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Book Review: An Abundance Of Katherines

NAME: An Abundance Of Katherines

AUTHOR(S): John Green

SYNOPSIS (AS TOLD BY THE BOOK COVER):

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact. On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an over-weight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun, but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship and average Dumpees everywhere, and may finally win him the girl.

CONTENT WARNING (FOR THE BOOK): EXESSIVE CURSING, EXPLICIT CONTENT

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UPDATE

Wow, I’ve been gone a long time. And I think I know why. I just didn’t have the motivation to blog since my reviews were too restrictive. I liked this, I didn’t like that, such and such was cool. It got little boring and wasn’t very fun. But don’t worry! 2015 is a new year, with fresh content that will hopefully be better for both you and me!

SOME CHANGES:

* You may have noticed I changed the name of this blog from Booklover Blog 3000 to Geeking Out. Why? I think it sounds better.

* Reviews will still follow a basic critiquing format, but I will add more pictures, GIFs, and a little humor to help express myself. I’m not getting rid of old reviews, but please note that they may be a bit outdated.

* A lot of the old features are going. There will be at least one replacement however.

* I’m working on a review policy to help you understand what I will and won’t review. This MIGHT lead to me accepting requests (MAYBE. Please don’t complain if I don’t.)

It may take a week or so to get the first new review up, so I’ll leave you with this…

You're welcome.
You’re welcome.

 

Blogging, Magic, Book Vlogs, And Librarians

Think Before You Link

Think Before You Link is a weekly feature where I share discussion posts and videos from around the web. (By the way, sorry this post is late.)

Discussion Posts

Blogging

Busting Book Blogging Myths: Pinterest & Book Blogging : Posted by Stormy at Book.Blog.Bake. I’ve been looking into using Pinterest as social media for my blog, so after scrolling through board after board of fun bookish stuff online it boggled my mind a bit that anyone could ever think that it’s only for crafts and recipes. Sure, it may not bring in as much traffic as Twitter, but that’s to be expected (Though in my humble opinion, I think Pinterest looks WAY more fun.) Here’s a link to a directory of book bloggers on Pinterest.

The So-Called Blogging Rules: Similar Posts : Posted by Kelsey Gulick at Verbosity Book Reviews. I love to look at other book blogs. And I’ve looked at a lot. I look at them not only for entertainment and review but for inspiration. It’s not hard to notice that there are subjects like hype, love triangles, instalove, and ebooks that keep being repeated and debated. It’s hard to come up with the topic of a discussion post, and of course people want to put in their say on such big subjects, but I agree that we need a little originality.

Characters

The Fictional Witch : Posted by Fiktshun009 at Fiktshun. I just really enjoy reading about any kind of mythical creature or humanoid, and this post was well written and interesting.

Villains Anonymous: On The Nature Of Monologuing : Posted by Renae M. at Respiring Thoughts. I love to read anything related to fictional villains. Plus, this post quotes a Disney movie (can you guess which one?) which makes everything better.

Story/Plot

Can I Put Hunting Vampires On My Resume? : It’s true, It’s true, It’s all TRUE! And well written, I might add. If YA books were reality you (besides being doomed on so many levels) wouldn’t be able to neatly separate school, family, and friends (you know, regular life) from saving the world or kicking paranormal butt. Even though the Goodreads synopsis sounds cliché, this article makes me want to read it anyway.

The Magic Of The First Chapter: Posted by Shae at Shae Has Left The Room. First impressions really are important. You may or may not (hopefully may) have noticed my Opening Lines page, where I post the first few sentences of every book I’ve ever reviewed. There is a sort of magic in the way authors introduce us to their worlds. They chose to share this with us, and those first few lines, paragraphs, or chapters can make or break the decision to go further.

Genres and YA

Is The YA Film Market Oversaturated? : Posted by Amy at Oh, The Books! The Fault In Our Stars, The Giver, If I Stay (which will probably lead to a Where She Went movie). Not to mention those being optioned for movie-dom (or whatever you call it), or already in the works. Too. Many. Movies. An the simple fact is, not every book is going to make a good movie. Not even if it has a huge fan following.

Is YA For “Losers?” : Nope. End of discussion.

Reading

How To Get Out Of A Reading Rut : Posted by Gillian at Writer Of Wrongs. I’m using some of her advice to help crawl out of a reading rut/slump myself. Definitely helpful.

 Seven Things I Want To Tell People Who “Don’t Like To Read” : Posted by Rosie at Rosie Reads. Yes, yes, YES! Because reading is AWESOME!

