The Revival of the Shatter Me Fandom

Hello, there. Aren’t you looking lovely today? Thank you for stopping by on this glorious day. What makes this day “glorious”, you may ask? Well…

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That’s right, the dream that I didn’t dare to dream has come true. Tahereh Mafi announced today that the Shatter Me series will continue with three new books, the first being Restore Me in March 6th, 2018!

But can we talk about that title? The first three titles all had words in them that signified destruction (Shatter, Unravel, and Ignite), but now Juliette is rebuilding the world and herself and nobody touch me because I’m not O.K.

Shatter Me has a special place in my heart, and the SM fandom has always been my favorite (shoutout to the Aaron Army on Goodreads). I honestly can’t believe we’re lucky enough to be going on this journey again, and I can’t wait to read about the adventures that Warner, Juliette, Kenji, James, Adam and everyone else will be going on. Plus the Warner/Kenji sass and the brotherly moments and Warnette *sigh*.

Anyways, if you want some more information here’s a link that Tahereh shared on her instagram. Also, don’t forget that we get a Shatter Me TV show!

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According to IMDb, it looks like the early episodes of the show will be coming out in the end of 2017 and run into the beginning of 2018:Screen Shot 2017-04-26 at 7.08.37 PM

Other than that, not much info is out about that project, but I’ll keep my eyes peeled for any developments.

Are you Shatter Me fans? If you are, leave a comment letting me know how you reacted to the news of the new books!

Thanks for reading!

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What kind of booknerd are you?

Take this quiz to find out how much of a booknerd you really are! For every answer you pick, record the point value located to the left of your answer. At the end of the quiz, tally up your total points. Leave a comment letting me know what kind of booknerd you are, and if the results of the quiz were accurate. 🙂


You’re going out on a trip and you’ll probably be gone all day. Do you grab a book before you head out?

  1. Probably not. I mean why go out if I’m just going to read, right?
  2. It depends. Will I need to socialize on this trip?
  3. It wouldn’t hurt to grab my kindle just in case…
  4. Why just take one? I don’t know which book I’ll be in the mood for while I’m out.

 

Your friend borrowed a book but hasn’t given it back yet. How long do you wait before mentioning it?

  1. Wait…I totally forgot about that book! Thanks for reminding me.
  2. Well, she’s been super busy and I already read that book. A year, probably.
  3. Some people are slow readers. But, a month should be more than enough time.
  4. He borrowed that book two weeks ago, and I read it in a single night! There’s no way he’s not done yet…I’d better text him about it to make sure he hasn’t lost it or something.

 

You overhear someone in your class/workplace saying that “reading fiction is a waste of time”. What do you do?

  1. Why am I expected to do something?
  2. Well, I don’t agree…but I don’t want to start a debate, so I’ll just keep my opinion to myself.
  3. I’d politely ask the person why they think that, and then proceed to tell them why I disagree.
  4. OH HECK NAH! That person clearly wants to fight me because they always see me with a book in my hand. Let’s go.

 

You see the author of your favorite book at a local bookstore. What do you do?

  1. I don’t really know what that author looks like, so I probably wouldn’t recognize him/her anyways.
  2. I’d probably just make eye contact, smile, and then tweet a discreetly taken picture. I wouldn’t want to bother them.
  3. I’d walk over, introduce myself, and then ask for a selfie!
  4. SQUEEEEE! I’d try to calm my breathing first, and then I’d run and buy a second copy of their book so I can have them sign it for me. It’ll go perfectly right in the center of the shrine shelf that I have dedicated to their series.

 

You found out that one of your favorite books is going to be turned into a movie. How do you react?

  1. I’m going to watch it, obviously. I might even like it more than the book!
  2. Make a fan account on Twitter solely dedicated to the movie. I’m so ready!
  3. I’ll be honest, I’m a little skeptical. I still have violent cringes when I think of the City of Bones and Percy Jackson movies.
  4. I will NEVER watch that movie. Everyone knows the movie can never be as good as the book.

 

How do you feel about illegally downloading books for free?

