Book Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

islaTitle: Isla and the Happily Ever After

Series: Anna and the French Kiss, #3

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Summary: Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

Review:

Hello, all!  I feel like it’s been a million years!  But, I’m happy to be back with a new review, my first review of the year!  This is actually the first book that I’ve finished this year (aside from rereading The Perks of Being a Wallflower).  I’m also reading this other book called The Physics of Immortality, but that isn’t exactly a book for “light reading.”

Isla and the Happily Ever After has been sitting on my shelves since August, even though I already knew I’d love it.  Stephanie Perkins’ books are perfection on paper.  The third and final book in this trilogy focuses on Isla and Josh, who was a prominent character in Anna and the French Kiss.  He definitely had a bigger role to play in this book.

In Isla, we got to see a lot of Josh that I don’t remember seeing in the first book.  We also get to know about who he is in general a lot more, since he’s one of the main characters.  He was so sweet and perfect and ugh.  *Mentally adds him to my never-ending list of book boyfriends*

Isla was… meh.  She got really annoying toward the end of the book.  I felt there was a lot of unnecessary drama that she created.  I could kind of relate to her, though.  I’m not really sure how to feel about her.  Again, meh.

I LOVED Kurt.  I was sad to see that Anna kind of pushed him aside once Josh came into the picture.  I’m glad Kurt was able to find the Right Way (*nudge nudge, wink wink*), though.  I just wish that Isla had made more friends instead of focusing all of her attention on Josh only.

This book was so exciting, though.  I read it in two sittings, and I don’t know why I had the motivation to pick it up, considering I haven’t done something like that in a long time.  I feel so spontaneous xD

Of course, we had cameos from Anna, St. Clair, Lola, and Cricket, which was amazing.  Unfortunately, they were talked about more than they actually were there.

5/5 stars to this beauty!  I love, love, loved this book.  I only had a few problems with it, but I’m letting them slide.  Overall, this series was fantastic.  I think Anna was my favorite, then Isla, then Lola.

What did you think of this series?  Are you thinking about picking it up?  Let me know!

TBR Tag!

Hey, guys :D The lovely Nirvana @ Nirvana’s Pocketful tagged me to do this tag forever ago, and I literally have a list beside me of all of the posts I need to write xD Anyway… better late than never, right?  Let’s get started.

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

When I was a newbie (around June of 2012), I would make lists of series that I wanted to check out, but then I joined Goodreads and just started keeping track of my TBR digitally.  I’m a list person (see intro XD), so I would literally end up with a billion lists that had just… accumulated.  But they were pretty much lists of the same books.  For some reason, I felt the need to have multiple copies of these lists xD

Is your TBR mostly print books or e-books?

Definitely physical copies.  I don’t read e-books well, and there are only a few that I’ve actually successfully finished.  For some reason, reading off a device bores me!

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

Uhh… heh.  I kind of panic about it for a couple days because I’m a really indecisive person.  And then I made my TBR wine glass for the unread books I actually own, but I kept forgetting to update it every time I bought a new book… so, uh, I really don’t know how I choose.  Sometimes I make other people choose for me XD I’m like, “Here, pick a book!”

A book that’s been on your TBR the longest?

*consults Goodreads*

This comes as a surprise to me, but the book that’s been on my TBR the longest is The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman.  I tried reading this book and watching the movie, but I couldn’t get into it.  It’s the very first book I put on my GR TBR, and that was March 26, 2013.

A book you recently added to your TBR?

Snail Mail, No More by Paula Danziger.  I read the first book in this series a long time ago, and it was cowritten with Ann M. Martin, which is why I was interested.  Anyway, I just recently (December) found out that there was a sequel and I was just like OMG NO WAY.  I’m definitely going to get this from the library soon!

A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?

I don’t think any of us pay attention to the “don’t judge a book by its cover” advice… at least in the literal sense xD

HaloThe book is Halo by Alexandra Adornetto.  Have I thought about this book ever in the past year and a half?  No… Have I thought of this author ever in the past year and a half?  Uh… no… Do I know what this book is about?

*crickets chirp*

Because this book was only added to my TBR because of its AMAZING cover.  I mean, look at that!  Look at that.

A book on your TBR you never plan on reading?

