Its My Blogiversary!! + My Reading and Blogging Journey

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Ahhhh!!! I cannot put into words how exciting today is! It’s my blogiversary! And in case you don’t know what that means….. I’ve had my blog for exactly one year! I didn’t think that I would ever make it this far with my blog. But I have and I am sooooo happy that I created it! I always have such an amazing time sharing my thoughts on books with all of you. And blogging has showed me so much of the world that I never knew was there. Especially all of you! Reading is what I wake up and want to do everyday. It makes my days so much better. And being able to share all of my thoughts on books with you guys fills me with joy!

SO, since today is such a special day for me, I thought that I would share my reading and blogging journey with all of you. It sounds suitable for the occasion, right? So who’s ready to jump straight into this post? I am!!

My Reading Journey:

Most readers who have a blog have been reading for what feels like forever. But, I’m not really like those people. I used to read when I was younger but I wasn’t really counted as a reader. I remember loving to look at books in my  school’s library but very few actually interested me. I used to always have to read small books for school such as Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White. But, when it came to picking up books on my own, none of them interested me. But, I do remember taking as much Magic Tree House and Junie B. Jones’ books out of my library. Those were some f the only books that I would hide out in my room and fully enjoy reading. Soooo, as you can see, I wasn’t like a lot of readers who grew up reading Harry Potter and Percy Jackson.

It wasn’t actually until grade 7 when I got really into reading. Years before, I would prefer to just scroll through my phone than ever pick up a book. But, when I got reunited with one of my best friends, Emily (she’s a year older than me so we were in a 5/6 split class and a 7/8 split class)  that I got tugged into the world of fictional stories. When I first met her in grade 5, she wasn’t really into reading but, when I saw her again in grade 7, she always had a book with her. So, that led me to start borrowing books off of her.

Funny story, the first YA book that I ever read (lended to me by Emily, of course) was a bind up of the first two Pretty Little Liars books. I was really into watching TV back then and Pretty Little Liars was my favorite show. And since my friend Emily always had a book with her, that led me to finally toughening up and borrowing it off of her. And look where I am today. A complete book hoarder who would spend all of her pocket money on books. So thanks Emily for showing me the beautiful world of fiction. I don’t regret it one bit.

So from then on, I have become a complete lover of books! It is rare when I don’t read a book and I usually have a terrible day without reading. But the real reason that I read is because it brings me out of reality. Sometimes I’m just having a really terrible day and just simply reading a few pages can drag  me out of reality and into a fictional world. And although some fictional books can get terribly sad, it shows you that not all books all fully fiction. Authors are able to make books feel as if they’re real which is so nice.

I live on books. I am always reading and am very proud of it. I am someone who will read anywhere at any time, even if that means having my parents yell at me for it. I am a reader and I am proud!

Total # of books read since January 2015 (bind-ups counted as 2): 61 (not including finished Wattpad novels)

Total # of books owned: 82 (not including my little kid books)

My Blogging Journey:

On October 23, 2015, I started An Infinite Book World. I really wanted a way to share my thought on books with the world but hadn’t heard of Goodreads or Bookstagram. Sooooo, I full out spent a night creating my blog. It had probably the worst lay out to think of but, I thought it looked really cool back then. Since then, I have redone my layout probably over 100 different times.

Now,  some of you have probably wondered, how did I come up with my blog’s name? Well, I have always thought that there are an infinite amount of written and published books around the world. So I reworded that and came up with “An Infinite Book World”.

My first ever post was a Welcome! post. It basically talked about what  would be doing on my blog (which is so inaccurate now). That post led me to doing Currently Reading posts and Top Ten Tuesdays’. And when I finished City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (the first book I read since I started my blog), I was very quick to write up a review for it. If you go back and read it, you can tell how much shorter it is compared to my most recent reviews.

I was doing so good with blogging until January 2016. I went into both a terrible reading slump and a blogging slump. During my reading slump, I would only read Wattad novels so it was very hard to count any books as read since most of them weren’t finished. And during my blogging slump, I would only get 1 post up a month. But, I found a solution to it and now I can get up to five posts up a week!

