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The Get To Know Me Tag

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 Geraldine 0 Comments


Ahhhh, so the lovely Beth from The Quiet People tagged me to do The Get To Know Me Tag! I was so excited she tagged me in this tag, because her answers were seriously awesome. No, seriously. Go click on her name above AND CHECK IT OUT - because DAMN GIRL, I LOVE HER ATTITUDE!

Anyway, so I guess you guys are also here because you want to know more about me? YOU GUYS PROBABLY KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT ME ALREADY. But that's not the point. I'll try to be as interesting as possible, and live up to the standards that Beth set out for me!


Vital Stats

Man, as a hopeful doctor, all I can think of is heart rates, oxygen, etc. AHAHA xD
Name: Geraldine Lee 
Nicknames: Gerri, Gerry, Geri, Gery - anything that sounds like that goes really xD
Birthday: 12th October, 1998
Star Sign: Libra, loud and proud!
Occupation: I'm currently a student, studying a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Biomedicine. I have provisional entry into medicine - hoping to become a doctor! I also work in retail as a casual employee! I'm also tutoring a couple of high school students xD 

Appearance:

Hair colour: Black, but it tints brown in the sun! I love that brownish tint haha <3
Hair length: I could talk about this for so long! So, I used to have super long hair - to my belly-button long. Then, I decided to cut it all off, to just above my shoulder, for a fresh start at uni. I had such a rough time in Year 11 and 12, and really wanted to distance myself from that. ANYWAY - tl;dr - SHORT HAIR NOW.
Eye colour: Dark brown/black. It makes me sad sometimes when protagonists have hazel eyes, or ocean-blue eyes... because mine are just a dark brown! 
Best Feature: Confidence. I've had a lot of time to think about this, and in the past year, it's crazy how confident in myself I've become. 
Braces: Oh gosh, don't get me started on this. Before I go any further, yes I still have braces. All my friends have them off now...but I am the sole one who still has braces. -cries-
Piercings: HA. Used to have ear piercings, then they closed up. Will hopefully get them reopened this year.
Tattoos: Only temporary ones! :)
Right or Left: Right. Left handed people, you weird me out. I don't get how you guys...write. Right-handed! 


Firsts

Best Friend: Gabrielle, the second-oldest one in the family (I'm the oldest). We've stuck up for each other for so long (there was this one time our parents threatened to leave one of us on the side of a mountain because we were arguing, and immediately we stopped fighting each other and fought our parents instead)
Award: Um. Not sure. I've had a couple. The first one that really meant anything to me would have been achieving a High Distinction in an English competition when I was 8. That was pretty satisfying, because I had only moved from Malaysia a year ago - and I was attending ESL classes up until six months before I achieved that High Distinction. 
Sport: Dunno - maybe rollerblading? I CANT REMEMBER THE FIRST SPORT I DID. First sport I loved though - badminton. I'm good at that.
Real Holiday: Paris, Germany, and all these other European countries. I was like 5 months though. Still. I haven't been back to Europe since then...and I really want to go back!
Concert: Taylor Swift's Red Tour - 7th December, 2013. I loved that day a lot. 

Favourites

Film: Hah. Hard to pick. Right now, Deadpool. Saw it with a bunch of friends I haven't seen in ages, and it was really funny - so I had a great day out watching it. Therefore, it is my favourite right now. 
TV Show: Castle - although I'm starting to be eh on it - the recent season hasn't been the best. 
Colour: Blue or Green! They're such mellow colours - and they really suit me too :))
Song: Always changes AHAHA right now, it's Feelings for You - Switch Off ft. Charles

Restaurant: UM WHAT. You can't just choose a restaurant?? SO MANY ARE OUT THERE. TOO MANY OPTIONS. But IF I HAD TO CHOOSE... there's this amazing Vietnamese restaurant in Inala, Queensland, that I absolutely adore, because the pho there is so delicious. 
Shop: Big W. It's like Walmart, but for Australia. Anyway, I pretty much always go here to buy my books when I can, because they're really cheap. Let's take Lady Midnight for example - at Big W, it's $14, but at Dymocks, it's $20. 
Books: YEAH NOPE. Maybe Pride and Prejudice? STILL CAN'T CHOOSE THOUGH. In the past month - perhaps The Yearbook Committee, by Sarah Ayoub - that book had a twisted ending, but it made so much sense - much like We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart. 
Shoes: Sandals! The most convenient thing to exist, I swear. 


