Friday, December 21, 2012

Reading Update (Dec. 21)

So, the world hasn't ended! Surprise, surprise...

I just finished reading Cutters by Scott Westerfeld, the graphic novel to go along with Pretties. I must say, I preferred the first graphic novel much more, though Cutters was still an interesting read, and a nice short transition from book to book.

Now I have started reading The Spirit of Christmas, as well as A Christmas Carol.

P.S. I won't be updating my blog for a couple weeks 'cause of the holidays, so yeah...

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Bookish Tag


Time for a tag! This one is the "Bookish Tag" from Sonythebooklover on YouTube. I was tagged by Danika @ http://loveliterature713.blogspot.ca. So, here be thy tag and thy questions...  So let's get started with the questions.

1. What genre of books do you prefer?
Um... This is always a hard book, because most books are a mix of genres. However, I'm going to go with two. Fantasy, and adventure. I love the imagination that goes along with fantasy, and the ability to transfer my mind to another world. Adventure is awesome 'cause I love the journey that the reader is taken on.

2. What are some of your must-have books in your library?
HARRY POTTER!!! Most definitely. I have the whole series within my household, and that is a good thing, 'cause I'd die otherwise :P. We all know this is the ultimate, awesomest series in the world, so yeah!

3. What is the most expensive book on your shelf?
Um... I don't know.... I actually don't buy a lot of books, and most that I own are gifts or such, as I adore the library and love the experience of going to the library, and also the awesomeness of free books. Probably Harry Potter or The Casual Vacancy or some other hardcover. I'm not really sure...

4. What book do you covet the most?
I don't know... Way too many books. I like books. Wow these questions are harder than I thought. I want a library in my house. Yup. That's my answer, and if you don't like it, too bad.

5. How much do you spend on books?
Well, as I said in question 3, I generally use the library rather than buy books. Therefore, I don't really have an answer for this. If I really want a book, I will buy it, but usually I prefer the library. So yeah...

6. What do you think of the current trend in YA books right now?
Um... Mixed thoughts... Let's start with the one that is driving me crazy: love triangles. I am sick and tired of these! Honestly, too repetitive, and they always make me so stressed about the characters choices and all. Next... dystopia! Well, I love dystopia, as I love the new societies and the strong imagination that is present to create these settings and concepts. However! I think the trend has become too stuck on dystopia, and it would be nice to have some fresh new YA books that are fantasy or adventure or just not all dystopia.

7. What series do you wish you had more books of?
I would really like more of the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. The only one I have out of the four is Pretties, which in fact is my least favourite, though still awesomely awesome. Since this is one of my favourite series ever, I would really like to have all four. I got Pretties because I was going on vacation and it wasn't available at the library, and there was no way I was waiting until I came back.

8. What are your go-to books in your library?
Chicken soup. Chicken soup. Oh, and did I mention Chicken Soup? I LOVE the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, as I find them inspirational and so, so awesome. I have a couple of these that I own, and I almost always have at least one out from the public library.

9. What book is currently in your bag?
A Christmas Carol, which I am super excited to read! However, I'm still waiting a couple days, as I am going to pick up The Spirit of Christmas  and Cutters (graphic novel companion to the Uglies series) tonight, so I will read those first.

10. What is your most prized book in your collection?
HARRY POTTER HARRY POTTER HARRY POTTER! Harry Potter is awesome. That's all I'm going to say. Be thankful, because I could go on forever...

11. What are some of your non-fiction books on your shelf?
I actually have a lot of non-fiction on my shelves, as I have gotten them for gifts, etc., etc. My favourite are my craft and activity books, an my christmas books. Yeah. I don't know. I like books. And I like christmas and crafts. Smiley face.

12. Name your favourite authors (up to three).
J.K. Rowling -> (duh)
Shannon Hale -> her words are magic!
Scott Westerfeld -> love the Uglies series!

