Bookish Survey: Greek Mythology Style!

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Many of you know I’m a quiz-loving person, so for this month I decided to go with a Percy Jackson – themed survey, it being one of my all time favorite series, and Percy being my single most beloved protagonist.

So how does it work? Basically, it’s a survey of sorts, where for the first half, I list down the major gods of Olympus (the Twelve Olympians, and then some), and you answer with the title of a book or the name of a character that relates to the gods’ representation. For the second half, I list down notable characters from the series and you answer with yet another set of titles or characters that comes in congruence with the examples. If you wish to use any of the given PJO and HOO personalities as answers, feel free to do so (I did much the same thing). Instead of just commenting your results below, I’d love to see you create your own post! Feel free to grab the banner if you do so wish. Of course, this activity is not exclusive to fanatics–every book lover is welcome to join in! Even if you don’t want to create your own post, do share some of your picks with me. And in the case that you do, I’d love to see a comment-link to your post on it 😀

If you find this survey too hefty for your liking, feel free to split your posts into two (as per usual), according to the way I divided them below, or choose to do one but not the other. But of course you can always partition it to suit your fancies– remember, this is a free for all!

Before anything else though, you may be wondering where this came from and why I decided to do this. That’s a long story, but I’ll try to explain it coherently. Well, basically…

I got bored. And so it begins.

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Zeus (Jupiter)

God of the Sky and Thunder / King of the Gods

Favorite book (choose your own category!): I don’t think I’ve ever asked this question before, so I’ll go with my Favorite Novella (but of course you don’t have to!) This would have to be Destroy Me (Tahereh Mafi), because I loved Warner’s portrayal in this book and never would have adored Chapter 62 Unravel Me just as much without it. Fracture Me was less than stellar though, and I just wish novellas didn’t necessarily come in e-book format! They’d look cute on the shelves, haha.

Poseidon (Neptune)

God of the Seas and Earthquakes

Book that drowned you in feels: Love Is All You Need (Deb Caletti). This is actually a collection of three different books in one, and the thing is, I loved every single one of them. Love is all I need. Amen.

Hades (Pluto)

God of the Underworld

Favorite book with a dark / ominous plot: Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Laini Taylor). People say that this book is child’s play as compared to Days of Blood and Starlight, but I loved how the author incorporated the idea of angels and demons into the story without making it sound all too cliché (there is simply NO way you can disapprove of Akiva).

Hera (Juno)

Goddess of Marriage and Family

Cutest fictional couple: Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters (The Fault In Our Stars, John Green). I mean, their dialogue is witty, and they entertain each other with venn diagram humor, and one accepts the imperfections of the other, and you just can’t go wrong with any of that. Love this pure could not have been portrayed so effortlessly out of a John Green novel, so I think the book well deserved its widespread reception.

Athena(Minerva)

Goddess of Wisdom, Handicraft and Strategic Warfare

Series with the best world-building: Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling). She built an entire world of literal magic from scratch, and up to now I can’t seem to fathom how she imagined all of it up. Hogwarts alone is an amazing concept, but with so many names, places, and spells to remember, I can hardly even grasp the little details anymore! Needless to say that I loved this series (and their movies!) nonetheless.

Aphrodite (Venus)

Goddess of Love and Beauty

Most beautiful cover on a 2014 release: Infinite (Jodi Meadows). Have you even seen the cover to this one? I mean, it reminds me of colourful birds and masquerade parties, and pretty much anything with a gorgeous façade, and though I haven’t actually read the previous books, I think the cover alone is enough to entice me into doing so (Seriously, LOOK AT THEM).

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Ares (Mars)

God of War and Bloodshed

Most violent book you’ve ever read: A Game of Thrones (George R.R. Martin). I’m not into horror books, at all, though medieval settings do somehow require excessive bloodshed, for some reason. The setting of this book isn’t exactly a place on Earth, although the customs and the costumes are reminiscent of both the dark and chivalrous ages, where of course knights spear through each other like butter, and army soldiers tear one another limb from limb. Good times.

Hephaestus (Vulcan)

God of Blacksmiths and Fire

Scorching hot swoon worthy character: Based on a recent read, I would have to say Galen Forza (The Syrena Legacy, Anna Banks), because of course, you can’t be a mermaid syrena without being a good swimmer, which should of course equate to hunkiness and abs and a protective demeanor and am I allowed to swoon yet?