  1. One download isn’t going to kill the author.
  2. You have to understand, I’m broke as heck. I do it on occasion, but I always feel extremely guilty afterwards.
  3. I did it once, but I felt so bad that I went and bought the book the next day. Never again.
  4. Most authors are not rich millionaires. They depend on book sales for income to feed their families, and I will never steal from them.

 

Your favorite author tweets that they are going to be releasing some important news the next day on their social media accounts. What do you do?

  1. I wouldn’t know about this. LOL…who even follows authors on twitter?
  2. Wait for the news, I guess?
  3. Notifications- on.
  4. OH MY GOSH. I would check out all the fan theories on what it could be about and refresh my feed every chance I get. No need for notifications- it’s not like I’ll ever be off of my phone long enough to need them.

 


Now tally up your points and find out what kind of booknerd you are!

If you scored…

7-12 points:

You’re a casual booknerd! 

Don’t get me wrong, you think books are great, but they’re certainly not the most important thing in your life. There are other forms of entertainment that you enjoy more than reading, but you pick up a book every once in while (especially on rainy days). You don’t go looking for books to read; you find that the recommendations your friends give you and the ones Barnes & Noble’s offers on its “Best Sellers” list are more than enough.

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13-18 points:

You’re a booknerd in disguise!

You read slightly more than the average person. At times you may find yourself surrounded by “normals” who don’t care for the magic that is a good novel. You know in your heart of hearts, however, that if they just picked up your favorite novel they’d change their minds. Nevertheless, you’re okay with being the only booknerd in the group. You don’t have a bookshelf of your own, but your family/significant other’s bookshelf contains traces of your literary tastes. You consider your library card to be one of your close friends.

19-23 points:

You’re a part-time booknerd!

A good deal of your life is dedicated to book related activities, and many of your friends share your love of reading. You know all the best instagram and twitter accounts to follow for giveaways and recommendations. Quite honestly, with all the time you spend reading, publishing companies should give you ARCs. Sadly, you never got around to making a blog; it would just take too much commitment that you don’t have time for right now. On the bright side, you’re so connected in the literary world that you have more than enough online friends to trade books with, so you’re not missing out on too much.

24+ points:

You’re a professional booknerd!

Books are your life, and some authors might even recognize you in real life because of your dedication to the fandom. The sight of a book store fills your heart with joy and excitement, especially because you’ve already read many of the books on its shelves. Oftentimes, you form relationships with people based on whether or not they like to read. When you’re not reading, you’re thinking about your favorite ship, writing a fanfiction, updating your book-blog, creating book related playlists, or drawing some wicked cool fanart. Your Goodreads account is essential; how else would you share your various feels with the world? Every time you imagine what fangirling would be like without the presence of social media, you shudder. The days before bookstagram and book twitter were lonely days indeed.

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I hope you had a fun time taking this quiz. Share it with your friends to see what their results are. As always, thanks for reading!

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Fangirl (Review)

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Released September 10, 2013

433 pages

Borrowed from local public library

Goodreads summary:

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?


There has been so much hype surrounding this book that it felt like everyone and their mother had read it (well, everyone except for me). I finally decided to give it a try since I had been in a reading slump because of ACOMAF, so I thought I would read a light contemporary to cleanse my system. 

Let me start with Cather’s character, which I honestly enjoyed. I felt that she was real and I was able to relate to so much of her personality. For example, she’s the type of person who doesn’t half-ass relationships; you’re either in her life, or you’re not. Also, she has anxiety and at times it causes her to miss out on situations that she might have enjoyed. Finally, she puts her family before everything else. I respected her and I enjoyed her moments of sass and sarcasm. I also liked seeing her develop as an individual and grow up a little bit, which was ultimately her biggest struggle.

As for the other characters, I think what I liked most about them was how real they felt. They didn’t feel like these completely made up no-way-would-this-person-exist-in-real-life kind of characters (*cough cough* TFIOS, *cough cough* Augustus). Yet, they never felt dull to me. It was the coming together of these realistic individuals that was so fun; their interactions and the way they dealt with one another made the story interesting.

