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Love-a-thon 2016 Questionaire

Monday, 22 February 2016

Whats your name?

My name is Meleika (Mel-air-ee-kah) but you can all call me Mele (Mel-air) or Mel. I also go by Teen Wolf lover, girl who likes books and smart person by friends of friends.

Where in the world are you blogging from?

I wish from bed, but I’m out in the wild, outside of my bedroom (in the lounge room, scary stuff) in good old Australia in the sunny state Queensland.

How did you get into blogging in the first place?

Hitting me with some big questions first already? Well, I was first a bookstagramer. I had an account with a strong following then it go deleted. I started again, and it got deleted again. Third time, still not lucky. The fourth time I managed to maintain @theauslibrary. (YAY!) .. but then I started worrying about it being deleted so I created a blog dedicated to books. I had blogged before when I was 11, but it was set on private and it looked real bad design wise. I started blogging then because I thought it was really cool (LOL). But those are the reasons on two different accounts why I started blogging.

How did you come up with your blog name?

Guys if you’re sipping some tea right now, please swallow it pronto, don’t want you spitting it out after hearing the numerous names I had for my blog.
When I started blogging (not when I was 11, when I got into bookstagram) I names the sucker “THE EVERYTHING BLOG” because it really did have everything. Then after writing a couple reviews I renamed it “THE OFFICIAL BOOK BLOG’ *cringes* I know, I wasn’t that creative with the blog name. Then I renamed it “ENDLESS PAGES” after giving it a HUGE makeover. I’m hoping to rename it again in the future but for now Endless Pages is what I love. Endless Pages was really just a play of words and was the only blog name my mother (yeah, I trust her with my life, might as well trust her with this huh) loved out of 12 blog names I gave her, so BAM! Endless Pages was established.

What genre do you read and review the most on your blog?

I ADORE. LOVE. BREATHE. LIVE. FANTASY! Young Adult literature is my life and I always adventure into historical fiction, classics and NA literature. Spooky stuff is also fancy so I read them when possible.

What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews?

Endless Discussion, Tips and Tricks, Author of the Month, Friday Feature, Ramblings (Book tours, interviews, book signings and events). Sometimes I spontaneously participate in Top Ten Tuesday. But I’m also including more things on the blog so this list isn’t really official.

Best blogging experience so far?

WHEN I MET OTHER BLOGGERS! BEST. THING. EVER! Like, you people are real and you are more amazing in real life and I just want to buy you pancakes and tea and thank you forever for existing. That and book signings (MEETING SARAH J. MAAS, CASSANDRA CLARE, C.S. PACAT AND HOLLY BLACK = AMAZING)

Favorite thing about the blogging community?

EVERYONE IS KIND. Sometimes they think I’m funny too and I never argue.

Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2016!

A Court of Mist and Fury, The Winner’s Kiss, The Crown’s Game, Ruined and AND I DARKEN

Name the 5 books you want to read this 2016 that you didn’t get to in previous years!

An Ember in the Ashes, Shadow and Bone, The Finisher, Challenger Deep, Cracked

What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read?

UNDERTOW BY MICHAEL BUCKLEY AND TIMESURFERS BY RHONDA SERMON!

Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF?

Lyric in UNDERTOW because my personality is the same as her BFF in the book.

Which book boy or girl would be your book boyfriend/girlfriend?

I HAVE TOO MANY YA’LL. Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses is fire. Jem from the Infernal Devices is such a total sweetheart. Simon from The Mortal Instruments is ADORKABLE. Beau from The Love that Split the World is heaven on earth. Minho and Newt from The Maze Runner cause they’re cheeky and funny sometimes. *The list is endless so I’ll stop here*

Who would you recruit for your apocalypse squad (5 characters max)

ARI, JANCO & YELENA (From Poison Study) and WILL and JEM (from the Infernal Devices)

Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests?

I LOVE BINGE WATCHING TV SHOWS and I like taking pictures, watching K-Drama, listening to K-Pop and helping Indigenous kids achieving their dreams. I have a lot more hobbies but can’t really think of them right now.

Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for?

Food. Just Food.

At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your song. What song would be playing?

I really don’t know probably Nirvana by Sam Smith or In the Grey by The Good Mad. But I also love J.Cole, Kendrick, Spawnbrezzie, Common Kings, Sammy J and so many more favorite artists.

Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV show you want turned into a book.

POISON STUDY and A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES would be a killer TV Show/Movie.

What would your dream library look like?

Like Belle’s Library but also very messy, books all over the floor, tabbed like crazy, a book nook of a small day bed with a hanging chair to the side. Light illuminates the entire room from the wall that is entirely made out of windows. Upstairs is a secret study room. This is my dream.

