2013 Book Challenges: March Edition

Geez! The Sophomore challenge is starting to be a pain in my ass! I have books for every other challenge except for that one! Fingers crossed April is a better book month for me.

2013 Reading Challenge

Goal: 100

Read: 12

Total:31

Insomnia by J. R. Johanson

The Exemeus by Folami and Abeni Morris

The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington

Crash by Lisa Mcmann

My Ex From Hell by Tallulah Darling

Mind Games by Kiersten White

You Know What You Have To Do by Bonnie Shimnko

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hopkins

Butter by Erin Lange

The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

2013 Debut Author Challenge

Goal: 13

Read: 2

Total: 5

Insomnia by J. R. Johanson

The Exemeus by Folami and Abeni Morris

2013 TBR Pile

Goal: 50

Read:5

Total: 9

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hopkins

Butter by Erin Lange

The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

2013 YA Contemporary Challenge

Goal: 30

Read: 0

Total: 2

2013 Sophomore Challenge

Goal: 20

Read: 0

Total: 0

How are your challenges going? Send me links so I can check them out!

Favourite Book Quotes of The Week#18

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A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week. Leave a comment telling me what your favourite quotes are! I’ll be sure to check your post out too!

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

10429045Favourite Quotes:

1. But it’s nearly impossible to beat gravity when no one is willing to give you a hand.

2. Truth is a jealous, vicious mistress that never ever sleeps, is what I don’t tell him. I’ll never be okay.

3. “You’ve suppressed all your rage and resentment because you wanted to be loved,” he says, no longer smiling. “Maybe I understand you, Juliette. Maybe you should trust me. Maybe you should accept the fact that you’ve tried to be someone you’re not for so long and that no matter what you did, those bastards were never happy. They were never satisfied. They never gave a damn, did they?” he looks at me and for a moment he seems almost human.

4. He grins and hobbles forward. “You know, you’re pretty sexy for a psycho chick.”

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

8591107Favourite quote: “No,” I said, louder this time. “I mean asscrown. The crown on top of the asshat that covers the asshole of the assclown. The very zenith in the hierarchy of ass,” I said, as though reading from a dictionary of modern profanity.

Butter by Erin Lange

17306825Favourite quotes:

1. I’d experienced this before, these waves of resolve. They never lasted and usually ended in an epic binge. But when they came on, they came on powerful, and I was convinced I’d never eat another bite.

2. It was one thing to be giving up on myself, but moms were supposed to believe in you to the very end.

Insomnia by J. R. Johansson

12260608Favourite quotes:

1. Pain was life now. No hope remained. The pain smothered it along with everything else that reeked of happier times.

2. Sleep was good. I loved sleep. Best. Thing. Ever.

3. That was what I’d longed for but couldn’t find. I wanted someone else to know…And care.

I wanted someone I could say goodbye to.

Book Review: Butter by Erin Lange

17306825Butter by Erin Lange

Publisher: Bloomsbury/ Faber and Faber

Genre: Contemporary and young adult

Release Date: March 7, 2013 (Originally published September 4, 2012)

Pages: 316 (Ebook)
Butter

A lonely obese boy everyone calls “Butter” is about to make history. He is going to eat himself to death-live on the Internet-and everyone is invited to watch. When he first makes the announcement online to his classmates, Butter expects pity, insults, and possibly sheer indifference. What he gets are morbid cheerleaders rallying around his deadly plan. Yet as their dark encouragement grows, it begins to feel a lot like popularity. And that feels good. But what happens when Butter reaches his suicide deadline? Can he live with the fallout if he doesn’t go through with his plans?

First of all, I would like to thank the Publisher, Faber and Faber for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

(My Opinion)

I must admit that Butter has mentioned a few problems that teens face today. Throughout the book, Butter narrates a story about being neglected by his father and self-conscious about his body image because of his  romantic interest, Anna. There are many problems with the book, like, the romance because it isn’t believable nor did it make me feel sorry for the characters. Butter suffers from many things and although he learns a valuable lesson, the book is only an OK read.

There are many things that I dislike about the book. Many of the characters are very bland and boring, easily forgettable with a stereotypical story line. There’s a huge amount of clichés that make the message of the story uneasy to remember. Most of the clichés are about the popular kids and how they react to Butter and his situation. Because of this, it makes the story harder to read and/or like. I found myself gritting my teeth every time I finished a chapter because it is a very typical high school movie instead of a teenager’s life. Saying this, the ending is very predictable. I hated how the whole night ended because it’s far too obvious and I felt apathetic towards it all.

There are a few things that I do like about the book though. While Erin Lange writes a story about an outcast teen, the writing is enjoyable. The beginning of the story caught my eye because it’s funny yet simple. The idea for this story is interesting because it has a twist to the average telling of a teenager’s life and what they go through today.

A creative idea yet, it’s poorly executed because it doesn’t pull emotions to stay in a reader’s mind. I don’t think I would recommend this because it is a pretty tough read, even without boring characters, it isn’t an issue that can be taken lightly.

2.5 Clouds
2.5 Clouds