Currently

Feeling: VERY TIRED. I don't know why. I've been sleeping at 11 and waking up at 9 consistently for the past few days (holiday life <3 ). Maybe I'm just lethargic? 
Single or Taken: Interesting question. Single. 
Eating: I'm not eating right now, but I last had some icecream. I was treating myself hahah because I lost a kilo. I legitimately eat icecream for any reason though. xD
Thinking About: Conversations, a new meme that Joan @ Fiddler Blue and I are hosting
Watching: Shadowhunters - I JUST CAUGHT UP TO THE MOST RECENT EPISODE, and that ending killed me (highlight the rest of the text later on to see what I mean! I cannot believe they brought in Michael Wayland omg

Wearing: Shirt and shorts - I'm meeting a high school friend in the next hour xD 


Future:

Want Children: I don't know. Maybe. I've been thinking about it. So far, I think I want children - just not my own children, if that makes sense. I don't want to procreate, but I do want to raise children.
Want to be Married: Yeah. Definitely. 
Careers in Mind: Doctor (possibly psychiatrist). But recently, I've been considering being a professor or maybe research.
Where You Want To Live: London. As a lover of rainy days, I want to live in London. Plus, London seems so sophisticated, compared to Brisbane, where 75% of the time, we're all pretty chill. 

Do you Believe in...

God: No. I'm agnostic of sorts? I don't believe in God, but I hope that there is some presence/presences out there - it's daunting to think of there being no greater purpose.
Miracles: Yeah. I don't know why. But I want to. So I guess the same thing as with God. 
Love at First Sight: No. Not at all.
Ghosts: I DONT KNOW. Like, right now, in the morning, not at all. But then at night, when I'm walking down the dark corridor...YEAH DEFINITELY. Watching Annabelle and The Conjuring, and other horror movies have not helped me. 
Aliens: Yeah - the possibility of extraterrestrial life is something I believe in. Because, after all, I find it hard to believe that in so many planets, in so many universes, ours is the only one that sustains life. There has to be somewhere else where living creatures exist!
Soul Mates: No. I believe we choose who we love.
Heaven: I dunno. I don't want to really think about it though, to be honest. Anything about death really freaks me out. 
Hell: Same as above
Kissing on the First Date: I've done it before? A peck on the cheek though - does that count? From my actions, yeah I guess I believe it's fine.
Yourself: Yeah. I've gotten this far in life - I've overcome so many hurdles, I know I can be successful in whatever I try, so long as I put my mind to it. Now...to remember this when I'm faced with more troubles...like my midsemester exams AHAHAHAH. 

Thank you so much for tagging me, Beth! It was honestly such a pleasure to do this tag! :D 
I tag...

Tina @ Tina the BookwormEmily @ Paperback Princess |  Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books | Denise @ The Bibliolater | Lucie @ Tea Books and Fun! | Darcy @ Darcy's Bookish Blog
and ANYONE ELSE - honestly there were too many of you to put down! I want to know all about you guys...so let me know when you've posted your post, or else if you're not posting, some facts about yourselves down below! 

Keep reading and loving books!
Geraldine



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Conversations | The New Meme On The Block

Friday, March 25, 2016 Geraldine 0 Comments


Do you remember my previous post, where I discussed why I rarely participate in Top Ten Tuesdays, Waiting on Wednesdays and other big memes? If you missed out on it...check it out here! 

Anyway, I'm mentioning that post, because Joan @ Fiddler Blue and I were chatting in the comments section of that post, on how there is such little interaction in those memes, and how we wished there would be more memes with more interaction! And so...


CONVERSATIONS WAS BORN! 

Conversations is a discussion-based meme that Joan and I are hoping to kickstart in April. We hope that EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU reading will participate in it! 


But what is it about?

Basically, Joan and I will have a list of discussion topics for you to write about every fortnight - on a Saturday!. Like any other meme, you'll write your post, publish it, then link it up! If you don't have a blog - don't worry! Just comment in either one of Joan or my blog posts, and let us know your thoughts! Each month will have a different theme. For example, April will be dedicated towards popular issues - and our topics of discussion will be
1) Are there any particular diverse books you read more and why?
2) Is 15 years too young to be reading Fifty Shades of Grey? 

