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15 Day Book Blogger Challenge | Day 3

Published July 29, 2013 by booksforbirds2013
Day 3: Who are your blogging BFF’s?
This one actually took me a bit to decided, lol, because there’s a difference between BFF’s and just blogging friends you know? Anyway, I think my blogging BFF’s are:
Rita @Weaving Pages, I didn’t know Rita that well until recently, when I did an interview with her, but she is so kind and fun!
Amber @The Mile Long Bookshelf, I met Amber through school believe it or not! I found out she had a blog after we became mates and checked-up in it every day because it was just sooo fabulous, then I saw her posts on ‘Blogging 101’ which is pretty much the reason this blog exists!! She’s always helpful if I’m stuck on something, and.. we are super-potterheads together, yay!
Erika @The Red Bookmark, I knew Erika vaguely from school, then became part of the school magazine and got to know her a lot better! I think she started her blog about a week or so after my own, she has such a bouncy personality, you should go check out her blog… NOW! 😀
So, there you have it. Don’t forget; all you have to do is grab the image and start working on it. Fell free to post a link to you 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge – Day 3 in the comments!!
Have Fun,

Books VS Reality

Published July 28, 2013 by booksforbirds2013
Now this post is sort of a chance for me to rant a little on book situations versus real life. I got the idea from a few video’s I watched age’s ago, though they were slightly different. In all fairness I think I haven’t done a full on rant, I’ve been containing myself for a bit 😀 Anyway, here we go!

#1 – Mysterious Stranger

Now this is something I’ve seen more commonly in novels that have a little romantic side.

Book – So, it goes something along the lines of ‘He walked out of the darkness, and they’re eyes met. From that moment he knew she was the one,’ or something similar, not that I pay much attention usually my irritation clouds my thoughts .
Reality – Its a lot different in reality I mean come on! Some stranger walks out of the darkness and stares at you intensely? I would start running, why on earth would that be something good or romantic, it’s like he’s a stalker or something just waiting to grab you…

#2 – Good Always Wins

I’m not trying to be pessimistic or anything with this, but look at it logically, our lives aren’t books. The word fiction exists for a reason! I don’t wanna sound all end-of-the-world but, c’mon good does not always win, not matter how much we want it to.

Book – Right well, I have never read a book where the hero/heroine dies, ever – so in essence that really mean that their being cowardly and hiding out or have defeated their enemy, like so; ‘She looked into his eyes, and saw not cold ice but fear, his hands were shaking. “I’m sorry,” she whispered, and with that thrust her dagger,’ and there you have it the evil is destroyed, main character still alive everyone’s happy.
Reality – Time and time again, our hero or heroine won’t always win and that’s the truth of it. Sometime they’ll miss, or they’ll be too slow, or the opposition was just too great. Again, I’m not trying to make you sad or anything, but reality IS reality.

3# – Miracles Do Happen

There’s nothing bad in this one so keep reading! This last one, I’ve saved to put a smile back on your face. Because miracles do exist, in every shape and form. It one of the few things that is as amazing in life as it is in a book.

Book – ‘He took his last breath, and his hand stiffened, his face went still, his eyes glazed over. “Nooo!” she shouted, “I won’t let you!” She got onto her knee’s and began praying fiercely to every and any god that would hear her, slowly rain began to fall, and she stopped praying. Her tears mingled with the rain water, as she sobbed. Then there was a coughing, spluttering noise. She opened her eyes, and saw him sitting up, weak though, he was alive.’ This is quite a fictional rendering of my point but it carries the idea, I hope.
Reality – I really don’t know how to write this, there’s so many things that I believe are miracles, you know? I mean cancer survivors who went through the very worst that they thought they’d never make it, but they’re standing here today, medical miracles. Any miracles. But they DO exist.

Foot-note: This was quite different from some of my usual posts, little bit of nitty-gritty. But, again, I just want to stress this wasn’t to make anyone sad, or whatever, it was just to show that we have fiction for a reason. And that reason; is so we as writers and readers can me our own decisions about life. 

Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas

Published July 28, 2013 by booksforbirds2013
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien. 



  The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.




Calaena Sardothien was once, and is, the most feared person in the realm; Ardlan’s Assassin. She was 17, when she got caught and sent to work in the salt mines of Endovier. The crowned prince Dorian arrives, along with the captain of the guard, to take her to be his father’s champion in a contest. If she win’s she will be the King’s Champion, and after four years of servitude unto him, she would be free. Though a year in the salt mines have robbed Calaena of good health, her skills as an assassin have not been forgotten. 


In a land where magic has been outlawed there are still touches of it, where any care to look. 


When the competition begins, champions start dying. Each surrounded by strange marks of old,, not magic exactly, but something different; drawn in their own blood. With each death, another competitor grows stronger. Is it; whatever is killing of the champions, coming for her? A dark evil has been awakened and though it started as a fight for Calaena’s freedom, it turns into a battle for survival. With a visit from an ancient half – Fae queen, Calaena is thrust with a quest to find and destroy the evil before it comes to even greater power, the consequence of not succeeding would be her world.


With a interesting, yet predictable love triangle between Calaena, Dorian (the prince) and the captain of the guard it gave the book reason to slow down a bit instead of jumping from action scene to action scene, which I thought was a clever use of literary tools.

Overall I enjoyed this book, but there were quite a few times when I knew what was going to happen when I would of preferred to be surprised, I understand this may have been an important writing element as it was from the point of view of Calaena, mostly, so it’s not that big of a  thing. Other than that though, I thought this book was something different, compared to other novels I’ve read, and am eagerly awaiting the next installment; Crown of Midnight.

