A to Z Bookish Survey

This is a popular survey/tag going around the BookTube and book blog community, so I finally made my own! It was originally created by Perpetual Page Turner on her blog post here.

Pretty much this a survey with questions/statements beginning with the letter in which it corresponds, pretty straight forward.

A – Author you’ve read the most books from. As it stands right now: Stephenie Meyer and Veronica Roth. I’ve read four books from each of these authors.

BBest Sequel Ever I choose “Crown of Midnight” and “Heir of Fire” by Sarah J Maas, each of which is a sequel to itself, respectively. The series just continues to get better and I definitely love both.

CCurrently Reading City of Ashes” by Cassandra Clare. It’s a reread, but I’m marathoning the series, so… yeah.

DDrink of choice while reading Depends on my mood. It can be either milk, juice, water, tea… whatever I’m in the mood for.

EE-Reader or physical book? Physical books, for sure. I love the smell, the turn of the pages, the physical weight. It’s wonderful.

FFictional character most likely to have dated in high school I chose Simon from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. He’s nerdy and funny and he just seems like someone I would have dated.

G Glad you gave this book a chance The House of the Scorpion” by Nancy Farmer. It’s a fantastic book that I picked up randomly when I was in middle school/early high school and I loved it. Highly recommend it.

HHidden gem book A Certain Slant of Light” by Laura Whitcomb. It’s a book I read for summer reading in high school, and usually those books are way boring, but this one was fun and exciting. Again, highly recommend it.

I Important moment in reading life I don’t really think I have an important moment as I’ve always loved reading. I’m really not sure what to say about this one, haha!

JJust finished City of Bones” by Cassandra Clare. It took me almost the full month to read this book, and I don’t know why. It really wasn’t even that bad.

KKind of books you don’t read Mystery, most non-fiction, horror…

LLongest book you’ve readBreaking Dawn” by Stephenie Meyer. It’s about 750+ pages, and it’s my longest read book to date.

MMajor book hangover because of… Allegiant” by Veronica Roth. ‘Nuff said.

NNumber of bookcases you own Three total in the apartment, but the largest is my personal one.

OOne book you’ve read multiple times Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer. I’ve read it four times, and I was working on a fifth when I stopped.

PPreferred place to read The couch is a nice place, or my desk.

QQuote that inspires/gives you the feels from a book It’s a quote from “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green. I’ll link it here.

RReading regret April Morning” by Howard Fast. Boring. So boring.

SSeries you started and need to finish (all the books are out) …Where do I even begin?

TThree of all time favorite books “Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer, “Throne of Glass” by Sarah J Maas, and “Firelight” by Sophie Jordan. Each are series/trilogies/sagas, so I loved all of the books in each.

UUnapologetic fangirl for “Throne of Glass” series by Sarah J Maas. I love each book, and they just keep getting better and better.

VVery excited for this release more so than others The next book in the “Throne of Glass” series, which will be released next year around late August/early September.

W Worst bookish habit I like sticking books in my purse. They often fold as a result.

XX marks the spot: start at the top left and pick the 27th book on your shelf Crewel” by Gennifer Albin. Haven’t read this yet, but I will eventually.

YYour latest book purchase Falling Kingdoms” by Morgan Rhodes, “Exquisite Captive” by Heather Demetrios, and “Snow Like Ashes” by Sarah Raasch.

ZZzz-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late) I’m really not sure about this because I try to go to bed at reasonable hours…

Accompanying video: A to Z Bookish Survey

So what about you? How would you answer these survey questions? Let me know in the comments below or link your own blog post in the comments with this survey!

This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl Book Review

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Title: This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl
Authors: Esther Earl; John Green; Lori & Wayne Earl
Publisher: Dutton Books – an imprint of Penguin
Publication Date: January 1, 2014
Genres: Non-fiction – Memoir
Pages: 431
Format: Purchased Hardcover

“This Star Won’t Go Out” by Esther Earl, with Lori and Wayne Earl, introduction by John Green, is a nonfiction teen novel about Esther, a teenager with thyroid cancer. In this book it contains her innermost thoughts, her life, diary entries, entries from her parents, siblings, doctors, and author, John Green.

This book was definitely one in which you could hear the voice of Esther, and that you could see how big of a heart she truly had. It was a great read as I was able to see inside her head about her cancer, about her day to day life, and everything else in between.

The book included photographs and colored pages, making the book itself engaging and visually appealing. I think this definitely helped to draw me into reading it and it was also helpful in determining the difference between Esther’s writings and her parents’.

The content of the books was, at many times, funny, but there were also serious moments. Yes, I cried like a baby at the end because, in case you didn’t know, Miss Esther died of her cancer in 2010. She was actually the inspiration for John Green’s book, “The Fault in Our Stars“.

Overall, this book was uplifting, heartwarming, sad, but all over good. I rate it 5/5 stars.

To see the organization made in Esther’s name, visit This Star Won’t Go Out Foundation.

Accompanying video: This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl Review

If you read the book, let me know what you think about it in the comments!

The Fault in Our Stars Book & Movie Review

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Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Publisher: Dutton Books – an imprint of Penguin
Publication Date: January 10, 2012
Genres: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 313
Format: Purchased Paperback

Everyone’s heard of this book by now, right? “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green is a book about a girl named Hazel who has lung cancer, and a boy named Gus (Augustus Waters) who is in remission from cancer. The book, itself, doesn’t solely focus on the fact that they have/had cancer, though, rather it’s told from Hazel’s point of view as she and Gus fall in love over their short time together.

So, pretty much this book is amazing. As it is my first John Green book I am highly attached to it, and the only real problem I had with it was the language these teenagers used throughout the book. Like, seriously, no teenager talks like that. Other than that, I thought the book was fantastic, riveting, exciting, fast paced, and just overall wonderful. I read it in just seven hours, with a break in between those hours because I had to work. I never read books that fast unless I’m completely sucked into it, and this book was definitely one to do just that.

I rate the book 5/5 stars.

Now, the movie. There was a lot of anticipation for this movie. Everywhere on tumblr, especially, there were waves of fandom that continually came through saying how excited everyone was for this movie and that they all hoped it lived up to their expectations of what the book held for them.

Well, I saw the movie and I cried like a big baby along with the rest of the theater.

I didn’t necessarily cry with the book. Don’t get me wrong, there were many feels to be had when I read the book, and I even got choked up toward the end of it, but I think that seeing the book come to life and portrayed as well as it was just ripped my heart out.

The movie was just as fantastic and riveting as the book, and it was the truest book-to-movie adaptation I have ever seen. There was literally only one scene that I could pick out that was different from the book, and that was the scene right before Hazel, Gus, and Hazel’s mom leave for Amsterdam. Other than that, I thought that the movie did a phenomenal job of representing the book in all of its glory.

I rate the movie 5/5 stars.

Accompanying video: TFIOS Book & Movie Review

So, what did you think of the book and movie? Did you feel there was anything wrong with it or that things could have been added or changed around in the movie? Let me know in the comments!