Artemis (Diana)

Goddess of the Hunt and Virginity

Favorite Kick-Ass Heroine: Juliette Ferrars (Shatter Me, Tahereh Mafi) hands down. I mean, she was abused and an outcast for practically her whole life, and instead of whimpering like a kicked dog in the corner, she chose to fight her inner demons and stand against their faulty government, kicking ass and literally squeezing the life out of her foes with her bare hands (I don’t actually ever recall her ever doing this, but might as well). Rewarding her with Warner’s love would probably a good idea right about now.

Phoebus Apollo (Apollo)

God of Light and Healing

Sequel book that redeemed its series: Unfortunately, it’s hard to come by any of these, and to be honest I don’t quite recall ever having encountered any one of them. So I think I’m going to tweak my answers up a bit and go with The House of Hades (Rick Riordan), because by the end of The Mark of Athena, I was losing hope that all seven of the demigods would survive, and that Leo would ever get himself a love interest (don’t get me wrong though, I am loyal and have loved every single one of these titles).

Hermes (Mercury)

Messenger God of Thieves and Commerce

Book with the best message: The Book Thief (Markus Zusak). I thought that this book was both touching and empowering at the same time, and because it spoke of love for the written word, I guess in that way it also spoke to me.

Hestia (Vesta)

Goddess of the Hearth and Home

Book with the most relatable story: Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell). Haha well what can I say? I’m a cheater. I haven’t read this book to be honest (though I intend to), but I don’t ever recall reading a book I could thoroughly relate to (and if I did, it would probably bore me senseless). Being a fandom hopper myself, however, I do think that Cath and I may find common ground. So if you’re willing to send a copy over, PLEASE PLEASE DO SO.

Demeter (Ceres)

Goddess of Fertility and Agriculture

Favorite bookish setting: I wouldn’t really wish a dystopian community onto myself, though most of the books I love are set in one of them, so I would have to go for Camp-Half Blood, because I love the sense of camaraderie, as well as the welcoming environment, and it’s obviously where I belong (confession bear: I’m a demigod). Oh and, I would really like to know for myself if it’s even possible to flunk out at monster fighting class.

Dionysus (Bacchus)

God of Wine and Celebration

2014 / 2015 release you are most anticipating: Ignite Me (Tahereh Mafi). SQUEEEEEEE it’s out next week!! BE STILL MY HEART. Of course, I’m excited because Chapter 62 all day everyday I do want to know who Juliette ends up with, and how she will manage to stand her ground against the Reestablishment (if my preferences on both counts aren’t fulfilled, shit will be flipped. Kidding, but still. Mafi, pretty please with cherry on top, don’t disappoint).

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Percy Jackson

a brave, spirited natural leader with a sarcastic sense of humor, and a will to save friends and enemies alike

Favorite protagonist: Let’s not stray far from the source, shall we? I think my favorite would have to be Percy Jackson (Heroes of Olympus, Rick Riordan) because he’s both funny and extremely gifted when it comes to making use of his demigod abilities (which are the bomb diggity, by the way), and I can’t exactly think of a heroine who hasn’t annoyed me at least once. So there you have it! And with Logan Lerman’s face attached to his persona, what more is there to ask for?

Annabeth Chase

intellectual genius with a strong mind, brave heart, and a love for architecture

Series / book with the cleverest plot: I was mighty impressed with Cinder(Marissa Meyer), because although the book didn’t incorporate the Disney classic as much as I thought it would, I loved how Cinder’s world clashed with Cinderella’s and how the key elements to the original fairytale were retold in a futuristic setting. And if truth be told, I quite like this heroine much better (and not to mention this Prince <3)

Jason Grace

 has a moderate sense of humor, but a strong sense of honor, justice and compassion, often described as perfect

Book with an epic finale: Clockwork Princess (Cassandra Clare). Nothing beats the way this series concluded in my opinion, and the finale of course was the main reason why it was 2013’s read of the year. I would have done just as well without the epilogue, but suffice it to say that the conclusion pretty much answered all my prayers (and confirmed my suspicion that Cassandra Clare is, indeed, a goddess).