13. Favourite bookstore?
Indigo! Books + gadgets + journals + other + Starbucks = awesome. Need I say more???

Well, you read it all! Congrats. Now be an awesome person and follow, because I love to know you like my blog :). Hope you enjoyed and continue to enjoy :)

Reading Update (Dec. 19)

As promised, another reading update! Last night I finished Palace of Stone, the sequel to The Princess Academy by Shannon Hale. It was awesome, and unlike sooooo many other books, the ending was awesome, and very heartwarming too :) Sad that the book is over, but happy to have read it :)

Obviously that means it's time for a new book! Tonight I'm going to pick up two books, the first being Cutters, which is the second graphic novel companion to the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. Secondly I'm getting The Spirit of Christmas, which I'll read after Cutters. And after that, I plan to read A Christmas Carol, which is a classic that I am super excited to experience!!!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! And a Happy New Year!
Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Reading Update (Dec. 18)

Well... partially for my own good, I have decided to start doing reading updates on my blog so that y'all  can know what I'm reading, ask questions about what I'm reading, suggest books, get book suggestions, etc., etc. Anyways, pretty much I'll just have a post when I start and/or finish a book. So ya! Hope you enjoy! And how about... you subscribe... then you'll be able to keep updated with everything awesome @ Books As Wings!

Anyways....
Here you are...

Well! Recently, I finished reading Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, which is really, really awesome, and I think even better than the prequel, Stargirl.

After a tiny period of not deciding what to read, I now am reading Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale, the sequel to Princess Academy. In fact, I'm almost done it! So keep checking back for a new reading update soon!

...

I just realized that my last three posts are top ten tuesdays, all created on their designated day. Which means I've been slacking on my blog. I've been busy, so ya... sorry! I'll post more stuff as soon as possible. At least a Wordle. What would you like to see on my blog???

Top Ten Tuesday (December 18)




The Top Ten Tuesday meme originates from The Broke and The Bookish. Check it out and consider taking part too!

This meme is a weekly top-ten list category. I'll try my best to follow this weekly, so yeah! Keep checking back, and make sure to go to The Broke and The Bookish where this awesome idea is from!


December 18th
Top Ten Favourite Reads of 2012

1.Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld: OMG OMG OMG The Uglies series is AWESOME, and I can't believe I never read it before! It is definitely my favourite dystopian book that I've read. GO TALLY YOUNGBLOOD!
2.Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins: Its weird to think I read the Hunger Games just this year, as it was way back in March. The trilogy is so insanely ninjaa, and I especially love Katniss, because I can connect to her so, so, so much! Collins truly created a masterpiece.
3.A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass: A Mango-Shaped Space was a truly intriguing book, with such a deep, captivating message, and so it now has a well-earned spot on my top ten of the year list! I was so intrigued by the unique story and amazing storytelling, and I will be sure to read this one over and over.
4.The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien: Yes, I finally got around to reading The Hobbit! Such a masterpiece :). I can't wait to read The Lord of the Rings, though I am waiting until I have lots of time and patience.
5.Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder: Inside Out as well as Outside In  were great books that I discovered this year, and I now admire Snyder for her captivating style! The second was definitely not as awesome as the first, but overall it was a great plot and I loved it!
6.Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale: Sequel to The Princess Academy, I was very excited to read this book, and it exceeded my expectations! Best of all, the ending was perfect, unlike most books. It was heartwarming and I was content with it all. Yay! 
7.Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli: Spinelli's books are much different than what I typically read, as they are generally modern realistic. However, his storytelling made me looove Stargirl and its sequel, so I think I'll look into more of his books, though I do know that many are for younger readers, so hopefully I find some that interest me.
8.Fairy Lies by E.D. Baker: This book is more for slightly younger audiences, but I still read it, as Wings, the first book, is one of my all-time favourites. Although I still prefer the first, Fairy Lies was fun to read as it refreshed the joy of magic and reading that I developed a few years ago around the time I read the first.

Yes, I know this is only eight... I've read other books this year, and other good books too, but I couldn't decide on anymore that deserved a spot on this list.

Hope you enjoyed! Subscribe to my blog and be awesome!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (Dec. 11)

The Top Ten Tuesday meme originates from The Broke and The Bookish. Check it out and consider taking part too!

This meme is a weekly top-ten list category. I'll try my best to follow this weekly, so yeah! Keep checking back, and make sure to go to The Broke and The Bookish where this awesome idea is from!