The third biggest element of this story that I enjoyed was the romance. I don’t like to admit this, but I’m a sucker for the sugary sweet slow burn romances. All things considered, I should be the type of person who rolls their eyes in disgust at the cutesy little love moments, but gosh darnit I really do enjoy them. I actually had to release a few happy little sighs while reading this book. So, all in all, I loved the romance.

Now let me move on to my gripes. While I loved the romance, I thought the book was a little boring until it really started developing- which was somewhere around the halfway mark. Also, so much book space is taken up by the Simon-Baz thing which I really was not enjoying. In fact, I skimmed through a good portion of it. The only reason I didn’t skip it entirely was my fear that I would miss something important or relevant to the storyline (which didn’t happen). I like that Rowell was trying to suck us into Cather’s world by giving us pieces of that story, but I just found it so boring and unsatisfying. Also, I somehow kept imagining Simon as Harry Potter and Baz as Draco Malfoy (sorry, not sorry).

Overall, I felt that Fangirl was just okay. It was a cute read, and I did enjoy it. However, for all the hype it got, I was expecting something life changingly amazing. I rarely pick up contemporary novels, and so when I do pick them up I really like them to be emotional and the kind of books that stay with you forever. This just wasn’t it for me.

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Infinity Dream Award

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A big thank you to Morrisa for nominating me for this award!

Here are the rules:

  • Thank and follow the blog that nominated you
  • Tell us 11 facts about you
  • Answer the questions set up for you
  • Nominate 11 people and make questions for them

11 Facts about me:

  • In the future I would like to become a clinical psychologist so that I can help people who suffer from mental illnesses (particularly children and adolescents).
  • I recently started writing a book, but it’s such a hard process and figuring out where to go with what I have so far is a huge challenge. I never realized how much went into writing a fight scene (you think you know how fighting works until you actually have to write how it’s done).
  • I like to draw. I’m not amazing at it, but it relaxes me and I think I’m getting better at it.
  • I lived in a small town called Bethel in Alaska for four years of my life (from 2nd until 6th grade).
  • Chocolate is my kryptonite.
  • I regularly wish that I had the ability to fly.
  • I have a severe case of wanderlust, and I dream of being able to go from place to place while experiencing different cultures and meeting new people.
  • I’m a huge Twenty One Pilots fan.
  • I love the nighttime- there’s something really beautiful about its darkness and its mysterious nature.
  • I’ve always wanted to go ziplining but have never gotten the chance.
  • I love driving down an empty road with the my window rolled down, the sun in my face, and my music playing.

Morrisa’s questions:

What was the first book/series that got you into the book community?

I was a pretty avid reader in elementary school, but what really got me into books (especially young adult books) was The Hunger Games when I was in the ninth grade.

Where’s your favorite place to go to find peace and quiet/have some time to yourself?

My room. Sorry, that’s a pretty basic answer haha.

What’s your favorite TV show(s)?

OMG- I just got into this new futuristic fantasy show on MTV called the Shannara Chronicles, and I’m loving it so far. I highly recommend it 🙂 As for other shows- I tried to watch Teen Wolf, and I made it all the way to season 4 and then I just got bored of it. Oh, and Parks and Recreation is hilarious!

Favorite ice cream flavor?

I’m not a huge ice cream fan, but my favorite is Häagen-Dazs’ Belgian chocolate. It has these little bits of chocolate in it, and it’s absolutely delicious.

Who’s your favorite author or favorite book / series?

This is such a hard question! I guess the way I’ll pick is by asking myself “Which author would I cry tears of joy for if I found out that they’re coming out with a new book?” That would be Tahereh Mafi, Sarah J Maas, and Leigh Bardugo.

If a genie came to you and gave you three wishes, what would you wish for? (More wishes is NOT allowed!)

  1. I would ask for the ability to physically transport myself in and out of the worlds that are in books.
  2. I would wish that I could eat anything I wanted (as much as I wanted) without gaining weight.
  3. A cure for my dad’s neurosarcoidosis.

If someone told you that they could tell you the exact time and date of your death, would you let them tell you?

Nope. I’ll admit that I do wonder if I’ll have a long life- if I’ll live long enough to have kids or grand kids of my own, or if I’m just going to die tomorrow- but I think having that kind of knowledge would be more of a burden than anything else.

