Book Traveling Thursdays: An Underhyped Book

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Hello, welcome back to another Book Traveling 168709Thursdays, which a weekly meme created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. The goal is to share the covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group, indicating the original cover, the one of your country, your favorite and least favorite.

This week’s theme is “Share the Love!! Choose an underhyped book that you think everyone should read“. This is getting harder and harder! Ok, so I decided on The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher, which is awesome and super underrated. The problem is there aren’t many covers available, so bear with me on this one, ok?


Original Cover:

I absolutely love the cover of this book, it’s unique and it totally relates to the story :).

COVER FROM THE COUNTRY I LIVE IN (SPAIN) & Favorite Cover:

Surprisingly this book is out in spanish, and I love this cover, maybe a tiny bit more than the original, due to the font used.

LEAST FAVORITE COVER(s):

None! Yep. See the design used on both of those covers? That’s the only one that exists, so I love it… no least favorites this week ;-).

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (6): Day 1

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Hello! I was tagged, for the 6th time (a while ago), to to the 3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge, and because I honestly love this challenge, here we go again! Thank you so much to CJ @Not Another Dumb Blonde for tagging me for this, you guys should check out her blog, yeah?

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day. (6th time!!!)

The first quote of this series is from The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher. I read the book a few weeks ago and I really really liked it. You can find my review here.

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October Wrap-Up

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Hello people, we’re here today for my monthly wrap-up. Yep. Another month gone. This whole year is going by way too fast… either way, let’s get on with this wrap-up.

In my October TBR I proposed myself to read 10 books this month, and in fact I was able to read 11. However, I only read 6 from my original TBR list… UUUPPPPSSSS! I managed to read a lot while traveling, but I decided to tackle my Netgalley TBR list, leaving some not so urgent books to read at a later time. So, the books I read this month:

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1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer  4stars

2. Rikki by Abigail Strom  3-7

3. The New Year’s Wish by Dani-Lyn Alexander  2-3

4. A Summer Like No Other by Elodie Nowodazkij  4stars

5. Always Second Best by Elodie Nowodazkij  3-7

6. This Song Is (Not) for You by Laura Nowlin  3-5

7. The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone  4-2

8. Your Voice Is All I Hear by Leah Scheier  4-5

9. Frosh: First Blush by Mónica B. Wagner  3-5

10. The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher  4-5

11. Angelfall by Susan Ee  4-5


Eleven books was great 😀 , especially considering that I was traveling for half the month. And I’m super happy because even traveling, I managed to write 60 posts this month, which means almost 2 per day… and I wrote reviews for all of my books, even if some are still not up.

Tomorrow I’ll post my November TBR 😀 .

The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak (Brian Katcher)

The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak is Stonewall Book Award-winning author Brian Katcher’s hilarious he said/she said romance about two teens recovering from heartbreak and discovering themselves on an out-of-this-world accidental first date.

It all begins when Ana Watson’s little brother, Clayton, secretly ditches the quiz bowl semifinals to go to the Washingcon sci-fi convention on what should have been a normal, résumé-building school trip.

If slacker Zak Duquette hadn’t talked up the geek fan fest so much, maybe Clayton wouldn’t have broken nearly every school rule or jeopardized Ana’s last shot at freedom from her uptight parents.

Now, teaming up with Duquette is the only way for Ana to chase down Clayton in the sea of orcs, zombies, bikini-clad princesses, Trekkies, and Smurfs. After all, one does not simply walk into Washingcon.

But in spite of Zak’s devil-may-care attitude, he has his own reasons for being as lost as Ana-and Ana may have more in common with him than she thinks. Ana and Zak certainly don’t expect the long crazy night, which begins as a nerdfighter manhunt, to transform into so much more…


People, this book is FANTASTIC! I was excited for it, and it took a long time for me to get my hands on it, but it was worth it, because I loved it.

The writing is awesome, funny, easy, and honestly, just go pick up the book, you’ll like it.

I really liked the characters. At first I wasn’t seeing eye to eye with Ana, because she’s a bit of a stuck up, but then she grew on me. I immediately loved Zak and Clayton though, and their interactions were hilarious. I also really liked how the relationship between Ana and Zak evolved, because the poor guy was into her from the first moment we see him, but she took a while to get there, mostly because she took a long time seeing him for anything other than a slack, but so many things happen to them, that she didn’t have much choice 😀 .