*cough* The Golden Compass *cough*

An unpublished book in your TBR that you’re excited to read?

MAGNUS CHASE.  And Frozen Hearts by Topaz Winters :D I’m really excited for that one.

A book in your TBR everyone recommends to you?

You can probably guess this one: Throne of Glass.  EVERYONE tells me to read it.  I own it.  It’s sitting on my shelf as we speak… er… read.  In fact, I can see it now.  But have I picked it up?  Nu.  I mean, I read about fifteen pages, but I wasn’t into it so I just started something else xD

Number of books in your TBR?

You ready for this, guys?  Haha, no, I don’t think you are.

There are 472 books in my TBR.  There!  I said it!  *hides*

I have a problem xD

But, you know what?  If I could read roughly 100 books in a year, I could get my TBR finished in five years.  Unless I add more to it.  Ugh.


I’m tagging whoever sees this and thinks it’s interesting, because it’s late (or rather, early xD) and I don’t feel like chasing down ze links!  Thanks again to Nirvana for tagging me :D I have some more posts planned, so keep an eye out for those!

-littleonion

 

Tech Experiences: iPod Touch 4th Generation

Hi, guys, and Happy New Year’s Eve!  After writing my Kindle Fire HDX review, I decided that maybe I want to review some other tech products.  While I can’t go into specifics like how big the battery is, or what kind of display a certain product has, I can share my experiences and give you little tips and warnings that might aid you in your search for a new product.

This “review” is on a product that’s a bit older, so I’m not sure how many people are thinking about buying it, since there are newer, better versions of it.  But nevertheless, I’ve decided to share my experiences that I’ve had with my 4th generation iPod Touch.  I hope you enjoy!


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The 4th generation iPod Touch first came out in 2010, but Apple made it available in white in 2011, which is when I got mine.  I received it as a Christmas present, and it was one of the most exciting, most useful things I’ve ever gotten.  I got it in white, and it’s 8 GB, which has been just enough memory for my needs.  Sometimes I do have to delete pictures or apps that I don’t use if I want something else, but it’s a small sacrifice.

This iPod has a front- and back-facing camera, which I love.  It has a down-facing speaker, which is meh, and nothing impressive.  I’m definitely more partial to the Kindle speakers.  There’s a massive difference.

The headphone jack is at the bottom of the device, and I prefer it to be placed there.  While I’ve never actually used a device with the headphone jack built into the top, I have seen devices with that feature, and it makes no sense to me.

My iPod runs iOS 6.1.6, and I have a feeling that they’ve discontinued software updates for this generation, because I haven’t gotten one in a while, and when iOS 7 came out, I wasn’t able to update to that (unfortunately!).

The very first tip I have, and I’m just going to apply this to all Apple products: do not touch your brand new iPhone or iPad or iPod if you don’t have a case ready.  I swear, after one day of use, the back of my iPod was all scratched up.  Granted, I was with friends and we were all marveling over our new technology—but still.

Also, don’t skip out on getting a screen protector!  My friend got this iPod for Christmas as well, and she also got the newest iPod, and both times, she cracked her screens :( I’m happy to say that my screen is still in perfect condition, because the day after I got my iPod, I got a case and a pack of screen protectors.

I really began to notice problems about two years of owning an iPod; that’s when buttons actually started breaking.  The first button to break was the power button, which was so disappointing.  Shortly after, the home button broke, and though there is an alternative so you’re not trapped in one app for the rest of your iPod’s life, it does make things inconvenient.  Because the power button is broken, I changed my settings so that the device never turns off.  That means battery drains a lot faster.

We went to a shop to see if these problems were repairable, but the lady behind the counter said that due to the cost of the repair, it would probably just be better to buy a whole new iPod.

Within the last six months, I’ve noticed that my iPod force-closes apps a lot more (though it hasn’t happened in a while).  I’m just going to assume that it has to do with how long I’ve had it.  I don’t use photo-heavy apps like Pinterest on my iPod anymore, because it can’t handle it.

With the camera, there’s a bit of lag when you try to take a picture, and you have to hold still for a few seconds after you take the picture, to ensure that pictures don’t turn out blurry.