It sounds like any other meme. Why should I join? 

Admittedly, yes, the format is similar to a lot of other memes, but our content will be unique. Our plan is to have topics that encourage and foster conversations (hence the name!)

Can I have a sneak peek of the topics and themes? 

Of course you can! Here is what's coming up for April and May! 


DATE
APRIL: POPULAR ISSUES
Apr 9
Are there any particular diverse books you read more and why?
Apr 23
Is 15 years old too young to be reading Fifty Shades of Grey?



MAY: BLOGGING HABITS
May 7
What pushed you to start blogging and why do you continue to blog?
May 21
What are the essential things the blogs you follow have to have?

Of course, we will have a dedicated page on each of our blogs for you to check every fortnight! 


Hey, what's your logo though?

We'll leave you guys to decide that! We've come up with four logos...help us pick what you want to see every fortnight! Fill in the form below! 


I have an interesting topic idea I want to discuss! 

That's awesome! Pop suggestions down in the form below! 




I really hope that you guys will enjoy Conversations!

Keep reading and loving books!
Geraldine



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Feminist Princesses Are Real | In Defense of the Princess by Jerramy Fine

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 Geraldine 0 Comments



The Breakdown


General Info:
     Title: In Defense of the Princess 
     Author: Jerramy Fine
     Genre: Non-fiction 
     Publisher: Running Press 
     Publishing Date: March 22nd, 2016

Thoughts:
     Excellent:
          - Made me see things in a new light
          - Very intellectually stimulating - although I didn't agree with all the points, it helped me clarify my thoughts around feminism, etc. 

    Things that could have been better:
         - A bit repetitive 

Rating: 3  stars
Goodreads | Amazon

Initial Thoughts

This is going to be an atypical book review, because this is an atypical book for this blog! I requested this book on Netgalley, after spotting it there, just because a) princesses and b) feminism. I don't usually read non-fiction...but I made an exception for this book!  

It’s no secret that most girls, at some point, love all things princess: the poofy dresses, the plastic tiaras, the color pink. Even grown-up women can’t get enough of royal weddings and royal gossip. Yet critics claim the princess dream sets little girls up to be weak and submissive, and allows grown women to indulge in fantasies of rescue rather than hard work and self-reliance.

Enter Jerramy Fine – an unabashed feminist who is proud of her life-long princess obsession and more than happy to defend it. Through her amusing life story and in-depth research, Fine makes it clear that feminine doesn’t mean weak, pink doesn’t mean inferior, and girliness is not incompatible with ambition. From 9th century Cinderella to modern-day Frozen, from Princess Diana to Kate Middleton, from Wonder Woman to Princess Leia, Fine valiantly assures us that princesses have always been about power, not passivity. And those who love them can still be confident, intelligent women.

Provocative, insightful, but also witty and personal, In Defense of the Princess empowers girls, women, and parents to dream of happily ever after without any guilt or shame.

In Defense of the Princess is a bunch of musings from the author, Jerramy Fine, about how princesses are not seen as feminist enough for today's society. I have to admit, going into reading this book, I was interested as to how Fine would argue this, because I haven't ever really thought of princesses as symbols for feminism! 

Anyway, In Defense of a Princess focuses on two things 1) princesses and 2) how they are symbols of empowerment. For me, it was a bit repetitive - but I guess this was necessary to really drill in the idea that princesses are empowering, instead of symbols of female oppression. I actually didn't end up finishing it - not because it was bad, but just because it seemed like everything was being repeated a lot. 

Despite this, I did find it quite interesting - it brought up ideas that I hadn't thought of before. I didn't necessarily agree with all the points that were brought up - I felt like a lot of them were based on assumptions, and I didn't see a reference list at all. Maybe that's just me being really academic :S For example, I felt like the definition of feminism isn't really defined throughout this book - even though this book centers around it. It seemed like Fine defined feminism as "trying to escape girlish things" and to some people it might mean that, but for me, feminism is so much more than that. So yeah, I didn't agree with all of the points brought up. 
I liked that In Defense of the Princess had personal anecdotes throughout it - it really made it more personal and relatable. 
For me, In Defense of the Princess is a start-stop book - a book that I really can't read all at once, because a) I can't appreciate it as much and b) it would overwhelm me if I did. 

