Saturday, August 31, 2013

August Wrap-Up and September TBR

Hey everyone!
Since August is almost over, you know it's time for a wrap-up! I didn't read a lot this month (5 books, 3 being for school). I'm saving my money for October for all of the new sequels, so I haven't bought any new books. Anyways, here are the five books I read this month and my thoughts!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Uncompleted Series Tag

Hey everyone!
Two posts ago I did the
Completed Series Tag but I realized I had many uncompleted series as well. So here I am, doing this post for you all! Like last time, I'll be listing all the book series I haven't finished- and I believe for most of them, it's because the additions in the series are not out yet. This time, I'm providing links to my reviews, too!
Those are all the uncompleted series that I have! I'm excited to finish all these series. I hope you enjoyed, and thanks for reading! -Kait

Thursday, August 22, 2013

How I Get Through Reading School Books

Hey everyone!
So I am sorry if you're already back in school and therefore, this blog may not be all that helpful, but you can still use these tips year round. As for all you procrastinators (including myself) here are a few things I'm doing to get through reading my school books.
  1. Read 100 pages a day. Most of my books that I have to read are almost 300 pages long, so if I read 100 pages every day, I'm done with the book in three days. On the fourth day, I do all the work for that book.
  2. Mark every 100 pages. If you do decide to read 100 pages every day, I find using a sticky note and marking every interval helps motivation. You can visually see your progress.
  3. Set aside time. Sometimes, you have to tell yourself that for the next few hours, I'm going to read and sit down and do it.
  4. Remove all distractions. Put whatever it is that distracts on the other side of the room, or at least not in reaching distance without getting up. If you get hungry, get a snack before you start reading.
  5. Read in order of the work load. For instance, the first book I read had a good amount of work, but it wasn't overwhelming. So I did that first so I ease my way into things. Then read the hardest one, or the book that looks the least interesting or something. Lastly, finish it off with the most exciting book or the easiest. Especially if it's a book that seems interesting, hopefully that could motivate you to finish the others first so you can get to the last book.
Hope you enjoyed! Let me know your tips in the comments! Thanks for reading, Kait

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Completed Series Tag

Hey everyone!
Today I'm doing the Completed Series Tag! For those who are unfamiliar to this, all you do is list all of the series you've completed. Between series that still have books that need to come out and stand-alones, there's not that many! I'm also doing this off the top of my head, so I might miss one or two; I'm also going by the order on my bookcase.
  • Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
  • The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Steifvater
  • Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • Eve trilogy by Anna Carey
  • Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver
  • Across the Universe trilogy by Beth Revis
I think that's all! Hope you enjoyed reading! -Kait

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Update: My Story

Hey everyone!
Today I'm doing a small update on my story which you can read on Wattpad by clicking the tab labeled, They Chose Me (My Story). I knew I needed to blog today, although I didn't know what to blog about! So I wanted to share my progress with you on my story.
I started chapter 16 recently, and admittedly, I haven't worked on it in a few days. The great news though is that I am almost done writing! I'm planning on having one more chapter after this one which is very exciting! It's a fairly short story- probably about 38K words, but once I'm finishing revising it with the help of a friend, it will probably be longer. I am planning on finishing the first draft before I go back to school! I might just keep the first draft on Wattpad and then I might upload the whole, final story a few drafts later.
I'm sorry for the short post! If you have any requests, feel free to leave them on any post. Thanks for reading! -Kait

Friday, August 9, 2013

Shatter Me #3 Title and Cover Reveal

Hey everyone!
Yesterday, Shatter Me #3 by Taherah Mafi had earned its title and cover! I honestly love both of them and thought to do a quick post on it! The name for the third and final installment is IGNITE ME which I love. Some crazy stuff is going to happen in this third installment! As for the cover:
Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)
This is by far my favorite in the series and possibly my favorite cover of all time. I really just want to get a poster of this and hang it in my room. It's so pretty! I love the flowers and the orange and yellow-green and... it's really great.
Hope you guys enjoyed! Sorry for the short post! -Kait

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Book Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the UniverseHey everyone!
Today I'll be reviewing Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. I read this because one of my friends loves it and we made a deal: If I read this, she has to read the first Percy Jackson book. Overall, I actually really enjoyed this book!

"Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be."

I'm not a huge contemporary reader, but I did like this one. It wasn't my favorite, but still very enjoyable. One thing I loved about this book was the characters. Whether it was Ari or Dante or even to Legs, I really thought they were all interesting. This book also made you think about everything in a way. For instance, when Ari talked about laughing, he was just thinking about it. The concept of the book is fairly simplistic, but it was brought up to a whole other level. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who likes contemporary books!
Thanks for reading! -Kait

Saturday, August 3, 2013

My House of Hades Theory

Hey everyone!
So... I kind of created a theory surrounding House of Hades. If we can't read it yet (which is comes out October 8th, 2013), why not come up with some crazy theories? I've gathered some information about the story, and I already read the first chapter which comes with "The Son of Sobek" (which was great!). I'd love to hear what you think in the comments!
This will contain spoilers for the Heroes of Olympus series 1-3!