The App Store is plentiful, and I don’t think you’ll have any problems finding what you need.  But, with newer software updates that my iPod doesn’t receive, some apps cater only toward those updates and don’t allow me to download the app because I need iOS 7 or higher.

One feature I really used to love about my iPod was iBooks.  I.  Loved.  iBooks.  I loved downloading freebies, and a lot of them were really impressive!  It also lets you download PDFs from Safari to read in the iBooks app, and that’s actually how I read the first two Hunger Games books :D A couple of freebies that I was very impressed with were Long Time Coming by Edie Claire, UnEnchanted by Chanda Hahn, and my all time favorite, Discovering You by Melissa Kean.  Long Time Coming is actually an adult book that was really interesting.  I always say that I’ve never read anything from the adult genre, but I guess I’ve never really included this one.

Discovering You is simply amazing.  If you want a book similar to Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, go find this one.  It’s very interesting, and I wish it were available in the Kindle Store! D:


That’s everything I’ve got about the iPod Touch 4th generation.  I seriously doubt people have their eyes set on this device, but if you own it, what are your thoughts?  I can honestly say that I’ve used my iPod every single day since I’ve gotten it.  I just love this thing.

Are you an Apple person or an Android person?  Personally, I’ve never actually used an Android device, so for now I’m sticking with Apple.  Let me know your preferences!

-littleonion

2014 End of Year Book Survey

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Hello, everyone, and welcome to the 2014 End of Year Book Survey!  Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner created this awesome survey, and this is my second year participating.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to participate this year, because it has been a very slow year in reading for me.  My reading count is way lower than last year’s, but hey, at least I read!

I hope you enjoy reading my survey, and I look forward to reading yours if you’re participating :D


reading stats

Number of Books You Read: 44
Number of Rereads: 1*
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

*The book I reread was The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.  The first time I read it was last year, though, so I’m not sure if it counts.

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1. Best book you read in 2014?

This is a tie between Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins and In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken.  I’m cheating a little, but since they’re from different genres, I think we can let this slide xD Hex Hall is a really fun series, and I’m currently reading the last book in the trilogy.  I really love Sophie, the main character, who’s super sassy, and the love interests are LIFE.  Plus, the plot is amazing ;D

In The Afterlight was perfection.  I’ve read quite a few series finales this year, and this one hands down is the best.  My initial post-book feelings haven’t changed, and I’ve had a good couple months to ponder this.  I loved The Darkest Minds series, which I started earlier this year.  If you haven’t read it and are looking for a good dystopian read, I highly recommend this series.

2. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t?

I’m really sad to say that I’ve chosen The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan for this category.  I talked about my disappointments in my review, but the whole book was just kind of… meh.  Don’t get me wrong, there were several enjoyable moments, but I feel like the disappointing moments outweighed the good ones.

3. Most surprising book (in a good way or bad way) you read in 2014?

Definitely The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle.  Lauren Myracle is one of my favorite authors ever.  Her books are phenomenal… but this one was awful.  I didn’t even finish it.  I remember being up at 5 AM, reading review on Goodreads about this book when I was halfway through it, and a lot of people had similar feelings that I did.  Blah.

4. Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did) in 2014?

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken was a book that I raved about after I finished it.  It was simply amazing, and I talked about it with everyone, and surprisingly, a few people actually read it (and finished the series, too)!

5. Best series you started in 2014?  Best sequel of 2014?  Best series ender of 2014?

Best Series: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Best Sequel: Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Best Series Finale: In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

Rainbow Rowell!  I’d heard a lot about her in 2013, but I didn’t pick up one of her books until this year, and I LOVED it.  Her writing is so eerily relatable and fluffy and ahh.  I can’t wait to read more of her books.  (And I love how she makes playlists for her books on Spotify <3)

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger.  This book wasn’t necessarily out of my comfort zone (although it did touch on topics that are more mature).  I know classics aren’t really a genre, but just in general I don’t really read many of them.  Anyway, this book was fantastic!  I loved Holden Caulfield’s voice and how he reflected on things that happened in the book.  Definitely not what I was expecting, but I really enjoyed it.

8. Most action-packed, thrilling, unputdownable book of the year?

Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout.  This book was awesome.  If you’ve read this series, you pretty much already know why I love Katy (hello, fellow book blogger ;D).  One of the only things I found wrong with this book, and I’ve noticed this has been a common theme with a lot of series finales, is the lackluster, brief final battles.  What do you think about that topic?