Author you want to meet and sit down to tea with?

Maria V. Snyder and V.E. Schwab cause just imagine the possibilities. I wouldn’t mind sitting down with Patrick Ness either! However, I think I just really want to sip some tea and eat cake with all the debut authors for 2016!!

Friday Feature #3: What if they don’t like the same book that I love?

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Feature Friday is a new meme by yours truly, Meleika from Endless Pages, where I let other bloggers flaunt their own opinions through reviews or have them post a discussion about anything and everything. Anyone can feature ! If you'd like to, contact me. 

(Disclaimer: All posts are done by different bloggers and I may or may not agree with what they like to post. We are all different people and will share different views and opinions. Everything is open to discussion. If anyone finds anything offensive, feel free to contact me)

Today I'm featuring Maryam ! She usually blogs at Once Upon a Story . You can also find her on twitter 


What if they don’t like the same book that I love?



Have you ever read that over-hyped book and then realized that you immensely hated it, so you just stare dubiously at the people who love that book and wonder what is wrong with them? Or have you ever love that over-hyped book SO MUCH that it KILLED you to see that one black sheep who hated it? Honestly, I’ve never experienced the first part. But the second one? YEAH, every single time.

Recently, I met Josephine from Word Revel and Elaine (@ofdustandstarlight), and I noticed something. Most of the books that I immmmmensely LOVE, they kinda didn’t like them very much. And normally, I would be annoyed and frustrated, like WHY WON’T YOU LIKE MY FAVORITE BOOKS?! But I wasn’t. In actual fact, I was rather amused, listening to their reasons as to why they did not love the books. And finally, I accepted the fact that we all have different tastes in books.

Hence, that’s the whole point: Everyone has different tastes in anything. It saddens me when I see someone being shunned by certain bloggers, because that someone didn’t like the hyped-up book. It also breaks my heart whenever I see someone having to apologise for being the black sheep in the community. I mean, NO, you shouldn’t have to apologise or feel bad about not liking a book that everyone loves, because NEWS FLASH: EVERYONE HAS DIFFERENT TASTES, and that’s okay.

But then someone asks, “But I can’t help feeling angry when I see someone not liking a book that I really love. What do I do?” What you should do, my dear friend, is face the reality. Yes, you are allowed to be annoyed and even frustrated. I do get it, because I feel that way too. Like you said, it can’t be helped. But what you SHOULD NOT do are to hate on someone, or even criticize them for not liking said book.

Think of it this way: If you hate chocolates (which is possible), would you want everyone to be angry at you for hating chocolates? No, right? Well, that goes for books too. Different people likes different books. And THAT’S OKAY.

ALSO, it works both ways. Hence, for those of you who hates those hyped-up books, THAT’S FINE TOO. But please, JUST PLEASE, don’t be rude about it. I’ve seen Goodreads reviewers actually being really rude and harsh, taking it to a point where they insult EVERYONE who love that particular book. I mean, yes, I get that you don’t like it and you’re probably wondering what’s wrong with everyone who loves the book. But it doesn’t mean that you can openly criticise the whole community for loving it. OKAY?


So the whole point that I want to make is that BE NICE. It pays to be nice. You don’t have to be rude to people who are different, and you don’t get to be cynical because YOU’RE different. Just. BE. NICE.

Endless Discussion: Where, Oh Where is the Love for Curly Hair ?

Sunday, 14 February 2016




Where, Oh Where is the Love for Curly Hair ?

It’s true, there are hardly any YA MC’s that have the trait of curly hair. I mean there’s hardly any MC’s with curly hair. The classics like Sense and Sensibility and Emma by the inspirational Jane Austen feature woman with curly hair but where’s the love for curly hair in books in the modern day and age? Where are their voices?

When I say curly hair, I’m referring to the spectrum of curly hair, from the wavy hair, loose curls to the tight locks and beautiful afros. I myself have curly hair, I don’t really know how to describe it rather than it’s a raging thick afro of loose locks and curls and if I read about an MC with the same trait I’d most likely scream in happiness. Like, that’s someone like me in a book! I can relate, I will relate with everything the curly haired protagonist has to say.

If little girls and boys who have curly hair read books about strong and inspiring curly haired people, there is no doubt in my mind that this character would be their hero and they’d aspire to be like them.

See, when I was four, I received a VHS of the first Harry Potter movie and when I saw Hermione Granger, she was all I ever wanted to be. Her hair kind of reflected my own and I fell utterly in love with her character. We NEED more characters like her; we need more voices like hers.
Hermione doing her thang !