Blogging has helped me with so much. It’s made me become a lot braver when it comes to talking about books. I don’t have a lot of friends in real life who can deal with me talking about books so I use blogging to interact with people about books. And I’ve got to say, it is so much fun talking to you guys on here!

That’s it for today! I’m so happy that I created my blog because I really don’t know where I would be without it. I am so grateful that all of you take time out of your days to read and comment on my posts! Since this is such a big moment in my life, I will treasure it forever and ever. Thank you all! Happy Reading! ~Alaina

 

Review: Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout

We’ve finally made it to the end of the Lux series. The end of a journey. And although I loved this ending, I definitely wasn’t ready for it.

Opposition (Lux, #5)Disclaimer: This will definitely include spoilers. Read at your own risk. Hope you all enjoy!

Infromation:

Title/Author: Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Release Date: Augusr 5, 2014

Page Count:354

ISBN: 9781622662647

Synopsis:

Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can’t believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.

My Thoughts:

Holy alien babies! I forgot almost every single part of this book before I reread it. I am soooo happy that I took the time to reread this book because it was amazing. And, I probably would’ve never got a review up for it if I hadn’t reread it……so yay for rereads.

Now, Opposition was the end of a huge journey for me. Although I read a lot of YA books before this series, it made me really love YA literature. The Lux series actually made me figure out that there are more people like me living around the world. Readers. Book Bloggers. Book Lovers. We are everywhere and with blogs, we unite as one. We come together and talk about how much we love or hate certain books; how much books mean to us. And Jennifer L. Armentrout really made me realize that there were people around the world who love books as much as I do. So thanks Jennifer for that.

Anyways, this book definitely didn’t disappoint. Sometimes finales just lack in completion (ALLEGIANT…..) and then you just get to savor those final sucky moments of the book FOREVER. Or at least until you reread the rest of the series over again. But, Opposition definitely did the series justice. It was quite different at the start of the book but once you really get into it, it’s like falling in love with Daemon Black all over again: slowly and sweetly. Opposition was so different and so much alike to the rest of the series. And even though that really doesn’t make a lot of sense, it’s the closest sentence to the truth.

Something I really loved about this book was all of the characters. Of course we had the group: Katy, Daemon, Dawson, Dee, Archer, Luc and Beth. But I really didn’t expect to be introduced to so many new characters! First it was Sadi and Rolland, two characters that I REALLY despised. Like for real, Sadi was hitting on Daemon. That’s just not acceptable. And then, further through the novel we reunited with Nancy Husher. **sarcastic hooray**. I really hated Nancy throughout the novels (who didn’t??) but the ending of Opposition was heart breaking for me to read. Ahhh and I can’t forget about Lore, Hunter and Serena. I can’t wait to someday read Obsession, the adult spin off of Lux to follow those three characters even more!!

SPOILERS AHEAD:

Can we just quickly talk about that ending?!?! I don’t understand what Nancy’s problem was. Like couldn’t she just be nice to the Luxen and leave their kind alone?? But nooooo…. she just had to go and make a huge scene with a gun. I am so happy that someone killed her in the end because, I don’t know how much longer I could deal with her roaming around.

Thank you to whoever came a cross this post for reading it. This whole series is definitely in my top three and I cant wait to give them another reread. Maybe next summer? Hopefully! Happy Reading everyone! ~Alaina

 

Reader Problem Book Tag

I was tagged by one of my bookish best friends, Emily (whogavethewrite) to do the Reader Problem Book Tag. Readers alike myself struggle with so many problems when it comes to books that some times there just aren’t any solutions. But we do get to read all of the wonderful books in the world so I guess that’s a solution. But I’m pretty sure that all readers struggle with one of the following two things: Book Slumps and Picking a Book To Read. Picking a book isn’t that bad but, BOOK SLUMPS ARE ABSOLUTE KILLERS! So, today I am going to be doing this tag and hopefully give you all some solutions for common reader problems.