9. Book you read in 2014 that you are most-likely to reread next year?

yolo by Lauren Myracle.  Although I’m not a fan of the acronym, I’m really happy that she continued her Internet Girls series.  In this book, Maddie, Zoe, and Angela were freshmen in college, and they were all having totally different experiences.  I love that Zoe grew even more as a character, and the other ladies were just as awesome.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?

Of Neptune by Anna Banks.  I didn’t like this book, and everyone was confused about the fact that Anna Banks was continuing this series.  Like… everything had been resolved.  Whyyyy?  But, I must admit, this series had some fine covers.  Just look at this!

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You can’t go wrong with this.  These covers are so beautiful <3

11. Most memorable character of 2014?

This is a really difficult one.  I’ve read about so many memorable characters, but one of the most memorable is Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  I don’t know why.  Maybe because he’s a bit more relatable than characters in fantasy and dystopian books.  I really loved Charlie, and I actually watched the movie this year, and OMG.  Logan Lerman is life xD

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

I honestly don’t have an answer for this one.  I didn’t really read anything by poetic authors (like Lauren Oliver) this year.  I’d say The Infinite Moment of Us, but one: I didn’t like that book.  Two: I didn’t finish it.  And three: I felt like Lauren Myracle was trying too hard to sound philosophical and poetic and stuff.  I hate it when authors try to do that, and it’s much better when it flows naturally (hello, Lauren Oliver).

13. Most thought-provoking, life changing book of 2014?

Leap Day by Wendy Mass was pretty thought-provoking.  It was written so amazingly.  There was the main character, Josie’s POV, but then there were also the POVs of several other people Josie encountered.  Their POVs were short, but they were all interesting and I was left slightly in awe.  I think that by writing about several other characters alongside Josie, Wendy Mass makes her readers realize that everyone is going through something.  Everyone is dealing with something difficult in their lives.  I really liked that message.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to read?

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.  I haven’t finished this series, but I was so surprised to find that I actually liked it when I was done!

15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2014?

“He’s not feeling well,” Clary said, catching at Simon’s wrist.  “We’re going.”

“No,” Simon said.  “No, I—I need to talk to him.  To the Inquisitor.”  Robert reached into his jacket and drew out a crucifix.  Clary stared in shock as he held it up between himself and Simon.  “I speak to the Night’s Children Council representative, or to the head of the New York clan,” he said.  “Not to any vampire who comes to knock at my door—”

Simon reached out and plucked the cross out of Robert’s hand.  “Wrong religion,” he said. -Cassandra Clare, “City of Heavenly Fire”

16. Shortest and longest book you read in 2014?

Shortest Book: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Longest Book: Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

17. Book that shocked you the most?

Champion by Marie Lu.  I’m not going to say much, but let’s just say it had to do with a character…

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)?

RUBY/LIAM.  KATY/DAEMON.  SOPHIE/ARCHER.  THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS.

19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year?

Sophie and Jenna from Hex Hall.  I love those two <3

20. Favorite book you read in 2014 from an author you’ve read previously?

Teardrop by Lauren Kate.  She and I had a rocky start with her book Fallen, but I really enjoyed Teardrop.  I’M SO MAD THAT THIS SERIES GOT A COVER CHANGE.  *sobs* The cover was so beautiful…

21. Best book you read in 2014 that you read based solely on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure?

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.  I really enjoyed this book, and it was recommended to me a little while ago ^-^ I haven’t finished the series, but I was spoiled when I read a review >.> Le sigh.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?

Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.  Need I say more?

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

I said pretty much the same thing in my 2013 Survey, but I haven’t read any books that debuted in 2014! :O

24. Best world building/ most vivid setting you read this year?

Frostbite by Richelle Mead.  For some reason, the world building in this book stuck with me a lot.  I liked the change in scenery.

25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most fun to read?

Fruits Basket Vol. 1 by Natsuki Takaya.  This manga series was introduced to me by a friend, and it’s just such a fun, cutesy series, though it does have its darker undertones.  I haven’t finished it yet, but I did watch the anime and ahh <3

26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2014?

