I came across this tag on My Little Book Blog
I have linked each book I mentioned to their GoodReads page so you can check them out yourself!
1.) What was the last book you read?
2.) Was it a good one?
It wasn't for me
3.) What made it good?
Well, I liked the idea of the underground compound setting in the aftermath of a nuclear war.
4.) Would you recommend it to other people?
It's not my go to recommendation
5.) How often do you read?
6.) Do you like to read?
I LOVE reading
7.) What was the last bad book you read?
The last absolutely horrible book I read was Storm by Donna Jo Napoli
8.) What made you dislike it?
I had really high hopes for it. Its a Noah's Ark retelling and I just could not get into the writing or any of the characters.
9.) Do you wish to be a writer?
Its something I have thought about, but then I think I have too many books to read to write my own. But sometimes i'll get a creative moment.
10.) Has any book ever influenced you greatly?
Many, but only one comes to mind. By the Time You Read This I'll Be Dead by Julie Ann Peters Its about a girl who wants to commit suicide because of the way she is bullied. I read this when I was in high school and I think that's why it had an impact on me.
11.) Do you read fan fiction?
12.) Do you write fan fiction?
13.) What's your favorite book?
It changes. So far this year it's Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson The first in a trilogy. It made me want to travel. And its historical fiction!
14.) What's your least favorite book?
I know I have some but nothing comes to mind
15.) Do you prefer physical books or to read on a device (like kindle)?
Definitely physical books
16.) When did you learn to read?
Whatever age you normally learn to read at.
17.) What was your favorite book you had to read in school?
18.) What is your favorite book series?
Always and forever, The Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
19.) Who is your favorite author?
I cant pick
20.) What is your favorite genre?
I would have to say YA (and the branches that spring from that) and historical fiction.
21.) Who is your favorite character in a book series?
At the moment, Lee Westfall from Walk on Earth a Stranger
22.) Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?
23.) Wish book do you wish had a sequel?
I Think im going with Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
24.) Which book do you wish didnt have a sequel?
The Compound by S.A. Bodeen
25.) How long does it take you to read a book?
Anywhere from two days to literally forever
26.) Do you like when books become movies?
yes, if I actually read it
27.) Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?
I dont think any that I have seen
28.) Which movie has done a book justice?
29.) Do you read newspaper
I think I have only read one newspaper. I bought it from a flea market and its from 1942
30.) Do you read magazines?
I like them, but not usually
31.) Do you prefer newspaper or magazines?
32.) Do you read while in bed?
Thats where most of my reading is done
33.) Do you read while on the toilet?
Im not going to say I never have.
34.) Do you read while in the car?
Yes but not often
35.) Do you read while in the bath
Id love to, but I dont have that kind of set up
36.) Are you a fast reader?
37.) Are you a slow reader?
38.) What is your favorite place to read?
Anywhere that it is sunny, warm, and has natural lighting.
39.) Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read?
40.) Do you need a room to be silent while you read?
Id prefer it, but not necessary.
41.) Who gave you your love for reading?
Im not sure, I think my grandmother.
42.) What book is next on your list to read?
Sounds funny but, I bought it while in a Disney World gift shop. Disney After Dark by Ridley Pearson
43.) When did you start to read chapter books?
Whatever age you normally do
44.) Who is your favorite children's book author?
Barbra Park for sure
45.) Which author would you most want to interview?
Laura Ingalls Wilder
46.) Which author do you think you'd be friends with?
47.) What books have you reread the most?
I don't reread
48.) Which books do you consider "classics"?
I tend to refer to my childhood favorites as classics
49.) Which books do you think should be taught in every school?
Nothing in particular, but ones that make you reflect on your life or the world.
50.) Which books should be banned from all schools?
Nothing I can think of
And that's it! If you read through all of my answers I tag and thank you!
Daelyn Rice is broken beyond repair, and after a string of botched suicide attempts, she’s determined to get her death right. She starts visiting a website for “completers”— www. through-the-light.com.
While she’s on the site, Daelyn blogs about her life, uncovering a history of bullying that goes back to kindergarten. When she’s not on the Web, Daelyn’s at her private school, where she’s known as the freak who doesn’t talk.
Then, a boy named Santana begins to sit with her after school while she’s waiting to for her parents to pick her up. Even though she’s made it clear that she wants to be left alone, Santana won’t give up. And it’s too late for Daelyn to be letting people into her life... isn't it?
National Book Award finalist Julie Anne Peters shines a light on how bullying can push young people to the very edge.
Suicide is a topic of immense fascination to me, but I just wasn't satisfied by the way this book was written. This story felt very contrived at most points.
Daelyn is fifteen years old and planning her third attempt at suicide, using a website that has her wait twenty-three days. I'm really not sure what this website was supposed to be, why 23 days was picked, or what happened to other users, but it seemed like a way to show how Daelyn was at the point where she was pretty selfish and felt like only the things that happened to her matter.
The methodical way she went through ways she could commit suicide was intriguing and shed light on her character. Hearing about her past through her posting on the forums was revealing as to her motivations and feelings, but I still just wasn't able to connect with her.
Santana and Emily were the only characters I really liked in this story. Santana ad his rat were a lot of fun, but I really didn't understand their fascination with a girl who wouldn't speak. It was very contrived. Had she given him any bones, I would have appreciated their budding friendship, but I just don't understand his motivations. Emily, on the other hand, was a breath of fresh air and I think she could do more for Daelyn than Daelyn for her.
In a way, this reminded me of a version of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, except that this book would only resonate with younger readers and Speak is timeless.
I won't talk about my frustration with the ending.
I recommend this for younger readers, but for me this just felt a bit too intentional.