Sunday, January 26, 2014

How to Make a Book Nook! (My first ever DIY tutorial.)

      Alright. Let me start off by saying I used to not have a book nook. Then I got on Pinterest and I saw wonderful, wonderful book nooks...... I decided that life would be over and the world would slowly die (unlike it is now! soooooo cold) and end, so I took it upon myself to make one. I didn't follow anybody's tutorial because I didn't have a closet to use. Instead, I made one on my bed. Note that I have a full sized bed, and therefore have lots of room. If you have a twin bed, you, my friend, do not have lots of room and should go follow somebody else's closet tutorial unless you want to only follow my decorating instructions. Okay so now that I've droned on and on forever, Let's begin!

Step One:
Have a bed. Luckily, you probably do. If you don't, than sell your computer and iDevices and buy one!

Step Two:
Remove pillows, blankets, remotes, wadded up pieces of paper, cats, etc.. and put in a pile somewhere. I chose the floor.
Your bed should look something like this.
Your pile might look something like this.

And your cat......

Will attack you.

Step Three:
Take one of those thing that they give you when you buy sheets, the one without the corners. (Who uses those anyways?) and duct tape it across. Or at least at the corners. If you don't want to use duct tape, use hooks for step four.

Step FOUR:
Take your taped sheet and hang it on your wall. Or if you are using hooks hang it on your hook. Unprofessional tip: Make sure you tape it so it will give you room. My first try was a sheet taped to the wall.

Little Side Note:
The outside of your nook doubles as a background for pictures!

Step Five: *Optional*
Take a nap in your new space since that was a whole lot of work you did right there!

Step Six: A Mini-DIY project that takes about five minutes.
Take an old sheet and hang to corners on hooks. This makes and awesome reading nest, and when you get out of it, it bounces up, which is great since our book nook can't take up too much space on our bed.

It great for sitting!

It's great for hugging yourself?

It's great for hiding!

Step Seven:
Add a folded up comforter to your nook. It adds that extra cushion-y feel that I love about book nooks!

Step Eight:
Add Pillows! Now after these pictures I know what you're thinking, that's not enough pillows.

 I really love pillows

Step Nine:
Add Blankets. AKA CAPES!

I like my cape

Step Ten:
Add lights. I added my Christmas lights and my happy face lamp. Man, I love my happy face lamp.

 Happy Face Lamp

 Staring Contest!

Christmas Lights!

Step Eleven:
Choose a book and enjoy! This is probably the hardest one. Well, the choosing part, not the enjoying.
For the purpose of this demonstration, I chose Allegiant. Even though I read that a looooong time ago. I still have fresh feels.
 Another Picture of my reaction to the end
 Ranting about Four
 Okay, This is okay.
Four makes a joke.

The Final Product: 

ta da!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Mortal Instruments Book Review / Report for school I'm copying and pasting so I don't have to type it twice. WARNING! This is super long!