Piper McLean

aggressive and persuasive but down to earth, caring and loving towards Jason, her friends and family

Book with a tempting synopsis (one you haven’t read!): Angelfall (Susan Ee). Riddle me this: how many recommendations should it take for one to give in and pick up a book? Well if you asked me, I’d say not too many, and to be honest, I have received well above enough for me to shit a brick. I have loved the idea of this book since the day I read its first review, so why is it taking me ages to get the job done? Hmm well, ask Fullybooked. Or any other bookstore that NEVER HAS IT IN STOCK (None of my family members own credit cards, because we’re impulsive buyers, which is a shame because they don’t run out online). I heave endless sighs. *siiiigh*

Leo Valdez

good-natured and energetic, funny but intelligent, honest and witty, and is skilled with machines

Book that made you laugh: My Life Next Door (Huntley Fitzpatrick). This wasn’t an easy favorite, though I adored it nonetheless—the Garretts’ crazy antics were hilarious, and I think I literally laughed out loud at more than one point during my read, which of course startled this peaceful household (conveniently in the middle of the night). GEORGE, though! Nothing could be any sweeter, believe me. And it gets a companion (The Boy Most Likely To, 2015)! The good vibes are everywhere.

Hazel Levesque

bright  and outgoing despite an unfortunate childhood, is mature for her age and has a love for horseback riding

Favorite character with a tragic past: I’m not too sure how I’m supposed to define tragic, but by my standards, I think Akiva (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor) fits the bill. He was the epitome of enigma for most of the book, and I loved him exponentially better after unravelling his mystery, and it was magic. And those eyes (I mean duh, I’ve never seen them, but can you even imagine how gorgeous they must be?)

Frank Zhang

somewhat shy, cynical, and clumsy, though he possesses a strong sense of duty, loyalty, and love

Book you loved more than you thought you would: Wither (Lauren DeStefano). I read this book recently, not expecting to like it as much, because after all, the synopsis didn’t quite speak to me (which should explain why it took me this long to read it), but suffice it to say that the book was a pleasant surprise.

Nico di Angelo

grim, solitary, powerful and mysterious, highly unpredictable and selectively affectionate

Most mysterious character you’ve ever encountered: Probably The Darkling (The Grisha, Leigh Bardugo), though almost a page before the big reveal, I totally called the shots regarding his true intentions. I still love him to death, regardless (he is seriously a weakness).

Grover Underwood

cheerful, upbeat and protective satyr who chews on furniture when he gets nervous

Book you won’t read due to warnings against them: Carrier of the Mark (Leigh Fallon). I read a review on this book over at PaperGrey, if I’m not mistaken, and the review was written well enough for me to completely make it a point to steer clear of this book once and for all. If you happened to have liked it, try to convince me otherwise by telling me why!

Clarisse La Rue

arrogant and hot-tempered, but brave, strong and protective of camp

Most annoying character: I hate to say this, because she does remind me of well, myself, but I think America Singer (The Selection, Kiera Cass) is the single most exacerbating heroine I have ever encountered on this bookish journey of a lifetime. I mean, there were two sides to her persona, one clever and the other rash, and unfortunately, she channeled the latter almost ten times as much. I’d like to say that I am rooting for her (because who else is there to root for), but after reading The Elite, I’m not so sure anymore.

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And that’s it for this feature. Now it’s your turn! comment some of your links and your answers to make my day, and join in the fun, because you know you want to 😉

And now a Logan Lerman collage for motivation (this took me 7 hours to upload. How is that even possible).

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See you next time! Hope you have fun 🙂

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Man-Cave Updates + End Of Year Survey

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2013 is almost over, so Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner has decided to host at End of Year Book Survey, hence the reference to this very post. If you haven’t already, make sure to join in the fun and link up, as Jamie will also pick a giveaway winner from the links (Deadline January 10th). And that being said, let’s get the party started!design

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Best Books You Read In 2013

Contemporary: Just One Day (Gayle Forman). This was one of the latter reads, perchance conferring to the overall impact, though I am given license to believe that by far, this was the best of them.

Fantasy: Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Laini Taylor). Only a trifling count of books can manage to leave me speechless, and Akiva this entire book (pshaaaaw), sure did, which probably manifests in the fact that I owe it a coherent review.

Dystopian: Unravel Me (Tahereh Mafi). Gorgeous cover, eloquent writing, a renegade heroine, an electrifying plot, and not one, but two drop-dead gorgeous love interests– what more could I possible ask for? Oh right, IGNITE ME.

Historical Fiction: The Book Thief  (Markus Zusak). This was probably one of the most emotional and touching reads to date, and mercifully enough, the movie version did not disappoint.

Paranormal: Pivot Point (Kasie West). Definitely a page-turner, and I honestly cannot wait for the release of Split Second.

