Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Books, Pages and A lot of Math (for me)

I was on Goodreads and decided to break down the page counts to see how much time I approximately spent reading per year.I read about 40-100 pages an hour, so I used that to get a range for how many weeks per year are spent on just reading.
I also wanted to look at page length to see how I am averaging in general.  I have only been keeping track of my reading since 2008, so I began there with the data.
In 2008, I read 103,909, which equate to between 6.1 to 15.4 weeks spent on reading. I also averaged 284.7 pages per book.

In 2009, I read 65,795 pages, which equates to between 3.9 to 9.8 weeks spent on reading. I averaged 300.4 pages per book.

In 2010, I read 47,091 pages which equates to between  2.8 to 7 weeks spent on reading. I averaged 303.8 pages.

In 2011, I read 39,540 pages which equates to between 2.3 to  5.8 weeks spent on reading. I averaged 326.77 pages per book.

In 2012, I read 43,713 pages, which equates to 2.6 to  6.5 week spent on reading. I averaged 408.5 pages per book.

So far in 2013, I have read 17,011 pages, which equates to 1.01 to 2.5 weeks.  I have averaged 340.2 pages per book so far. About 40% of the year is over, so my estimated total at this rate would be around 2.5 to 6.25 weeks. This means I am in between the pace for 2011 and 2012, which seems logical, since 2011 is when I began college.

Anyways, this is a very random post, but I found it really interesting. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (6)

Another Top Ten Tuesday, this one is:  Top Ten Books Dealing With Tough Subjects 
1. Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers. This is one of the first books that I reviewed and it remains one of my favorites. The story is just amazing and I love the characters.
2. The Program by Suzanne Young. This book is just amazing and it puts suicide in a different view that I enjoyed a lot. This book will make you cry a lot.
3. Burned by Ellen Hopkins. This is my favorite book by Ellen Hopkins, which is saying a lot, because I adore all of her books. I could relate to certain aspects of this book, because my extended family is very similar to Pattyn's. 
4. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott. I adore Elizabeth Scott, but this one killed me. The writing is beautiful and I don't know how to explain my emotions except that there was a lot of crying. 
5. Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert. Kuehnert's writing is so raw and direct that I adore it. This book made me cry so much and I enjoyed it immensely. It is so a unique story and I loved Kara.
6. Before I Die by Jenny Downham. This book means a lot to me, because I read it, when I was continually in and out of the hospital and I could connect to Tessa in such a way. It is a beautiful story that I adore.
7. The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King. This book is extremely original and I adored it. 
8. Hold Still by Nina LaCour. This book is just amazing and beautiful. I really adored it, even though it made me cry a lot.
9. Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt. I recently read this book and found it to be very raw. I really enjoyed the fact that it talked about relationships in a causal way compared to other ones. 
10. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. This is probably the first book that I read that goes in this category and I have lost count on how many times that I have read it. Such a powerful book.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Originals by Cat Patrick

Source: ALA
A riveting new story from Cat Patrick, author of Forgotten and Revived.
17-year-olds Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey Best grew up as identical triplets... until they discovered a shocking family secret. They're actually closer than sisters, they're clones. Hiding from a government agency that would expose them, the Best family appears to consist of a single mother with one daughter named Elizabeth. Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey take turns going to school, attending social engagements, and a group mindset has always been a de facto part of life...
Then Lizzie meets Sean Kelly, a guy who seems to see into her very soul. As their relationship develops, Lizzie realizes that she's not a carbon copy of her sisters; she's an individual with unique dreams and desires, and digging deeper into her background, Lizzie begins to dismantle the delicate balance of an unusual family that only science could have created.

Cat Patrick knows how to blend Science Fiction with contemporary, which makes a very fun and creative story. I have enjoyed her past two books and was very excited for this one due to the concept. I didn't know what to expect when I heard about this story, but I found Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey, which isn't what I expect when I heard about a book with clones in it. I really thought that they would blend together, but they were so distinct and alive. Sean was a very caring character that I loved instantly. The mom seems like the bad character, but I believe that her intentions were really from caring about them. 
This book is really easy to engage with and I just kept on wanting to read more and more of this book. The plot goes very fast and I read it in about a day. There are a few plot twist and they weren't extremely predictable, but Patrick inserts small hints of possible out comes. I found this book to be extremely unique and unlike anything that I have read. Patrick's writing is amazing and makes the reader want more, while feeling satisfied with the end. I can't wait to see what she writes next. I recommend this book to fans of her previous books and fans of both contemporary and sci-fi. This book had dynamic characters and a fast paced plot that felt original, with a great voice and awesome writing.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (120)

Title: Isla and the Happily Ever After
Author: Stephanie Perkins Publisher: DuttonRelease Date: September 17, 2013

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.
Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and √Čtienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.
I loved Anna and The French Kiss and Lola and The Boy Next Door. I am really excited for this one and can't wait to read this one. Can it please be September?

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (5)

Another Top Ten Tuesday, this one is: Top Ten Books When You Need Something Light & Fun.
1. Any book from Sarah Ockler. Her books are fun and usually deal with friendship, family, or romance. I really love them
3. Any book from Jennifer E. Smith. Her books are really fun and there is always traveling. I love travel.
4. Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard. This book is just wonderful. I have a desire to travel and this book captures it wonderfully.
5. Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. Her books are so amazing and extremely relatable. I can't wait for the next one and the relationships in it was fun. 
6. Any book from Sarah Dessen. I love the relationships that she creates and just find these books to be so much
7. Anything by Ally Carter. It doesn't matter what she writes about, but Ally Carter's books are always fun and make me laugh.
8. Also Known As by Robin Benway. She makes really fun concepts that I just adore.
9. Georgia Nicolson series from Louise Rennington. This series is the most hilarious series that I have read. It makes me laugh so hard and I just love it. I have not read her new series, because I am afraid it will not be the same.
10 Awkward by  Marni Bates. This books is so hilarious and I adored it. 

Monday, May 6, 2013

The Program by Suzanne Young

Source: Publisher
In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.
Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.
Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.

Suzanne Young knows how to create a believable world with characters that you can't help, but loving and wanting more. I can see the dependence on prescription drugs, mandatory treatment, and the rush to premature conclusion from parents in the future. Actually many of these things are beginning to set into motion. I really like Sloane. She was smart, brave, and strong. I liked that she was able to take risk and I have felt a lot of the sadness and silence that she expressed.  I understood her and related to her. I really liked James too. He cared about her, but also had his own flaws. I really enjoyed their relationship and kept on want more about them. 
The Program was the perfect blend of action and romance. It was a book that ignited me with so many emotions and filled me with so many thoughts.  I had to continue reading this book and I wanted more when it is over. The Program was a original take on a very serious issue in society that comments on some of the issues within the treatment of people dealing with depression or other mental illness. Young's writing is fabulous. The story is engaging and I just wanted and needed more. I am definitely excited for the sequel and can't wait to see what Young writes next. I recommend this to fans of Dystopian Novels or people that want strong characters, thrilling and epic plots, and just amazingly beautiful and emotional writing that impacts you with every word. 


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