I get why most MC’s have straight hair, it’s easier to maintain and I guess can be perceived as ‘normal’; and once someone has curly hair it stands out and the person is depicted as ‘wild’ AND ‘exotic’ in correlation to their hair. Straight hair is even perceived as neat and tidy whilst curly is messy.

Even straight hair sounds more ‘fancy’ when adjectives such as shiny, silky, smooth are used to describe it. But compared to curly hair, it's hard to describe in a loving way. However, that shouldn’t influence the decision of choosing a characters style of hair. Curly hair can belong to powerful, strong, generous, kind, good natured people. For example one of my favourite people Amandla Stenberg. She's such an inspirational young woman! I'd love to see characters like her in books !



We are in need curly haired characters! See, I never really loved my curly hair, because all my favorite characters have flowing long straight hair. The only curly haired character I’ve EVER been compared to is Sideshow Bob and don’t know about you, but I hate Sideshow Bob and having that comparison whist I was growing up honestly just hurt. No one wants to be compared to a bad guy or to the opposite sex. Plus Harry Potter back then wasn’t really big amongst my friends, so they never really knew Hermione, so I was stuck with Sideshow Bob.


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If I had more Hermione Grangers when I was little, I can honestly say I’d be more confident with whom I am. I’d be flaunting my curly natural hair without the shame of the possibility that people would link Sideshow Bob with me.

I want to see more curly haired people in books; I want badass female characters with some killer locks that are dangerous, witty but at the same time elegant and gracious; I want some brothers who share the afro trait and the possibility of killing you without you knowing because they’re assassins. I want some fierce curly haired feminists! I want more curls on boys and girls! Is that too much to ask for?

Lastly, all you curly haired woman and men out there, you are beautiful! We need to show more love for them in books to celebrate them, to appreciate them and to acknowledge them! Curly hair is beautiful. You are beautiful.

(UPDATE)

Here's a list of some curly haired MC's;

Clary Fray from The City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments)
Eleanor from Eleanor and Park
Scarlet and Winter from The Lunar Chronicles
Mia from Boomerang
Maddy from Everything Everything

ARE THERE ANY BOOKS YOU KNOW OF THAT HAVE A CURLY HAIRED PROTAGONIST? STRONG SIDE CHARACTERS WITH THE CURLY HAIR TRAIT? COMMENT BELOW AND MAKE MY DAY!

Friday Feature #2: Reading a Book at the Perfect Time

Friday, 12 February 2016
Feature Friday is a new meme by yours truly, Meleika from Endless Pages, where I let other bloggers flaunt their own opinions through reviews or have them post a discussion about anything and everything. Anyone can feature ! If you'd like to, contact me. 

(Disclaimer: All posts are done by different bloggers and I may or may not agree with what they like to post. We are all different people and will share different views and opinions. Everything is open to discussion. If anyone finds anything offensive, feel free to contact me)

Today I'm featuring Gwen ! She usually blogs at The Book Lounge





Reading a Book at the Perfect Time


Hello my name is Gwen and I usually blog at The Book Lounge (http://gbshortcake.com). Today I wanted to visit Endless Pages and talk to you about something I saw on YouTube. If you don’t know I run both my blog and a YouTube channel as well as almost all the other social media outlets.
So let’s discuss reading a book at the perfect time.

I’ve known about this phenomenon for as long as I’ve been a reader, but it’s not something I consciously think about each time I pick up a new book to read. Plus, I know that anything we do, say, think, etc. is all a part of how we were raised, our life experiences, our hopes, our dreams, based on our religion, all of our cultural aspects that make up who we are as people.

I think it helps to know that about a reviewer before you take what they say in their review as fact rather than their cultural influences or life experiences. Let me give you a couple of examples.

Example #1

Maybe you’re reading about a girl/woman who stays in an abusive relationship even though we as the reader are screaming at her to leave him and run for the hills. It can be a hard situation to read about, but it’s real life. That stuff really happens. Sadly, I know from experience. So while I won’t go into more details about my personal situation it’s safe to say if I see that in a book I can relate.

Example #2

Ahhh the love triangle. Everybody hates that trope. But it’s a real one. Maybe it hasn’t happened to you and maybe it hasn’t even happened to anyone you know, but again speaking from personal experience a girl/woman can feel the pulls of attraction to two different people at the same time. In all honesty both are probably horrible choices, or at the very least there is a “better” choice, but the girl/woman will be so close to the situation and wrapped up with it that she won’t be able to see that.

I could give tons of other examples: the fairy tale ending (also true life), the miscommunication trope, instalove, etc.