In The Afterlight.  This book was just… TEARS.  Tears.

27. Hidden gem of the year?

This one was a little difficult, but I’m going to go with Ask The Passengers by A.S. King.  I haven’t heard too many people talking about this book, and I definitely want to reread it.

28. Book that crushed your soul?

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.  This book was indeed soul-crushing.

29. Most unique book you read in 2014?

The Archived by Victoria Schwab.  Although I wasn’t a fan of this book, I loved Mackenzie’s powers, which were super unique.  If I remember correctly, she could touch any surface and see memories/what happened there from a certain time… it was pretty awesome.

30. Book that made you the most mad?

Again, I’m going to have to go with The Blood of Olympus.  Argh.  So many angry feels.

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?

Ah, this is a difficult one.  Mainly because I can’t quite remember when I discovered some of my favorites!  But here are some of my newer favorites:

the writing hufflepuff
The Loony Teen Writer
Books, Tea and a Onesie

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?

My favorite review of this year is my review for The Blood of Olympus.  I really love my new reviewing format, and I think I was so organized and I’m giving myself extra points because I remembered all the points I wanted to make without taking notes while reading.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

I think my Dystopian Themes In Music post was a pretty interesting discussion, and I still think about that topic a lot.  Sometimes books and music fit hand in hand <3

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

Does BookBlogWriMo count? XD I loved participating in that, and what’s great is that I got to meet more fantastic book bloggers ^-^ I also went to an author signing with three science fiction authors earlier this year, which was pretty fun.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014? 

I think the best moment in my bookish life this year was going to Barnes & Noble for the first time.  If you didn’t know, I actually hadn’t gone to a Barnes & Noble until earlier this year, because I lived much closer to an indie bookstore.  But, I started going to B&N, and life changed.  Drastically. XD

6. Most popular post this year on your blog?

This year, my most popular post has been my review for The Blood of Olympus :D

7. Post you wish got a little more love?

Hmm, I’m not sure.  I’m pretty happy with the attention my posts have gotten this year :D

8. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, bookstores, etc.)? 

Barnes & Noble (see #5).

9. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Sadly, I didn’t complete my reading goals that I’d set, which was 115 books.  I read less than half of that, which is sooo disappointing, but homework got in the way D: Oh well.  Hopefully I’ll do better next year!

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1. One book you didn’t get to in 2014 but will be your number one priority in 2015?

This is a difficult one.  Probably anything by Cassandra Clare that came out after CoHF.  I saw a few signed copies of The Bane Chronicles at the bookstore and just about died :O

2. Book you are most anticipating for 2015 (non-debut)?

THE MAGNUS CHASE BOOKS.  That’s set to come out in 2015, right?  It better be >.>

3. 2015 debut you are most anticipating?

I don’t think there are any debuts that I’m anticipating for 2015.

4. Series ending/sequel that you are most anticipating for 2015?

That’s hard, too, but only because so many series endings for books I’ve read came out this year.  Maybe the last book in the Bloodlines series, although I haven’t finished Silver Shadows, so no spoilers!

5. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life of 2015?

For my reading life, I really want to get back to a place where I can just pick up a book and not have to force myself to do so.  This year has been the year of reading slumps for me, and it hasn’t been enjoyable.  I think part of the reason is that I’ve been reading a lot of books that just haven’t been doing it for me.

6. A 2015 release you’ve already read and recommend to everyone? 

I can’t answer this question, because I haven’t read anything that’s due to come out in 2015.  But if you have, what do you recommend?


That’s all for the 2014 End of Year Book Survey!  I’m so glad that I decided to participate in this.  I hope you all have a happy New Year, and I’ll see you in 2015!

Kindle Fire HDX Review

Today I decided I would do a little review of my Kindle.  I’ve had it since March of this year, and I think I’ve been using it long enough to have gotten to know its good and bad qualities.  I’ve never really done a tech review, and I definitely won’t get into details, because I’m not a techy person.  But I’ll talk about the things I have and have not been liking about my Kindle, and a few of my experiences with this device.  I hope you enjoy!