Science Fiction: Clockwork Princess (Cassandra Clare). I’ve justified myself on this particular title one too many times, so perhaps it can explain itself.

New Adult: No One’s Angel (Kelly Walker). I’m still not completely sold to the genre, but this book wasn’t all sex and no sense (which is usually the way it goes for the NA books I encounter, and dismally so), so kudos to Kelly Walker for pushing halfway across the line of repudiation.

Middle Grade: The House of Hades (Rick Riordan). Now I’m cheating because this was the only middle grade book I read for the year (though I seriously loved it).

Book You Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t

When The World Was Flat And We Were In Love (Ingrid Jonach). The premise had promise (ooh wordplay haha), and the ‘world was flat’ theme actually did fall flat (ooh wordplay x2).

Most Surprising (In A Good Way!) Book

The Distance Between Us (Kasie West). The premise was a little insensate on the surface, and Caymen (who even names their child Caymen?!) was honestly a nice surprise in that she wasn’t such a massive pain in the behind. Three cheers to Kasie West for making it work (once again. *cue heavy applause*).

Book You Read That You Recommended To People Most

Eleanor & Park(Rainbow Rowell). I usually don’t recommend titles unless it’s asked for, as I don’t fancy running the risk of recommending a potentially ruinous one. But of course Rainbow Rowell oversteps my boundaries. She did the first time when she crawled smack into my heart and CRUSHED IT (totes in a good way).

Best Series You Discovered

 The Lunar Chronicles (Marissa Meyer). These books don’t actually function in series, but they do work their own magic individually, and I dig it.

Favorite New Author You Discovered

Stephanie Perkins. I, at first, doubted the fact that her books were any good, because the premise sounded like a first world problem I could neither stand nor care about, but AATFK and LATBD both were touching, relatable, and wholly entertaining reads that kept me on the edge of my seat, and till now begging for more.

Best Book That Was Out Of Your Comfort Zone

No One’s Angel (Kelly Walker). I said it before, but I’ll say it again– I’m not a fan by any means of the New Adult genre, but this novel was clean-cut and interesting enough to earn it some respect.

Most Thrilling, Unputdownable Book

Perfect Scoundrels (Ally Carter). I adore this series, and the last book to the Heist Society series was probably the most suspenseful read of them all.

Book You Read That You Are Most Likely To Reread

Shatter Me (Tahereh Mafi). To give me an excuse to reread Unravel Me, but more importantly, to remember the details once Ignite Me hits the shelves (in 41 days SQUEEE!!)

Favorite Cover Of A Book You Read

Nameless (Lili St. Crow). I have this thing for raggedy dresses– they look extra haunting, and twice as romantic, if you ask me!

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Most Memorable Character

Leo Valdez (The Heroes Of Olympus, Rick Riordan). Hands freaking down, you guys! He’s even better than Percy Jackson, and even then by a considerable margin. I’m sorry PJ-natics.

Most Beautifully Written Book Read

The Fault In Our Stars (John Green). You cannot get any better than that, friend.

Book That Had The Greatest Impact On You

Clockwork Princess (Cassandra Clare). I know you guys must be getting tired of me yammering on about how utter;y stupendous this book was (and I also know that some of you happened to have thought this book downright accursed), but despite our differences, the fact remains that Clockwork Princess made me feel all the feels, made me overcome all the fears, and made me cry all the tears. And that says something, friend.

Book You Can’t Believe You Waited Until 2013 To Read

Anna And The French Kiss (Stephanie Perkins). Honestly, I could not get myself to buy the idea of the book despite the recommendations from near and far, and an untold count of allusions to the beautiful Etienne St. Clair, but somehow, curiosity managed to win over, and I am beside myself with joy at the fact that it did.

Favorite Passage / Quote From A Book You Read

I may still be a kid, but this one passage was one that spoke to me of not fearing the day that I stop being one, taken from Before Ever After (Samantha Sotto):

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Shortest And Longest Book You Read

The shortest was probably Two Boys Kissing (David Levithan), which of course was still beautiful despite the funsized exterior, and the longest was of course, A Game of Thrones (George R.R. Martin), which I wouldn’t even finished without the pressure from requiring a catch-up to the TV series adaptation. I do not like feeling left out.

Scene That Had You Dying To Talk To Someone About It

No questions asked, Chapter 62 of Unravel Me (Tahereh Mafi). Nothing can get hotter sexier steamier WARNER!! better than that.

