Books I’m Thankful I Read This Year

Prompt from The Broke and the Bookish

I did one of these posts last year and I really loved looking back at the books I read in the last year. I haven’t read as many books this year as I would have liked to, but I really enjoyed everything I’ve read so far. I still have six weeks to squeeze in a bunch more books, right!?

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1. The first book I read this year and a book I’m thankful I read come wrapped together in the form of Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor. I was only partially into the podcast when I read the book, but it made me even more interested and I caught up on the podcast much quicker than I thought I would. I got a Night Vale shirt for my birthday earlier this month and I am proud to be a part of this quirky and crazy fandom.

2. The second book I’m thankful I read this year is Morning Star by Pierce Brown. Red Rising was the first sci-fi series I have ever loved. After the first book came out in 2014, I have been waiting for this conclusion. I loved the end of this series and it was so fun to meet Pierce during his book tour. I’m anxiously looking forward to the first book in his next series, Iron Gold.

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3. I was so happy when A Court of Mist and Fury came out a few months ago. I loved A Court of Thorns and Roses and I was anxiously looking forward to ACOMAF. I was a bit afraid my hopes were too high and that I would be let down, but I honestly believe that this book was even better than the one that preceded it. I am going to be writing  a full review of ACOMAF soon. I’m waiting eagerly for May and A Court of Wings and Ruin.

4. Five Quarters of the Orange was an unexpected enjoyment. I really wanted to read Chocolat by Joanne Harris, but my library didn’t have it. I picked this one up instead and I really enjoy and recommend it.

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5. Finally I’m glad I reread Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. It always transports me back to my childhood. It’s even more special this time because it precedes a trip to The Wizarding World. How many times have you read your favorite series?

I’m thankful I read these books this year and I hope to read a lot more excellent books before 2016 comes to an end.

XOXO,

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Harry Potter Read-a-thon

A few months ago, my sister and I found out that we would be heading to far away Orlando, Florida for Christmas vacation. We’ve never been to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and it’s been ages (12 years) since we last went to Disney World.

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We were both very excited, but it was then that we realized how long it’s been since we last read the Harry Potter books. I have read them four times through by myself and they are, without a doubt, one of my favorite series. Just picking them up transports me back to my childhood.

So we decided then and there: 7 books, 16 weeks.

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We immediately picked up my illustrated copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and started reading. When my sister first experienced the books, it was when I read them out loud to her, so we decided to keep with tradition.

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11 of our 16 weeks have now passed and we have made it to The Order of the Phoenix.I don’t know if we’ll finish the last three books in our final five weeks, especially with final exams and Thanksgiving coming up, but we are doing our best to push through to the end.

I have been attempting to document our slow journey through the books on my Instagram, and I’m hoping to make another post on our progress before our journey to  Florida. The two of us and our whole family are really looking forward to our first physical experience of The Wizarding World, especially the butter beer!

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Check out my Instagram and Twitter for updates on our epic read-a-thon!

 

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I Met Pierce Brown!

Red Rising is my favorite sci-fi series ever.

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Sadly, the last book in the trilogy came out last month. It’s bittersweet that the series has ended, but I got to meet one of my favorite authors, Pierce Brown. I’m so grateful that he came within hours driving distance of where I live. I went on an awesome 6 hour road trip, went to an amazing and huge bookstore, and I got to see the awesome place that is Denver, Colorado.

I pre-ordered Morning Star over a year ago, but sadly, it didn’t come in time for the signing. So now I have two copies of both Golden Son and Morning Star (not that I’m complaining).

I (sort of) coerced my parents into making the trip and it was incredibly fun. The signing was on February 12 at Tattered Cover in Denver. Tattered Cover is a big bookstore with two floors and a coffee shop. I went again the day after the signing because I just didn’t have enough time to look around.

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Pierce did a Q & A and the awesome Sons of Ares was there handing out Red Rising and Howler buttons. The line went all the way up the stairs and into the main store, but it was so cool to meet other fans of Red Rising.

Pierce was so good about talking to every person in line and it was so great to meet him, talk to him, and get all my books signed.

I’m really looking forward to his next series Iron Gold. I will read anything he writes and knowing what’s next is really exciting.

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I’m looking forward to whatever’s next. Thanks for writing and for meeting your crazy fans, Pierce.

XOXO,

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On GoodReads: Red Rising, Golden Son, & Morning Star.

 

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My Winter Break TBR

These last few months, I have been so consumed with school. I have read more books than I thought I would during school, but my reading list has only grown. Now that this semester of school has ended, I am reading and writing as much as possible.

My TBR for Winter break is pretty ambitious and I doubt that I’ll get through them all, but I hope that I can get through most of them.