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I own the Kindle Fire HDX 7″ tablet, and it’s a pretty nice looking device.  There’s a front-facing camera, but no back-facing one (which has proven to be more and more irritating).  Also, the speakers on my Kindle are really impressive, at least for me.  The sound quality is really great in my opinion.  Also, the headphone jack is at the bottom of the device, so thumbs up for that!

My Kindle was meant to replace my slowly-deteriorating iPod Touch.  I love my iPod, and I love my Kindle as well.  It was really interesting to have a device from a different company (Amazon), because I got to compare my iPod and my Kindle.

One thing I noticed that was a major difference between my iPod and my Kindle, or more specifically, Apple and Amazon, are their respective app stores.  Coming from Apple’s huge app store, I was really surprised to see how limited the Kindle App Store was.  I found that I couldn’t download basic apps, like YouTube or Instagram, which was really unfortunate!  Luckily, you can disable the setting that prevents unknown downloads and visit 1Mobile Market, which is an alternative app store where you can download some of the apps that aren’t available on Amazon.

A big problem I had with my Kindle was YouTube.  I was able to download the YouTube app from 1Mobile, but I noticed that playback was really, really awful.  Videos constantly buffer, except for on certain YouTube channels, and it was so annoying.  If you were to just look up “youtube.com” in Silk Browser (the Kindle’s browser) and play a video, the video wouldn’t buffer, but it was unreliable because sometimes the video just wouldn’t play, period.  However, recently I’ve noticed that this problem seems to have been solved, so I’m a happy camper :D I’ve pretty much dumped the YouTube app and rely solely on using the browser for viewing YouTube videos.

Something else to be aware of about this device is that, whenever you turn it on, the lock screen is actually an advertisement.  In fact, it’s pretty hard to customize the Kindle, which is too bad.  You can’t set your own backgrounds or change the lock screen.  At first, the ads got to me (and they still do, occasionally), but in reality, you’re only looking at that screen for about two seconds before you’re on your home screen.

One thing I’m really happy about is that the Kindle undergoes regular updates, and they’ve integrated viewing notifications on the lock screen, and controlling your music from the lock screen.  I’d been waiting for that particular feature for AGES, especially because I was so used to it on my iPod.  For some reason, I don’t get all notifications, though.  If someone repins something I pinned on Pinterest, I don’t get a notification like I do with my iPod.  Or if someone comments/likes/follows my blog, I don’t get a notification for that, either.  I occasionally get Instagram notifications, but it’s not frequent, which is kind of weird.

When I first got my Kindle, I had problems connecting to my wifi.  Once it took half an hour to connect to the wifi, and it wasn’t the wifi that was the problem; my iPod and laptop were both connected.  I looked up this issue and found a forum on Amazon, and it turns out that a lot of people were having similar problems.  After a bit of scrolling, I noticed that someone kindly gave instructions on how to fix the problem.  Unfortunately, I don’t remember all of what that entailed.  I know it had something to do with pulling up a command prompt on my laptop and getting the IP address of my computer, entering that into my Kindle in the wifi settings, and there were a few other steps that I can’t remember.  The problem was easily resolved, though, and usually my wifi connects to my Kindle almost instantly.


I think that’s all I have to say about the Kindle Fire HDX!  I really love that it doesn’t crash as much as my iPod does (though that’s probably due to old age xD), and I love having the larger display.  I do wish more and more that there was a back-facing camera, but there’s nothing that can be done about that.  I wish YouTube hadn’t been such a struggle, but so far YouTube and my Kindle are getting along.

Hopefully this provided a little more information for you if you’re planning on getting a Kindle.  If you do own the HDX, or any wifi-capable Kindle in general, let me know your experiences with it!  Have you found yourself comparing it to your other devices?  I definitely have!

-littleonion

A-Z Inventory of My Music Library

Hey, everyone!  It’s been a while, has it not?  How are you all?  I know I’ve been really inactive lately, and that’s because of all the homework I’ve been getting, which is making me read a lot less, which means I don’t have any new book reviews.  On top of that, I haven’t really been in the blogging mood in general :( Hopefully I can change all of that, since I’m currently on winter break :D

To kick off my return, I decided to do a music post, which I found originally at Books, Tea and a Onesie.  The post is basically going through the music on your phone/iPod and choosing one for each letter of the alphabet.  Here’s her original post, so be sure to check it out!  I’m going to cheat a little and use my Spotify library, as my regular library is kind of, ahem, boring at the moment. *sheepish grin* Let’s get started!

