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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Series Enders

I feel like this topic is going to be riddled with accidental spoilers in everyone’s posts and videos. I feel like something like this is unavoidable. I vow to you now to try my best to not reveal anything that actually happens in the books, but instead just talk about why the ending is my favorite (my reactions, etc). So hopefully if you read this, it’ll make you want to read the series so you can feel how I felt, not feel like it’s been ruined for you. If I spoil you for something, feel free to yell at me.

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on youtube, and here is the full list of posters, should you want to check them out (or join yourself!).

Also I’d like to point out that coming up with this list made me realize I haven’t finished many series. For shame.

5. Harry Potter
I always say this when I list Harry Potter for something, but I feel like this is going to be on most people’s lists. It’s just a well-rounded ending. (though I’m ignoring the epilogue. It was awkward). Keeping this spoiler free, I feel like the last book put me on the emotional roller coaster the last book of a series should, and when I originally finished with it, I was satisfied and unsatisfied at the same time, which is how I feel a series should end.

4. Fruits Basket
This is a relatively long-ish manga series, probably what, 17 volumes or so? This is a slice-of-life with supernatural(ish?) elements manga focusing on a young girl that through a set of circumstances moves in with her classmate and his family. Though when she moves in, she doesn’t realize that his family holds the curse of the Chinese Zodiac. I first started reading this series about 9 years ago (wow I’m old) and finished it probably 4 years ago – I was reading as they were released, so yeah. This series I feel gave me a sense of calm when it was over, which is why I liked it so much. I didn’t feel torn up. I felt… good.

3. Rurouni Kenshin
This one I’m listing purely because it’s my favorite manga series ever. It’s ending is pretty good, I’ll give it that, but that thing that makes an ending good or bad has a lot to do with the journey it took to get there. And that’s why I like this ending so much – all the stuff that the characters had to do to get to it. I’ve explained this series before, so all I’ll say now is that it’s a historical fiction set in Meiji Era Japan – it has elements of action, adventure, comedy, romance, drama.. so on. That’s why I love it so much, it has it all :”D

2.The Chaos Walking Trilogy
I just finished this series recently and rarely do I rave about a book so much as I did after finishing this one. The third book in this trilogy had me flying through every emotion possible (the first two did as well). This series, as I’ve said in my review of the trilogy, has become one of my favorite series to date. Go read this, man.

1. Death Note
And this one wins my number one spot. The ending of this twelve volume series is the epitome of poetic. I just. It’s perfect. I can’t say why or how without ruining it, but just trust me. Wowwy.

So there we go. Hopefully you’re not spoiled, and hopefully knowing the endings of these series are good will make you more apt to picking them up. Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 04/29/2015 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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Readathon: Mid-Event Survey

12 hours down, 12 to go.

1. What are you reading right now?
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown and listening to the Game of Thrones audiobook.

2. How many books have you read so far?
None, because I’m great at reading.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
More Game of Thrones :”D

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Yep, left home for a good three hours this afternoon, and have a game going tonight at 9:30 that I have to attend. Sooo not sure how I’m gonna handle those hurdles.

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
That I’m not seeing it as a chore. Usually when I’m told I have to read, I get whiny about it. It’s nice knowing I still want to read even though I’ve been doing it all day.

 
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Posted by on 04/25/2015 in Books, Readathon

 

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MiniChallenge 11: In 100 Years

Aaaand I’m alive again! You thought I died, didn’t you. Nope. Procrastination at its finest :B

This is challenge 11 in the 24 Hour Readathon, and for this one, I need to pick three books I feel will be held as classics in 100 years (they have to have been published since 1990 or more recently. Rules out LotR, boo). This was tough, but hopefully some of you can at least see my reasoning:

1. Harry Potter by JK Rowling
I feel like this one is going to be on a lot of people’s lists. I know I’ve reread this series more times than I can count, and I feel like if I show it to my future kids, hopefully they’ll love enough to show it to theirs and so on. 100 years passes quickly when you’re talking generations.

2. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
The reason I guess this one is because it’s already being used in classrooms as a modern classic (I had to read it my junior year of college, actually). I feel like the feelings one gets from it will cross over the years.

3. Go the Fuck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach
Pardon my French.

This one, I’m picking because well… honestly, I don’t think it’ll ever be considered a classic. I think it’ll stick around though as like a ‘look what they did 100 years ago those weirdos’ kind of thing. It’s timeless. Toddlers will always never want to sleep.

There are my picks. :”D Next up, Mid-Event Survey.

 
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Posted by on 04/25/2015 in Books, Readathon

 

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MiniChallenge #2: Classic Words of Wisdom

This is the second challenge in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. (and this will probably be my most active blog day ever, just telling you that right now).

