Book Review: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling

Hi guys!

I FINALLY got around to reading this book – I mainly listened to it on audiobook (thanks YouTube!!) on my drives to and from places since I can’t exactly read while I’m driving.

Here is the synopsis from GoodReads:

Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He’s never worn a cloak of invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry’s room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in eleven years. But all that is about change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that’s been waiting for him…if Harry can survive the encounter.

I, honestly, liked the movie better than the book. But the book was also really good!

Until my next post,

Stephanie

Summer Plans

Hey guys!

I plan on doing a lot of reading this summer – I want to finish my reading challenge for the year. I believe it is doable.

Since I am going off to a 4-year university next year (yay me!), there is going to be a lot revolved around that.

I also plan on getting another bookshelf since mine are really cramped.

What are your plans for the summer? Answer in the comments section and we can talk!

Until my next post,

Stephanie

GoodReads Book Tag

Hey guys!

I saw this book tag on the page of simply0strange and I thought it would a fun idea to do. So here we go!!

WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU MARKED AS READ?

The last book I marked as read was “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

I am currently reading a bunch of things………ebook/audiobook of “The City of Dreaming Books” by Walter Moers and physical copies of: “Nothing Can Keep Us Together” by Cecily von Ziegesar, “Octopus!” by Katherine Harmon Courage, “The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide” by Stephenie Meyer, “Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo, “Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul on Love and Friendship” by Jack Canfield, Victor Hansen, and Kimberly Kirberger, as well as ebooks: “Billionaire Romance Series: Billionaire Romance Collection: The Alpha Billionaire Romance Series Vol. 2” and “Apollo’s 11” by Anna Collins “The Legend of the Blue Eyes” by B. Kristin McMichael, and one school book “Making Europe: The Story of the West, Volume II: Since 1550” by Frank L. Kidner.

WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO READ NEXT?

I plan on reading “The Haters” by Jesse Andrews.

DO YOU USE THE STAR RATING SYSTEM?

Yes, I do.

ARE YOU DOING A 2017 READING CHALLENGE?

Yes, I am. I have currently read 34 out of 56 books for 2017. I am 12 books ahead of schedule.

DO YOU HAVE A WISHLIST?

Yes, I do.

WHAT BOOK DO YOU PLAN ON BUYING NEXT?

I do not plan on buying books for a long while.

DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITE QUOTES?

“I set off, off to kill the man I love.”

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

Richelle Mead, Stephenie Meyer, Colleen Hoover, Cassandra Clare, Ally Carter, Siobhan Vivian

HAVE YOU JOINED ANY GROUPS?

Only one….”Never Too Old For Y.A. & N.A. Books”

I am not tagging anybody, so it you want to do this tag, feel free to do it.

So that is it for this book tag. I hope you guys enjoyed it!

Until my next post,

Stephanie

ARC Review: “Pierce Me” by Simone Sowood

Hi guys!

I received an ARC copy of “Pierce Me” by Simone Sowood from the author herself in exchange for an honest review.

Here is the synopsis from GoodReads:

She’s never had an O. I’m going to make up for that. When Eloise walks into my tattoo parlor, she thinks she knows what she’s after – a piercing to help take her where no man can. But I don’t want to help her the way she thinks. I had a crush on her all the way through grade school. The last time I saw her was seventh grade, when my life was falling apart. Now she has the same cute pony tail as always but the rest of her grown up body makes me hard just looking at it. I’ll give her a piercing alright, and it will be the deepest one of her life. Never had an O, welcome to Oh My God!

I enjoyed reading this book. I kind of skipped past a few sex scenes, but overall, I liked it. I really liked the main characters of Gabe and Eloise.

I do not recommend anyone under the age of 18 to read this book….as it is an erotica novel.

Until my next post,

Stephanie

“Th1rteen R3asons Why” | Book vs. TV Show (SPOILERS)

Hi guys!

Here are the differences between the book and the show:

  1. In the TV Show, there was a lawsuit while in the book, there was not.
  2. The ending of the TV Show makes Clay more aware of his surroundings while in the books, he isn’t. Justin runs away. Tyler is seen with guns in his room. Alex is in critical condition after his own suicide attempt. There is a breakthrough in the lawsuit.
  3. In the book, Hannah’s parents are nonexistent, while in the TV Show, they are everywhere.
  4. In the book, Courtney tries to keep up her image as a good person while in the show, Courtney is the completely opposite.
  5. In the book, Clay and Hannah were not close, but in the show, Clay and Hannah were clearly more than friends.
  6. The show amplifies the bad behavior of the teenage characters – drinking, drug use, sexual activities, guns, foul language, etc.
  7. The book takes place over one night while the show takes place over the matter of weeks.
  8. Clay was supposed to be #9, but he was #11 in the show.
  9. Jenny in the book while it is Sheri in the show.
  10. Clay confronts Bryce in the show and gets his recorded confession about raping Hannah.
  11. In the book, Hannah committed suicide by overdosing on pills. In the show, Hannah committed suicide by slitting her wrists.
  12. The show focuses on the other people on the tapes, as well as Clay and Hannah, and how they are dealing with the aftermath of Hannah’s death.

 

 

Here are the similarities between the book and the show:

  1. In both, Clay speaks up and talks to Skye because he thinks she is contemplating suicide.
  2. Hannah’s parents are grieving.
  3. Courtney still is a mean person.
  4. The drinking, language, sex, drug use, and rapes.
  5. It’s Clay’s point-of-view throughout the entire thing.
  6. Some people claim how things went down in Hannah’s tapes are not what actually happened.

Book Review: “Th1rteen R3asons Why” by Jay Asher

Hey everyone!

I am back with another book review! A couple weeks ago, I had finished “Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher. I always had wondered what the hype was about this book and now I know why.

Synopsis from GoodReads:

Clay Jensen doesn’t want anything to do with the tapes Hannah Baker made. Hannah is dead. Her secrets should be buried with her. Then Hannah’s voice tells Clay that his name is on her tapes– and that he is, in some way, responsible for her death. All through the night, Clay keeps listening. He follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his small town. . .. . .and what he discovers changes his life forever.

I had so many feels while reading this book. This book, basically, made me depressed every single time I picked it up, but I could never put it down. The ending almost made me cry – I just felt so helpless. I wish that someone had helped Hannah through all of this and I wish that Hannah had accepted the help Clay was willing to give her.

May 2017 Book TBR

Hey everyone!

The books I plan on reading this month are:

  • “Nothing Can Keep Us Together” by Cecily von Ziegesar
  • “Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul on Love & Friendship” by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Kimberly Kirberger
  • “Silver Shadows”, “The Ruby Circle”, and “Soundless” by Richelle Mead
  • “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  • “Live Original” by Sadie Robertson
  • “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell
  • “The Shadowhunter’s Codex” by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis
  • “House of Night: The Beginning (Marked and Betrayed)”, “Chosen”, “Untamed”, and “Hunted” by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
  • “Shadow Falls: The Beginning (Born and Midnight & Awake at Dawn)”, “Shadow Falls: The Next Chapter (Taken at Dusk & Whispers at Moonrise)”, and “Chosen at Nightfall” by C.C. Hunter
  • “Biggest Flirts”, “Perfect Couple”, and “Most Likely to Succeed” by Jennifer Echols
  • “The Selection Stories”, “The Selection”, “The Elite”, and “The One” by Kiera Cass
  • “‘Til the World Ends” by Karen Duvall, Ann Anguire, and Julie Kagawa
  • “The Immortal Rules” by Julie Kagawa