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

To be honest, I just pick one. Yes, I know. That isn’t a cool trick at all. But, I usually plan little mini monthly TBR’s to give myself a goal of which books. So, I don’t do anything too special when it comes to picking books.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

I’m not one to give up on books. Even if I know that I will fall into a book slump, I still like knowing that I finished it. I don’t know why, I guess I just like that little feeling of accomplishment. But, I have never left a book as a DNF (Did Not Finish). If I’m really struggling to make my way through a book, I will usually just pick up a few others until I feel like I am ready to dive back into the book.

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

Well…. I already know that I’m not actually going to finish my Goodreads goal this year. Poop. But I do have an explanation on why I probably won’t finish it: A BOOK SLUMP. And even, a good chunk of the books on my read list for 2016 were off of Wattpad. But anyways, if I was off of my goal by five books by the beginning of December, I would probably try to catch up. Ten book? Nuh uh. Not going to happen.

4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

Hmmm. I DON’T. Mismatching books is a total weakness of mine. There are so many incredible series out there that have had cover changes half way through the series and it makes me just want to ball up in a corner an cry. I don’t know why the publisher like to make us all have mismatched shelves. But, I get through it and some how still make my shelves look as pretty as possible!

5. Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

I usually go onto my bookstagram account or my goodreads account to talk to people about my thoughts. Or, I’ll also post a review on here and talk to all of you through the comments! But, there have been many different books I didn’t really like (Allegiant, Throne of Glass, Vampire Academy) and I have always been able to find at least one person who had the same feelings that I did. That’s something I love about blogging. I can always find someone with the same thoughts on books as I have.

6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

I just let it all out. Usually this happens at school and I get the usual “why are you crying” or “are you okay”. And then I just wave them off and give them the usual excuse….”BOOKS”. Some of them understand that an others just give me looks of pity. If I’m at the mall or some packed place, I usually just get weird looks of sympathy from everyone who passes me.

7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book?

It depends. I’m going to partially steal Emily’s answer and say that usually the authors give a little recap of the last books. So sometimes if I still remember some of the book, I will just dive into the sequel. But if the prior book was within 400 pages, what’s so bad about rereading it?

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

I’ve actually never had anyone ask to borrow any of my books. None of my friends are into reading (aside from 1) so I never have had the problem of lending out books. But, if someone did ask to borrow my book, I would probably just tell them to keep the book in good condition which basically means not breaking the spine, bringing it near food or water. there is nothing I hate more than a water damaged book.

9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

Reading slumps are plain weird for me. During them, I will only read Wattpad novels. So usually, I will read a few of those until I feel like I am ready to try a physical book again. And usually, I pick up a book that really doesn’t interest me so I go back into the slump. But a few books that were able to get me out of my slumps wee The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater and Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

I always really want buy new releases when they first come out but I never do. Recently both Empire of Storms and Gemina released and I really want to read both but I still haven’t bought either. But I really wish that I would go to the bookstore a bit more often so I could stock up on new releases!

That’s all for today! I hope you enjoyed reading this post and be sure to like, comment and follow my blog. Happy Reading! ~Alaina

 

 

Review: Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout (warning this review is very messy)

Let me start off by saying that this book absolutely killed my soul. End of review…… I’m kidding. How could a review be left that short?!?! But it is true, this book is a total KILLER!

**WILL BE SPOLIERS**

Origin (Lux, #4)Information:

Title/Author: Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Series: Lux (#4)

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Release Date: August 27, 2013

ISBN: 1622660757

Synopsis:

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?

My Thoughts:

Why, oh why did Jennifer HAVE to split Daemon and Katy. I swear, if she puts me in that much pain again, my heart will absolutely shatter.

If you didn’t know, Daemon and Katy got separated at the end of Opal. Not like break up separation, but actual separation. Katy got taken away by the DOD while everyone tried to save Bethany. And just like that, this book begins.

Something I really enjoyed about this book was the dual perspectives. When this book released, we didn’t have any books solely in Daemon’s perspective. But, Jennifer got the cue after Opal released. It was so different reading the romance from Daemon’s perspective. It was almost as if he was desperate throughout the whole novel. But there is seriously no complaining when it comes to that since the romance between Daemon and Katy was on point in Origin!

