Elle sitting in a dark room where she drinks a serum and undergoes a simulation. I think idea of Elle pretending to be Tris in the music video is unique and interesting, I actually think it was a great idea because it is something different. Throughout the video, clips from the movie are shown as well as Elle walking around in a foggy forest. Towards the end of the video Elle reunited with a man, since Elle is pretending to be Tris, I assume the man is pretending to be  Tobias, they hug and then Elle wakes up again in the dark room.

I hope you enjoy it and stay tuned for the Divergent movie review post 🙂

See you soon!

p.s. On Friday I mentioned in my one year anniversary post that I am working on a special video project, however I have been having major technical difficulties. I am trying to figure it out, but it might take a while, please be patient and look forward to it. I promise to work as fast as I can 🙂

Friday Funday! My Top 10 Disney Movies.

Hello everyone,

Our favorite day of the week is finally here and what better way to celebrate, than bringing a little bit of Disney magic in today Friday Funday post. As most of your know by now, I am a big kid at heart and I am in love with Disney movies. Last week I watched “Frozen” with my friend and I absolutely loved it, I thought it was amazing. While I was watching it, I got the idea of sharing with you my top 10 favorite Disney movies, there will also be a part II of this post with my top 10 Disney song picks. This post will be coming on April 4, 2014, so make sure you stay tuned for that.

Enjoy!

TOP 10 DISNEY MOVIES

10. Lady and The Tramp

When I think of Lady and the Tramp, I think of the cute spaghetti kiss scene, for me this is the cutest Disney movie I have watched. The movie was released in 1955 which is part of the Original Classics Era. I love the 50s vibe it has and I still like to watch it 🙂

9. Frozen

Frozen, the modern day Disney movie and part of a new Disney era is quite amazing. Honestly, I was skeptical about it because I am a bit attached to my Disney generation, but the new Disney era is top notch. Of course, I loved the song “Let It Go” and my favorite character is Olaf, he made me laugh. I am definitely willing to give this new Disney era a chance because it seems awesome.

8. Tarzan

Tarzan is the final movie of the Disney  Renaissance Era, it was released in 1999 and it debuted in number one. I love this movie because it is very adventurous and also kind of mysterious, I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see what will happen next. Of course as a music lover, I had to pay attention to the music in the movie and I have to say that I loved it. Phil Collins is a great addition to the soundtrack, his songs are catchy and wonderful.

The movie won an Academy Award for Best Song, a Golden Globe for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television and Other Visual Media.

7. Beauty and The Beast

I have to admit, the reason why I love this movie is because of the love story between Belle and the Beast. I love how Disney movies have a special messages and this one is “Do not judge a book by its cover.” The development of their relationship is wonderful and I love Belle’s loyal and strong character.

The movie was released in 1991 and it won two Academy Award for Best Music/Original Song, best Music/Original Score, two Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Original Song and three Grammy Awards for Best Album for Children, Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture, Best Song Written for a Motion Picture or for Television and Best Pop Instrumental Performance.

6. Pinocchio

The animation of this movie is one of a kind and it is stunningly beautiful. When I watched Pinocchio as a kid, I had many emotions going through me, sadness, happiness, confusion. There was so much going on in the movie, I felt emotionally invested in it. I love how Disney movies have a comedic side and then all of the sudden a movie with a serious plot is released. Despite the emotional rollercoaster ride I went through when I watched this movie as a child, this will always remain as one of the most special and unique ones for me. I also addicted to the music, my favorite song is “Wish Upon A Star.

The movie was released in 1940, if you have not watched it, watch it and you won’t regret it.

5. Alice in Wonderland

Words are not enough to describe how much I love Alice in Wonderland, we all have an imagination, but Alice’s is one of a kind. I have a very rich imagination, which is a benefit for me because it allows me to be creative. I am glad I haven’t lost that sense of imagination that I had when I was a child and that’s exactly why I love this movie and the rich imagination. Alice is daydreaming about a world where the impossible things she wants exist and a world where she is free to do whatever she wants. I was mesmerized by the way the story was told and watching Alice’s adventure. My favorite scenes are the Mad Hatter tea party, the Cheshire Cat and Tweedledee and Tweedledum.

This is a movie from the Original Classics Era and it was released in 1951.