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The Kite Runner

I am currently reading this book and I love it. I am a little over halfway done with it and I love it. It’s so sad and I can’t wait to write a review for it.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

This is a book that I’ve had for a while and that I have jus never gotten around to picking up. I’m planning on finishing it before Glass Sword comes out.

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

I got this book almost a year and just keep reading other books first. So I’m finally going to make myself pick it up.

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Brönte

Wuthering Heights is classic romance and I’m always trying to read more classics and literary fiction to get me out of my contemporary slump.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

I started reading this book once and I got through two chapters before picking up something else. So I’m planning on finishing this one.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

This is one Contemporary YA novel that I’ve heard a lot of good things about. I haven’t seen the movie based on this book and I’m not going to until I’ve read it.

Let me know if there’s anything I should add or if there’s anything you’ve already read and love.

XOXO,

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Top Ten Books I’m Thankful I Read This Year

Top Ten Tuesday is a blog prompt created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This year I have come to realize that having a blog and an entire Instagram account that is book-related causes you to read more and try to push through those terrible reading slumps. I have almost met my GoodReads 2015 challenge that I set for myself and I’ve read a lot of books that I might not have if it wasn’t for other people recommending them to me through social media.

 So here are the top ten books I’m thankful I read this year.

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1.To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

This was one of the first books I read this year, and I hadn’t even heard of Jenny Han before I read it. Once I finished this one, I pretty much bought and read every other Jenny Han book I could get my hands on. You can read my review of this book here.

2. The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

I won this book on a Twitter giveaway and it was actually a while before I picked it up. I read this book aloud to my sister and even though it’s nearly 500 pages we finished it in a few weeks.

3. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

When I see books about books I have to read them and this one was no exception. Guy was an interesting character that just wanted to learn more about himself and the world around him. Although this book had a kind of unresolved ending I am thankful I read it.

4. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

I have read a lot of Lemony Snicket books since I was young, but this was the first book I read by Daniel Handler. Min was a really relatable character and I felt that this was one of the most true-to-life books I read this year.

5. Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

I have been reading the Miss Peregrine series since the first book came out in 2011, and it’s bittersweet that this is the last book in that series. Library of Souls was such an amazing conclusion to story of Miss Peregrine and the peculiar children.

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6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl is the first book I read by the amazing Rainbow Rowell. Soon after I finished reading Fangirl, I got both Attachments and Landline from my local library. Fangirl is another book that I felt was incredibly true-to-life. You can read my review here.

7. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

I read this book to get back to the classics. Ever since I joined the book community online, I have been reading a lot more contemporary novels, rather than books I might read without any outside influence. I really enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to reading even more classics in the future.

8. The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

I read this book because my mother recommended it to me and can’t believe that I ever worry about not liking her recs. Like I said: I’ve never met a book about books that I didn’t like. And now I want to read Tamerlane and all of Gabrielle Zevin’s books.

9. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

This book is one of the most moving and heart-rending YA novels I have ever read. This is a book that I always recommend and that I definitely want to read again.

10. Golden Son (Red Rising #2) by Pierce Brown

Golden Son came out in January and it was one of my most anticipated 2015 releases. I read the amazing Red Rising last March and Golden Son was just as incredible, if not better. Pierce Brown is an amazing author and I can’t wait for Morning Star to come out. Read my review here.

Thanks for reading and happy Thanksgiving.

XOXO,

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A Court of Thorns and Roses – Review

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Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J Maas
Date of Publication: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Format: Hard Cover
Source: Amazon
My Rating: 4.5/5

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.


 

This review is going to be a bit different because I really am not sure how to express my feelings about this book. I really just want to say everything about it, but I also don’t want to give away any spoilers.

Sarah J. Maas pretty much crumpled up my feelings and tried to flatten them out again without any success. Every moment of this book had me flipping the pages faster and faster. So let me just get to this review.

THE WRITING

This was the first book I have read by Sarah J. Mass and I just have to take this moment to say that she is one of the most brilliant contemporary writers I have ever read. The way she describes colors and movement and feelings is incredible and brought out such an amazing picture in my mind the whole time I read. Every scene seemed to burst with color. I can’t wait to start reading the Throne of Glass series.

THE ACTION

Okay, the main character of this book, Feyre, is female but she is one of the strongest female leads I’ve ever read. She was more confident in her own beliefs and loves than Katniss or Tris ever were. Feyre constantly fights and survives for herself and for the people she loves.

THE ROMANCE

Feyre and Tamlin’s relationship is constantly growing and changing over the course of the book. Although at first they can hardly stand to speak to one another, their love increases daily. Their relationship is one that will hopefully continue throughout the next book in the series.

A Court of Mist and Fury doesn’t come out until the eternity of six months comes to an end. I’m hoping to drown this terrible book hangover in the Throne of Glass series until it comes out.