Final Thoughts

After reading snippets of In Defense of the Princess, I think it's sufficient to say that my views towards princesses and their status as feminist role models has definitely changed! I'd give this book a 3 stars - the repetitiveness was the only thing that annoyed me (and even then, the book kind of has to be repetitive). It's perfect for any feminist and person who likes princesses! :D 

Thoughts in a Phrase

Don't be ashamed to be a princess! 

Keep reading and loving books!
Geraldine



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Beyond the Pages: Assisted Suicide

Sunday, March 20, 2016 Geraldine 0 Comments


Beyond the Pages is a feature where I share my views on life issues or problems that books have made me think about. It's a discussion-based feature, and I hope to hear your views regarding these topics, and engage with me on the things that matter. If there's one thing that books can do, it is to spread awareness of big issues. 

The Book That Brought This Topic Up 

I recently read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I watched the movie trailer, which gave me incentive to read the book, and I just couldn't stop reading it! Towards the end of the book though, there's a lot of discussion on the right to assisted suicide. I felt my views waver, shake and consistently challenged as I kept reading - there are so many arguments for all sides of this topic! 

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

What This Book Is About

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time. 

What Me Before You Made Me Think About


Firstly, let's define some key terms. Assisted suicide refers to patients suffering from an incurable disease being helped in their will to kill themselves. Another closely related term is physician assisted suicide, where patients are permitted to take doctor-prescribed lethal drugs for their death. In many countries, assisted suicide is illegal - Australia, Britain, Zimbabwe are a few countries where it's illegal. However, in Switzerland.... assi
sted suicide is legal. From this, it's apparent that assisted suicide is a topic that many people contrast on.

Many people think that assisted suicide shouldn't be legal because of a variety of reasons. This includes religious reasons - suicide is a sin, and the person committing suicide will not be able to go to heaven if they commit this sin. There are also moral reasons that follow the same path - suicide is wrong, therefore assisted suicide should not be allowed. Furthermore, if it is physician assisted suicide, there are also more factors that need to be considered. Firstly, there are those religious and moral reasons. Then there is the Hippocratic Oath. The Hippocratic Oath isn't a set law/oath that doctors have to uphold nowadays, in the legal sense, but it's generally expected that doctors have a duty to do no harm. To some people, doctors assisting a patient in suiciding could violate this obligation - and hence physician-assisted suicide is considered wrong. Finally, considerations on the patient's mental health is another factor that brings people to consider assisted suicide as wrong. If a patient is depressed for example, they may be suicidal. Helping them commit suicide can be considered

We also need to consider why other people think that assisted suicide should be legalised. The pain that many people go through when dealing with terminal illness can be overwhelming, and to them, it may be better for the pain to just end. They may want to die with dignity - so that their friends and family can remember them as they are, not a shell of what they used to be. The same could be said of close friends and relatives, who don't wish to see their close friend or family suffering anymore. Secondly, people could see assisted suicide as a right, because ultimately, a person should have control of their own body, and if they want to end their life, they should be able to, with the help of a close friend/relative. 

Ultimately, assisted suicide is a hugely complex matter, and there are just so many arguments for and against it. I actually have no idea how I feel about it. Do you have any thoughts on it? Do you think that there are any other factors that I've missed out on? Let me know in the comments below! 

Keep reading and loving books!
Geraldine



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This or That Book Tag!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 Geraldine 0 Comments


I was recently tagged by Joey @ thoughts and afterthoughts, as well as TT @ Intro to Blurb to do the This or That Book Tag! Check out their responses - and their blogs, because they're pretty cool people~ 

Reading on the couch or on the bed? 

BED. Hands down, no question about it. I can spread out, roll around when I get uncomfortable, and I can just put down the book next to me and sleep, once I'm tired! 

Male main character or female main character? 

I don't mind, but perhaps female character if I had to choose. Mainly because I can relate more, and from my reading history, most of the books I've read have a female main character! :) 

Sweet or salty snacks when reading? 

Not too sure...but I think salty? Sweet snacks just make me feel guilty, when I eat them (I'm super aware of the calories I'm consuming) whereas when I eat chips, I just eat. Though that might just be because chips are super addictive! 

Trilogies or quartets? 

Neither? I prefer standalones, I think. But if I had to pick...trilogies. I'm just more familiar with them! 

First person point of view or third person point of view?