December 11th
Top Ten New to Me Authors I Read in 2012
  1. J.R.R. Tolkien: Yes, I finally got around to reading The Hobbit! Such a masterpiece :). I can't wait to read The Lord of the Rings, though I am waiting until I have lots of time and patience.
  2. Scott Westerfeld: OMG OMG OMG The Uglies series is AWESOME, and so I obviously now think Westerfeld is awesome too! Although I don't plan on reading all his books, I do plan on reading Peeps and its sequel. GO TALLY YOUNGBLOOD!
  3. Suzanne Collins: Since I read the Hunger Games this year, Collins is obviously going to be on my list. The trilogy is so insanely ninjaa, and I especially love Katniss, because I can connect to her so, so, so much! I haven't decided if I'll read her other books. Maybe one day...
  4. Wendy Mass: A Mango-Shaped Space was a truly intriguing book, with such a deep, captivating message, and so Wendy Mass now has a well-earned spot on my top ten of the year list. I'll definitely read more of her books!
  5. Maria V. Snyder: Inside Out as well as Outside In  were great books that I discovered this year, and I now admire Snyder for her captivating style! She has a number of other books, and I do plan to read at least some of them.
  6. Jerry Spinelli: Spinelli's books are much different than what I typically read, as they are generally modern realistic. However, his storytelling made me looove Stargirl and its sequel, so I think I'll look into more of his books, though I do know that many are for younger readers, so hopefully I find some that interest me.
  7. Alyson Noel: Radiance is the only book I have read of hers, but I found it very intriguing, and I am excited to read the next 3 books of this series. The Evermore series also sounds cool, so I'll give that a go sometime too.
  8. Susan Beth Pfeffer: Life As We Knew It is a fantastic book, for me mainly because of all the questions that were formed. The trilogy explored a thought-provoking topic so deeply, and that made me love it! I haven't looked into any of her other works, but I will definitely consider doing so.

Yay for Top Ten Tuesday! Check back next week! Subscribe! Happy Birthday ;P


Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (Dec. 4)

Over at my friend's blog (http://loveliterature713.blogspot.ca) I saw a meme she did called Top Ten Tuesday. It sounded pretty cool, so I decided to do it too! The Top Ten Tuesday meme originates from The Broke and The Bookish. Check it out and consider taking part too!

Pretty much, the meme is a weekly top-ten list category. I'll try my best to follow this weekly, so yeah! Keep checking back, and make sure to go to The Broke and The Bookish where this awesome idea is from!

December 4th
Top Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Bringing Me
  1. Quidditch Through the Ages - J.K. Rowling: I have the complete Harry Potter book set, plus Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, as well as Tales of Beedle the Bard, and so I'd love to complete my obsession collection with this book!
  2. Cutters - Scott Westerfeld: The ironic part is that this book was released today, Tuesday, December 4th! I've read the whole Uglies series and LOOOOOVE it, and after reading Uglies: Shay's Story, the first book of the companion graphic novels, I can't wait for Cutters, the second graphic novel, to be in my hands!
  3. The Book of (Even More) Awesome - Neil Pasricha: These books are awesome! Randomly flipping to pages and getting a smile is just, well, AWESOME! I already have The Book of Awesome and I also have The Book of (Holiday) Awesome, so I would love to make it a full set!
  4. Uglies - Scott Westerfeld: Since I wasn't patient enough to wait for Pretties to come in from the library, I bought that one (the 2nd of the book series), and now I feel like something's missing just having one out of four! So how about all of them!!! :P
  5. Specials - Scott Westerfeld: ditto
  6. Extras - Scott Westerfeld: ditto
  7. A Mango-Shaped Space - Wendy Mass: I read this one recently, and it is a short yet meaningful read, and absolutely amazing, so I would love to have it on my shelf to reread whenever.
  8. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien: This is going to sound really stupid, but I feel distanced from the literary community simply because I haven't read this classic. I read it in September, but I feel like it is my duty to get it on my shelf. Wait a second... I just realized my brother has this one... Maybe I'll just claim it as my own :P
  9. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens: Gasp... I still haven't read this... BUT that will change this winter. Hopefully. I plan to get my hands on it and read it as my christmas book of the year. I've been to two versions of the play, have seen the muppets movie of it, and even acted out the equivalent of Ebenezer Scrooge in an adaptation of it at school.
  10. Stargirl - Jerry Spinelli: Read the description I put with A Mango-Shaped Space, and that is essentially why I want this one too. It is a timeless novel, and has such a deep message that really motivated and still motivates me. 
  11. Any book, 'cause it's the thought that counts :)

Happy Holidays!