This challenge is choose a quote from classic literature and write about its meaning to you. I chose the following:

How to find what you're looking for, if you don't know what you're looking for. Just journey onwards, you'll find something eventually.

I chose this one because I’m in my mid-twenties, in college for the second time getting a second degree, and still, I have no idea what I want to do with my life. There are a lot of roads I want to go down, but I’m becoming a bit nervous that not all of them will end at the same destination. I want to do so many different things, I’m having a hard time prioritizing. So I’m just gonna wing it. I’ll hop from road to road and try to get a bit of everything in. I don’t know what my final destination will be, but I’m going to damn well enjoy the journey dammit.

 
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Posted by on 04/25/2015 in Books, Readathon

 

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon and Intro-Meme!

This is my first participation in a readathon, yay! This particular one happens twice a year, in April and in October. And to participate, you do what it sounds like – read as much as you can within 24 hours.Here is the website if you’re interested in joining! It just started 8am Eastern Standard time and will go until 8am tomorrow morning! (Adjust to your time zone accordingly. If you’re in California, it started at 5am, etc) Also if you do participate, make sure to follow the event on their twitter and website, as they do mini-challenges and prizes and stuff throughout the day.

I thought about making a TBR for this, but I’m just gonna wing it. I started ‘Angels and Demons’ by Dan Brown last night (the ‘book someone else picks for you’ challenge fulfiller for my TBR Jar) so I’m going to start with that right now. If I manage to finish it, I’ll move onto something else. This is the perfect day for this to happen, too. It’s the first saturday in weeks where I haven’t had stuff going on all day.

I’ll be active on my own twitter throughout this thing if you’d like to see how much I’m procrastinating 😀 Wish me luck!

Also, editing my post to add my intro meme! This is the 1st Mini-Challenge!

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Pennsylvania, USA

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
I technically didn’t make a stack. I’m going by ear, haha. Right now I’m reading Angels and Demons by Dan Brown and am rather enjoying it, so right now, it’s the winner.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Roast. Technically not a snack, but I put dinner in the slow cooker this morning so I wouldn’t have to stop reading to cook later. So, roast. :”D

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
One of the few things I enjoy more than reading is traveling. I want to go everywhere!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
This is my first one. I’m looking forward to reading all day and having it be something I’m intending to do, not something to procrastinate with… does that make sense? I hope it does. xD

 
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Posted by on 04/25/2015 in Books, Readathon

 

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The Liebster Award!

One day, I woke up and logged in and found I was nominated for three different awards rapid fire! @@ To say I was confused was an understatement (not unappreciative, mind you, but definitely confused). So after reading a bit about them, they seemed pretty cool 😀 And this award here is the last one I need to post about so here we go! (The other two award posts can be found here and here).

I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Ace. Thank you lady 😀 And I’ve seen been nominated by Panda as well! Thank you too! 😀

Rules…

  • Thank the person/people who nominated you with a link to their blog
  • Give 11 random facts about yourself
  • Answer the 11 questions from the blogger/s who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 other blogs who have less than or equal to 3000 followers
  • Ask your nominees 11 questions

11 Random Facts About Me…

It’s getting difficult to not repeat facts, haha. There’s only so much about me that’s not horrifically boring.

  1. My current ‘burnt out’ level from classes at the moment is horrendous. I need a nap.
  2. I don’t own a smart phone. I have a flippy phone.
  3. I write down plans and schedules for stuff meticulously all of the time. All day, every day. And when it comes time to do all the stuffs, I don’t remember the schedules exist and I just wing it. It’s probably a problem.
  4. When I was little, I hated vegetables. All of them. Now I love all of them. Except cauliflower. Cauliflower is nothing but inferior broccoli.
  5. Any children I have will have a weird upbringing. Between my nerdy interests and my SO’s nerdy interests… we would have an child obsessed with economics, cooking, painting nails, lord of the rings, space exploration, manga and X-Men.
  6. I recently bought myself a new car. A NEW one. It has a warranty and errthing. It’s so nice not having to worry about random stuff falling out the bottom of it on a daily basis.
  7. In the past month, I’ve already put almost 2000 miles on that car. Hooray, commuting student.
  8. My sock collection is spectacular. Jus’ sayin’
  9. I don’t live with my cats anymore. I think about them daily. More so than my family, honestly. Does that… make me a bad person? It probably does. KITTYS4LIFE.
  10. I adjust to really cold temperatures outside rather quickly but not chilly ones. Blizzard, -5 degrees Fahrenheit? Gimme a coat and a hat and I’m fine. Slightly windy and 50 degrees? I’m gonna shiver forever. Gonna be cold the rest of the damn day. Gonna need to crank of the heat in my car to full. Gonna pile on blankets. Gonna drink so much hot chocolate and coffee that it’ll run in my veins.
  11. I want a dog. So bad. (and I want to bring my cats to my place). But my apartment doesn’t allow pets. 😦 I miss kitties and potential doggy.