Favorite Relationship

It has to be that between Lola Nolan and Cricket Bell. They didn’t exactly see eye to eye at first, but their relationship was the epitome of growth, acceptance, and the true meaning of falling in love (am I dramatic, yet?)

Favorite Book From An Author You Read Previously

Bloodlines (Richelle Mead). I loved the Vampire Academy series, and thought for a time that there was no way Bloodlines could live up to it, but I stand corrected! And by the way, Adrian Ivashkov is as dapper as ever.

Best Book Based Solely On A Recommendation

Under The Never Sky (Veronica Rossi). But this was because it was recommended to me countless times even before I could give myself a chance to manually seek it out. But either way, I was bound to have read it– love the plot.

Genre You Read The Most From

It’s the year of firsts!! Surprisingly enough, Contemporary YA.

Newest Fictional Crush From A Book You Read

This would have to be from the most recent series read, and thence the answer to this would have to be Akiva from Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Laini Taylor). Those eyes, mahn. Goddamn.

Best 2013 Debut You Read

Eleanor & Park (Rainbow Rowell). She wrote an Adult book ‘est 2011, but she debuted in YA only this year. And I HIGHLY approve, you guys. And it even won a Goodreads 2013 Choice Award! Color me proud ❤

Most Vivid World / Imagery In A Book You Read

Clockwork Angel (Cassandra Clare). I hadn’t read any of her books before, so I must say I was impressed with the way she introduced the Shadowhunter world in this series, and am most definitely willing to invest in The Dark Artifices (and who knows, maybe even in The Mortal Instruments!) to further immerse myself in this phantasmal cosmos.

Book That Was The Most Fun To Read

The Raven Boys (Maggie Stiefvater). This was an adventure within itself, and I cannot wait for the third book in the cycle!

Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry

Every Day (David Levithan). It just tugged at my heartstrings and refused to let go. Like the Titanic, indeed!

Book That You Think Got Overlooked

Ignite (Erica Crouch). This book deserves all the recognition it can muster, and then some. Read it, you guys!! I (almost) guarantee that you’ll like it.

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New Favorite Book Blog

I like a lot of blogs, and don’t usually go about singling any of them out, so I’ll just break it down into categories:

Viewer Interaction: A Bookish Heart. Asti works her own magic on this blog, believe you me! Original content, insightful reviews, bookish games, travelogs of sorts– she is all you could ask for in a book blogger, and then some.

Discussions: PaperGrey. Eve doesn’t post as frequently anymore, but she remains just as awesome, just as snarky, and just as entertaining. 18 years does her well, my friends. Tea Between Books also fits the bill, because let me talk: ‘Let Me Talk’ is totes the bomb diggity.

Design: Fluttereal Flight – Chronicles. Have you seen her blog? It’s gorgeous! Makes me want to stay forever.

Reviews: The Book Addicts Guide. I just love how Brittany breaks it down (yo!) But no, really, her in depth reviews are winners, in my opinion!

TV/Movie reviews: I see a lot of these around the blogosphere, but Ode To Jo and Katniss takes the cake! She’s an amazing writer.

Reading / Blogging Tips: Nose Graze. Ashley does what she does best, and she does it good. Writer of Wrongs reader tips are are also awesomazing– and pure entertainment to boot! No less from Gilly B, folks.

Bloggy Companionship: Of course, this would have to be Books for a Delicate Eternity, because of Chiara (a.k.a. SOUL SISTAHH), who is also amazing in all of the aforementioned, as well as Lillian at For Books And Cake who is as friendly as her blog is cute (no really, you’ll love it– if you don’t already, that is!)

Overall: ALL YOUZ PEEPLES BECAUSE ALAV U

Favorite Review That You Wrote

I don’t really pick favorites when it  comes to my own works, so taking this from a viewer’s point of view, this would have to be either The Selection or Anna And The French Kiss (forgive me, I am poor on them likes).

Best Discussion You Had On Your Blog

Same rules applies, so this would have to be School VS Blogging for Blogger Bites, and Love Triangles for Day of Debate (still poor on likes in both departments though– sorry!).

Most Thought Provoking Review / Discussion On Another Blog

There are a lot of discussions out there that I love, so it would be hard for me to pick just one!  In this case, I’ve decided to choose a blog I haven’t read anything else from, which I just found out about on Jamie’s version of the survey (the original!), and it definitely made me wonder: has book blogging fallen out of fashion?