That’s another great thing of this book, it’s a 24h-plot kind of thing, so there isn’t one single dull moment, there is action all the time, and the most unpredictable things happen to these guys, lol.

I know that I finished this book with a huge smile on my face and a disturbing feeling that I should attend a con. Heck, I was reading while having lunch at the cafeteria at the university and 2 random girls came to ask me what book I was reading because I was laughing so much… they even took a picture of the book!!!

Go read it people, NOW! It’s super fun, super smart, with a lot (and I mean a LOT) of geeky references, and it has the cutest romance. 😀 GO READ IT!

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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The Disney Book Tag

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Hello fellow bloggers. I was nominated to do The Disney Book Tag by the wonderful Summer @XingSings (thank you so so much!) – I’m not even going to tell you to go follow her, because unless you’ve been book blogging for an hour, you’re bound to have found her already and clicked that “follow” button, am I right? I love Disney, so I’m sure gonna love doing this tag.

1. The Little Mermaid – A character that is out of their element, a “Fish out of Water”.

OMG, I just finished this book, so I’m gonna rave a bit about it: Ana from The Improbable Theory of Ana & Zak (Brian Katcher). – If you haven’t read this book, go pick it up right now! It’s fun and hilarious 😀 . So, poor Ana is literally a fish out of water when she is thrown into a comic book/sci-fi convention, with the King of said con, in the hopes of finding her little brother. A lot happens!!! 😀

2. Cinderella – A character that goes through a major transformation.

Juliette from the Shatter Me trilogy (Tahereh Mafi) comes to mind. She’s so lost and scared in the beginning of the first book and then by the third she’s totally comfortable in her own skin.

(Juliette fan art source)

3. Snow White – A book with an eclectic cast of characters.

I’m going to go with something totally different for this answer… the cast of An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes by Randy Ribay is super diverse and surprising.

I was super pleasantly surprised by the amount of diversity in this book 🙂 .

4. Sleeping Beauty – A book that put you to sleep.

Ok, it’s not really that this book put me to sleep, it’s more that it was so boring for some parts that I wanted to put it down… A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell… =/

5. The Lion King – A character that had something traumatic happen to them in their childhood.

Cinder from Cinder (Marissa Meyer) had something VERY traumatic happen to her in her childhood, so much so that she doesn’t even remember it.

(Cinder fan art source)

6. Beauty and the Beast – A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful.

I was so intimidated by An Ember in the Ashes (Sabaa Tahir) when I got it, I don’t even know why, the book is not even 500 pages, but I have the hardcover edition and that book is huge compared to most of my paperbacks.

7. Aladdin – A character that GETS their wish granted, for better or for worse.

Maggie from The One Thing (Marci Lyn Curtis). All she wants is to see again, and she manages that, even if it’s for the worst possible reason…

8. Mulan – A character that pretends to be something or someone they are not.

I think everyone answers this, but here it goes… Mare from Red Queen (Victoria Aveyard). But to give an alternate answer, I’m going with Dahlia Moss, from The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone 😀 .

9. Toy Story – A book with characters you wish would come to life.

tumblr_nvayytSgPl1r80kcoo1_500I’m gonna go for the obvious one here and say Queen of Shadows (Sarah J. Maas), because I would really like if Rowan, Aelin, Aedion, Dorian, Lysandra, etc, were real. I’m fairly certain that Aelin would not let me live for too long, because I would be unabashedly staring at her Fae Prince and her half-fae cousin.

10. Disney Descendants – Your favourite villain or morally ambiguous character.

Ok, I’m gonna drop a highly hated character here… I hate him too, I really do, but I honestly feel like he’s a great character and I think he’s more morally ambiguous than most characters that I could have said – because he never gets to turn around or anything like that. He’s BAD! Arobynn Hamel!