Questions From Ace

  1. How did you come up with the name of your blog?
    When I decided I wanted to make a blog, I was already sort of moving over to the handle of ‘Embuhlee’ (like Emily, get it). And since it was a book blog, I wanted the rest of the title to have something to do with that. ‘liest’ is a German conjugate of the word for ‘to read’, so my blog names translates to ‘Embuhlee reads’.
  2. Have you always liked to read?
    Since I was itty bitty.
  3. What are your thoughts on eBooks?
    I haven’t actually read one yet. I have three or so on my kindle app on my tablet, but I haven’t gotten around to them yet. Will get back to you on this one.
  4. Favorite genre?
    That’s hard. I tend to gravitate towards fantasy and sci-fi ish stuff, but really I’ll read anything that has a decent writing style.
  5. If you were an animal, what would you be?
    A kitty. The idea of sleeping all day sounds good.
  6. Have you ever blogged about anything other than books?
    I used to have a blog when I was a teenager of me experiencing teenagery things. Oh my gosh, I was such a whiner. It has since been discontinued.
  7. Favorite book series so far?
    The Chaos Walking Trilogy pops into mind at the moment.
  8. Who is your favorite superhero?
    I haven’t read many super hero comics, so I’m basing my favorite off the movies I’ve seen. So my answer is a tie between Iron Man and Black Widow.
  9. Cake or pie?
    Pie. Cake has icing and icing=death.
  10. What are you currently reading?
    Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley, Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, Game of Thrones(audio book) by George RR Martin, Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams and A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess.
  11. If you could swap bodies with a character and live as them through an entire book, who would it be, what book, and why?
    Probably Hermione Granger in The Prisoner of Azkaban. A Time Turner would be so awesome.

Blogger’s I Nominate…

Like Ace said, most of the bloggers I know have already been nominated. I’ve been seeing their posts all over my thread. If you haven’t been, take this as a personal nomination to you. ;D  (If you take this nomination and do it, let me know so I can read it!)

Otherwise, my friend just made a blog! So I nominate her. She hasn’t actually made a blog post yet, so hopefully this will be within the first few or so (HINT HINT MAI). Her blog is: returntofitra


My 11 Questions…

  1. How did you come up with the name of your blog?
  2. What’s your favorite book?
  3. What’s your favorite food?
  4. If you could live in any world, made up or otherwise, what would it be?
  5. What TV shows if any are you currently watching?
  6. What was your favorite class in high school/college/university/whatever?
  7. What’s the nerdiest thing you have in your room?
  8. If you had a day where you had no responsibilities or tasks  to complete, how would you spend it? (assuming you had unlimited monies for activities, too)
  9. What’s your favorite restaurant? (This is the second time I’ve mentioned food. Can you tell I’m hungry?)
  10. What do you believe is your biggest achievement to date?
  11. What do you see yourself doing in five years?
 
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Posted by on 04/24/2015 in Nominations

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books that Feature Traveling!

I feel like this topic was chosen to entice us all into going on road trips this summer. Well, let me tell ya, gathering this list has given me a yearning for loud music and truck rest stops. I cannot wait until this summer.
Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on youtube, and here is where you can find the rest of the posters.

On to the books:

5. Rurouni Kenshin – This one doesn’t really involve travelling throughout the whole thing, considering it’s 28 volumes long, but somewhere around the volume 9 or 10 range, Kenshin has to travel across Japan and the reason I love this part so much is the whole slew of new characters that are introduced during that arc. I’ve stated why I love Kenshin so much a million times before, so if you tend to read my blog, then why haven’t you read it yet. Get on it, man.

4. Forest of Hands and Teeth – Again, travel is not the main part of this, but it is a large part. This book is a dystopian zombie book with large religious undertones. It’s really unsettling, I love it. Definitely one of the better zombie books I’ve read.

3. Saga – This one should be self explanatory. It’s called Saga. What is a saga if not a journey of some kind? :”D

2. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Again, self explanatory.

1. Throne of Jade – This one probably comes across as a weird choice. This is the second book in the Temeraire series by Naomi Novik, which is a historical fantasy series set during the Napoleonic Wars and involves tactical battle on the backs of dragons. I’m not talking Eragon here. I mean, full teams along the back of one dragon, fighting in fleets with others. The aeronautic processes alone Noami writes about are amazing. I picked this book in particular as during it, they have to travel to China (hence the word ‘Jade’ in the title). If you’re looking for a cool book, I’d say definitely check this series out. It’s phenomenal.

Well there’s my list! And it occurs to me none of these books have a conventional road trip in them… oop. Well, whatevs. I still want to go on a road trip because of this list.

 
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Posted by on 04/22/2015 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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