Third person point of view. I used to think first-person was awesome, but nowadays, I feel like I get too much of a character, if that makes sense, and it suffocates me, and I get super tired of that character. 

Reading at night or in the morning?

HAHAHAHA This is an impossible question for me right now. I'm going to say reading at night because young Geraldine used to read for hours before she slept. Nowadays, I actually do both because the commute to and from university is really long (about an hour and a half one way?) and I manage to read a book a day if I read on the public transport! :D 

Libraries or bookstores?

DAMN, for what though? For book variety, definitely bookstores. For free books (of sorts), definitely libraries. I'm going to say libraries, because I've actually been frequenting them a lot recently, and I've discovered amazing functions (such as the ability to request the library to buy certain books - so cool!! :D ) 

Black book covers or white book covers? 

What about neither? I don't quite like monochromatic book covers, to be honest. But if I had to pick...white. So that it reflects heat and my books don't get too hot and suffer xD 
Character driven or plot driven stories?
EASY. My answer is always character-driven stories. 

My own question: To tag or not to tag? 

I don't think I'll tag anyone specific this time...but if you really like this tag - please feel free to join!! :D 


Keep reading and loving books!
Geraldine



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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Saturday, March 12, 2016 Geraldine 0 Comments



The Breakdown


General Info:
     Title: Me Before You
     Author: Jojo Moyes
     Genre: Romance, Adult fiction 
     Publisher: Viking/Pamela Dorman Books
     Publishing Date: December 31, 2012

Thoughts:
     Excellent:
          - EVERYTHING. 

    Things that could have been better:
         - NOTHING. 
         - But in all seriousness - the plot was a bit predictable

Rating:  stars
Goodreads | Amazon


Initial Thoughts

I picked up Me Before You because...who wouldn't after seeing that trailer? And honestly, I was not disappointed

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.


Characters

I loved each and every character. This is so rare for me to say, but I really did. Louisa Clark was quirky, interesting and just so endearing. Although some might say she's daft and stupid, I felt like her quirks added character and really made her unique to me. She was also relatable, because of her quirks - we all have our own tiny habits, and hers made her so relatable to me! Especially her clumsiness - I'm completely like that! Did I tell you, I tripped over on my first day of uni, saying hi to some old classmates I stumbled upon? ...yeah, that's a true story. >.< I could honestly list more examples haha xD
Will Traynor was affable, witty and sarcastic, and just so skeptical. I loved reading about him, because he was such a contrast to Lousia - it was refreshing to see someone so harsh on the world, whereas Louisa is more forgiiving. 
Nathan was a Kiwi, so of course I liked him - very nice to see a Southern Hemisphere character! :) 

Plot

I don't know if this was because I watched the trailer, read the Wikipedia page (COME ON, who doesn't do this?? >.< )  or because I've read a couple of novels that follow this same type of plot, but I completely expected what would happen in the end. The real magic of Me Before You though, is despite its predictability, you want, you wish and you hope that the plot doesn't go the way you think it will

Spoiler paragraph below... Highlight over it to see the spoiler. Otherwise, if you haven't read the book - DON'T!!
I'll expand on the point above. WILL TRAYNOR. HOW COULD YOU DO THIS. I was hoping, wishing, wanting him to choose to live! That ending really got to me. Especially when Lousia was in Paris, reading that letter. I FELT TEARS STREAM DOWN MY FACE. ACTUAL TEARS. And I'm not the kind of girl that cries a lot! That moment especially was so strong for me, because it showed, how much Lousia had changed, from knowing Will in that short period of time. 

Writing Style

I don't have much to say about the writing style, because honestly, I didn't notice it after a while - which is good! It was easy to read, and didn't detract from the reading experience at all. Concise, yet beautiful! :D 


Entertainment Value 

Moyes just hooked me. Man, I thought the book was eh at the start...but then, before I knew it, I LOVED EVERY WORD. I didn't even want to head off for work - I kept reading until the VERY LAST MINUTE THAT I COULD. Me Before You was seriously addicting. I finished it in one day! :D 

Final Thoughts

This is not the run-of-the-mill incurable disease novel (you know what I mean, x love interest has incurable disease, y character falls in love, one of them dies). Although the plot type is very much similar, Me Before You stands out with its fantastic cast of characters, which are all endearing in their own way. 


