This Or That Book Tag

Hey Guys,

I was tagged before to do the This or That tag, but I can’t remember who it was who tagged me. If it was you, please tell me in the comments, so I can link to your blog. Sorry!

This tag took quite a bit of thought. It was a kind of like a clean version of would you rather, but revolving around my reading experience and books in general. It was very enjoyable actually.


This Or That:

Reading On The Sofa Or On The Bed

I will read anywhere if it means I get to read, but most of the time I am on my bed because it is just extremely convenient.

Male Main Character Or Female Main Character

I’m not sure this makes a difference and I know I have to pick one, but I really can’t. However, I think I have read more books with female main characters than I have male main characters.

Sweet Snacks Or Salty Snacks Whilst Reading

Oh… I don’t usually eat anything whilst I read, but I do drink a lot of tea, because it tastes so great, and it makes my reading experience much more comfortable and relaxing. There is nothing better than a cup of tea to make my reading time perfect.

Trilogies Or Quartets

I love both, but in this instance I would have to say trilogies, although some aren’t always carried on in the same way as the first book and that is not just my opinion.

First Person Or Third Person

I think most books are set in first person, so as a reader I am more used to that point of view. Also, I find it easier to get used to first person, because you feel closer to the story line because you are reading as the character and seeing things through their eyes.

Reading At Night Or In The Morning

For me, I prefer reading at night, because it helps me unwind before I go to bed, rather than lying there awake, but I must say, I will read at any time of the day because who doesn’t just want to pick up a book and be immersed into another world.

Libraries Or Bookstores

Buying books is great, and I do love it, but I have a soft spot for libraries. I will literally travel to find different libraries, to the point that I now have 4 library cards. My favourite isn’t the biggest, but it has the most amazing family feel to it, making people feel at home when they are there. You really feel part of the community, which is something not all bookstores can offer.

Books That Make You Laugh Or Make You Cry

Both! It doesn’t really matter. It just depends on how I am feeling at the time, or what I am in the mood for. I love to laugh, but I don’t mind getting emotional over a book either, because it clearly shows how much I am in love with it. Actually, if I love a book enough, I will probably get emotional when it’s over, even if it was funny. That’s just who I am. I get attached too easily.

Character Driven Story Or Plot Driven Story

Obviously both of these are important for a story, but I have to say plot. The characters have nothing to work with if the plot is weak. Weak plot means a lack of chance to develop the characters, making it harder for a character driven story anyway.


If you would like to do the tag, feel free to do it, and then tell me so that I can take a look at your answers as well.

Chloe Lauren x


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This Is Not What I Was Expecting!

229490 Title: Becoming Chloe

Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books For Young Readers


Jordy is on his own in New York City, and it’s working fine, until Chloe comes along. She’s 18, blond and pretty. She’s seen things no-one should ever see. She knows the world is an ugly place, and needs Jordy to prove her wrong. Together they hit the road to discover the truth – and there’s no going back from what they find out.”


Review:

I would say this is going to be more a rant than a review, and the reason for that is, I was almost fully annoyed by this book. I wrote in my notebook the notes for the review, and there are so many more bad points than there is good, so this ought to be fun.

Firstly, I picked up this book because I thought it was a sign, mainly because the girls name is Chloe, and also she is 18. These two things are literally me. I am Chloe and I am 18. See? Oh and she sees the world as a hard place to live in, just as I do, so I thought this would be like looking in a mirror, well if that mirror was like one you would find in a circus, because when I started reading, it was not as I expected at all.

Within the first few pages there is mention of rape, and for some reason, whenever Jordy, the other main character in this story tries to explain what he saw, no one seems to care. This book seems to play off rape as if it is absolutely nothing. What? The same is also done for mental illness, which didn’t settle well for me. Maybe others won’t see it this way, but I really did, and I am truly disturbed by how the author portrays the two. How are they both treated as no big deal? How?

After this, there seemed to be no real climax to the story until about the last 30 or so pages. Even that seemed a little bit forced to me, and seemed to be resolved in about half a page.

If this wasn’t bad enough, we are promised a road trip, but that wasn’t what I expected either. One minute you could be reading one thing in one setting, and on the next page, you would be reading about something completely different, which was set somewhere else. The same goes for characters, some of which come into the story without any real context as to who they are, or why they are there. I don’t understand. Am I expected to fill in the blanks or something?

All of this left me with questions that I wanted answering, but they were not. I felt let down, by what I thought was going to be such a great read.