So what’s the point in knowing all this? The point is that not all books will hit home with the reader at a given time in which they choose to read a book. In fact, it might never be the perfect time for that person to read that particular book. But that doesn’t mean that it isn’t right for someone out there. So instead of taking things that the reviewer says and bashing their opinions maybe step back and think I wonder why the said that? Or, I wonder why they feel that way. Reading is a very personal experience and I often find more critical reviews helpful to me as a reader.

The next time you run across something in your reading that you don’t like I promise you it’s ok to put it down and pick up something else to read. It took me a long time to be ok with not completing a book, but that’s a story for another day.


If you’d like to add to the discussion feel free to leave it in the comments below or find me on Twitter/Instagram/Snapchat @lavendermud.

Shadowhunter Giveaway

Monday, 8 February 2016



Last month we saw the Shadowhunters TV show air for the first time. In celebration of this I am giving away the whole Mortal Instruments series in their new redesigned covers thanks to Walker Books Australia.


The covers look AMAZING !




























The show, not so much… so far. I’m waiting for episode 11, the episode which supposingly is the best out of the whole season; so I’ll be waiting for that. The first four episodes were ‘okay’ but I didn’t love it or ‘hate’ hate it. The dialogue is just hilarious in the sense that it’s just so bad. Compared to the movie, (which has now grown on me since re-watching it) the TV show doesn’t stand a chance. Hopefully the show gets better over time.
Finally to win the boxset of The Mortal Instruments, participants must:

- be an Australian Resident
- be 18 years old and over or must have parents permission
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Friday Feature #1

Friday, 5 February 2016

Feature Friday is a new meme by yours truly, Meleika from Endless Pages, where I let other bloggers flaunt their own opinions through reviews or have them post a discussion about anything and everything. Anyone can feature ! If you'd like to, contact me. 

(Disclaimer: All posts are done by different bloggers and I may or may not agree with what they like to post. We are all different people and will share different views and opinions. Everything is open to discussion. If anyone finds anything offensive, feel free to contact me)


This week we are featuring Joharis (check out her blog, Freakishly Fictional).



Hardcover books. What else is there to say? They're shiny, beautiful and… hardcover

I would love to buy all of my books in hardcover editions, sadly there ain't no money. Everytime I go to a bookstagram profile or a booktube channel all I see is hardcovers everywhere, and there's nothing wrong with that, no. Your money, your rules.

But I feel like paperbacks are so underappreciated, like, everyone(most people) love hardcovers,  which isn't hard to understand, yes they have their heaviness and are not comfortable,  but... I mean look at them







*sighs*

As much as I would love to have a bookshelf as big as theirs filled with hardcover editions, I can't.

Maybe it's only me, but a few months back I kept searching on Google which one is better Hardcover Or Paperback? I was genuinely looking that up because I kept seeing everyone with hardcover, except me. And as silly as it sounds I wanted to fit in and be like all those big youtubers that had like six shelves of hardcover(I'm very silly)

They're just magnificent and are always more worked on than paperbacks because there are so many opportunities with it.

Another problem I have is that I see all this big people on the online book community that Haul thirty books every month and at least three a week, as I said Your money, your rules. But I kinda felt really sad and tried so hard to always save up so I could buy hardcover editions.

So now I've got a system! If it's a book that I want, I buy it in hardcover. If it's a surprise Haul, Paperbacks. If it's a book that just barely interests me, I borrow it!

Another thing, GIVEAWAYS!  I have begun to take part in this activity so far I haven't won anything, but hey… One day… maybe….

I know it's extremely silly, but hey I was really heartbroken. But then, I sat down and thought… there are so many people out there who have not got money to even buy a paperback, let alone a hardcover.  So why am I sulking about getting a book? I'm not blaming my problems on booktube and bookstagram, is just that I got a tiny bit obsessed with how much other people could afford books and I couldn't.  Have you ever felt that way? Did you not care about the editions of your book?

It was/is extremely silly to compare all this people who have been at this for over four years and I am just an amateur.  This people have publishers who sent them tons of books to review, ARC’S by authors and mail from their viewers. See why I now realize it's stupid?

Plus, Paperbacks have got their charm as well. Light, easy to read (although they get cracked spines *shudders*)



Basically I just wanted to get as much books as all those people who have worked hard to get to where they are and I've just barely begun this amazing journey.

So I created this crazy personal dilemma about which one was more acceptable in the online community and got a little bit bummed out about not having the means to afford so many books that I wanted in hardcover editions.

At the end of the day they're both books, fitted to anyone demands (let's not forget e-books(a library in the palm of your hand)) beautiful and a treasure to this world.

So what if everyone apparently has more hardcovers than paperbacks, I really can't force myself to buy something I can't afford just because they're going to look prettier on the Internet.

