Thursday, July 14, 2016

To Be Read: 2016

     The last time I did a TBR was so long ago I can barely remember what was on it, so there may be some repeats because I know that I didn't read all of those ones on there because I found other ones. So today I'm sharing my new list of books that I want to read at some point in the year or next year because I'll probably find other books I want to read more than these eventually.


     First is Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. I loved following Seleana's story throughout the first and second books so I am so excited to read the third book. It has been so long since I read Crown of Midnight, so I may be a little lost, but it's still worth it.


     The Elite by Kiera Cass. I did a review on the Selection a few weeks ago that you can read to see how much I adored the first book. I won't bore you with the details, but I hope this one is just as fantastic as the first one.


     Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Ironically, I gave the first book to my Grandma to read, then went and bought the rest of the series, read them all, and absolutely loved them. I have yet to get to the second book. I loved the concept of these books and I love the futuristic twist on the classic stories. I'm amazed I've lasted so long without reading them all.


     Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan. This, I do remember, was on my last TBR. I'm so ashamed that I haven't read it, there's just so many books. My twelve-year-old self would die if she knew I hadn't read this book.


     Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. I'm currently reading Clockwork Angel, the first book in the trilogy, and I love it so much. I fell in love with Will literally on the first page. I knew he was going to be my favorite. I need more Will so I need this book.


     City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare. Personally, I like Clockwork Angel better, probably because I adore England and the 1800s, but I still need to force myself to finish this series. It was still extremely good, I just wasn't as entertained. I just hope the second one is better.


     Legend by Marie Lu. Legend is the first book in a trilogy about a teenage girl named Day who is a highly wanted criminal who meets another teen named June who is being trained for the government's military. I'm not sure of anything else, it just seemed interesting to me, and kind of like Starters by Lissa Price, which was a great book.


     Obsidian by Jennfier L. Armentrout. I don't know much about this book except what Sasha from ABookUtopia has said about it on her booktube channel. It's about aliens and there's a cute boy on the cover. That's the extent of my knowledge and honestly that's good enough for me.


     And finally, I'm going to end with Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Again, I've heard Sasha rave about this series, but I've also heard it from a lot of other people. Apparently the tv show is really good as well, so I thought it would be a cool book to read since it's about Scotland and time travel.

     There are obviously plenty more books I want/need to read, but these are the main ones as of right now. I hope you enjoyed this post! Comment down below what books are on your TBR. Thanks for reading!

                                                                                                                      -Taylor

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

My Dream Library


     Hello! My name is Taylor, and I'm obsessed with libraries. Entertaining, I know.But is it just me or are most libraries and book stores really boring? I can't be th only one who fantasizes about libraries they wish existed because let's face it, readers have the best imaginations and if anyone could create an amazing library, it's a book addict.
     I thought it might be fun to describe, in detail, my dream library and where I would probably live most of my life. I thought about maybe turning this into a tag, the "My Dream Library Tag," but I didn't know if anyone would actually want to do it, so feel free to write about your dream library and leave the link in the comments down below😊

     I would personally open my library in London beacuse I love England and I feel like it would be fun if it were in the city, although a chain of the libraries would be cool. Outside it would look like a traditional store, of course it would be much bigger than average store, and there would be ivy covered in flowers growing around the doors with a little wooden sign outside with a cute name for the place. Next to the entrance would be a small wooden rack of books that are on sale or are old and used, so it wouldn't matter if they were stolen, lol.
     I would also make it a bookstore to where you could buy copies of the book, but you could have a library card and check out the library versions of the book. That way it can suit either prefernce because personally, I love buying books and owning them, but others prefer to borrow them from the library.
     On the inside, it would be round and three stories tall and have really tall book cases that line the walls that need ladders to reach the top shelves. When you first walk in the door there would be an indent in the ground with stairs leading down into a sitting area with mix matched vintage couches and chairs. There will be one big spiral staircase that connects all three floors and wraps around the room. There will also be book cases lining the back of the room horizontally so you can see down the isles from the front door and cahirs would be scattered around he isles with unique floor lamps so people could read alone. On the left side will be a checkout counters and shelves of merchandise like bookmarks, notebooks, pens, etc. Also, there would be a couple computers out for people to search for books as there would be so many books to sift through. On the right will be a small cafe withe a couple set of wiry, outdoor tables and chairs and a little barista bar that has a bunch of plants and flowers. None of the mugs will be the same and there would be small deserts and snacks to buy. The menu would be written on large chalkboards above the bar, and the bar itself woud look aged and victorian as well as the check out counters.
     The upper levels would just be filled with book shelves and different chairs and couches. Plants would hang down the shelves just to keep it fresh, so it doesn't get stuffy. All of the decorations and furniture would be different from each other, but it would sill match. It would all keep a cozy, eclectic vibe but also be fresh and clean because if anyone's like me, I can't read when there's a mess. I would try to keep kind of victorian and have a lot of dark brown and white furniture with mixes of colors so it's bright but dark at the same time. There would be windows too of course between the book shelves with window seats and pretty cushions for people to read in.
     Out the back door would a small garden with a fish pond and little waterfall. More wiry chair and table sets would be out there, and flowers upon flowers would surround the garden. Light music would play out there as well as on the bottom level, but not on the upper levels for those who need complete silence.