Best Event That You Participated In

Eh, I don’t go to a lot of events, so I don’t think I can answer this one! But if we take this out of the bookish context, and make it less formal, it’s probably the Harry Potter movie marathon. Otherwise, it’s the Manila International Book Fair, which wasn’t much (apart from all the awesome books I bought from it!!)

Best Moment Of Your Book Blogging / Book Life

Well frankly, I don’t have much of one to begin with, and I always did say that getting to meet every single one of you, albeit online, has been in itself a life changing experience. So in that light, I’d have to go for meeting my soul sister, Chiara, whom I love to talk to through Twitter and Gmail (and whom I shall meet soon, you’ll see!!), and who just sent over some of the best presents I’ve received in my life (some material + the gift of FRIENDSHIP). This would also have to be getting to converse with all of my amazing Twitter buds / Raven Girls (Lillian, the friendliest blogger extraordinare, cute as a button, Sandra, the snarky one, Eve, the other snarky one, plus Sana, who shares my taste in music).

Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog

This is by far my Bookish Survey: Cast A Harry Potter Spell!, of which I have seen countless (and even better) versions, both in blog post and video format which is pretty cool when they all think it’s a stroke of genius. Boredom makes miracles, sometimes (thanks again to everyone who participated!)

Post You Wished Got A Little More Love

Well my surveys definitely get their share of attention, as do my discussions and meme entries, and even my weekly recaps, which generate response to the ‘In My World’ segments, so I’d have to go for pretty much every single review. They take ages to write, and wording is a bitch, and it honestly got more than a little disappointing at times. They’ll always be fun to write though!

Best Bookish Discovery

Goodreads (YES, I just discovered it this year), plus the Fullybooked membership discount card (thing) which is on a level of cool that knows no bounds. Oh, and the fact that book blogs exist.

Completed Reading Challenges / Goals

I didn’t set any (lame I know), but I got past reading 100 books this year, which is a lot considering how utterly busy I am these days.

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One Book You Didn’t Get To But Will Be Top Priority In 2013

I’ve been looking forward to reading Days of Blood and Starlight, but the reviews have been freaking me out to such an extent that I’ve been putting it off, but I have resolved to read it as soon as is possible.

Books You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (Non Debut)

A helluva LOT!! Ignite Me (Tahereh Mafi), Isla And The Happily Ever After (Stephanie Perkins), The One (Kiera Cass), Her Dark Curiosity (Megan Shepherd), To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (Jenny Han), What I Thought Was True (Huntley Fitzpatrick), Split Second (Kasie West), Since You’ve Been Gone (Morgan Matson), The Museum of Intangible Things (Wendy Wunder), We Were Liars (E. Lockhart). Whew, top ten to go!

2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating 

Definitely Side Effects May Vary (Julie Murphy), though I’m not that good at tracking down debut authors, really!

Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating

Ooh, tough one! It’s a toss-up  between Ignite Me (Warndamlette, and every other kick-ass denouement) and The One (Maxpenmerica, and every other lame-ass denouement).

One Thing You Hope To Accomplish In 2014

Well I definitely wish to step up my game and reach 150 books next year (or a few couple hundreds, that depends), and also to try and completely embrace both Contemporary and New Adult genres, as well as finish the series I follow with finale releases come 2014. As for blogging, I just hope to keep it growing and expanding, no matter what pace, as long as I keep meeting new people, and making the old ones happy 🙂

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And that’s it for the survey! But what else is up on Flip That Page? Here’s a short run through of changes and expectations for the coming year:

1. I’ll begin reviewing author requests, and accepting more of them to begin with, so keep them coming if you’re interested. I will NOT however, be reviewing any ARC’s without a request to review any of them. In other words, adios Netgalley. It was a blast while it lasted.

2. I’ll be creating monthly surveys and quizzes for you guys, so there’s that to look forward to! I’ll index all entries to a ‘Fun Stuff’ page sooner or later as well. If you have any suggestions for future themes, please don’t hesitate to email me at flipthatpage(at)gmail(dot)com.

3. Expect background changes over the course of the year, as this is the only real way by which I can customize at the moment. My headers and buttons are pretty fine now, and I’m embracing the color scheme, but I think that the background is overpowering somehow, so I may need to pick a less busy one.