XOXO,

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My First Blogoversary!

Hooray! My blog is officially one year old!

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This is still a baby blog, but I’m ready to really help it grow in the year to come. In the past year I started my Instagram and Twitter and wrote more than I ever have before. I also wrote my very first book review. Wringing for this blog has provided me with so much motivation to read and write more. I have connected with so many book lovers over social media and it’s been such an amazing experience.

My blog is still a baby and it’s going to to do some growing and changing in the coming year. I’m going to be doing even more reading, writing, and photography soon.

I’m already working on some of my new posts to come and on some brand new content. I’m also thinking of expanding my social media coverage with a YouTube channel. I only want this blog to grow and grow, so in the coming year I will be working to be sure that that’s what happens. I  can’t wait.

XOXO,

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The End of My Hiatus

I had surgery on my wrist last month. The fact that I had a cast, as well as really sore muscles, means that I have officially taken the longest hiatus ever from writing. I haven’t been writing any blog posts. My mind and my time have both been taken over by school. I also haven’t been writing stories or continuing my book. (Thankfully, NaNoWriMo is coming up.) I feel like the worst and most unfaithful blogger/writer ever.

Since my first blogoversary is coming up next month, I want to start posting again to remind myself why I started this blog in the first place: for the love of books. I truly love connecting with other bloggers and readers. (Please comment! I would love to follow you on Instagram or Twitter.) I have been doing more connecting through Instagram lately, but I really want to follow more blogs and meet more people that enjoy reading.

Although I haven’t been posting as much, I have been reading a lot, so I have a lot of review material stored in my head right now. I have new posts planned and it’s time to start drafting.

If you’re reading this, thanks for sticking around or for visiting my blog for the first time.

XOXO,

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Paper Towns – Review

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Title: Paper Towns
Author: John Green
Date of Publication: October 16, 2008
Publisher: Dutton Books
Format: Paper Back
Source: Target
My Rating: 1.5/5
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Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew.

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Paper Towns is only the second book by John Green that I have read, after The Fault in Our Stars. I did not write a review for TFiOS, but I only gave it one star out of five on GoodReads. I did not like Green’s writing style and I thought that the ending was predictable. I wasn’t planning on reading any other books by him, but when I heard about the release of the new Paper Towns movie trailer, I had to read it for myself.

I was hoping that I would like Paper Towns more than The Fault in Our Stars because I disliked it so much, and I have to say that I definitely liked this story more. Quentin was a much more likable main character and the storyline was less predictable. The whole concept of a mystery and a chain of clues that needed to be uncovered was a very interesting construct.

However, I still can’t say that I enjoyed this story. Green’s writing style is the same and I don’t like the way that he writes. The humor was crass and the characters were simply archetypes. Margo Roth Speigelman has to be one of my least favorite literary characters. She was self-seeking and selfish; she didn’t care how her plan would affect anyone else because she wanted to serve herself by leaving.

Quentin was a more likable character. He truly cared for Margo, even if it was mostly his idea of her. I agree with Green when he writes that we can never truly know who another person is.

XOXO,

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WWW # 1 (June 23)

WWW is a blog prompt that asks three questions.

What did you recently finish reading, what are you currently reading, and what are you going to read next?

More diverse posts have been a long time coming on my blog and I hope that I will find the time to write more posts. I want to write so much more than reviews, but reviews come easy to me because I usually know how I feel about a particular book. But I’m glad to be branching out and writing more varied posts.

So ‘W’ Number 1 – What did you recently finish reading?

The last book that I finished reading was Paper Towns by John Green. As you will see in an upcoming review, I don’t really like Green’s writing but I read it because of the movie that is coming out next month. I watched the movie trailer right after I finished reading it and I can already tell that there are a lot of things that are much different than the book. Overall, I like this book more than The Fault in Our Stars, but I will definitely not be reading any more John Green books unless another one is made into a movie.

‘W’ Number 2 – What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading both All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven and The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. All The Bright Places is one of the best YA books that I’ve read in a while. So far, it’s been very engaging and I can’t wait to see what happens to Violet and Finch.

Although I heard about The Royal We through YA circles on Twitter, I don’t think that I would classify this book as YA. I like it so far and know that the story extends over a decade. The story arc is believable and cute, and Bex is a really relatable character.

‘W’  Number 3 – What are you planning on reading next?

Next, I am planning on reading The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. I feel like I haven’t been reading enough classics lately. Before I joined the book community online, I pretty much only read classics. But on Twitter and other blogs, I always see more NA, YA, and overall contemporary books recommended, so those are the books that I now tend to gravitate toward at the bookstore and the library. But I want to read more of the faithful classic novels and The Picture of Dorian Gray is one that have been meaning to read for a while now.

XOXO,

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