As I said above, Katy was taken away by the DOD at the end of Opal. I was so shook up and scared of how the DOD would be in this book. But, you know, they’re just these dudes who keep syringes and knives in arms length reach. Not scary at all. But anyways, I felt so sorry for Katy throughout the first half of this novel. Having to be in as much pain as she was is so cruel and heartbreaking.

Now moving on from talking about the DOD (because I hate them soooo much…), I thought I would just briefly bring up the topic of: LUC AND ARCHER. Our little Origins. They played such a big role in this storyline (hence the title) and I love that the author introduced us to them. And can I just say, LUC IS THE BEST TEENAGE MAFIA TO EVER EXIST. And even though he still plays on a DS, can he be my BFF?

The writing of this book was completely on point. Jennifer took us on a wild rollercoaster from Area 51, to Nevada, and then all the way to Luc’s “not so little” house in a forest. Some how, Jennifer was able to either perfectly envision these places or she had visited them previously. But kudos to the author for some how making a masterpiece out of an alien jail a.k.a. AREA 51.

One of the things I highly disliked about this book was all of the characters dying. And “most” died at the same time. First it was Blake. I didn’t really care about his death but it still made me sad. All of the scenes when he first arrived to Ketterman flooded through my head when I read about his death. And then Ash, Andrew and Paris all died at the Luxen explosion site in Las Vegas. None of them deserved what happened to them but, that’s life as an alien. You risk it all for the ones you love.

Origin was definitely an automatic page turner. You get so into it that you just cannot stop reading. It was a drop-everything-on-the-floor and devour a book kind of read. I highly suggest you read it if you have finished Opal.

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I hope you all enjoyed my “very messy” review. Happy Reading! ~Alaina

 

 

 

 

 

The Social Media Book Tag

Hello everyone! I’m back to bring you all a book tag (FINALLY). I’ve been wanting to do a tag post for a while now but I haven’t been able to find one I like. So, I went on my good ole’ friend YouTube for some help! I scrolled through some of Sasha’s (abookutopia) for some help and I found the PERFECT book tag! The Social Media Book Tag features two of my favorite things…. social media and books. duh. So let’s get straight into this tag!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Twitter: Your Favorite Short Book:

Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone (or Sorcerer’s Stone. Depends where you are from…). I picked up a cheap hardcover copy of the original British version from one of my local thrift stores. I wasn’t actually interested in the series at first but once I read all 223 pages (yes I said 223), I was hooked!! I still need to read everything after Prisoner of Azkaban but believe me, I will get to them in the future!

 

Facebook: A Book Everyone Pressured You To Read:City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

Hmmm… well this one definitely isn’t hard to choose. Soooo many people told me to read City of Bones by Cassandra Clare that I eventually felt pressured to. But, I am so happy that I read it in the end. The book is such an amazing opening to a six book series that is mandatory for all YA lovers. If you haven’t lived the story of Jace and Clary, Magnus Bane, the Lightwoods and Simon Lewis, you are missing out on basically EVERYTHING!! So be sure to go pick up a copy and read it immediately if you haven’t.

 

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)Tumblr: A Book You Read Before It Was Cool:

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. I actually read it two whole years after it came out. I was scrolling through Instagram one time and found some actress talking about some apocalyptic sci-fi movie she was starring in. Turned out, I found the book of the same name the next week when I was at the bookstore! I couldn’t help but grab myself a copy (even though I already had two books in my hands). I didn’t read the book immediately when I got the book. I actually left it for a few weeks but eventually devoured it when I started it. In my opinion, the book didn’t become too popular until the movie released.

Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1)MySpace: A Book You Don’t Remember If You Liked Or Not:

Pretty Little Liars #1. I borrowed this book off of my friend way back at the beginning of 2015. I was really interested in the TV show back then and thought it would be cool to read the books. You could say that these were actually the books that got me into YA. But anyways, I’m really unsure if I liked this book. I remember breezing through the first four books but I didn’t really read books that I full out loved then. I just read for the sake of reading.