4. 101 Dalmatians

101 Dalmatians was released in 1961 which is based on the novel by Dodie Smith, the first time I watched this movie is when my mom played it for me while she was in the kitchen cooking. I would get my blanket and some of my favorite stuffed animals and I wouldn’t move from the couch for an hour. I think I’ve watched this movie as much as I have watched The Lion King, my favorite scene is the Twilight Bark scene. Following Pongo and Perdita journey to find their puppies is exciting and the cutest story.

3. Aladdin

Aladdin was released in 1992, I was initially drawn to this movie because of its Arabic theme, I thought the whole movie was beautiful. Every little girl has her favorite Disney princess and mine was Jasmine, I thought she was the prettiest Disney princess and I loved her outfits. I am also sure that if you grew up watching Disney, you had a favorite prince that you thought was dreamy, for me that was Aladdin. Everything from the animation, the characters, the story and the music is my favorite. However, my favorite thing about this movie is the love story between Jasmine and Aladdin, I am a hopeless romantic and I love these kinds of movies.

Aladdin won two Academy Awards for Best Music/Original Score and Best Music/Original Song for ‘Whole New World”.

2. The Little Mermaid

Under the sea, under the seaaaaaa, does this ring a bell? I’ve been having this song stuck in my head all week, that may be because the kids at work have been talking about Disney movies. If I had to pick another Disney movie that I love as much as The Lion King, then this will be the one. I was obsessed and I remember asking my mom to draw me a picture of a mermaid and then I would play with the cutout shape. This was a substitution until I got an actual Ariel doll, which I did. Oh boy, when I got it I immediately went to the park to show it off to my friends and we played for hours. I was immediately drawn to the story, it seemed so unique and interesting to me. Seeing Ariel trying to adjust to the human world was probably the most entertaining part of the movie for me.

The Little Mermaid was released in 1989 (the same year I was born), the movie earned three Academy Award nominations and it won two awards for Best Song and Best Score. The movie also won two Grammy Awards for Best Album for Children and for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. This movie also marked the start of the Disney Renaissance Era.

 

1. The Lion King

The Lion King was released 1994 and it reached a huge success with its captivation plot and wonderful music by Elton John and Hans Zimmer. I watched the Lion King for the first time when I was 4 years old and  I fell in love with it instantly. For weeks, all I did was watch the movie and sing the songs. Without the doubt, I always cry when I watch Mufasa falling off the cliff. I was also obsessed with collecting any merchandise related to the movie and I kept asking my mom to buy me The Lion King toys. For me personally, this is the best Disney movie of the Disney  Renaissance Era, which is the era from 1989 to 1999 and it is my favorite.

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I hope you enjoyed this post, if you are a Disney lover, go ahead and share your top 3 Disney movies in the comments box below.

See you on Sunday 🙂

 

 

 

 

Friday Funday! Divervent Trilogy: “Allegiant” Book Review – CAUTION (SPOILERS)

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Friday Funday, today’s post is for all the book lovers out there and the book I will be reviewing is “Allegiant” by Veronica Roth. “Allegiant” is part of the new highly popular book trilogy “Divergent”.

I discovered the book series last Spring, when I was trying to find a book series similar to the Hunger Games. I was instantly addicted to the “Divergent” series because I read the first two books in two days. I would literally stay up until 4am reading the books, I simply could not put them down. The second book “Insugent” ended with a huge cliff hanger and I had to wait for the third book since May 2012. I was thrilled to see the book at Indigo last month, I read the book in a week and it left me feeling emotional. The ending was unexpected, so I definitely was not prepared for what was to come.

I will begin my book review now, but before I start, please do NOT read this post if you have not read the book. This will be a post will be full of spoilers and I will be revealing the big ending of the book. If you have not read it and do not want it to be spoiled for you, please do not read any further. For those of you who have read the book, you may proceed and read the review.

Enjoy.

“Allegiant” is the third installment of the dystopian trilogy, “Divergent” written by Veronica Roth. The story takes place in dystopian Chicago, where society is divided into four factions: Abnegation (the selfless); Amity (the peacemakers); Candor (the honest); Dauntless (the brave); and Erudite (the intelligent). On a specific day of the year, sixteen year olds have to take an aptitude test, which will determine if they are compatible with another faction. After they receive their results, they must decide whether to stay with their faction or abandon it for another one. In most cases, when the choice is made to leave a faction, the people of that faction consider it betrayal and there is no going back. The main character of the book is Beatrice Prior (Tris), who is born in the Abnegation faction, when she takes the test she find out that she is a Divergent. Meaning, she is compatible with more than one faction and it is very important to keep it a secret because Divergents are in danger of being executed. On the day of the Choosing Ceremony, Beatrice decided to pick Dauntless and that is when her difficult journey begins.

