#ThrowbackThursday Reader Edition

 

Hello all! So today, I want to do something fun. AND I want you to do it too. So every once in awhile, I want to do throwback Thursdays. Today, I’m going to talk about when I started reading and everything I remember about those first years of reading. I want you to share your stories too! I don’t plan on doing these every Thursday, but I think It’ll be fun to share some of my book-related past every once in awhile.

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Okay, so when I was a little tike (like Preschool years), my mom decided she wanted to teach me how to read. I like to say she was just annoyed with my energetic self, but I don’t think it was just that. The business was probably starting to kick off and she needed to distract me with something.

I went to Preschool for three years as well, because I was too young to move on the first two years (no, I wasn’t dumb…lol). But I loved to read right away. My mom used forms of bribery to make me a good reader. Bribery means she actually paid me for reading books. Here’s the catch though: I had to read the entire book out loud and get every single word right, which would take many tries. In return, I’d get a quarter. To little me, that was A LOT of money.

I specifically remember one book that I read because I had to read it so so many times before I got all the words right. It was a book about buttons. I even remember the cover. It was pretty memorable!

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I made these Ipad stands by the way…I’m pretty proud of them!

We also had these bigger story books that I always wanted to read when I was little. My mom said she’d give me $1 for those, so I had the goal to read them….buuttt I never read them. That was too daunting for me!

So from there, I became a reader. We are all a certain breed. We read big books at a young age and always have a book in our hand. People called me a readaholic because I was always reading. I took it as a compliment.

In Elementary and Middle school, we had to get AR points. Everytime we read a book, we had to take a quiz and passing the quiz would give us so many points. There was a requirement for how many we needed, but I always surpassed it…by a lot. I even have certificates that says I had the new record for the number of AR points that was ever given. I’m pretty proud of that, folks.

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Book in picture: Gone With the Wind…this is one of my Senior pictures from High School

Oh…the good ol’ days. When I could “go to bed” at 7 pm just to start a book and try to finish it in the same night (this did happen quite often). When I would get grounded from reading for not doing my chores. When I would have that constant excitement that a good book brought on. This excitement still exists, but it isn’t as real as it was when I was a kid. I miss that.

Reading has been one of my favorite hobbies for my entire life. Going to the school library was always my favorite part of the day, and I’d leave with 8-10 books each time. I had so much fun finding new worlds to dive into. I devoured the words and learned so many new ones each time I read a new book.

I was that kid who got a pocket dictionary at age 12 (somewhere around there) and was elated about receiving it. I remember skipping into the office when my mom said it came in the mail. My cousin came to visit and told me to look up “studious.” I still remember what it means to this day. It was the first word I looked up in that dictionary, after all! I carried it around with me and everytime I found a word I didn’t know, I’d look it up in my handy dandy pocket dictionary. I know, I’m a major nerd, but that makes me happy.

So, what’s your story??? Share it with the reading community, especially with me! I want to know those nerdy confessions! Share your posts with me and I’ll be sure to read them. And on another note, I want to say thank you to you all for liking, commenting, following, and simply making my day.

-Much Love, Jamie

Book Review: War of Rain

I finally finished another book! Woo!! Which means I get to write a book review, where I will basically ramble about the book endlessly…with lots of spoilers. Don’t worry, I’ll warn you before the spoilers come! Now, onto the good stuff.

Number of Stars: 5

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Purchase this book here.

Synopsis (taken from Goodreads):

“Fifteen year-old Miri lives in a desert village called Boreala, which competes with the city of Stratos for Rain – the equivalent of Holy Water. During a confrontation while gathering Rain, Miri accidentally kills a citizen of Stratos, and unintentionally starts a heinous war. Now it is up to her to find the God of Rain, Kalono, and ask Him for an invention that can bring both peace and war before Boreala is destroyed.”