 

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)Instagram: A Book That Was So Beautiful You Had To Instagram It:

Well if you didn’t know, I Instagram a LOT of books. I have a bookstagram account where I feature a bunch of bookish pictures. But, if I had to choose a book that is too pretty to not be featured, it would be the paperback of An Ember In The Ashes. I never cared for the original harcover copy of it but once I knew that there was a paperback coming out **with a new cover** I had to get it!! And I love featuring it in as many bookstagram pictures as I can!

 

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)YouTube: A Book You Wish Would Be Turned Into A Movie:

THRONE OF GLASS!!! It needs to become a movie! I know that there are plans in the works to make a TV show based off of Queen Of Shadows (which I think is fantastic), I still want MORE! I want a whole two hour movie featuring Celaena and Chaol and Dorian. And I want sequels that would feature Nehemia and Manon and Lysandra and ROWAN!! This seriously needs to happen and I am not going to live without it. Who else is in favor of a Throne of Glass film series??

 

Obsidian (Lux, #1)Goodreads: A Book You Recommend To Everyone:

Umm I think everyone already knows this one. Isn’t it obvious? Well If you still couldn’t figure it out… I recommend Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout to EVERYONE. I love the book to pieces and I wish that everyone would go and support Jennifer’s works.  Obsidian has the perfect mix of swoon, romance, and ALIENS. Yes, I said aliens. But don’t worry, if aliens isn’t your thing, you should still read it. It really isn’t like aliens at all. It’s more like a paranormal. So definitely check this beautiful book out if you haven’t.

 

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)Skype: A Book With Characters You Wish You Could Talk To Instead Of Just Read About:

Ooooh, this is a tough one. But, I think I would really like to talk to the gang from The Raven Boys. They all look and sound like such cool characters. Each one has distinct characteristics that make them so different but so much the same. And, doesn’t Blue just sound like a person that could be a best friend?? And Gansey is like super hot!! And Adam and Noah and Ronan are all such cool characters that I would want to talk to!

 

Thank you everyone for reading this post! I had a lot of fun with it and I hope to do many more tags in the future! Happy Reading! ~Alaina

 

 

 

Review: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout (basically a rant of how much I loved it…)

Opal (Lux, #3)Information:

Title and Author: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Release Date: December 11, 2012

ISBN: 9781620610091

One Sentence Review: A stellar, riveting and heart wrenchingly amazing installment to the Lux series!

**WARNING: THERE WILL MOST DEFINITELY BE SPOILERS, READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.**

Synopsis:

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger… and they know it.

Rating:

5/5 stars

My Thoughts:

Every book in the Lux series just shouts “pick me up when you’re in a reading slump”. And let me tell you, they can definitely get you out of one! This book was such an exciting, fast-paced novel that I was never left with a dull moment. It was such a lively and fun novel that I couldn’t wait to pick up the next novel.

At the start of this novel, I was so happy that we got to learn a bit more about Dawson. His relationship with Katy was so cute and I loved how they had a brother-sister relationship with each other. Also, can I just say that I would’ve never thought that a Florida native seeing snow for the first time would be so…. amazed? It is one of the prettiest things to be seen but I thought that the author was dramatizing a bit with her reaction. Like come on Katy, you don’t have to go and sit in the freezing snow when you first see it! But aside from that, I actually loved how Jennifer incorporated each season through out the series. It was so cool since most authors don’t describe the weather!

And ugh, my god Will is an idiotic fool. No, actually, a psychopathic idiotic fool. He actually tried to hook up with a lady because the lady’s daughter was dating an alien who could mutate him and save him from dying. Well, He just run into some trouble throughout Opal. HIS PLAN TOTALLY BACKFIRED!!! Katy saved the day once again.

One of my favorite things about this story was how much more we got to know Andrew, Ash, Matthew and my little Luc. Awe that little teenage mafia. Though I still have my crush on Daemon Black (betting y’all already knew that), I can’t help but resist Luc. But, I really loved how much all of the main characters have evolved from the first book. They’ve become more mature throughout the novels which I really loved!

The Writing in this novel was so lively and addicting. Jennifer leaves your face stuck in the book for hours on end. If you are interested in reading this series, definitely start with Obsidian (book #1 in the series). I hope you enjoyed this short but indepth rant about this novel!

Happy Reading!~Alaina