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Why I’m Here

Hello all! Just wanted to make a quick post to let you all know why I’m here.  The short of it is, I’m an avid reader and I love to share my opinion on the books I read.  I’ll be using this blog as a means to discuss the books I read through reviews. So grab some tea, coffee, or whatever beverage you choose and find a comfy spot to settle in with me!

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The Fictional Boyfriend Tag!

Hey fellow readers! Today I was perusing bookish corners of the internet and came across the Fictional Boyfriend Tag! The tag was originally created by RayKayBooks!

Since I am forever claiming a new fictional boyfriend, I thought this would be a fun tag to do. So without any further jibber jabber, here are my fictional boyfriends!

 

  1. Most romantic boyfriend:  Against my better judgement, I’m going with Edward Cullen from Twilight on this one. I know, I know, but hes just so darn romantic. He wrote her a song. No one has ever written me a song.
  2. Dark and moody bad boy with a good side:  Will Herondale from the Infernal Devices! He tries so hard to push people away, but deep down he is such a sweet, kind soul.
  3. Paranormal boyfriend: Magnus Bane, also from the Infernal Devices. Magnus, Magnus, Magnus. The magic, the cat-eyes, the sweet way he shows his love. This warlock has had my heart from the very beginning.
  4. Boyfriend you want to tame: Christian Grey from 50 Shades of Grey. He is pretty much perfect, but he can be tamed back just a little bit.
  5. Boyfriend you friend zoned: Levi from Fangirl. He is just so sweet. He’s always there and dependable like a puppy. He is the perfect best friend.
  6. Your Soulmate: Simon Lewis from the Mortal Instruments. I know, I know. He’s the friend, the one no one is supposed to fall for. But he is just so darn lovable. He is sweet, and funny, and a huge nerd. He’s perfect!
  7. Boyfriend you want to elope with: Darien Freeman from Geekerella. He’s a big deal movie star now, so I wouldn’t want a public paparazzi filled wedding. So we would have to elope.
  8. Boyfriend you would venture anywhere with: Jace Wayland/Lightwood/Herondale, or whatever he is calling himself these days from the Mortal Instruments. He is so strong and adventurous. I would feel safe going anywhere with him.
  9. Boyfriend you would want to be stranded on a desert island with: TJ Callahan from On the Island keeps coming to mind. It’s an older less popular book but I LOVE it. It is by Tracey Garvis Graves. TJ is a boy who practically grows up stranded on an island so he already knows what he is doing.
  10. Most badass boyfriend: Jace again. I honestly can not think of a more badass dude than Jace Herondale. I mean he survived heavenly fire!

 

This was a super fun tag, and though I’m not going to tag anyone it is lots of fun to read other people’s answers! I know I used a lot of Cassandra Clare’s boys, but they are just so darn lovable!

I hope you all enjoyed this fun little post and Happy Reading! 🙂

 

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April Wrap Up!

April was a good book month for me. I finished 9 books in total. I didn’t have any that I outright didn’t like.

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Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

My First Read of April. I must say this book was a great, fun read. I haven’t read any pirate books aside from this one and I must say this was a cute, fun way to start.

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Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

I don’t read a lot of poetry, but I enjoyed this volume. It was a quick read that delves into subjects sensitive to women that don’t usually get enough attention. I think it is a good read for all women.

 

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Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Tessa, Jem, and Will. Need I say more? I love these three. This second book of the Infernal Devices Trilogy had me reading around the clock.

 

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Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

The final installment to the Infernal Devices trilogy. Ahhh Jem. Sweet kind Jem. Cassandra Clare found a way to rip my heart out, and then put it back again.

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Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

Simon Lewis, is by far one of my favorite characters from the shadowverse. I love his nerdiness and quick wit. I really enjoyed these short stories that helped to tie up some loose ends before Lady Midnight.

 

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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

This book, though I enjoyed it I found it hard to get into. It took me about halfway through to get into it. The ending has me counting the days until the release of the Lord of Shadows.

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Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Oima

My first manga. This book was really a good story. It follows a girl who can’t hear and how she is bullied on a daily basis. But more than focusing on her it focuses on the boy who is bullying her.

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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Still, after several days since finishing this book, I am not sure entirely where my feelings lie with this one. The book focuses on suicide and teenage angst. It is a tough thing for many to grasp and should be read by adults and teenagers who can handle the material.

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Geekerella by Ashley Poston

I am a sucker for a good Cinderella retelling and this one definitely delivered. It’s cute and contemporary set against a backdrop of nerd lore and I am all for it!. The two main characters exchange texts throughout the book not knowing who the other is. The end of the book is totally cute and perfect for a classic fairy tale retelling.