So,
Hardcover or Paperback?


The Love That Split The World Review

Wednesday, 3 February 2016
Original photo from Emily Henry's Instagram (instagram.com/tltstw) *she's also a wonderful person ! So follow her guys <3*





Title: The Love That Spilt The World
Author: Emily Henry
First Published: Jan 26th 2016 (US) Feb 5th 2016 (AUS)
Publisher:  Razorbill (US) Penguin (AUS)


Synopsis

Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.
Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start... until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.


My Thoughts

Love is giving the world away, and being loved is having the whole world to give

WOW! What a heart melting and moving novel. I feel so different coming out from it. Emily has written a novel that will forever cling to my heart and mind. I felt paralysed with emotion after finishing the book. Speechless. Utterly vulnerable but most of all loved.

The cast of characters were unbelievably so realistic and authentic. I’ve never read a book like The Love That Split The World, where the characters just felt ‘real’. Natalie was such a complex and ‘lost’ person, trying to find herself in what she described a place that didn’t feel like ‘home’. She wanted to know more about her real heritage and about her birth mother. Her story was soul crushing. Her journey was heart breaking. She is one strong female MC, to push through all she’s been through. Now Natalie’s best friend, Megan is one spectacular friend, her character had me giggling, had me missing her and I knew I could count on her. She radiated trust and love. If Megan is real, she is one special soul. Also in Nat’s friend group is Rachel, she was one hell of a girl. She made me laugh so much even at the worse of times. She is also another special soul with feisty and sass written all over her . Natalie’s friends reminded me of my own and that, I will always treasure.

Natalie’s family was a great bunch of people, her parents and twin siblings, Jack and Coco, were just incredible. The interactions with each character were unique and just beautiful. Sometimes humorous and just special and awkward. It was a true family scenario. Then there was Matt. I liked the guy then I hated him, then I loved him and just felt sorry for him. He was a misunderstood person hiding a secret and that practically destroyed me reading more about him.

In addition you have Alice. I LOVED ALICE. She was just a necessary character to help Natalie find her way. Alice told her the straight facts. Alice was also funny at times and just another, I guess, mother figure in the book. Lastly, you have the dreamy Beau Wilkes. The guy had a seriously desirable accent and personality. The way he carried himself, was ultimately how I became attached to Beau too. He was everything Natalie needed (and everything a girl wants in her partner, if I say so myself). “All I really want is to build a nice, big porch that gets used every day”is one of my favourite quotes out of many that I’ve highlighted. The guy knows what to say and when to say it. He’s hilarious and witty and also so protective.

I have never read a book with such a complex aspect on I guess I could call it ‘time traveling’ (without giving away huge spoilers) in the fantasy world or in the contemporary genre a matter fact. It was different, sometimes hard to grasp because of its uniqueness. But then again, the ‘time traveling’ aspect was weird and wonderful at the same time. Sometimes the flashes were hard to understand and overcome because they were ‘flashes’ and they were quick.

The Native American antidotes, stories, prophecies were extraordinary to read. I loved it when I heard grandmother tell another one. They were striking and full of lessons. (I’d like to quickly thank the elders/first nations who shared their stories/ whose stories feature in the novel. They were moving and thought provoking and just stunning).

“The Love That Spilt The World” had me going crazy when plot twists came out of nowhere (I was literally gawking and had to step back and just like think about life lol. Like, linking stories together had me all giddy and just waving my hands everywhere. At one stage I just went up to my sister and explained the connection Beau and Nat had and she looked at me with a blank face with a hint of “Are you okay”). I loved the chemistry and want and need between Natalie and Beau. They belonged together, always will. However, the time traveling parts were confusing sometimes and even the explanations from Alice was quite an information dump, but I read through it and I’m glad I did. The book flows and it consumes your mind, body and soul and you’ll never forgive yourself if you stop reading it.

Lastly, I’d just like to thank Emily who created this world and was able to publish it so many more people could experience the gift of Beau and Natalie’s story. I will never have the capacity to write down all the words to thank you and tell you how much I appreciate this book. (and this is your debut !!! what a wonderful way to make an entrance). I am honestly grateful for this book. I was moved by it. I can honestly also state that it has changed me. In a way that, I appreciate everything and everyone around me now (even more). That love should never be taken for granted and is more powerful than anyone and anything. It can change us. It can change the world and create a new one.


HAVE YOU READ THE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE WORLD ??? ARE YOU PLANNING ON READING IT ? COMMENT BELOW AND TELL ME ABOUT IT!

Oh and p.s. guys, you'll need tissues, because, feels.