Mocking.

I turn and put my lips close to Peeta’s and drop my eyelids in imitation… “He offered me sugar and wanted to know all my secrets,” I say in my best seductive voice.

~Catching Fire by: Suzanne Collins

Protection.

“You’re still trying to protect me. Real or not real,” he whispers.

“Real,” I answer. “Because that’s what you and I do, protect each other.”

Mockingjay by: Suzanne Collins

Rebellious.

The bird, the pin, the song, the berries, the watch, the cracker, the dress that burst into flames. I am the mockingjay. The one that survived despite the Capitol’s plans. The symbol of the rebellion.

~Catching Fire by: Suzanne Collins

Hold On.

It’s a long shot, it’s suicide maybe, but I do the only thing I can think of. I lean in and kiss Peeta full on the mouth. His whole body starts shuddering, but I keep my lips pressed to his until I have to come up for air. My hands slide up his wrists to clasp his. “Don’t let him take you from me.”

Peeta’s panting hard as he fights the nightmares raging his head. “No. I don’t want to. . .”

I clench his hands to the point of pain. “Stay with me.”

His pupils contract to pinpoints, dilate again rapidly, and then return to something resembling normalcy. “Always,” he murmurs.

~Mockingjay by: Suzanne Collins

Top 10: Books That Make You Cry

It is no secret that I cry in the majority of the books I read. What can I say? I get emotionally attached to these characters! Not to mention when Authors take you completely off guard. I’ve been awful at my Top Ten lists lately, so hopefully I’m back on track. Thanks to The Broke and The Bookish for hosting each week!

The Majority of these had me lying in my bed bawling my eyes out at the end, quite possibly 7/10. While a couple may have just had parts that were extremely sad followed by extremely happy. Moral of the story, these will give you an emotional roller coaster, with the highest highs and the lowest of lows. You’ve been warned. :)

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1. Before I Fall by: Lauren Oliver Lets just say Oliver breaks your heart and then rewinds the day so it doesn’t happen, and then repeats the process. But this book is amazing regardless of the heart breaking!

2. Abandon by: Elana Johnson Well, be prepared, I just have to think of this ending and I get emotional!!

3. TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY by: Jay Asher This whole book had me crying but it is incredibly unique and one of my all time favorite books.

4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by: J.K. Rowling Just throwing it out there, I have cried in multiple books in this series. Order of the Phoenix gets me every time though.

5. The Fault in Our Stars by: John Green I think this is self explanatory. Keep a box of tissues nearby.

6. The Last Song by: Nicholas Sparks This caught me completely off guard. Not to mention the fact it was my first Nicholas Sparks Experience, so I did not know he tries to shatter your heart into smithereens and then glue it back together soon after.

7. Mockingjay by: Suzanne Collins Although I adore this book, I shed my share of tears over it. I also had to go back and read spots because I didn’t quite comprehend what had happened.  My brain/heart were in denial.

8. Everafter by: Elizabeth Chandler This is one where I forget how it ended, until I remember and fall into instant depression. I was both angry and upset when finishing this series. I didn’t know which had more of an effect though.

9. Allegiant by: Veronica Roth I read this, and after finishing I stared at the pages and cried and cried and cried.

10. Just Listen by: Sarah Dessen “Don’t think or judge. Just listen.” And then the tears fall, this story definitely pulls at your heart strings.

Survival of the Fittest.

“If I could grow wings, I could fly. Only people can’t grow wings,” he say’s. “Real or not real?”
“Real,” I say. “But people don’t need wings to survive.”
“Mockingjays do.”

~Mockingjay by: Suzanne Collins

Sugar.

“What did Finnick Odair want?” he asks.
I turn and put my lips close to Peeta’s and drop my eyelids in imitation of Finnick. “He offered me sugar and wanted to know all my secrets,” I say in my best seductive voice.
Peeta laughs. “Ugh. Not really.”
“Really,” I say. “I’ll tell you more when my skin stops crawling.”

~Catching Fire by: Suzanne Collins

Top 10: Best/Worst Series Enders

This weeks topic is Best and Worst Series Enders. Well I didn’t have any that I thought were THE WORST, so these are my Not The Best because they weren’t fabulous but I wouldn’t go so far as to call them awful. But as it is, I am waiting on the conclusions of a few other series (i.e. Allegiant & Champion). So I came up with my Top 8, these weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. They have a great blog with all things bookish. Here is my list, what are your favorite and least favorite series endings?

BEST

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by: J.K. Rowling This book is flawless. Really. If someone argues otherwise, I may or may not deem them crazy. Just saying. :) Although I was hoping for Malfoy and Harry to have a moment where they shake hands or hug or something. I do realize this is slightly unrealistic, but a girl can dream.

Abandon by: Elana Johnson First off, it is quite possible that I ended this series bawling. And I am not exaggerating. Whenever I think about this book I just remember Elana Johnson smashing my heart to pieces. But all in all it was great!

Requiem by: Lauren Oliver Has everyone seen Les Mis? When I finished this book I kept thinking of the scene at the end with all the characters singing and tearing down the barricades. “When the beating of your heart echoes the beating of the drum…” Exactly how I pictured the end of Requiem. A lot of people are bitter about the ending, but Lauren Oliver is such an amazing writer that I could not say a bad thing about it.

Mockingjay by: Suzanne Collins This is another controversial finale to a series, but as always I adored the ending. I thought everything fell into place perfectly. And the ending lines still give me chills. Well Done.

NOT THE BEST

Breaking Dawn by: Stephenie Meyer I had a really hard time finishing this one, and once I did I thought, “That was it?”. Seriously that large of a book leading up to this major battle, and surprise nothing happened. I was extremely disappointed..

The Death Cure by: James Dashner I didn’t particularly hate this ending, but I kept thinking that James Dashner just kept twisting the knife after he stabbed you. Basically, always keep your eyes open while reading his books. Otherwise, he’ll get you as soon as you let your guard down.

Reached by: Ally Condie I loved this series. Reached has some of my favorite quotes in it because it has some incredible writing. It was a bit slow on some parts and I didn’t think it needed to be as long as it was. Thus it landed on my Not The Best List instead of the Best.

Everafter by: Elizabeth Chandler Bottom Line is I adored the ending when I thought this series was just a trilogy. Then Elizabeth Chandler extended it three more books and it was very drawn out in my opinion. I found myself thinking, “Where else can she take this?” Which is usually not the reaction I normally want when reading. It ended in quite the shocking way, but it could have ended a few books ago…Not to mention the fact that she got me crying again. Don’t judge, I usually end up crying at some point. :)

Reminders.

You’re a painter. You’re a baker. You like to sleep with the windows open. You never take sugar in your tea. And you always double-knot your shoelaces.

~Mockingjay by: Suzanne Collins

Top 10: Best Sequels EVER.

The Broke and The Bookish host Top Ten Tuesdays and our typic this week is Best Sequels Ever. :)  As I’ve mentioned before Book 2 is usually my favorite in the series, so don’t be too surprised if there are a few on my list!  So these are my favorites, enjoy!


1. Catching Fire by: Suzanne Collins

2. Pandemonium by: Lauren Oliver

3. Insurgent by: Veronica Roth

4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by: J.K. Rowling

5. Surrender by: Elana Johnson

6. Reached by: Ally Condie

7. Prodigy by: Marie Lu

8. Requiem by: Lauren Oliver

9. Mockingjay by: Suzanne Collins

10. Eclipse by: Stephenie Meyer