BTW: I've become obsessed and by obsessed I mean OBSESSED! Also, this is three or four pages long.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is the first book in the Mortal Instruments series. It starts off with Clary Fray going to a club called Pandemonium with her best friend Simon. While in the club Clary witnesses a murder. When she asks the murderers what they were doing they were surprised that she could see them.  One of them, Jace, explains that they are shadowhunters and what they killed was not a person, but a demon. Later on, while going to a poetry reading for Simon’s friend Eric, Clary see’s Jace again. He tells her to meet him behind the coffee shop they were in. Clary follows Jace out and he explains about shadowhunters and demons. While he is explaining this to Clary, she gets a phone call from her mother. Her mother tells her not to come home. All Clary can hear is loud noises in the background before the call ends. Clary grabs what she thinks is Jace’s cell phone and runs home.  When she gets home she finds a giant serpent-like creature in her home. The creature attacks her and she shoves Jace’s cell phone, which she now has figured out is a censor, into the demon’s mouth. This stalls the demon but it still comes back to attack her before Jace comes in and saves her. Unfortunately, the demon bit Clary and she is unconscious. When she wakes up she is in the institute with Isabelle hovering over her. Isabelle offers Clary some clothes and a shower before leaving to get Jace. When Clary walks out in her much too big borrowed clothes Jace is waiting for her. Jace says he is going to take her to someone named Hodge. Jace takes Clary to the gigantic library where Hodge is sitting at a big desk. Hodge explains to Clary the best he can about the shadowhunter world, and her mother.  A few days later they decide to go back to Clary’s apartment to see if they can find anything. When they get to her apartment, Clary asks her neighbor Dorthia if she knows anything about her mother. Dorthia (a “witch”) tries to read Clary and use tarot cards. Dorthia explains that her mother painted them. While in Dorthia’s apartment, Clary and Jace find a portal. Clary steps in, and the next thing she knows she and Jace are at her Mom’s best friend, Luke’s house / bookstore. While they are there they find Simon. Simon explains that he saw Luke packing a green duffel bag with a bunch of weapons and wanted to see what they were for. Clary and Jace go inside Luke’s house. There they find two men speaking with Luke about Clary’s mother. Jace uses his stele to build an invisible wall around them and they hear Luke say he never cared about Jocelyn. Later on in the story, the clave comes to visit Clary. They try to read her thoughts to see what she knows about the shadowhunter world. They can’t find much because there is a block in her mind. They decide to take Clary to the City of Bones where the silent brothers can remove her mind block. When she gets to the City of Bones the silent brothers are unable to read her mind, but she finds out that a warlock named Magnus Bane put it there. She and Jace must find him so he can remove the block. When Clary and Jace do find Magnus, they find out he lives in Brooklyn and is having a party. It just so happens that Isabelle somehow charmed herself an invitation.  When Isabelle, Clary, Jace, Simon, and Alec get to the party, Jace and Clary decide to find Magnus, while Alec and Isabelle watch Simon, a mundane.  Once Clary and Jace find Magnus, a VERY sparkly warlock, he tells them that he cannot fully remove the block that he put there, but he explains how her mother told him to put it in her mind and has her stare at a rune. This rune helps Clary get past the glamour (the way mundanes see things) and see things for what they truly are. When Clary and Jace leave Magnus’ room they find that Simon has been turned into a rat. Clary puts him in her backpack, and prepares to leave. Magnus declares the party over because too many vampires are complaining about somebody pouring holy water in there motorcycles. As everyone is leaving a vampire grabs Simon out of Clary’s backpack. While walking to the subway, Clary discovers Simon is missing. Jace tells Alec and Isabelle to go home, but Clary and he go to Hotel Dumont, the vampire’s hangout. When they get to the hotel a boy named Rafiel tries to keep them out. Clary and Jace go in anyway and get attacked by multiple vampires. While being attacked, Jace sees that Rafiel has Simon. Jace threatens to tell the Clave the vampires broke the accords if they don’t give Simon back. The vampires won’t agree, but Simon bites Rafiel’s finger and hurts him just enough so that he can scurry over to Clary and Jace. Clary and Jace bolt out of the vampire’s lair and steal one of their bikes. They fly back to the institute where Simon is turned back into a human.  A few days later Clary learns about the Claves search for the mortal cup. After finding out more about the cup she thinks that it looks familiar to the ace of cups on Dorthia’s tarot deck. While drawing in her sketchbook one night Clary decides to draw a rune on the corner of the paper. This rune lets her pull the cup she drew out of the paper. She shows Jace and explains how she thinks that this might mean Dorthia has the mortal cup. Jace and Clary decide to go the next day. The next day Jace, Clary, Isabelle, and Alec ask Simon if he can drive them to Clary’s old apartment. He says he can and drives them to Dorthia’s. At Dorthia’s Clary pulls the mortal cup out of the card. Dorthia asks Clary to give her the cup. Clary won’t give it to her and this makes Dorthia so mad that she turns into a demon. She also portals in a bunch of forsaken demons and tries to get the mortal cup. Isabelle and Alec help defeat of the forsaken while Clary and Jace keep Dorthia occupied. When the forsaken are finally gone, Alec tries to kill Dorthia. Dorthia strikes at Alec, making him go unconscious. Finally, Simon bursts in and shatters the dirt covered skylight. The light cause Dorthia to fold in on herself and evaporates. When everyone finally makes it back to the institute Isabelle and Simon go to heal Alec, while Jace and Clary go to the library to show Hodge the mortal cup. When Hodge sees the cup he makes Jace go unconscious and has his bird scratch Clary’s face, breaking her hold on the cup. Then, he creates a glass wall separating him from Clary and takes off Jace’s ring. Then, he twists the ring twice on his finger and a man appears. He takes the cup from Hodge and frees him from the curse the clave gave him. Then he takes Jace. Clary is so mad at Hodge for letting Valentine take Jace she follows him out of the institute, where he then attacks her. She is saved by a werewolf. Luke. Luke takes her back to an abandoned police station where he leads his pack of werewolves.  He explains to Clary how he became a werewolf, how Valentine tried to make him kill himself, and how he searched for Clary’s mother across the country. Clary finds out that Valentine is staying at a certain place and Luke and his pack plan to go and get back the mortal cup for the clave and save Clary’s mother. When Clary and Luke get to the place surrounded by the rest of the pack, Clary and Luke go inside. There, they find Clary’s mother chained to a bed, dying. Clary and Luke try to unchain her but are caught by two of Valentine’s servants. They take them up to Valentine where Jace is sitting completely healed. Jace explains how Valentine is his real father, and he had lied to him about his last name. Valentine explains how Clary and Jace are really brother and sister! Then Valentine notices Luke. Luke and Valentine get into a huge fight on the floor until Valentine almost kills Luke. Jace steps in and saves him. Jace and Clary realize how evil Valentine is, but it is too late because Valentine has already portaled back to Idris through the mirror then shattered the portal into pieces with the mortal cup. I hope they can heal Clary’s mother. I would recommend this book to Harry Potter fans because this book incorporated some similar ideas.