Non-spoilery part:

Alright, so to be completely honest, I thought I was going to give this book a bad review. It was set up into three different parts and the first part just didn’t give me the “I want more” feeling. Some parts seemed to have more description than I’d like and I’d get a tad bored, but part two changed the game! It got so good from the moment part two started.

War of Rain is a different type of dystopian book than the ones I’ve read. When I think about dystopian, I think about super advanced technologies that I couldn’t even ever imagine, but War of Rain is the complete opposite! Humankind was almost extinguished when Earth started to turn into a barren wasteland. A lot of people died and only a small amount were left to repopulate and regain the technology that was lost.

Overall, I loved this book! It had a slow start, but from there, it just kept getting better and better. If you enjoy lots of description when a book starts, you will probably enjoy the entire book quite a lot! I was in a bit of a reading rut when I started this one so it took a bit for me to really get into it.

Spoilery part:

Miri is a murderer. Well, that’s what her people call her (however, she calls herself that, too), anyway. She killed a member of another village, Stratos. Tensions had already existed between Stratos and the other villages, including Miri’s village, so when Miri kills the member of Stratos, it starts a war.

When the barbarians of Stratos (that’s what they call themselves) come to Miri’s village, they take Miri. She is thrown down into a large flat plain area, which is surrounded by tall walls of sand and dirt. Climbing out is impossible.

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When things started to go wrong on Earth, animals had to change and adapt to stay alive. Crows became huge and dangerous. The giant crow that is constantly causing the villages trouble starts to attack Miri while she is stuck in the plain area, but she manages to escape with Philippe’s help. Philippe was an inventor for the barbarians who refused to kill a woman, so the barbarians decided to punish him by keeping him in the plain.

Miri gets this crazy escape plan to ride on the crow’s back to go back to her village….annnddd they actually succeed. In the process, she kills a bunch of the barbarians, but that’s no big deal. She kind of seemed murder-crazed during that part, and I don’t know how she managed to successfully kill so many of the big, burly men, but it happened.

Then, Exodus, the big, bad barbarian in charge, tells Miri that she can save her people if she goes to Kalona to ask him for an invention that will bring both peace and war to all the villages.

When Miri goes to complete this task (which she only had TWO DAYS to complete….ugh, why?), she finds a city (not small enough to be considered a village) called Tropos. While in Tropos, she meets so many people, learns to read, learns to write, and learns all the subjects possible.

During her time in Tropos, she tries to figure out what the invention is supposed to be. I never would’ve guessed what it was, but after I found out, it was so obvious! Like, duh! Oh, wait, did I say what it was yet? Oh, silly me! It was knowledge! Miri wrote everything down that she learned in Tropos in one book, and drew pictures in another book.

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By this point, it has been over a year (so much for the two day deadline), and she hopes and prays that the barbarians didn’t follow through with their plan. The barbarians were notorious for lying, so she wasn’t just being naïve.

When she goes to find her city, it’s gone, along with all of the other nearby villages. She finds a few of the villagers hiding out in a cave. AND PHILEPPE IS THERE! *insert major heart eyes here* There was romance, guys…this book was a winner!

So using the books written by Miri, they build catapults and trubuchets (told ya they lost all technology) to attack the city of Stratos. The barbarians had taken the villagers as hostages to melt Rain. Rain can only be melted through prayer, and barbarians cannot pray. The villagers on the other hand, CAN pray.

Miri and the remaining free villagers, attack Stratos. They don’t win without a miracle….literally. With Kalona’s help, they defeat Stratos.

The most depressing part during the battle was when Phileppe died. Not even kidding….I had tears in my eyes. Miri saw it happen and it was BRUTAL. BUT when Kalona washes everyone with water, Phileppe is basically brought back to life. Along with this, everyone’s wounds are healed. Needless to say, I was happy.

After the battle, the villagers live in peace and begin to rebuild their once-destroyed villages. And they all live happily ever after. Haha! A happy ending is always a great ending!