4. Though Day of Debate has been temporarily discontinued, it will return as a regular feature for the next year. Due to the circumstances, however, my brother will not be joining us for the debate, as he has decided to focus full time on his social work and his vocation (sad for the blog, but good for him, which is all that matters, really!) So, instead of holding a debate with him, I’ve decided to hold it with you– I’ll be pitching my side of the argument, and you can comment either a supporting statement or an opposing one. I’ll try to make it as fun as possible, I promise!

5. Recaps shall return every Mondays as per usual, and I still do hope to be manage at least four blog post each week. I’ll also focus more on reviews and discussions rather than on memes and other template posts.

And that’s it for this week (or year!) I hope you liked the post, and if you have any thoughts, comments, or suggestions, do tell 🙂

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The Hunger Games Survey: Panem Favorites

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Many of you know I’m a quiz-loving person, so for this month (and the next, though I will try to come up with a new one before the year ends), I came up with a Hunger Games-based survey, in conjunction with the critically acclaimed movie for the THG sequel, Catching Fire, a blockbuster hit just recently released. 

So how does it work? Basically, it’s a survey of sorts, where for the first half, I list down various regions of Panem (comprised of the Capitol + the 12 known Districts), and you answer with the title of a bookish favorite that relates to the region’s industry. For the second half, I list down notable characters from the series and you answer me with a character favorite that relates to their distinguishing characteristics. If you wish to use any of the given THG personalities as answers, feel free to do so (I did much the same thing). Instead of just commenting your results below, I’d love to see you create your own post! Feel free to grab the banner if you do so wish. Of course, this activity is not exclusive to fanatics–every book lover is welcome to join in! Even if you don’t want to create your own post, do share some of your picks with me. And in the case that you do, I’d love to see a comment-link to your post on it 😀

Before anything else though, you may be wondering where this came from and why I decided to do this. That’s a long story, but I’ll try to explain it coherently. Well, basically…

I got bored. And so it begins.

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District 1

Industry: Luxury Items

Favorite book involving royalty: The Iron King (Julie Kagawa). I loved how this series went! I wasn’t the biggest fan of the plot, but the characters were vibrant and the conclusion was stunning. Ash was still the best part, though.

District 2

Industry: Masonry and Weapons

Favorite book on war: The Book Thief (Markus Zusak). I used to think I wouldn’t appreciate this one because I’m not into books on war, but guess what? I got depressed, and I didn’t feel like doing anything apart from stare at the bedroom ceiling and mentally reprobate myself for being an ingrate–and I loved it.

District 3

Industry: Electronics and Technology

Favorite science fiction book: Cinder (Marissa Meyer). Despite the fact that Cyborgs are over-used (at least in my humble opinion), I still loved how the idea of them was made to contravene with the retelling of a classic, and the raw emotion in this book was overwhelming beyond expression.

District 4

Industry: Fishing

Favorite beach read (however you define one!): Lola and the Boy Next Door (Stephanie Perkins). This book wasn’t exactly set anywhere near a known body of water, although it did seem like the perfect summer read—which in my book, corresponds to a beach read, too!

District 5

Industry: Power

Favorite book involving superhuman / supernatural characters: Vampire Academy (Richelle Mead). Though I am at odds with the fact that this book is soon to become a major motion picture, I do still believe that Vampire Academy is the single most riveting and exciting paranormal read by far.

District 6

Industry: Transportation and Healing

Favorite road-trip / self-discovery book: Amy And Roger’s Epic Detour (Morgan Matson). I haven’t read that many of these, and honestly, this one was the only one I liked even remotely, and I loved how the buildup to Amy and Roger’s relationship progressed in delicious gradation.

District 7

Industry: Lumber and Wood

Favorite book with a wilderness / dystopian setting: Unravel Me (Tahereh Mafi). A heroic protagonist, a gorgeous love interest (or two), a plot of revenge and redemption, a plentiful count of amazing characters, and a unique writing style to capture each heavy emotion. What more could you ask for? Oh right. THE GODDAMNED FINALE.

District 8

Industry: Fabrics and Textiles

Favorite book cover: The One (Kiera Cass). Is it just me, or does America’s gown, in conjunction with her previous cover outfits, complete the color scheme known to comprise the representative flag of the country she was named after (red, blue and white)? Pretty darn clever, if you ask me!

District 9

Industry: Grain

Favorite under-hyped book: Ignite (Erica Crouch). Pen and Azael, you guys. MICHAEL! You do NOT want to miss out on such a stunning title. I cannot tell you enough how much love was in the air after I read it.