Cats or dogs?

I have a fear of any non-human living creature, so neither would probably be my answer. Although, I think I could warm up to a cat. Dogs, on the other hand, NO WAY.

What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you?

I don’t really have an answer for this one. Nothing particularly weird comes to my mind at the moment, sorry!

Something you remember from your childhood that makes you smile?

When I was in the fifth grade there was a boy in my class who I had a huge crush on. For some dumb reason, us middle schoolers would always send each other chain emails during our computer class that said something like “pass this on to all your friends” at the end. So one day I got gutsy and added my crush’s name to the list of people that I passed an email on to. At the end of the day, he was talking to me in class and he was blushing and refusing to make eye contact with me (which I thought was weird because we were used to joking around and making fun of each other), and then he says “so I got your email…are we friends then?”. I was really nonchalant, and just said “yeah” and then there was some awkward silence and he said “ok”. The reason this memory brings a smile to my face is because I realize now that he probably had a crush on me too, which didn’t occur to me at the time.

Okay, so that’s my life story. Now comes the part where I get to ask some questions!

My Questions:

1. What is one of your guilty pleasure reads?

2. What is the best gift that you’ve ever received or given?

3. What would be your idea of the “perfect summer day”?

4. If you were offered the opportunity to leave behind your current life and become a prince or princess à la the Princess Diaries, would you take it?

5. What is your favorite dessert?

6. If you had to pick a country to live in (besides the one you’re in right now), which country would you choose?

7. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?

8. If you could redo the last five years of your life but still hold onto the memories that you’ve already gained during those years, would you do it?

9. What is one of your biggest fears?

10. What is something in your life that you feel proud of?

11. What is something that you are hoping to accomplish in 2016?

And I nominate these people (who are in no way obligated to participate if they don’t feel like it):

Kelly from Live, Love, Read

Dawn from Bang Bang Books

Angel from Avid Reader

Eden from Blogging Between the Lines

Kas from Inertial Confinement

Nat from Science, Books and Silly Things

Andrew from Endlessly Reading

Thanks for reading!

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Hello there.

Hi fellow booknerds!

I’M BAAAAAAAACK!

It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve posted something on here; forgive me for that huge, empty gap of nothingness. The truth is, I’ve been so busy with traveling over the summer, then starting college, and then rereading the Throne of Glass series (okay, so maybe that last one isn’t a legitimate excuse) that I haven’t found the time to read anything new, much less type out a review for it. Plus, for reasons that I can’t understand, I’ve been feeling weighed down and unhappy. I don’t know why, because everything has been going pretty darn well so far. I just can’t seem to properly enjoy the things I used to love doing anymore. I hope that getting back into the rhythm of things might help me out, and a huge part of that is going back to regularly blogging. Who knows, maybe I’ll even do a giveaway for the fall or winter season. 🙂

Anyways, back to Throne of Glass. I still haven’t actually read Queen of Shadows, even though it’s been sitting on my shelf taunting me for about 2 weeks. I decided that before I get into it, I want to refresh my memory of all the characters and events of the previous three books, and today I finally finished reading Heir of Fire. Which means that TOMORROW I’LL START READING READ QoS. Truth be told, I’m not sure if my body is quite ready for that awesomeness yet, but I did not endure that torture for 2 weeks only to leave QoS untouched on my bookshelf!

Last bit of random news: I’ll be posting a review of Heir of Fire soon since I never got around to reviewing it and it’s SO AMAZING THAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT IT.

Thanks for reading. Leave a comment letting me know whether you’ve read Queen of Shadows yet and what you thought of it!

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A Notice About My Inactivity

Hello fellow booknerds and bloggers!

Some of you may have visited my blog recently and noticed that I haven’t been active for some time. While this deeply frustrates me, it is an issue that shall be resolved soon (Hopefully. Fingers crossed. Dear God, I can’t go on like this much longer.). You see, I’m currently in the middle of IB testing month; for anyone who’s doing IB or AP, you most certainly understand the struggle. I’m almost finished, my last exam takes place on next Monday, so hopefully I will be back on and posting more actively. Until then, wish me luck!

See ya soon,

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