A Game of Thrones by George R.R Martin

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

Quickie Review: 3.5 out of 5

I will say the positives first so no one kills me straight away xD it’s GoT so of course it was very interesting to read, it was great getting the extra information that isn’t shown in the TV show. While I knew the first book was pretty much exact to the first season, there were slight differentiations which I enjoyed reading! The writing is easy to read and it’s very easy to get absorbed into the story! This book is intricate with details, massive in history and epic in scope! The book definitely helped me understand things that had confused me in the tv show, and I started to notice theories and subtle hints about things. Also, the books added a lot of extras that a tv show cannot and the POV certainly help understand the characters more and allowed me know what they were thinking.

But… the writing I found was average. It wasn’t a Brandon Sanderson where the writing had that extra umph about it and it definitely wasn’t a Tolkien so it lost some marks there.

Unfortunately, most of the time I never felt the need to read it but I am going to put that completely down to Uni and RL being in the way and therefore stretching my reading time of this book into something crazy like a year and 4 months! Another unfortunate thing is that, it’s only thanks to the TV show that I knew who the hell was who. Honestly, if I had read this book first, I think I would’ve given up pretty soon because the cast and their backstories and relationships would’ve been just too vast for me to comprehend what and who was going on.

A solid book. Cannot wait to carry it on! When that will be… no idea!

Like I said: Epic in scale, but something things did make it stop being so epic in execution.

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Bout of Books 13 Wrap Up

The TBR is here. The week is over!! Let’s see how I did!

Day One

Read: A Game of Thrones
Daily Page Count: 2 [oops xD]
Total Page Count: 2
Finished: 0
Total Books Finished: 0

Day Two

Read: Car Fever
Daily Page Count: 4
Total Page Count: 6
Finished: 0, but Car Fever was lemmed.
Total Books Finished: 0

Day Three

Read: The One, A Game of Thrones
Daily Page Count: 89, 7
Total Page Count: 102
Finished: The One [Review]
Total Books Finished: 1

Day Four

Read: None
Daily Page Count: 0
Total Page Count: 102
Finished: 0
Total Books Finished: 1

Day Five

Read: A Game of Thrones
Daily Page Count: 14
Total Page Count: 116
Finished: 0
Total Books Finished: 1

Day Six

Read: A Game of Thrones, Avengers Arena Issue 3, Issue 4
Daily Page Count: 44, 22, 20
Total Page Count: 202
Finished: Avengers Arena Issue 3 [3 Stars], Issue 4 [3 Stars]
Total Books Finished: 3

Day Seven

Read: A Game of Thrones, The Jungle Book
Daily Page Count: 86, 3
Total Page Count: 291
Finished: A Game of Thrones [FINALLY! Review up this week!]
Total Books Finished: 4

Car FeverThe One (The Selection #3)Avengers Arena #3 by Dennis HopelessAvengers Arena #4 by Dennis HopelessA Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)The Jungle Book

Goals

1. Read as much as I can = I really did try! Silly finals week xD
2. Finish GoT (finally, please!) = I DID IT!! ^_^
3. Finish all my CR = Technically I did! xD
4. Read at least 300 pages = I was 9 pages away! So… success?
5. Read everyday! (< but this was a year goal anyway) = I tried! I missed one day…ONE!

I am very proud of myself!

HOW DID YOU DO? LET ME KNOW BELOW!! … Bring on #RYBSAT!

Top Ten Tuesday #35

ImageThis Week’s Theme: Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books

Ready for LoTR galore? Because that’s what I’m expecting xD I don’t think any of these need explanations really. It’s either it’s clearly obvious why they’re a favourite (either a famous life or an beautifully written line or both) or because they mean a hell of a lot to me or both! xD

1. A Dance with Dragons – George. R.R. Martin

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.

2. Something Like An Autobiography – Akira Kurosawa

There is nothing that says more about its creator than the work itself.

3. The Hobbit –  J.R.R.Tolkien

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.

4. The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R.Tolkien

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.

5. The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R.Tolkien

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

6. The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson

There’s always another secret.

7. Sourcery – Terry Pratchet

“And what would humans be without love?”
RARE, said Death.

8. The Hobbit – J.R.R.Tolkien

The road goes ever on and on.

9. A Song of Ice and Fire – George. R.R. Tolkien

Winter is coming.

10. The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R.Tolkien

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

What do you think? Got any better ones?

Game of Thrones Tag

In celebration of season 5 coming out tonight I thought I’d do this tag!

1. How did you discover the series/book? 

Honestly, I saw the TV show first. I think I saw the first 2 seasons in early 2012 and I was just like ‘eh, I don’t get the hype’ watched season 3 as it aired and again, didn’t feel all that interested in it. Even during the red wedding, I wasn’t shocked and just sat there bored like ‘meh, glad they’re dead’ but for some reason Season 4 hooked me and I’ve since rewatched the previous seasons and started the first book last year and love it. I think it’s because I’m older now and understand politics a lot more and understand that fantasy isn’t always about constant magic and fantastical things.

