Jamie’s A to Z Book Survey!

Hey y’all!!! I’m back! I’ve been away from the blog for almost two weeks now – with the exception of last week’s Top Ten Tuesday because I just couldn’t resist – and here’s why! From July 31-August 5 I was at an amazing country music festival in Bowmanville Ontario called Boots and Hearts. I heard so much great music from so many amazing artists, spent some time with good friends, and made a few new friends too! I’ll definitely be writing up a separate post about that festival for all you country lovers out there – ahem, Rachel ;) Anyway, I was back from that adventure on Monday, so you’re probably wondering what else I have been up to!

Well, as most of you know, I’m headed to Queen’s University in September, and I am BEYOND excited about it! So this past week I’ve been trying to gather together the last few things that I am going to need for my time there. I also found out what dorm I will be staying in this week, and it is the wonderful Waldron Tower, nicknamed Wally :) My building is located right on Lake Ontario, and was built so that every single room has a lake view! How awesome is that?! I’ve also heard some speculation that my building is haunted by a nurse who used to live in it…. So that’s a little creepy. You can read more about that here. Anywhooooo, that’s what I’ve been up to!

So, what better way to bring myself back into the blogging world after my unexpected hiatus than a fun book survey created by Jamie over at the Perpetual Page Turner!!! Here we go:

Author you’ve read the most books from:

Lemony Snicket! Oh, the good old Series of Unfortunate Events ;)

Best Sequel Ever:

Dare You To by Katie McGarry. Pushing the Limits was amazing, and I can’t wait for Crash Into You!

Currently Reading:

Asylum by Madeline Roux and If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Water or tea! In the summer though iced coffee is my go to drink :)

E-reader or Physical Book?

Oh I love my physical books! For me, reading off of an e-reader just isn’t the same. BUT, I do like having it for some of my review copies.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Wes from The Truth About Forever. Wes is one of my favourite book boyfriends, and I TOTALLY would have dated him in high school! Macy describes him as “quiet and incredible” and that is just so perfect for him. He creates these amazing metal sculptures from scrap metal, and he’s totally gorgeous, but doesn’t even know it. He’s a reformed bad boy, so you get the good boy and bad boy all in one package!! ;)

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfruend. This book was on my list of Top Ten Intimidating Books, but I am so glad that I finally gave it a chance! I ended up LOVING this book to bits, and I can’t wait to read Across a Star-Swept Sea!

Hidden Gem Book:

The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

Stumbling upon book blogs! I’ve always been a reader, but I used to be the type of person to read a book, and forget about it right after I finished it. Once I started blogging, I’ve noticed that I retain way more information about the books that I read, and I also find out about so many other amazing books!

Just Finished:

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfruend

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I’m not a huge fan of non-fiction books, or of adult books – they scare me!!!

Longest Book You’ve Read:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix (870 pages)

Major book hangover because of:

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

Number of Bookcases You Own:

3. Two are built in to the window seat in my bedroom, and one is downstairs and houses all of the books from when I was a kid. But I need more shelves – badly!!

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

The Harry Potter Series. Let’s be honest, I’ve definitely read this series about 5 times through.

Preferred Place To Read:

Curled up in my corner of the couch, or in bed!

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there’s a tomorrow. Maybe for you there’s one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around it, let it slide like coins through you fingers. So much time you can waste it.
But for some of us there’s only today. And the truth is, you never really know.” Delirium, by Lauren Oliver

Reading Regret:

I’d have to say The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. I had to read this for grade 10 English in high school, and I really just didn’t like this book.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

OMG there are so many!!! I am horrible with starting a series and then just leaving it hanging there, even though I so badly want to know what is going to happen! Let’s see, Unearthly series, Delirium series, The Infernal Devices… the list goes on.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfruend, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, and Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

JK Rowling. No explanation needed.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

Across a Star-Swept Sea. I NEED to see what is going to happen to Kai and Elliot!

Worst Bookish Habit:

Probably throwing my books into my bags and purses without seeing how they land, and then they come out kind of bent…

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Your latest book purchase:

A whole lot of books from garage sales a few weekends ago! There were probably about twenty books!