And it’s done! Have you done this tag? No? Do you want to? Consider yourself tagged! 😉

October TBR

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Hello! Today I bring you my October TBR. As you might have read at some point – given that I’ve mentioned it A LOT – A week from now I’ll be heading to South Korea and to Japan for 14 days! I’m super excited about it, first of all JAPAN!!!! Then, I’ve only been to Asia once before, and I’m very looking forward to get to know it a little bit better.

I suspect that this will also impact my reading a bit, though I’m not sure if for the better or worse, because from one hand, I’ll have two 20 something hours trips to make. And reading on planes is somehow one of my favorite things. On the other hand, I don’t expect to have much time in the actual places, though South Korea will be mild, given that my companion (a.k.a. my mom) will be working, but in Japan we’ll be running around, and I think that my only time to read will be inside the bullet trains.

But without further ado, here is my TBR for this upcoming month:

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1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer – I’ve been wanting to get into The Lunar Chronicles, and now that the Shatter Me trilogy is done and Queen of Shadows read, it is time to start. (I’ve started it this morning, 13 pages in and I already like that Prince… how is this possible?)

2. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – I hope I manage to read this one as well before I get on that first plane, otherwise it will be the physical book coming along for the ride.

3. Angelfall by Susan Ee – I saved this one for the plane 😀 – See Josie? It’s already on my TBR for this month!

4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – Same as the one above

5. Your Voice Is All I Hear by Leah Scheier – This eARC is long overdue, I have to get to it this month without fail.

6. Rikki by Abigail Strom – Also an eARC…

7. The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone – Ditto, I’m quite excited about this one.

8. Playing the Player by Lisa Brown Roberts – This seems like a light-ish read, so perfect for the travel.

9. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – As I said in my TTT Fall TBR post, I wanted to read this one around Halloween, just because, I’m not sure I’ll have the time or the will, but I’ll try.

10. The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher – I don’t know if this book will arrive on time… I ordered it along with Everything, Everything and they are bound to arrive on the 7th of this month, well, the problem is that my flight is on the 8th at 6 a.m., so if the books are delayed by one day I won’t be able to pick them up and they’ll be returned to AMAZON… 😦


This is quite an ambitious TBR, especially considering that some of these books are not small, others I have no idea of size, and some are fantasy. But still, the two 20h plane/airport rides + one 2h flight + four 1-2h bullet train rides should provide some time to read. And my kindle is quite stocked if I need further reading material 😉 .

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall TBR

Hello, it’s TUESDAY!!!! Which means it’s Top Ten Tuesday time, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR, and that is just amazing. So let’s get started…

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1. The Lunar Chronicles (Marissa Meyer)

   

I already have the first 3 books, Cinder, Scarlet and Cress, and I fully intent to read it next month 😉 .

2. The Selection Series (Kiera Cass)

  

I also already have the first trilogy, The Selection, The Elite and The One (and I might even consider reading The Heir…), so I’ll definitely be reading it this fall.

3. Carry On (Rainbow Rowell)

I’m quite excited to read this one 😀 ! (and I’m secretly hoping for an epilogue or something Cath/Levi related).

4. Everything, Everything (Nicola Yoon)

I’ve read so many wonderful things about this book that it is definitely in my fall TBR.

5. The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak (Brian Katcher)

I’ve been quite excited about this one lately, and it’s burning a hole in my amazon shopping cart… it will have to come home to me soon… very soon, because it sound so so amazing.

6. Me Before You (Jojo Moyes)

After a chat on twitter, I think that I’ll be reading this book soon, so yeah, it’s on my fall TBR

7. Angelfall (Susan Ee)

I bought this book super cheap for my kindle, and I’m so so excited, because I want to get into this trilogy. This one is reserved for my October trip to South Korea and Japan – the advantaged of an e-reader, right?

8. Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Laini Taylor)

Same as Angelfall, I bought this book for my kindle, because it was so damn cheap and I’ve been wanting it for a long long time. Also, it will be read on the same trip as the one above 😉 .

9. The Princess Bride (William Goldman)

I want to read this one bad! I hope I make it during the fall, otherwise, it will be a winter thing.

10. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)

I think that this might be the perfect Halloween book, for some reason. So I might give it a go around then. I do want to read the whole trilogy, but it’s unlikely that I’ll have time for all of it this fall, so I’ll be happy if I manage to read this one.