Sunday, December 02, 2012

This Post Is Kinda Random

As the title explains, this post is random, but still does have a point. So maybe its not so random. You should read it either way.

If you look at my posts and updates frequently, you'll know that for term two we're doing reviews that both review the book and analyze a peer's review of the book. In doing this, I have come to some amazing realizations. Overall, I really am surprised by how much I am learning from doing the graphic organizer for these, and now I think that if I were to write another normal book review, it would be a million gazillion times better. Why? Well, in reading and analyzing others' reviews, it helps so that i can see what really strengthens a review. I.e. I am noticing a lot how specifics, focuses, and examples are really key. What I mean by this is that saying it was an unforgettable novel is awesome, but what is truly ninjaa is when you explain how a certain aspect was unforgettable or made the novel unforgettable. Depth and detail!

Anyways, keep checking back for more posts and random thoughts and updates and all that good stuff. Meanwhile, read a good book!
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K. There. My randomness has ended. Hope you enjoyed :)

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Reading Update

Soo... Yesterday I finished The Declaration by Gemma Malley, which was an intriguing book with a very fresh concept. I'll probably do some sort of challenge for it, but not a review. Coming to the end of one book means... You guessed it, the start of a new book! This time around I'm reading A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass. In my previous post, you may have noted that we have to read and review a book and review it off of someone else's reviews. For my first review of this type, I have chosen A Mango-Shaped Space! I'll be analyzing Alex's thoughts on the book (http://colourmeinspired-alex.blogspot.ca/2012/09/a-mango-shaped-space-by-wendy-mass-book.html)

So yeah! Keep checking back for more posts, and hey, how 'bout you subscribe and do something awesome! :P

Coming soon...

So, term 1 is over, which means, amazingly, it's term 2. Which means, awesomely, its time for more litspiration!!! However, this term the requirements are a bit different. Keep in mind the word 'requirements'. As in, I had 36 blog posts in term 1, but only 4 were required (3 book reviews, 1 litspiration challenge). This term, you can look forward to...

  • 2 book reviews that are special because they analyze both the book and another persons review on the book
  • 1 vlog (video-blog) post that is an alternative (not a book) review(play, video game, movie, etc.)
  • 1 new litspiration challenge
  • Oh! And a comment on at least five fellow litspiration blogs. We've already done this aspect, and lets just say, you can go to all 101 litspiration blogs and you'll find a comment by me :P
  • Millions of other posts that aren't required, but of course I'll do them anyways

So yes, you should be very excited :P

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Hunger Games Tag

It bugs me how long its been since I made a decent post. So here we go. Time to get blogging :P.
What you are about to read (yes, you are going to read it. and all of it, too.) is a tag by Aura at Aura's Book Box on Youtube with questions about the Hunger Games. I'll also give credit to my friend over at loveliterature713.blogspot.com, as she did this tag and was the one who inspired me to do it to! So, yeah! Hope you enjoy :)
*Spoilers galore*


Peeta or Gale?
.... I've never liked this question. Is "nobody" an option? I mean, really, Peeta is just too good and practically in a helpless daze, and Katniss always does the work. Gale's awesome. That is, until Mockingjay, when he becomes the biggest jerk after. Every action of his in the final book made me crazy because he became so arrogant and all. And of course, we can never forgive him for Prim's fate. In the end, I'll go with nobody. But if I had to choose, I'd go with Gale, because he is much more brave and adventurous.

Effie's crazy style or sweet and simple like Cinna?
Definitely Cinna. Sorry Effie, but what you wear would give me a headache if I was stuck with your style day after day. And I value comfort, and, oh Effie, you fail in that category. Cinna's style is just so much more natural, down-to-earth, and has that personal flair to it, even if it is simple. But maybe don't set me on fire. I could live without that :P

Life in the Capitol or slug it in the Districts?
Yeah, the Capitol is safe and you live luxuriously and get what you want, but to be honest, the style and society of the Capitol disgusts me. District life seems more real, and like an actual adventure and true life. Sorry but I just couldn't live life so poshly in the Capitol. It. Would. SUCK. Go District 12!