So, basically, I really enjoyed this book! It isn’t something I’d normally pick up, but I am so glad I did! I definitely recommend to you all! I hope you all enjoyed reading. Have a great rest of the day!

-Jamie

Coloring Book Review: Pop Manga Coloring Book

 

I did receive this book at no cost, but all opinions are my own!       

Guys!!! I’m so excited to show you this coloring book that I received from Blogging For Books. Y’all should join that if you haven’t already. This coloring book is probably my favorite of the ones I own. I haven’t gotten a chance to color in it yet (so sad, I know), but it is so beautiful.

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One of the things I love about this coloring book is the fact that you can color the entire thing!! The cover, the back cover, the dust cover (both the inside AND the outside…like, what??). So exciting, yet kinda scary. I just don’t wanna ruin its beauty!

Now, instead of sitting here and gushing about this coloring book for the next who knows how long, I’m going to let the pictures speak for themselves! I wanted to give you all a peak of what the inside of this beautiful coloring book looks like

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You can find more by Camilla d’Errico here. (http://camilladerrico.com/) She is such an incredible artist! That is very clear to see from the Pop Manga coloring book I received.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

-Jamie

The Pros and Cons of Lending Out Books

 

Hello wonderful human beings! I hope everyone is having a fantastic week! I’ve been pretty energetic, unlike the past two weeks. I would just sit around at night, too tired to do much. But I have gotten so much accomplished so far this week. I’ve done lots of cleaning, but not enough reading. Hopefully I can get back into my book soon!

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Now, onto today’s post. I wanted to write another discussion-type post all about the pros and cons of lending out books. There are bad things that can happen when someone else has possession of your book, but great things can result from giving someone one of your treasured babies…erm, books.

The Pros:

  1. The person might take amazing care of your book, making them your new best friend. Okay, okay…maybe not best friend, but hey, you have to keep people like that around!
  2. The person may love that book you lent them, giving you someone to talk to about that book. I love lending out my favorite books because then I can talk to the other person about the book. Book talks are the best talks!
  3. It is so fun to have someone “shop” for a book in my library. I get so giddy and end up handing every single book to the person until they seem uncomfortable or bored.
  4. Sharing your interests! Maybe someone you’ve lent a book to will lend you a book in return!

 

The Cons:

  1. The book might come back damaged. Enough said.
  2. This goes along with #1, but someone might get food or other substances on the pages of the book. Get the food AWAY from the book. Please and thank you!
  3. The book could get lost. IF SOMEONE WOULD LOSE MY BOOK I WOULD MAKE THEM BUY ME A NEW ONE! I should really make a contract about these things.
  4. The book could get passed onto more people without you giving the okay. I would definitely NOT be ok with this. I have to make sure that the people who receive my books are respectable and responsible human beings.
  5. The moment that book leaves your possession, you may want to read it.
  6. The person might hate the book. I, myself, share books that I love with my friends and I kind of feel bad when they don’t like it. I wanted them to enjoy the book, but instead, they had to force themselves through it. That is not acceptable! So how do I fix this problem? WELL…if they took care of the book…I’ll give them a different book, obviously.
  7. Lending out a book is STRESSFUL! I will worry about who has my books and what they are doing with it. My books are so important to me and it takes courage to let people take them off of the safety of my bookshelf.

 

I hope you all enjoyed this short post. I am actually starting to get super tired as I write this (and it is only 9 pm), so I had Joshua Charles help me out (he came up with almost half of these). Words of Josh: “People are going to think I’m a bookworm, but I’m not. I’ve just been with [you] long enough to know to keep my paws off your books.” Haha!

It was very hard to come up with pros, but pretty easy to come up with cons. Clearly, I’m pretty hesitant about lending out my books! Are there any other pros or cons that you guys can think of? Are you hesitant about lending out books? Do you lend out books often? Have you made any friends from lending out your favorite books?