“Allegiant” picks up right from where “Insurgent” left us and that was finding out that the city of Chicago is actually put under an experiment to see if society will function better with factions. It is also revealed that Divergents are not a threat and there is no need to kill them, instead there are considered to be genetically pure individuals who can bring balance to society. Tobias’s mother is not interested in finding out what is beyond the fence, so she decides that everyone will live as factionless. Drastic changes occurred after finding out the truth, faction colors did not exist anymore, Dauntless were disarmed and traitors who worked with Jeaninne Matthews were sentenced to death. However, Tori and Cara form the Allegiant group, a rebellion group who wants to leave the city and discover the outside world. Yet again, Tris has to make a decision about what to do. In the end, she decides to leave with Tobias, Cara, Tori, Christina, Uriah, Peter and Caleb. Despite Caleb’s betrayal, even though she still feels bitter about him working Jeannine Matthews, Tris asks Tobias to save Caleb from his scheduled execution.

This final book of the “Divergent” series is full of plot-twists and many revelations, it had me sitting at the edge of my seat wondering what will happen next. However, I felt like the story was rushed as soon as everyone reached the outside world, the explanations of the different serums, political issues and science were very lengthily. However, I did enjoy the development of the characters, I felt like I knew them well. The book definitely kept me guessing what will happen next and what surprised me the most if finding out Tris’s mother is actually from the outside world. I also enjoyed the part of the book where Tris got the opportunity to find out more about her mother’s past.

My favorite part of the book was the Allegiant group escape, it was suspenseful. I also enjoyed the part where everyone finally begins to explore the outside world and they realize there is a lot more out there. At that part of the book, I felt like I was on a journey with the characters. In my opinion, this part was written well and I also enjoyed Veronica’s choice to have two POVs. We already know what Tris is thinking, so it was interesting to get glimpse of Tobias’s mind.

Now getting to the ending of the book which was probably one of the most tense moments for me. When Tris decided to take Caleb’s place and go into the lab to steal the death serum, this is when I started to have a bad feeling. The moment Tris managed to steal the death serum, I truly thought she would survive, but when she got shot and died, I was speechless. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so disappointed and upset with an author before, the ending was a utter shock for me. It took me a few days to make my peace with the ending, but I finally did. Although, I would have liked to see Tris alive, to a certain extent I understand Roth’s point. This story is about making the right choices, being brave and selfless. All of these aspects were shown throughout the book, Tris decided to be selfless and brave by sacrificing herself, Evelyn choosing her son over power and Tobias accepting responsibility for Uriah’s death without making excuses about his involvement in the explosion. The end of the book shows Tobias two years after Tris’s death, trying to move on and heal with the help of the people who are close to him. The biggest lesson in the final book is that life can damage people, but we can get back on our feet and be healed.

Overall I enjoyed the book, I thought it was a well written book and many aspects were explained well, however I would’ve liked less serum and science talk. I still dislike the ending of the book, but I admire Veronica Roth’s risk to write such an ending.

Now I will end this book review post with the official “Divergent” trailer. If you have read the book, let me know what you liked and disliked about it and if you enjoyed this post let me know if you want to see more book reviews.

See you soon!

 

 

Book Mania!

Hello everyone,

Before I begin with today’s post, I would like to apologize for not posting anything yesterday for Music Monday. There was a power outage in my city, due to heavy rain and unfortunately that ruined my plans of posting Music Monday’s video. Music Monday is returning for sure next Monday, let’s hope we don’t have power outages again 🙂

Today I will talk to you about a completely different topic from music and that is books! I have to admit that I am quite a nerd when it comes to books because I can literally sit all day at home and read. I find it very enjoyable and whenever I read it feels like I’ve entered a fantasy world. My favorite genres are fantasy, fiction, dystopian, adventure and romance. However, my personal preference is a mix of all of those genres, in fact I have read books that include a little bit of each of those book genres.

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Believe or not I didn’t used to be the bookworm I am today, I actually despised books. When I was a child I wasn’t one of those kids who enjoyed reading stories and going to the library. Instead I used to listen to music, watch MTV and cartoons all day. Whenever we had to read a storybook in elementary or middle school I used to cry because I hated being forced to read books. Taking a look back when I was in grade 9, I remember the teacher assigned us to read seven books, then we had to write an assignment about the books and the teacher would ask us questions that would test our knowledge about the plot. Let me tell you that was the most dreadful semester just because of this specific book assignment.