Weekly Re-Cap

Published July 28, 2013 by booksforbirds2013

Hello! Before I start this lovely re-cap of the last week I would like to apologize, officially for not being around on the ‘blogosphere’ for the past few day. But I’m back and bad! 

Reviews: 



Random Things: 

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge (Day 1 & Day 2





The Blogosphere:

Rita from Weaving Pages has a new blog design, which is really good! 😀 


Non Book-ish Things:

I found what class I’m in for this September, yay! 

The Catching Fire trailer was… AWESOME! I’m so excited for the movie to come out; Nov 22nd!! 

Unfortunately, I; for the first time in my life, am struggling to get through my physical TBR shelf, I got 24 books just this week! Help? 

Hmm… so that was my week, how was yours??

Ciao, 




The Liebster Award

Published July 27, 2013 by booksforbirds2013
There has been a bit of a wait for another post, I know, but I only got my internet access back today!! And found out that the lovely Rita from Weaving Pages nominated me for The Liebster Award!! Now, from reading her post, it looks like I have to do the following:

11 Random Facts About Me!

1. I love mint-choc-chip ice cream.
2. I have BIG feet.. (size 10) :-S
3. I’m a big philosophical person; which came first the chicken or the egg?
4. I love playing table-tennis or ping pong.
5. I’m a huge potterhead!
6. I have dark brown eyes, and many of my friends have said they look like cats eyes…
7. I procrastinate a lot, I even procrastinated writing this 😀
8. I can’t choose a favorite book, it changes all the time!
9. I’m running out of random facts.
10. I’m a Capricorn, and am always the youngest in my class.
11. I have a brother.

QUESTIONS:

1. Are you a dog person or a cat person?
Umm.. can I say both? lol, I think I’m more of a dog person.
2. What are your hobbies?
Puzzles, Chess, Sketching, and if I can; rock climbing – yes I am a bit of a geek 😀 
3. What’s the one thing you hate the most in the world?
That’s hard…The fact that I won’t be alive long enough to finish my ever growing TBR shelf 😦 is probably what I hate most in the world.
4. What’s your biggest book peeve?
Haha, this is probably contradictory but  usually it’s cliffhangers, but I also LOVE them at the same time! They’re a peeve because I wanna know what’s gonna happen next, or rather what the author wanted to happen next and when I can’t its annoying, but I love them because I can make my own ending at the same time.. lol.
5. What’s your favourite genre?
*sighs* why is it always one? I’m prone to read thrillers so.. yeah, thrillers are my fav! 
6. When was the last time you cried when you read a book?
I think last week, I forget what I was reading (sorry!) but i think a character just died (or got killed of) and I got a little teary eyed because it was a shock. 
7. Do you have a special reading spot?
Usually, at home, it is my special reading chair in my room. Or I have a little corner at Starbucks, where I read when I’m out, love the smell of coffee being made!
8. What would you do if someone said they don’t read?
*jaw drops open* ‘What is wrong with you?!’ – Yep, that’s how I’d react c:
9. Which book character would you choose to be best friends with?
Either Katniss from The Hunger Games, ’cause she is just AWESOME! Or Calaena from Throne of Glass, again another AWESOME woman character!
10. What’s your favourite thing about blogging?
Aww.. there’s so many things, but my top would be that there is such a great blogging community, and everyone is sooo kind, and helpful!
11. Who is your favourite author?
*starts crying* I can’t pick one, they’re all so good.. *bows head in shame* 

If you get nominated by me here is what you have to do:

My Questions –

1. What would you say is you most common bookish habit?
2. What is something you constantly notice or are aware of in books?
3. Can you focus on reading whilst there’s noise about?
4. If you had the choice of living the story of a dystopian novel, which would it be?
5. What genre do you tend to stay away from?
6. If you had to have a book character as an enemy which would it be?
7. Mouse or Hamster?
8. What is something you absolutely can’t stand in a book?
9. Can you make one similarity between a book moral and real life?
10. What character trait do you love in a book?
11. Who’s your favourite author?

My Nominee’s –

Sunny @ A Sunny Spot
Lucy Lin @ Big Whale, Small Whale

Waiting on Wednesday (2)

Published July 24, 2013 by booksforbirds2013
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine book blog. Where each week in a WoW post, you state what not-yet-released book(s) you’re most excited about!
This weeks Waiting on Wednesday book is:

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: August 27th 2013 
Summary from Goodreads:

An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt.
But her heart never wavers.


After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.

Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king’s bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she’s given a task that could jeopardize everything she’s come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon — forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice. 

Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?






15 Day Book Blogger Challenge | Day 2

Published July 22, 2013 by booksforbirds2013
Day 2: What’s your bedtime reading ritual? – 
Well, usually I’ll have a cup of tea, hot water, or juice (you get the idea, some sort of drink) slip into bed, or my comfy reading chair – yes I have a reading chair!! – and pick up the latest book I’m reading, which is usually at the top of my TBR stack, that if all the books that were on my mental TBR shelf it would probably crush me if it fell over. And procrastinate for the rest of the night, just one more chapter, one last page… When I start to get tired, and stop procrastinating my sleep, I’ll balance my book on the side of my bed and try to sleep. But, unfortunately my mind will be full of what I just read and wanting to read more so.. I’ll pick up the book again, procrastinate a little more… and finally drift of to sleep. 
There you have it; my bedtime reading ritual, which consists of a lot of procrastination. Don’t forget you can participate at goodbooksandgoodwine.com, feel free to leave your link in the comments!!
Note – Due to not having access to the internet over the past two days I haven’t been posting recently, so sorry about that I’m catching up right now 😀
Ciao,