-Jamie

August Wrap-Up

Hey guys! This was supposed to be up on Thursday, but I got a surprise visit.🙂 My boyfriend came and I didn’t once think about my blog because I was just spending time him! We see each other every weekend, but we still miss each other like crazy. Last week was also kind of rough at work, so he wanted to come and make my week better, which he did. I’ve got myself a keeper! Now, onto the post that was written last week…

Is August already over?? This month honestly flew by. A lot changed in my life, as well. I started my first co-op (aka internship) and moved in with my brother. It was a pretty easy adjustment, but I am so tired all of the time. That is also why I’ve been kind of absent in the blogging community. Yeah, I’ve been posting regularly, but I haven’t had much time to read other blogs. Sorry about that! I read some every now and then when I get the chance!

On another note, I hit 20 blog followers! Such a small milestone, but I am still so excited! Thanks to all of you who read A Little Slice of Jamie. I truly appreciate each and every one of you!

What I wanted to read…

Clockwork Prince

Clockwork Princess

City of Fallen Angels

City of Lost Souls

City of Heavenly Fire

I know, I know…that is A LOT to read in one month, considering how large all of these books are. (Spoiler alert: I wasn’t very successful.)

What I actually read…

Clockwork Prince; 5 stars

Clockwork Princess; 5 stars (this book was so amazing)

Banded; 2.5 stars

I strayed from my tbr because I just felt like I needed a break from the shadowhunter world. I have read a little of City of Fallen Angels, but haven’t had a chance to really sit down and read it. Clockwork Princess was an emotional rollercoaster and I just wanted to read something different. Banded wasn’t as good as I’d hoped it would be. It was very similar to Divergent and the writing style just wasn’t my thing. BUT…it is free for Amazon Kindle if you want to give it a try!

Blog posts I wrote…

Book Sacrifice Tag

Book Blogger Insider Tag

Book Blogger Insider Tag

Review and Ramblings: Clockwork Prince

Clockwork Prince Book Review

Review and Ramblings: Clockwork Princess

Clockwork Princess

Book Fog

Book Fog

Book Haul #1

Beauty and the Beast Book Tag

I am quite proud of writing so many posts this month! If there are any topics you guys want to see me write about, then let me know!

On the ‘gram…

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Those are just a few of my favorites from August! If you want to see more, you can follow my bookstagram here. I have been an awful bookstagrammer lately. I need to have another photoshoot!

Next month’s reading goals…

I’d love to make it through City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, and City of Heavenly Fire; however, I do believe I’ll be reading War of Rain as well. I probably won’t make it through all of those, but I sure will try!

 

What did you all read this month? What do you hope to read next month?

-Jamie

Book Sacrifice Tag

It’s another tag! I was tagged by the wonderful Jasmine @ How Useful It Is. Go check out her blog; she is so nice and one of the people who have made me very welcome in the book blogging community! Thanks for tagging me🙂

  1. An Over-Hyped Book:

You’re in a store when the zombie apocalypse hits. The military informs everyone that over-hyped books are the zombies only weakness. What book that everyone else says is amazing but you disliked do you start chucking at the zombies?

I am gonna have to say The Fault in Our Stars. Truthfully, I did enjoy the book, but I didn’t find it AMAZING like everyone seemed to. I knew what was going to happen so I didn’t get too attached to the characters. This is one book I’d like to reread and give a second chance!

 

  1. A Sequel:

Situation: torrential downpour. What sequel are you willing to use as an umbrella to protect yourself?

Probably Crossed from the Matched trilogy. I loved this series, but the second book was kind of blah. It kind of felt like a cat and mouse game between Cass and Ky. It was really hard to pick a sequel for this question, but Crossed is the only one I can think of.

 

  1. A Classic:

Situation: You’re in English class and your professor raves about a Classic that “transcends time”. If given the opportunity to travel back in time, which Classic would you try to stop from ever publishing?