Random

The Era Of Book Vlogs : Posted by Charlotte at Gypsy Reviews. I love BookTube! Just because I can, here’s a link to a book vlogger directory.

TFIOS Overload? : Posted by Terri S. at Starlight Book Reviews. I haven’t even read the book, but thanks to the power of the internet I know how it ends.

Videos

Children’s Books You Won’t Believe Are Banned

Why Librarians Save Lives

The 2014 Winter Book Games

I hope you enjoyed! If there are any posts or videos you think should be featured, share them in the comments or contact form below!

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Book Review: Between Shades Of Gray

Name: Between Shades Of Gray

Author(s): Ruta Sepetys

What’s It’s About: In the middle of the night Lina, her brother, and her mother are taken away by the NKVD (Soviet secret police) for no apparent reason. Along with many others they are shuttled to Siberia where they are accused of being criminals with 25 year sentences and forced to work on a beet farm with inhumane conditions. Lina starts to put clues of where they are in her drawings and passes them on in hopes that at least one will reach her father. She also writes (and hides) detailed accounts of the horrors she and those around her face. But as conditions get worse and worse, and everybody close to her starts to die (or gets very, very close), how will she and her family survive?

*Content Warning: mentions of prostitution, suggestive content*

My Review: I actually finished this book a few days ago, but I put off this review because I wasn’t sure what to say. I’m still not. This story may be fictional, but it rings with truth, and the fact that people had to go through things like what happens in this book is heartbreaking. WHY? How could people do this to others? There’s an old Latin proverb that goes “Man is a wolf to man.” I look at what some people have done to each other and I go, “Forget wolf, HURRICANE is more like it.” It just makes me so sad. That aside, I think there’s a moral in this story, faint but always there. It’s never preached on, but I picked it up all the same. ALWAYS HAVE HOPE. I’m pretty sure that’s how Lina survived. She had hope, and that hope turned into determination. The book actually has an open ending, but I didn’t mind. Why? Because I just knew that somehow, someway, in that fictional world Lina was going to survive. And it’s the way that this book makes me think and hope that really makes me like it. So maybe I did have something to say after all.

Blubberworthy seal of approval (final)
Though I didn’t actually cry (because, you know, I’m HEARTLESS) this definitely brought me close to doing so.

Re-Readability: High. I don’t even feel the need to explain.

Quotes

“You traitor! You pathetic old man!” I said. “Pathetic, and yet I survive. Surely, my survival is my punishment. That has to be it. This woman closes her eyes and she is gone. I’ve wished for death since the first day, and yet I survive. Can it really be so hard to die?”

‘The repeater spoke of nothing but America. He tried to draw maps of the United States, discussing details he had heard from friends or relatives. He needed to believe it was possible.”

“A man in group twenty-six got caught stealing wood. They sentenced him to an additional five years. Five years for one log. It could have been fifty. Our sentences were dictated by our survival.”

“You think of nothing but yourself. If you want to kill yourself, what’s keeping you?” I said. Silence sat between our stares. “Fear,” he said.”

“Mrs. Rimas brought her hand to her mouth. “She really intended to return home.” I looked at Papa’s shirt. My mother was freezing. She could worn these clothes. She kept them, to return to Lithuania in a clean set of clothes.”

Find This Book On: Barnes & Noble/Amazon/Goodreads

Book Cover Love: Space

book cover love

I happen to have a thing for good book covers. Who doesn’t? Book Cover Love is where I focus on my favorites. I might not have even read the book!

Today’s Subject: Space

List 4-5 book covers that feature space.

Life In Outer Space

Book: Life In Outer Space

Author(s): Melissa Keil

Details: Look at how the wire connecting the boy and girl’s computers winds through the title!

Relevance: The boy and girl are both main characters. And the boy is supposed to be geeky so I guess being absorbed in his computer fits.

Overall Feeling: Cool.

Infinite Moment Of Us

Book: The Infinite Moment Of Us

Author(s): Lauren Myracle

Details: It’s just so pretty! And the lines make it look like a map.

Relevance: Love story!

Overall Feeling: Beautiful.

For Darkness Shows The Stars

Book: For Darkness Shows The Stars

Author(s): Diana Peterfreund

Details: The girl’s dress turns into space!

Relevance: Space is the relevance.

Overall Feeling: Pretty. As most things with space are.

Across The Universe

Book: Across The Universe

Author(s): Beth Revis

Details: The space turns into two faces.

Relevance: Space and kissing.

Blurb: What does it take to survive aboard a spaceship fueled by lies?

Overall Feeling: Pretty.