All or Nothing by Theory Of A Deadman
“Looking at all or nothing, babe, it’s you and I.” 

Bad Company by Five Finger Death Punch (cover)
“Yeah, and that’s why they call me bad company, I can’t deny.”

Carolyn by Black Veil Brides
“So here’s my song I wrote in time when it was needed.” 

Devil in Disguise by Lecrae, feat. Kevin Ross
“Why?  Lord, I know the truth, but I’m good in my lies.”

Emily by From First To Last
“Smiles and her laughter, it’s the only thing that I’ve been waiting for.”

For You by Staind
“I sit here, locked inside my head, remembering everything you said.”

Give ‘Em Hell, Kid by My Chemical Romance
“If you were here I’d never have a fear.  So go on, live your life, but I miss you more than I did yesterday.”

Headstrong by Trapt
“Back off, I’ll take you on.  Headstrong to take on anyone.”

Island In The Sun by Weezer
“On an island in the sun, we’ll be playin’ and havin’ fun.  And it makes me feel so fine, I can’t control my brain.”

Just What I Needed by The Cars
“I don’t mind you comin’ here, and wastin’ all my time.”

King For A Day by Pierce The Veil feat. Kellin Quinn
“You told me think about it, well I did.  Now I don’t wanna feel a thing anymore.”

Lights Out by Breaking Benjamin
“Now you want to take me down, as if I even care.  I am the monster in your head.”

Misery by Good Charlotte
“Don’t you know that misery loves company?  Yeah, I heard that misery was looking for me.”

Never Too Late by Three Days Grace
“This world will never be what I expected, and if I don’t belong, who would have guessed it?”

On My Own by Three Days Grace
“Standing on my own remembering the one I left at home.”

Private Parts by Halestorm feat. James Michael
“And how can you blame me for feeling the way I feel?
I’m not blaming you, I’m just trying to figure it out.”

Read My Mind by The Killers
“Oh, well, I don’t mind, if you don’t mind, ’cause I don’t shine if you don’t shine.”

Sorry by Sleeping With Sirens
“And I hope you know you never left my head, and if I ever let you down, I’m sorry.” 

Time To Dance by Panic! At The Disco
“Have some composure, where is your posture?” 

Unwell by Matchbox Twenty
“But I’m not crazy, I’m just a little unwell.”

Work by Jimmy Eat World
“Can we take a ride?  Get out of this place, while we still have time.”

Your Guardian Angel by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
“I will never let you fall, I’ll stand up with you forever.”

Zombie by The Pretty Reckless
“Dear all of you who’ve wronged me, I am, I am a zombie.”


That is my music inventory!  I tried not to repeat any artists to accurately represent my taste in music, but it was really hard to find some of these songs, so I did have to turn to artists I’d already named.  As you can see, I totally failed at finding songs that started with “Q” and “X”.  Those are difficult letters!

So, what have you gathered about my music tastes after reading this? XD If you’re interested in any of the songs, I linked all of them to their music videos or lyric videos.  Tell me if you recognize any of your favorite songs or artists!

Once again, I’m so, so sorry for being so absent on my blog (and all of yours!).  I really do miss reading your posts, and I miss interacting with you all.  Luckily, I’m finally on winter break, so I can relax and hopefully get some posts up, and catch up with all of you.  Have a merry Christmas, happy holidays, and a happy New Year!  I’ll see you next year!

-littleonion

BookBlogWriMo: The End

Hey, everyone!  I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving :D A couple days ago was the last day of BookBlogWriMo, and I can’t believe it’s coming to an end!  I did miss some posts toward the end, but I think I did alright.  It’s been a little crazy, and I’ve been doing a lot of homework, and after all of that, I really didn’t feel like typing!  I’ll reply to any comments and catch up with your posts soon, but for now, it’s time for me to catch up on my own posts! XD Let’s get started!  Bookblogwrimo11/26 — Cheating On Books: TV and Movies

This is pretty easy for me to answer, because I don’t actually follow any shows at the moment.  It’s really hard for me to follow TV shows for some reason… I have no idea why!  But that doesn’t mean I don’t cheat on books… with the internet xD I haven’t been reading nearly as much as I used to, and I don’t know why.  I haven’t been in the mood to pick up a book D: Hopefully this changes, but I have no idea when it will.