I guess Sense and Sensability or Pride and Prejudice?? I don’t even feel like I can make an honest pick for this one. I wasn’t a huge fan of either of those, but I also don’t think I was old enough to appreciate them. Eventually, I hope to reread them both because I don’t even really remember what happened in either of them! (Side note: My favorite classic of all time is Gone With the Wind, so go read it!!)

 

 

  1. A Least Favourite Book:

Situation: apparently global warming = suddenly frozen wasteland. Your only hope of survival for warmth is to burn a book. Which book will you not regret lighting?

Um….First of all, I would NEVER burn a book. But if I must pick a book, I am going to say Starfire Angels. It was a free ebook I downloaded for Kindle (haha it isn’t even a physical book but I’m going to pretend it was a physical book). It was absolutely awful. There were a ton of grammar mistakes and those irritate me to no end (if I have some in my posts, I’m sorry, I don’t do a lot of proofreading lol). Other than that, the characters were just annoying and the plot was completely unmemorable.

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I tag all of these wonderful individuals:

Melissa @ Nerd in New York

Book Nerd Momo

Drizzle & Hurricane Books

Read Sleep Fangirl

Gossamer Pages

I need more blogs to follow so I have new people to tag, so everyone leave their favorite book blog down below! What’s everyone reading at the moment??

-Jamie

Book Blogger Insider Tag

Hello everybody! Soooo…I made a tag! I am not sure if there is one like this, but let me know if there is. Feel free to do this tag yourself if you aren’t tagged.🙂

Rules:

  1. Answer the questions below
  2. Credit the creator: Jamie @ A Little Slice of Jamie
  3. Tag at least 5 people
  4. Have fun!

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  1. Where do you typically write your blog posts?

Anywhere, honestly! I have written some at my boyfriend’s house, some on the couch, some in my bed, some on my desk. I can write anywhere as long as I am focused!

  1. How long does it generally take you to write a book review?

About 1- 1 ½ hours. Sometimes longer if I have a lot to say, or if I cannot think of what to say…which actually did happen for my first book review, Asylum. I didn’t know what to talk about, but I am slowly trying to figure out my voice.

  1. When did you start your book blog?

In May of 2016, so 3 months ago! It has been one of the best decisions I have ever made! I love talking about books and being a part of an amazing community!

  1. What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

Sometimes, I feel like it is taking away from my reading time. When I am really into a book, I don’t always want to stop reading it to write a blog post (blah).

  1. What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

I get a chance to write about something I truly love, books! Writing has always been a hobby of mine, but I just didn’t have anything in particular to write about. Now, I do, and it is so fun!

  1. What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?

Definitely my Clockwork Angel review! I basically rambled sporadically about the book, but I needed to get my thoughts out.

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  1. What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

I love writing anything book related, but discussing books is one of my favorite things to do. I will go with book reviews because they can be so fun to write. They even encourage me to read more because I want to write more reviews for y’all.

  1. When do you typically write?

At night! I have written every one of my blog posts at night (I think).

  1. Do you review every book you read?

Since starting this blog, I have. If I start to read more books closer together, I might not do that anymore, but for now, I will be reviewing every book I read!

  1. How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby?

When I write, I have Netflix on half of my screen, and Microsoft Word on the other half. I usually rewatch tv shows that I love, like Switched at Birth, because then I don’t have to completely focus on what is playing. It is moreso background noise for me! I can’t work in silence!

  1. When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after finishing the book?

I like to write my reviews right after finishing each book so that everything is fresh in my mind. I don’t want to mix up a new read with what I just read!

  1. How often do you post?

Twice a week! Tuesdays and Thursdays!

Thank you to everyone who has read this! And I hope you come back to A Little Slice of Jamie. It’s a fun time here! What are you all currently reading? Favorite books that you’ve read this summer?

Jamie

I tag:

Jasmine @ How Useful It Is

Melissa @ BookNerdMemo

Gretchen @ Chic Nerd Reads

Eleanor @ Real Tasty Pages

Eevee Loves Books