Rating




Feelings in a Phrase

WHY :( 

Keep reading and loving books!
Geraldine



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Why I rarely participate in Top Ten Tuesdays

Sunday, March 06, 2016 Geraldine 0 Comments

Every Tuesday, do you notice Top Ten Tuesday posts cropping up everywhere? Well...not here at Corralling Books! Today, I'll be writing about why I rarely post Top Ten Tuesday posts.

I don't hate Top Ten Tuesday. Truly, I don't. I used to participate in Top Ten Tuesday posts regularly!  Just look at my blog archive. I swear, at some point in my blogging time, all I posted were TTT posts! But I don't participate in them regularly anymore. Why? Well that's what this post is here to discuss!

Firstly, I'll admit, the idea behind Top Ten Tuesday is fantastic. Top ten bookish things every week? Hell yeah! Finding out new bookish stuff? Definitely yes! Regardless of these great ideas, there are several reasons why Top Ten Tuesdays have worn out their welcome for me.

One reason I don't love Top Ten Tuesdays so much anymore, is because I feel like it's become a routine. I know when I used to do them, it became a matter of writing the posts in advance and scheduling them, then making sure to put up my link, in the hopes of getting more blog hits. Maybe this was just me being overly worried about hits? Let me know if Top Ten Tuesday has ever been like this for you!

Furthermore, Top Ten Tuesday isn't a way for me to discover new books anymore. In blogs of the same genre, I can usually find the same ten books appearing on every blog, unless there is a truly unique theme. To counter this, of course I could go see blogs of other genres. But being a YA reader, I personally would like to see more variety of YA books in different blogs personally - and I don't see that anymore, which is why I don't enjoy Top Ten Tuesdays so much anymore.

Moreover, I feel like Top Ten Tuesdays has no real interaction anymore. This is my biggest problem with Top Ten Tuesdays, really. Whilst you can get some thoughtful comments from loyal readers, or even other people who have just popped by your blog and checked it out, I feel like some comments are really forced. The commenter will make one comment about one book you've put up there, something really generic like "Oh I love your list!" and then follow it up with "Check my TTT here!!". I don't mind checking out other peoples' Top Ten Tuesdays - in fact you don't even need to tell me to check it out - but I've gotten really frustrated at the generic comments. For me, it feels like people blindly post random comments, just to advertise their Top Ten Tuesday post and get more hits. It just feels false to me. Do you feel the same?

Finally, and I think this is an extension from the previous point, is that I feel like there's no real sense of community. Top Ten Tuesday is such a huge meme now, it's really difficult to get to know other bloggers well from participating in it. I used to participate in Musing Mondays, and I found some great bloggers through participating in that meme, because it was small enough for us all to have a look at each others' posts and really engage with the content. I'd see the same people posting every week, and they'd regularly checked up on my posts, and I regularly checked up on theirs. With Top Ten Tuesdays...I usually only get people who will drop by once, comment and expect me to comment back.

To be honest, my issue with Top Ten Tuesdays are not even limited to JUST Top Ten Tuesdays. They extend to Waiting on Wednesdays, to Stacking the Shelves, to a lot of other memes that I feel share the same hallmarks - a great idea, but ultimately not the best way to make new blogger friendships. I hope that makes sense :/ 

Top Ten Tuesday and other memes definitely have unique ideas, with great concepts, but ultimately, I have problems with them, and these problems boil down to one point - that it's become a huge meme which has lost its social aspect. That being said, whenever there is a great topic, I'll definitely take part in Top Ten Tuesdays, because it then allows me to create unique, individual content, that I love! 

What do you think? Do you think there are issues with my points? Do you have any personal experience with any of my points? Is there something unique about Top Ten Tuesday that I'm missing out on? Do you think that there is an inherent obligation to comment back on the commenter's TTT post? Are there any memes that don't fall into this category? Let me know in the comments below!