District 10

Industry: Livestock

Favorite book involving animals (werewolves and shapeshifters count!): Daughter Of Smoke And Bone (Laini Taylor). I recently reread this one, and am appalled at how little credit I’ve been giving this one since last I tore through the pages. Rekindling a fondness for Akiva was definitely worth the sleepless night.

District 11

Industry: Farming and Agriculture

Favorite fictional setting: Camp Half-Blood from The Heroes of Olympus (Rick Riordan). The sense of support and camaraderie in this place is overwhelming. Monster Fighting lessons aside, there’s little I wouldn’t give to be a part of this world. And to meet the Seven of Prophecy!

District 12

Industry: Coal Mining

Rock solid favorite (from concluded series): Clockwork Princess (Cassandra Clare). This remains my 2013 favorite, and despite the fact that most people seem to the think the conclusion was a little too convenient, I cannot be swayed from the opinion that the book was beautiful beyond comparison.

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Favorite book with a political agenda: Divergent (Veronica Roth). Now I don’t usually go for broke and read books that tackle these heavy issues, and admittedly, I have little interest in public affairs—however, I appreciated the idea of the rift formed by the various faction, and was held in complete fascination by the ruminations of the scheming Erudite. Three cheers for much suspense!

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District 1: Cashmere and Gloss

Favorite fictional siblings: Fred And George Weasley (Harry Potter). I adore this duo! Despite their troublemaking, they know when their help is wanted, especially if one is in dire need of some quick fix humor. Definitely sold to the win action. Oh and by the way, I solemnly swear I am up to no good.

District 2: Cato

Favorite bad-boy character: Aaron Warner (Shatter Me). HOLY GUACAMOLE. You guys, this post has spurred my anticipation for Ignite Me anew. Cannot wait for some more Warner action hopefully in Juliet’s room, clothes free.

District 3: Beetee and Wiress

Favorite genius / geeky character: Cricket Bell (Lola and the Boy Next Door).  A gorgeous love interest and a prodigy to boot. What else is there to ask for? Great sense of humor, loyalty, and a penchant for good fashion? Oh wait, Cricket has those too.

District 4: Finnick Odair

Favorite swoon-worthy hero: Akiva (Daughter of Smoke and Bone). Those eyes, you guys. Those eyes. They could pierce through my soul and tear my heart into smithereens. I swoon and I shall never recover.

District 5: Foxface

Favorite mysterious character: Evan Walker (The 5th Wave). He was the epitome of enigma for most of the book, and even then he managed to crawl straight into my warring heart.

District 6: The Morphlings

Favorite secondary character: Adrian Ivashkov (Vampire Academy). His antics never fail to put a smile on my face, and he is the constant reminder of why I love Mead’s writing this much in the first place. Thank goodness for Bloodlines. An extra Adrian serving is perpetually welcome.

District 7: Johanna Mason

Favorite female character: Blue Sargent (The Raven Cycle). Despite the fact that she seemed to have taken a liking to the wrong Raven Boy, I completely adored her nuances, and her personality in general. I expected her to regress in The Dream Thieves for some reason, and thanks to my lucky stars, she hasn’t. Now if only Adam could stop waging a war with himself too often…

District 11: Rue

Favorite fictional kid: George Garrett (My Life Next Door). In diapers, and already he’s going for marriage proposals. And he’s a smart, trivia-loving kid too! Cutie patootie to the extremes.

District 12: Peeta Mellark and Katniss Everdeen

Favorite fictional couple: Leo Valdez and You Know Who (The Heroes of Olympus). And no, this isn’t about Voldemort. I just wanted to avoid a spoiler alert, at all costs, so if you haven’t read The House of Hades, fear not because I have taken the extra measure! If you have, however… SQUEEEEEE! That particular collection of Leo chapters was by far the best of them in that book. I can’t wait for them to meet once again (and if Leo dies in the process, some serious shit will be flipped. You’re welcome).

The Capitol: President Snow

Favorite villain (to kill): President Snow (The Hunger Games).  I find no need to stray farther from example: President Snow, in my opinion, is the epitome of malevolence and abomination– I feel like sucker-punching him every time he opens his godforsaken mouth. Oh thank goodness for a rebellion spurred. GO EVERLARK!!

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And that’s it for this feature. Now it’s your turn! comment some of your links and your answers to make my day, and join in the fun, because you know you want to 😉

And now a Sam Claflin collage for motivation.

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See you next time! Hope you have fun 🙂

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