Bread from District 12 or stew from the Capitol?
This is a no brainer, as I LOVE fresh, homemade bread. Besides, although stew and meat are both awesome, I'm not a huge lamb fan. And aside from all that, I'd rather support the District society than the posh Capitol life.

Katniss's archery skills or Cato's knife fighting abilities?
I'd love to say both, but still I have a defiant first choice: archery! Even before reading the books, I thought archery was awesome. My grandparents live in the country and have a bow, so I've actually done archery multiple times. I suck at it. Like, really suck. But still, I love it :P. When reading the books, I was like OMG I WANT THOSE NINJAA SKILLS. If you think about, archery has such a stronger use. Both long and short range. Effective and easily replenished. Ninjaa.  

Peeta's gift of camouflage or Rue's gift of tree-climbing?
TREE CLIMBING. I am already an avid tree climber. Like, tree climbing is one of my favourite hobbies. Literally. So if I had the skill to jump from tree to tree and climb like the ninjaaest ninjaa like Rue, I would be absolutely thrilled. Besides, if you really needed these skills in a real scenario, camouflage takes time and resources, and so tree-climbing is a much better option. Climb a tree. Be a ninjaa. (that should be my motto :P)

Become an Avox or get stung by a tracker jacker?
No speech. No importance. No adventure. No self. Sounds like a pretty horrible life, and so I'm going to go with tracker jacker sting, as the effects would be terrible but luckily they wouldn't last forever. Let's just hope I don't end up like Glimmer...

Join forces with the Careers or run for the Hills?
You will never see me joined up with the Careers. Never. I'd be betraying myself. So be prepared, Hills, I'm running for you :P

Who's cuter? Prim or Rue?
Ok, Prim's cute and pure and embodies innocence, but really, that's it. Rue, she's a ninjaa alongside who unbeatable cuteness! The methods she thinks up and the way she pursues them are just so smart and go along with her spunk that make her a truly cute, loveable character.

Run for the Cornucopia or run for the Hills?

Now this question definitely should allow a compromise. I'm not stupid enough to hunt through the Cornucopia, but am I going to leave without grabbing anything? NO! Look how much that backpack ended up helping Katniss! I'll definitely take a thing or two, but after that, it's the Hills for me. Death isn't my friend :P


Well, that's that and I hope you enjoyed it!!! Feel free to tag me or share tags you've heard of or done because I'm sure I'd love to do them to!
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Friday, November 16, 2012

Wordle #3

I've decided it's time for another blog Wordle!!! Check out my other Wordle posts too, and learn more of what these are all about.

Presenting... my blog, as of Nov. 16/12, in Wordle form...




Saturday, November 03, 2012

Inside Out - Book Review

Inside Out
By Maria V. Snyder
Review by ME!

In a six-sided, metal world where hope equals pain, Scrubs are taught to fight nothing but the dust and rust, the two evils of Inside. Society is corrupted and strict control is kept on everyone. “Curiosity is a fatal trait in here.” (p. 45). Then comes Trella. Too mischievous for her own good, a challenge she couldn’t resist turns into the catalyst for a revolution. By the time she gets a grasp on just how big the puzzle is, the pieces get more complex and require not just her, but rather a whole society willing to revolt.
Corrupted and tyrannous, the society of Inside is designed and conveyed superbly, and the reader is constantly learning more as characters uncover truths that unsettle the whole population. In that, two themes can be seen: overcoming deceitful judgments and the complexity of societal corruption. The array of characters shares this complexity, however Snyder was able to logically juggle every character as a distinct, important individual. Trella, the story’s protagonist, as well as many of her companions, are very relatable even though they live in a totally different world. This connection was strengthened by the old-timers' comments about things like years (compared to Inside’s current week-based calendar) and sweet sixteen into maturity. Speaking of connections, there was some pretty awesome foreshadowing, SPOILER ALERT the instance that intrigued me the most being: “Why was Inside always heated?” (p. 57), which made me think that Inside was located either in a snowy, icy, cold place, or in a void like outer space.  SPOILER OVER However, although most concepts were very well organized, I sometimes found myself having to read a part over to understand things that seemed random; such as the numerous times when Trella was in the pipes and air ducts, then she was there, then she was here, then… wait… she’s where? Action in the book was expertly paced and introduced at the perfect speed, and this brought my view of Snyder’s writing way up, as did the way she justified the success of Trella enough that it didn’t make her seem inhumanly heroic. On a similar note, I was thrilled to find that results weren’t predictable, but rather had a wonderful balance of being unexpected but not cheesy. Having read the summary of the sequel, Outside In, I did know Inside Out’s approximate ending the whole time, but the journey had twists and turns that made me want to read on SO BADLY! So please, help yourself to that same “WOW!” and indulge in Maria Snyder’s phenomenal work of art.