However, I will say that I liked the relationship between Chloe and Jordy. That was clearly thought out more than the rest of the book. Individually they weren’t developed well, but together, their friendship definitely was. Oh and I did admire the concept of the book, although it may not have been executed in they way I would have liked.

Oh well! You can’t love them all.

Chloe Lauren x


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Things Book Lovers Don’t Want To Hear You Say

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Hey Guys,

We book lovers are a fickle bunch, but usually very nice people who love to immerse ourselves into new worlds and meet new characters as often as we can, which is great, but unfortunately some people don’t seem to understand our love. Ok! Obsession!

Some people will go as far as to give their opinion on books, which may or may not cut very deep within, after all we are very fragile, especially with all of the emotional breakdowns we have to endure because of our love for books. So, just to make sure your words don’t end up hurting us, here is a guide to what you shouldn’t say to someone who loves books!

Why don’t you just watch the movie rather than reading the book

Don’t get me wrong, I love movie adaptions, so much so that I did a post on my top 10 favourites yesterday, which you can check out here (shameless plug). However, they do tend to miss out some of the best and most important details from the book. Well, maybe not important to some people, but to people like me, really important. Watching the movie is literally like seeing half of the story. It’s just not the same!

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I accidentally ripped one of the pages in that book you lent me

Thankfully this hasn’t been said to me yet, touch wood, but I have had someone spill an entire bottle of water on a book I was reading, right in front of my eyes. You should have seen the look on my face. I was truly mortified.

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Don’t you already have enough books to read?

Enough books? Really? I am pretty certain there is no such thing as having enough books. Sure, not all of them fit on my bookcase now, but that doesn’t matter, because I have wardrobes I can put them in. I mean, who needs clothes?

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I read that book you love. I really hated it!

This is like a knife in the heart. If someone read Noughts and Crosses, which is my favourite book, and told me they hated it, I would be upset, because it is just so perfect. Please don’t tell someone you hate their favourite book. It is actually really hurtful.

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Reading is boring!

The amount of times I have heard someone say this is really unbelievable. Why is it that so many people seem to think the idea of reading is the most strenuous task known to human kind? It really isn’t. Just give a book a go, and you’ll soon find out that once you get into it, the time just flies by, without knowing where it has gone.

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Why are you getting so emotional? It’s just a book!

A lot of us book lovers easily get attached to the characters we are reading about, and love them so much, to the point that it pains us when we have to say goodbye to them. It’s like losing a friend. I am only human after all!

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Chloe Lauren x


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Geek Girl: Picture Perfect By Holly Smale | Book Review

18665259Title: Picture Perfect (Geek Girl #3)

Author: Holly Smale

Publisher: Harper Collins


“My name is Harriet Manners, and I’ll always be a geek.”

It’s the hilarious third book in the No.1 bestselling, award winning GEEK GIRL series!

Harriet Manners knows more facts than most. She knows that New York is the most populous city in the United States. She knows that its official motto is “Ever Upward”. She knows that 28% of Americans believe we never landed on the moon.

But she knows nothing about modelling in the Big Apple, and how her family will cope with life stateside. Or how to “become a brand”, as the models in New York put it. And, even more importantly, what to do when the big romantic gestures aren’t coming from your boyfriend…

Does geek girl go too far this time?

The laugh out loud follow-up to award winning GEEK GIRL and MODEL MISFIT will have you in stitches.’


Review:

Geek Girl is a series that I began in the middle of 2014. That feels like forever ago now. Wow! Time does fly. Anyway, I do love the series, but this installment in particular, is definitely my least favourite so far. The concept was great, but something just didn’t click for me whilst I was reading it. I just didn’t feel the same appeal that I did from the others that I have read.

Saying that, I did think the relationships between certain characters had been developed further, and seemed to work better within the series now, especially that of Harriet and Nick. I really love their odd relationship. It’s adorable and played out very well alongside the main story line.

I also think Harriet herself has grown more now than in the previous books, but without losing the person that she is, which is really great to witness. Some people would call her weird, but I say she is seriously cool.

As the story was drawing to a close, I think it was kind of losing itself, due to it to feeling a little rushed. I really felt that there was something missing which would have closed it slightly better than it had been. I can’t quite decide what is missing though, but I guess that doesn’t matter now. I just hope the next book in the series, All That Glitters will pick the series back up to where it was before.

Chloe Lauren x


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