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas was guilty of this!!! I just NEEDED TO KNOW what was going to happen next and how everything was going to play out!

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Top Ten Favorite Beginnings/Endings In Books

Top Ten Tuesday

A weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish :)

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday post is about our favourite beginnings and endings in books. I am including my top five favourite first lines, and my top five favourite endings! (But for the endings, I’m just telling you the books – I don’t want to spoil anything!!!) So, in no particular order… (Click the quote or book image to link to goodreads!)

top 5 favourite first lines

Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams

glimpse quote

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

shatter me quote

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

book thief quote

Divergent by Veronica Roth

divergent quote

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

delirium quote

top 5 favourite endings

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

dangerous girls

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

gone girl

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

if you find me

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepard

the madman's daughter

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

before I fall

So tell me: What are your thoughts on these beginnings and endings?? Have you read any of these books? Do those first lines want to make you pick it up if you haven’t already?! I WANT TO KNOW!

Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

deliriumTitle/Author: Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Publisher/Year: HarperCollins on February 1, 2011
Genre: YA Science Fiction/Dystopian
Series: Yes! Trilogy
Other Books by Author: Pandemonium (Deliruim #2), Reqiuem (Delirium #3), Before I Fall
How I got this Book: Purchased
Summary From Goodreads: They say that the cure for Love will make me happy and safe forever.

And I’ve always believed them.

Until now.

Now everything has changed.

Now, I’d rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie.

Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.

My Thoughts copy

Let me start off by saying, WHY DIDN’T I READ THIS TWO YEARS AGO WHEN IT CAME OUT??!?!?! OK, now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, let the review begin. If you couldn’t already tell from the opening sentence, I loved LOVED this book! I was a little nervous going into Delirium because of how much it had been hyped up, and because of how much I loved Before I Fall and I didn’t want Lauren Oliver to let me down. I was not let down, nor was I prepared for how beautifully heart-wrenching this story would be.

Delirium takes place in The United States in an alternative present when love is considered a disease – amor deliria nervosa. First off, that’t the first thing that got me hooked. How could anyone ever imagine a world without love, let alone live in one where it was considered a disease that everyone is “cured” from at the age of 18?! I do not think I could survive in this place with no love.

Lena, the main character, has had a troubled childhood. Her mother committed suicide after failing to be cured 3 times, in the name of love. Lena remembers all the fun and laughter and things from her childhood that she now knows were not permitted, and she remembers enjoying all of those things. She is excited to receive the cure though, because she does not want to end up like her mother, and because it is what is expected of her. She wanted to get the cure — until she met Alex.

Alex is a beautiful boy with eyes the colour of amber and hair the colour of the autumn leaves, and he shows Lena all about love. Lena wishes she could deny that she feels anything for Alex, because of how dangerous the amor deliria nervosa is, but she cannot. Alex has shown her how dismantled and corrupt society is, and she has fallen in love with him and with the thoughts of what society could be like.

Lena is also best friends with a rebellious girl named Hana. Their friendship is amazing, and is as true to life as any teenage best friend relationship could be. They have each other’s backs at all cost. I loved Hana and Lena’s friendship, and I also loved Lena as a character herself. I really connected with her, what with wanting to always do the right thing, but sometimes wishing you could just break free and live a little.

I am warning you now – although it is impossible to be prepared – the ending of this book is a MAJOR cliff-hanger! I thought I was prepared for it, but no. Just, no. The ending will break you right in two. BUT, there are two more books that come after this one!!!

Final Thoughts

I read this book about a month ago, and yet I only posted my review now! That just goes to show you how much I LEGITIMATELY LOVED this book, because I couldn’t even find the words to express myself in a review! And personally, I still don’t think I even came close to doing the book justice in this review. Anywho0000, I can’t wait to get my hands on Pandemonium to read it! Favourite Quote

Love: a single word, a wispy thing, a word no bigger or longer than an edge. That’s what it is: an edge; a razor. It draws up through the center of your life, cutting everything in two. Before and after. The rest of the world falls away on either side.Talk to me

Have you read Delirium? Did you love it as much as I did? If you haven’t read it, do you think you might? (I really really think you should ;) )