***Please note two things about the spoiler: it may not seem to be one, but it actually is. Secondly, I know spoilers usually aren’t good in book reviews, but I made sure that it doesn’t take away from the review if you don’t read it, but I still included it because it was the best example to put and it really stood out to me when I was reading, so… Hope you don’t mind!


MY RATING: ********`' 8.75/10


Tally vs. Trella - Litspiration Challenge

This is it! My official litspiration challenge! I uh... kind of went overboard and have done three challenges in one! I hope you enjoy :) !

I have recently read a series and then another book which have very similar protagonists. The first is Tally Youngblood, from Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series, which I read this summer. Second is Trella, from Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder, which I just finished reading last weekend. Tally and Trella not only have similar names, but actually have very similar roles in their dystopian societies. So, I decided to do a video on both of the characters, and then a final one comparing them! 


Tally is up first, with a personalized album encompassing her and her adventures.



Now for Trella! Below is a "Day in the life of..." video from her point of view!



And finally, after creating the two previous videos, I recorded my thoughts comparing the similarities and differences of these two characters.

Well, there you have it! Two awesome characters and a look into their lives, plus a comparison! I hope you enjoyed especially were able to gain knowledge in the first videos to help provide depth to the final one.

After learning about these characters, what do you think? Feel free to comment about what you like and dislike and what similarities and differences you can see!

Some Books I've Read

My previous post was explaining my rating system, so I've decided to give you a look at some books I've read and how I would rate them, since I can't do a million book reviews! Note that some of these book I may have read as far back as 4 years ago.

The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan: ********` 8.5/10
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan: ******** 8/10
The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan: ******* 7/10
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: ********* 9/10
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins: ********* 9/10
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins: *******` 7.5/10
The City of Ember series by Jeanne DuPrau: ******` 6.5/10
Dancing Through the Snow by Jean Little: ******* 7/10
The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer: ******` 6.5/10
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer: *******` 7.5/10
This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer: ******* 7/10
Tales of the Frog Princess by E.D. Baker: ********` 8.5/10
Wings by E.D. Baker: ********* 9/10
Fairy Lies by E.D. Baker: ******** 8/10
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine: ******` 6.5/10
Fairest by Gail Carson Levine: ******* 7/10
Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson: ******` 6.5/10
Forbidden City by William Bell: ******* 7/10
Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris: *******`' 7.75/10
Twice Upon a Mariogold by Jean Ferris: *******` 7.5/10
Radiance by Alyson Noel: ******** 8/10
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale: ********* 9/10
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli: *******` 7.5/10
Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder: ********`' 8.75/10
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld: ********* 9/10
Pretties by Scott Westerfeld: ********` 8.5/10
Specials by Scott Westerfeld: ********* 9/10
Extras by Scott Westerfeld: *********` 9.5/10
HARRY POTTER by J.K. ROWLING: ***************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** 713/10

Rating My Books

As much as possible, I am going to try and rate the books I read out of ten stars. Yes, I know 5 star ranking is more common, but I find that 10 stars allows a more precise rating. So, some info on the ratings... *the stars on the other side of the fraction indicate what it would be on the 5 star scale.

********** 10/10 ***** Officially the best book in the world. No chance of ever being surpassed. MUST read. If you say you don't like this book, you aren't my friend. 
********* 9/10 ***** Wow. That. Was. AWESOME. LOVED it! MUST read.
******** 8/10 **** Loved it! Check it out!
******* 7/10 **** Pretty cool! Loved it, but maybe a couple flaws.
****** 6/10 *** Good book.
***** 5/10 *** Readable, but...
**** 4/10 ** Can't say I liked it.
*** 3/10 ** Not a fan.
** 2/10 * Don't read it. Just don't. Not worth it.
* 1/10 * DON'T READ THIS! I didn't just not like it, I loathed it.