11/27 — Authors You’re Thankful For

I am thankful for so many authors.  I think I’ll make a list of my top five, because if I don’t limit myself to that, the list will never end!

  1. Ann M. Martin & R.L. Stine: Ann M. Martin is the author of The Baby-Sitters Club, and R.L. Stine is the author of the Goosebumps books, two series that really opened me up to the world of reading toward the end of elementary school.  I loved these series, and I read several books from them.  They were mysterious and relatable and amazing!  I’d totally go back to read them.
  2. J.K. Rowling: I think JKR was a given—she’s incredible.  Harry Potter is one of my favorite series ever, and I’m so thankful to have read it.  I can’t even put my feelings into words, but thank you, J.K. Rowling.  Thank you :D
  3. Lauren Myracle: Lauren Myracle’s books are fantastic.  Simply amazing!  I’ve only had a bad experience with one of them, but the rest were perfection.  I’ll always be a huge fan of her stories, and whenever she releases a new book, I’ll be the first one in line to buy it :D
  4. Lauren Roedy Vaughn: As far as I know, Lauren Roedy Vaughn has only written one book, OCD, The Dude, and Me, but it was phenomenal.  So, so amazing.  Danielle, the main character, was so funny, and Ms. Vaughn also took the time to leave a comment on my review of her book, which was amazing!  I was so excited when I saw it, haha.  Definitely waiting on her next novel!
  5. Rick Riordan: This man deserves a round of applause, because his books are simply incredible.  I’ve loved nearly every one of them, and I’ve read quite a few of his books.  Riordan’s books opened me up to the children’s fantasy genre, and I’ve found quite a few books through the PJO series.

Those are just a few of the authors I’m grateful for!  I don’t even know if I could fit all of them into an entire post! xD

11/28 — Book Pet Peeves

I have quite a few bookish pet peeves, but I won’t bore you with a really long list xD

  • Mary Sue characters: You guys know what I mean.  The character with zero personality, nothing about them stands out, and the only thing they seem capable of doing is acting rashly before thinking.  Ahem.  I bet you can think of a few characters like this.
  • Love triangles: If they’re done right, love triangles can be really good!  But… they can also be annoying, especially in the case of certain books, where the main character just strings along one of the people involved the “triangle” for his or her own personal gain.  Ugh.
  • Main characters: This probably sounds like a really weird pet peeve to have, and you might have heard me mention this before, but I usually don’t like the main characters I read about.  I’ve noticing that the majority of the main characters are female characters, so maybe there’s a trait that authors add to their characters that makes me cringe away from them… or maybe it’s coincidental.  Or maybe I just prefer reading from the male’s POV!

11/29 — The Future of Your Blog

I really have no idea where this blog is going!  I’m starting to think it has a personality of its own, so maybe it’ll take a turn xD I’ll definitely keep blogging about books, but I haven’t been reading much :( Alas, there are many other things to blog about, so I won’t leave my blog hanging!

11/30 — #BookBlogWriMo Wrap-Up

#BookBlogWriMo was an amazing “challenge” to participate in!  I’d wanted to do something like this last November, but I had limited internet access, so it wasn’t possible at the time.  I’m glad I stepped up for the challenge, but I’m also glad that it was so relaxed, so I didn’t have to worry about missing some posts.

Thanks once again to Brittany @ Book Bumblings for creating this really fun challenge and all of the prompts!  And now, here are some other #BookBlogWriMo posts from fellow bloggers ^-^

BookBlogWriMo Week 2 — Molly @ Woven Magic Books

BookBlogWriMo Day 29 — the writing hufflepuff @ The Writing Hufflepuff

Let’s get narcissistic! — Sam @ A Blast of Random

#BookBlogWriMo – #ShowMeYourShelves — Laura @ Blue Eye Books

BookBlogWriMo Day 22: Shelfie Time! — Topaz @ YA Asylum


That is all for now!  Thank you to everyone who took the time to read my posts, and I’m looking forward to yours!  I think I’ll finish up some homework now ;)

-littleonion