     This was really unorgaized, haha sorry, but I hope you enjoyed it. I was so excited while writing this because I want this to be a real thing so badly, this is all I want in life. Leave a comment down below a link to your dream library or write your own dream, I'd love to read about them. Thanks for reading!
                                                                                                    -Taylor

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Harry Potter House Sorting Reaction

     Since Harry Potter is my life and J.K. Rowling is my queen, I thought it would be more than suitable to talk about my Hogwarts and Ilvermorny house sortings on Pottermore. If you're a Harry Potter fan and have not checked out Pottermore, I highly reccommend you do because there are so many stories and details about the world on there that are so amazing to read, plus you can be sorted and find out what your wand is like by taking quizzes. Who else remembers the old Pottermore where you could travel through the story and actually go to the places in the book and read about them? I thought that was the best thing ever. Going to diagon alley to buy books, ingredients, and an animal was my favorite, although the dueling was fun.
     Anyways, let's get started.
     In case you haven't heard, I'm a Ravenclaw. If you follow me on Twitter, you probably know this. The very first time I took it in middle school, I got into Slytherin because I tried so hard to pick the answers that sounded like they belonged to Slytherin. That was during my Draco Malfoy obsessions. Oh Tom Felton. When I took it this year, I was actually true to myself and chose what I wanted, although I did hope to be in Gryffindor. Pretty much everyone hope for Gryffindor though to be honest. When I got to reading about Ravenclaw, I actually was really interested. I knew that was the house for the intelligent, but I didn't know it was also for the creative and curious, which is definitely me. I mean their common room is like a library, how perfect is that?
     I also think the background of the house ghost, Rowena Ravenclaw, is really interesting and the whole lost diadem story. Another perk, my favorite color is blue. It was meant to be. 
     Something that I found interesting as well is that you have to answer a riddle each time you enter the common room, although that would get really annoying if you were running late to class and forgot something, but at least you would have an excuse.
     As far as the notable alumni go, I'm not really all that excited because there's a self-centered, plagarist fathead named Gilderoy Lockhart, god he was so awful, and Professor Trelawney who, although she's nice and a beloved Hogwarts teacher, is just crazy, like strange crazy. Let's not forget the insane first-year Dark Arts teacher who had Voldemort growing out the back of hs head, and I never really liked Cho Chang either, she annoyed me even though I felt bad about Cedric. But there is Ollivander and Flitwick, who I really liked, obviously since they were so kind and helpful. Luna is a Ravenclaw too and I absolutely love her, she was so cute and imaginative, I used to ADORE her.
     I feel like Ravenclaw would be the most fun to be in for me, and I'm really glad I was sorted into that house.
     As for Ilvermorny, I didn't really know what the houses were, not many people do since it's such new information, but it's the North American wizarding school, and there are four houses as well: Thunderbird, Horned Serpent, Wampus, and Pukwudgie. The only house I really know is Thunderbird because that is my house, but I do know that Horned Serpent reflects the mind and the scholars; Thunderbird, the soul and the adventurers; Wampus, the body and the warriors; and Pukwudgie, the heart and the healers.
     I really like that I got into Thunderbird. I know that J.K. Rowling was sorted into Thunderbird, so that makes me so pround. I do love adventures and what Thunderbird stands for. The Thunderbird is also a creature that creates storms as it flies, and that's honestly so incredibly awesome. I love storms.
     If you would like to read more about Ilvermorny, there is some information on Pottermore as well as the sorting quiz. The story behind the school is fascinating, although I will always have allegiance to Hogwarts.
     The wand that chose me is of ebony wood, ten inches, has a phoenix feather core, and has surprisingly swishy flexibility. Maybe my wand was connected to Harry and Voldemort's by th feather of the same phoenix... dun dun dun. Apparently the phoenix feather is the rarest core type, so that's pretty cool, it goes along with my individuality in the Ravenclaw house. On the same note, the ebony wood is for those who have the "courage to be themselves." The flexbility also ranges based on the "willingness to change" and the "adaptability" of the wand owner. I love how much detail J.K. Rowling has put into this world, it blows me away every time I think about it.
     Comment down below the houses you were sorted in and what wand you received😊 Thank you for reading!
                                                                                                           -Taylor