What is one of your favorite covers with space on it?

Evil, Ponies, Princesses, And Cliches

Think Before You Link

I’ve been really lazy about posting lately. And I’m still feeling lazy. I’m in the midst of a reading slump, and while I have a lot of cool things planned for this blog, execution is lacking at the moment. (Though I will get back on the horse soon, I promise!) This isn’t an apology post however. I’m easing myself back into the blogging spirit by starting a new feature and sharing inspirational (and funny) posts from around the blogosphere. Since I love to look at anything remotely bookish, Think Before You Link will share lots of fun book related posts and videos (though mostly discussion posts, hence the Think in the title.) I’ve had fun searching for different things to share, and I promise I will adhere to this feature’s Number One Rule: Always give credit where credit is due.


Discussion Posts

  • Why Giving Science The Blanket Approach Doesn’t Work: Posted by Renae M. at Respiring Thoughts. As a total science nut, this post appeals to me personally. I agree that all science (nor scientists) shouldn’t be lumped together in their morality and pursuits when it comes to literature. I also hate when things are dumbed down, because apparently readers aren’t smart enough to understand. I AM SMART ENOUGH! This is one of the reasons I love and respect the Virals series so much. It doesn’t sugarcoat the science, and while Dr. Karsten was misguided in his methods (not to mention cranky), that didn’t make him evil.
  • The Evil Sentence: Posted by Christina on A Reader Of Fictions. “I released a breath I didn’t realize I was holding.” Come across that sentence before? The author and her friends took it upon themselves to document all the times they stumbled upon a version of this statement. This little project even has a page on Pinterest!
  • The Love Triangle That Is Not Annoying: Posted by Christine at Oh Chrys. This post lists some aspects that may make the WAY overused cliché of a love triangle a little more bearable. I only wish that more authors would either listen to the advice of their fans on what they DON’T WANT ANYMORE or remodel the cliché into something new and amazing.
  • 5 Ways My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic Can Make You A Better Storyteller: Posted by Kat Kennedy at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog. I love the points made on how what is usually dismissed as a girly TV show can actually teach you valuable lessons on how to improve your stories. It also includes great quotes from the animator.

Videos

Before I Got My Eye Put Out – The Poetry Of Emily Dickinson

How To Be A Princess – Things I Learned In YA

Discussion – My Publishing Wish

I truly hope you’ve enjoyed this post. If you have any discussion posts or videos you think should be featured, link it to me in the comments or form below.

 

Book Cover Love: Heart To Heart

book cover love

I happen to have a thing for good book covers. Who doesn’t? Book Cover Love is where I focus on my favorites. I might not have even read the book!

Today’s Subject: Heart To Heart

List 4-5 book covers that feature hearts.

Dash & Lily's ok Of Dares

Book: Dash & Lily’s Book Of Dares

Author(s): Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Details: Hearts, hearts, hearts! There’s a heart on the stoplight, the snow is made of hearts… it’s just so cute!

Relevance: You can see that this book is set in the city.

Overall Feeling: Really cute and fluffy.

The Brokenhearted

Book: The Brokenhearted

Author(s): Amelia Kahaney

Details: The heart is made of MACHINE PARTS. If that doesn’t scream awesome I don’t know what does.

Relevance: *Goes to check Amazon synopsis* So this book is about a girl who is equipped with a bionic heart after an accident. So I’d say that this cover fits in perfectly with the story.

Blurb: My heart stopped. My life started.

Overall Feeling: Dark and very cool.

Love And Other Unknown Variables

Book: Love And Other Unknown Variables

Author(s): Shannon Lee Alexander

Details: Math! I don’t like actually doing it, but it looks great on book covers! And let me tell you, this cover is saturated.

Relevance: It looks like the main character of this book is super smart and has his life planned out. So all those equations certainly reflect his personality.

Overall Feeling: For some reason this cover just makes me feel good.

The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight

Book: The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight

Author(s): Jennifer E. Smith

Details: I love how the couple in the heart are the only people in focus. All the others are rushing on, and it makes it look like time has stopped for those in love. The typography is also pretty.

Relevance: You can see they’re in an airport, which is where the story takes place.

Overall Feeling: Sugary Sweet.

The Book Of Broken Hearts

Book: The Book Of Broken Hearts

Author(s): Sarah Ockler

Details: I just adore the simplicity of this cover, and how the book’s pages are bent into a heart.

Relevance: I think the book represents the sort of rule she and her sisters made: never date a Vargas boy.

Overall Feeling: Pretty.

What is one of your favorite covers with a heart on it?