However things started to change towards the end of grade 12. When I was in grade 12 I noticed most of the girls from my grade reading the Twilight Saga books. I remember their faces and how fascinated they seemed as they were reading the book series. I asked one of them what the story was about and they told me it was about a vampire falling in love with a human girl. When she told me that I thought it was the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard, but it’s ironic because it was the Twilight Saga books that turned me into a bookworm. Who knew that would happen. When I started university in September 2008, there was a lot of hype about the Twilight movie, so I asked one of my friends to tell me more about the story and this time I was intrigued. I was really busy with school then, so I waited a few months and in December I went to the bookstore. I decided to go to Indigo Chapters, which is a huge bookstore franchise in Canada. Keep in mind I have never walked inside a book store before that specific moment, so this was a big deal for me. I know I am making it sound dramatic, but to me it was a big step. I walked into the store and my initial thought was “Omg it smells like books”. It felt like I was walking inside a museum because the store was huge. I asked one the salesman where I can find the Twilight books and he showed me the way. It was pretty hard to miss the Twilight section because there were a bunch of merchandise and cardboard cutouts.

I picked up the first book and I started reading the prologue, I was definitely sucked in at this point. There was so much mystery and it seemed very intriguing, so I went downstairs and purchased my first book. Afterwards, I went on the subway to go home and as I was listening to my music I got bored, so took out the book and began reading. I couldn’t stop reading it and I almost missed my stop because I was really into it the story. My mother was surprised to see me read a book out of my own free will because she knows I hated books. So eventually I finished reading the Twilight Saga series and I tried to find more interesting and similar book series. I found many books series that I fell in love with and now I am a proud bookworm.

I am slowly starting my book collection and I wanted to share what books I have purchased and what books I have read.

My Book Collection!
My Book Collection!

Starting from left to right, I own the Twilight Saga along with a short Eclipse novella, The Host (which I am currently reading), The Hunger Games, Matched, Crossed, Divergent, Insugent, Delirium, The Book of Awesome, The Night Circus, The Carrie Diaries and Game of Thrones (the first book).

Matched and Crossed are part of a dystopian trilogy written by Ally Condie and the series is about a girl named Cassia who lives it this “perfect” world created by the Society. The Society decides everything that you do, for instance who you marry, what you eat, where you work, what you should wear, when to go to bed and etc. When Cassia turned 17 she attended a matching ceremony, where she is matched with the person she will marry, however some things change. I really enjoyed reading these books and I still have to buy the final book of this series. Divergent is also a dystopian trilogy written by Veronica Roth and the first book is currently being made into a movie. I am very excited about that because I love this series. This trilogy takes place in Chicago and the city is divided into five factions which represent a specific characteristic: Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave) and Erudite (the intelligent) (source wikipedia). When a person turns 16, they have to take an aptitude test that will determine if you are compatible with another faction. If you are compatible with another faction you get to choose whether you want to leave your faction or not. If you decide to leave, people will consider you a traitor and you can’t go back to you old faction.

Delirium is another dystopian trilogy written by Lauren Oliver and this is about a society that believe love is a disease, therefore when you turn 18 you have to get surgery to remove any feelings of love. It is a very bizarre plot, but it is interesting and it is a story of rebelling against this absurd notion. The Book of Awesome is written by Neil Pasricha and I love this book because it lists fun little things about everyday life that are awesome. For example, eating the extra fries at the bottom of the bag or waiters and waitresses who bring free refills without asking. I think every bookworm should own this book, it is so positive and it makes me smile. The Night Circus is a fantasy novel written by Erin Morgenstern, which is a story that take place in Victorian London where a wandering circus is open from sunset to sunrise. The circus comes and goes without any warning and there are two magicians who have to fight in a magic duel. The story is romantic, magical and mysterious and it is absolutely breathtaking. The final book is Game of Thrones which is written by George R.R. Martin and it is medieval fantasy book. I just started reading it and so far I think it is a great book. As for The Carrie Diaries, I haven’t started reading the book yet, but I can’t wait.

I am always interested to hear what books people are reading, so let me know in the comments below what are some of your favorite books.

See you soon.