Keep reading and loving books,
Geraldine

The Fate Of Ten By Pittacus Lore | Ten Out of Ten Book

Thursday, March 03, 2016 Geraldine 0 Comments



The Breakdown


General Info:
     Title: The Fate of Ten
     Author: Pittacus Lore
     Genre: YA, Sci-Fi, Fantasy,
     Publisher: Penguin
     Publishing Date: September 10th, 2015

Thoughts:
     Excellent:
          - Characterisation - especially Setrakus Ra 
          - The plot - new information, and yet everything ties together
          - The plot - The title makes sense! 
          - Writing Style - easy to read, flowed naturally. 
          - Writing Style - POV use was limited to THREE POVs - less confusing 

    Things that could have been better:
         - Characterisation - Marina got on my nerves 
         - The plot - difficult to get into - especially if you haven't read the series in a year


Rating: 4.5 stars
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Initial Thoughts

Do I really need to explain why I picked up this book? To those who know me, they know that I LOVE THE LORIEN LEGACIES. To be honest, I've never read the first book (pls don't get mad) but I saw the movie. I was hooked when I bought the second book (Power of Six), thinking it was a standalone novel. And since then, I've been reading each and every one of the books, because they're just so addicting! 

The sixth book in the thrilling, action-packed, New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series! For years the Garde have fought the Mogadorians in secret. Now all of that has changed. The invasion has begun. If the Garde can't find a way to stop the Mogs, humanity will suffer the same fate as the Lorien: annihilation. 

There is still hope. When the Elders sent the Garde to Earth, they had a plan—one which the Garde are finally starting to understand. In the climax of The Revenge of Seven, a group of the Garde traveled to an ancient pyramid in Mexico known to their people as the Sanctuary. There they awoke a power that had been hidden within our planet for generations. Now this power can save the world . . . or destroy it. It will all depend on who wields it.

I don't even know what to say. This book was just...I feel lots of feels right now, and I have no idea what to do...so here is my attempt to make a coherent review out of it! 

Characters

I absolutely loved ALL the characters in this book. I especially love how Setrakus Ra was given some more background information, and how he was further characterised, his motivations being more and more apparent in this book. Although Marina did get on my nerves (SHE'S SO PREACHY), I didn't mind it so much, mainly because she didn't have a POV this time, and she was featured very little (thank the heavens!). 

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I was also super happy that Sarah died - I've actually been expecting her to die for quite some time now (the past two books or so?) just because the girlfriend/boyfriend/special one usually dies in these kinds of books? Although I know if Sarah died two or three books ago, I'd be groaning because it plays into that trope, I'm so happy that Pittacus Lore dragged her out in those books, because I kept wondering if she would actually die or not xD 

Plot

I think there's a real trend with these Lorien Legacies books. The pacing generally seems really slow at the start for me, and then by the time I've hit the halfway mark, I cannot put this down. I'm not even kidding here, I stayed up till 3am reading this book, because it was just so engrossing
Pittacus Lore adds more Lorien lore (did you see what I did there?? ) towards the end, and I think that's what really got me addicted to this book after the midpoint. I couldn't stop flipping the pages because there was just so much more to learn
Plus, I stayed up even later (4am) thinking about the ending because damn, that ending was the ending I've been waiting for AGES to happen. It was the PERFECT ending. Furthermore, the title made sense. That's one of my favourite things about books - when the title makes so much sense!

Writing Style

The writing style was easy to read, like it always is. I kinda got thrown off a bit at the start because I was like "whoa, what happened last time??", but after the first few pages, I got reaquainted with this world. That's the one fault of these Lorien Legacy books - despite being a year (or more) in between each book, there is no clear recap at the start of each book. Makes for a bit of a disorienting read at first! 

I was really happy with the use of THREE Points of Views though - I think in previous books, there are usually a lot more than that - and those have always really confused me. As always, however, I appreciate the use of different text to make the different POVs distinctive :)

The writing style is also smooth, concise and just easy to read in general - it made it so much easier to read the book, and delve back into John and Six's world! 

Entertainment Value

Fate of Ten was a book that I was a bit "eh" on after having read Revenge of Seven - it wasn't so engaging for me. Although there was a slow start to Fate of Ten - it rapidly sped up, and I was FLYING through this book! The plot was great, the characters even better, 


Final Thoughts

I'M SO HYPED FOR THE NEXT BOOK TO COME OUT IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR - I mean United As One?? SUCH A COOL TITLE. Though I'm kinda sad that the number Eight doesn't feature in a book... :(
Anyway, I would read this book if you've read the previous books...not if you haven't read the previous books. Like I said earlier, there isn't much recap on the events of previous books, so if you start the series from this book, you're probably going to be overwhelmed and a tiny bit confused by the jargon! 


Rating


Thoughts in a Phrase 

YES THIS IS THE BOOK I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR! 

Keep reading and loving books!
Geraldine



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