2. Who is your favourite house apart from the Starks and Lannisters?

I don’t particularly like those two houses nor any other house…. I just have favourite characters like Arya, Tyrion…. Who else is decent …. Haha o dear xD Brienne, The Hound… Jon is…. sometimes cool… But I don’t really have a favourite house. Although House Greyjoy have a squid as their emblem ❤

3. Who is your favourite character from the House of Stark?

Arya. Sansa can go jump out the moon door seriously.

4. Who is your favourite character from the House of Lannister?

Tyrion!

5. Who is your favourite character?

Tyrion definitely.

6. Who is your least favourite character?

Dany (hella boring) and Sansa (hella boring). And Joffrey was always a ****.

7. What are your thoughts about the series/book?

What I’ve read of the books so far… honestly? Not exactly the best written book I’ve read, but the info in it is extensive and it’s definitely interesting to read.

8. If you could be one of the characters who would you be and why?

O jesus…. Who lives in the end? and isn’t raped or thrown into battle nor loses an arm nor dies but then comes back. I wanna be one of that character!

9. What is your favourite episode/season?
Favourite episode… Maybe 4×09 The Watches On The Wall…

10. Who is your Game of Thrones crush?

Hmmm…. Who I find the most attractive… Oberyn xD

11. What are you most looking forward to in the upcoming season/book? 

Dany and Sansa dying. I wait the probs won’t happen -_- besides that… I am seriously looking forward to Arya and Tyrions travels and also if the White Walkers make another appearance! =]

Hope you enjoyed that!

X’Mas BookTube-a-Thon Wrap Up

It’s just passed 12am on the 22nd so that means the first part of this two-part read-a-thon is over! Let us review shall we?

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia, #6) Quidditch Through the Ages

Day One – 19th

Books Read: The Silver Chair by C.S.Lewis
Total Day Pages:
71 pages

Total Pages: 71 pages

Day Two – 20th

Books Read: A Game of Thrones by George R.R Martin
Total Day Pages:
8 pages

Total Pages: 79 pages

Day Three – 21st

Books Read: A Game of Thrones, The Silver Chair, Quidditch Throught the Ages ‘by’ Kennilworthy Whisp
Total Day Pages:
5, 47, 5 = 57

Total Pages: 136 pages

Challenges

1) Read a book with red and green on the cover? I started reading one…
2) Read a book you really wanted to read this year! Didn’t get to it =[
3) Read a book that was gifted to you! Didn’t get to this either =/
4) Read 3 books! Hell no, fair didn’t complete this one!

Not completely challenges doesn’t bother me when the read-a-thon is this relaxed, unless it’s an actual personal goal of mine…Now to really get this Cram-a-Thon going!

Who took part? How did you do? Link me to your progress below or comment!

November Wrap Up and December TBR!

Well I failed in both reading and writing this past month but today is a new month so let us move on shall we?

Wrap Up

The Paper Magician – 5% read (enjoyed the chapter or so that I’ve read so far!)
A Game of Thrones – 4% read, taking it to a total of 48% read (I am getting there and I do love what I’m reading, just uni getting in the way).
Mockingjay – 140/455 read (re-read for me so nothing I need to rush to read, especially as I don’t plan to see the film in cinema).
Warm Bodies by Issac Marion – I also managed to watched the film! It was a pile of pap =/ and the girl looked like Kirsten Stewart which I did not like >o<

Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1)

TBR

A lot of people are doing a ‘End of Year TBR’ making crazy goals but I so am not doing that.. although I still have a crazy list; very similar to the Top 10 I did last week(?)

Sourcery (Discworld, #5) The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia, #4) The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia, #7) Beauty Never Dies (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #3) A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy, #1)

Quite a few but 5 of them are 260 pages or less and I’m already half way through GoT so that’s only 400 pages left and about 300 pages of MockingJay left, so fingers crossed! I also posted my Year-a-Thon TBR yesterday so don’t forget they’ll most likely be in my wrap up also! ^_^

Another mention! There is a #HarryXMasToYou going on between twitter and booktube which is for Christmas they are doing read-a-longs and read-a-thons for the HP books as well as watch-a-thons/longs for the movies! So definitely get involved! I hopefully will be too, at least in the movie sense! =]

That is all for now so… HAPPY/MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Already?! I know! I’m so excited already! xD

#FridayReads and Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon!

I managed to finish a book earlier this week yay! But on the down side, I’m 4 books behind on my GoodReads Goal =[ luckily I’ve gotten all my work done early this week and am actually in a reading mood so; let’s hope for progress! What I’m currently reading and focusing on is:

Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1)

Also, tomorrow is Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon! and as already mentioned, I’m luckily in a reading mood. Seen as Warm Bodies is an easy book to read and the text is fairly big, that should be finished tonight/early tomorrow so then I want to read:

The House of the Four Winds (One Dozen Daughters, #1)

(I’m really not in the mood for supernatural/zombie stuff, so I’m not going to read my other ‘Halloween’-esque book just now) And also getting through some more of GoT never hurt anyone, except the characters xD

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

Have a great weekend!!