Thursday, January 9, 2014


Okay so for those of you who don't know, Goodreads is basically the Bookworm website. I found out about it while watching polandbananasBOOKS on YouTube. Now some of you have it so you don't really need to read this post. For those of you who don't, keep reading.

Things I found out with using Goodreads:
  1. I like a lot of genres I didn't think I liked
  2. I want to read almost 300 books :o
  3. I have no idea who to follow :)
Okay so speaking of number three - I need peeps to follow! If you have a goodreads, follow me and I'll follow you back. My name on Goodreads is Katniss Stone!

Books I am eventually going to read!

Okay so I've gotten a LITTLE behind on my reading by unexpectedly starting the Mortal Instruments and becoming a teeny bit obsessed. (OMG I LOVE JACE! JACE JACE JACE JACE JACE JACE JACE JACE JACE JACE JACE!!!!!!!) So here are the books I want to read next. If I have started a series it wont be on here. Comment on the books you think I should read first! I will be going to the book store and library soon so comment quickly!

  • Vampire Academy Series
  • Escape From Zobadak
  • The Unwanteds
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Out of my Mind
  • Stargirl
  • Frozen in Time
  • Lawless
  • Unbroken
  • Just One Day
  • Cinder
  • Unwind
  • The Maze Runner
  • Graceling
  • The Fifth Wave
  • Under the Never Sky
  • Legend
  • Uglies
  • Ender's Game
  • Partials
  • Life as We Knew It
  • The Moon Dwellers
  • Opal
  • Onyx
  • World After
  • My Life Next Door
  • Obsidian
  • The Dream Thieves
  • Emerald Green
  • Never Fade
  • Fangirl
  • Sapphire Blue
  • Ruby Red
  • The Truth About Forever
  • Angelfall
  • Eleanor and Park
  • Shatter Me
  • Inferno
  • The Bane Chronicles
  • Altered
  • The Host
  • The Raven Boys
  • The Infernal Devices Series
  • The Indigo Spell
  • Beautiful Creatures
Okay there are a lot more so just look for me on Goodreads (Katniss Stone) I finally got one today!