 

So, April was an awesome book month, let’s home May is just as good! Happy Reading! 🙂

 

 

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Thirteen Reasons Why

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Thirteen Reasons Why is a young adult novel written by Jay Asher. Originally released in 2007, the book has found a new popularity due to the hype of the Netflix series of the same name. The novel tells the story of why teenager, Hannah Baker, decides to end her life.

Honestly, my thoughts are all over the place with this book. With that being said, I can not promise that this review won’t contain spoilers. So if you haven’t read the book or watched the show, you may not want to read further.

My family has been personally effected by suicide. We lost a dear family friend when I was still in high school. It leaves the family members and friends with so many unanswered questions. Even when there is a note or in this case, a set of cassette tapes telling all the problems Hannah had. Survivors are left wondering, “why didn’t they ask for help?, why didn’t we notice the signs?, what could we have done differently to help them?, should I have not said this, not done that?” I think this is why it’s so hard for me to nail down a concrete feeling on this book.

In this story we follow Hannah’s story through a series of cassette tapes that she has let behind for her classmates. Each side of a tape is a different person’s story and how they contributed to the final decision that pushed Hannah to end her life. We hear her words  through Clay Jenson’s ears. He is the one person that Hannah claims didn’t deserve to be on her list.

I like the way the writing goes back and forth between two time lines so seamlessly. You never have to guess whose point of view you are reading. It is clearly defined. As far as the book goes, and even the story itself, I would say it is definitely a good read.

I think the main problem I have with the story is that it is targeted to teenagers. There has been some controversy that it glorifies suicide and to a degree I am inclined to agree. I feel like maybe we could have gotten a chapter on how the students coped afterwards. Maybe we could have seen some of the more terrible ones be a bit kinder to other people. Maybe show some real development between Clay and Skye. I think that may give readers who are struggling with suicide themselves a way to see that it can get better.

High school can seriously suck. Teenagers can be really cruel to each other. This book did a phenomenal job of illustrating that. It is proof of how one person’s opinion of a person, and how one lie can “snowball” and destroy someone’s life.

I apologize, if this seems all over the place, like I said I can’t form a solid opinion on this novel. I liked it, but I’m torn on if I agree if teenagers should read it. If it’s a fully stable teenager, then I’d say go for it. But, a teenager already teetering on the edge, someone who already has problems socially, I think it may magnify their anxiety and make things worse.

If you stuck around this long, through all my rambling. Thanks and happy reading! 🙂

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The Hardest Question a Reader is Asked….

Everyone in my circle knows I’m a reader. They all know that at any given moment there is a book in my purse and most likely one in my car as well. 

This often leads to the one question that is so hard for me to answer. What is your favorite book? I can’t name just one, so I’ve chosen three.

My third favorite book is a book most everyone loves. It’s got all you want as a young reader, friendship, adventures, and magic. Granted, I first read Harry Potter as an adult, but the magical world sank deep into my soul, thus earning a place in my top three.  

Number two on my list came to me in high school. Most every book I had to read in school, I hated. They were mostly boring and way below what held my interest.  Then one day my English teacher handed me a copy of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, and I fell in love. I couldn’t get enough of this book. I believe I read it three times that semester alone. 

Finally, my all time favorite book is A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks. I can’t help it but this book speaks to me like no other has. The first time I read this I was in the eighth or ninth grade and I related to it on many levels. I was like the main character, Jamie. I was nerdy, didn’t fit in and read a lot. Also, my mom was fighting cancer at the time and the book focused a lot on cancer. 

I have read hundreds of books since first reading these three and these consistently come to mind every time I’m asked “what’s your favorite book?”

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Milk and Honey….

Though it isn’t on my April TBR I picked up and read Milk and Honey this evening.  It is my first time reading a book of poetry. I must say, I quite enjoyed the format.

The issues brought to light in this work are intense. Rupi Kaur touches on various types of abuse, love, breaking and healing. 

I found the healing section most enlightening. It has a good message for everyone but women in particular. It reminds us that we are strong and beautiful.


I’m pretty sure that I will pick up more poetry in the future thanks to this book.

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My April TBR……

Hello all…….. It’s April first so I figured I would share what I plan on reading this month. 

Daughter of the Pirate King! This was the March Owlcrate book. I have never read a pirate-ish book before and this looks like a great one to start with. Also, you can’t go wrong with a redhead brandishing a sword. I’m a proud redhead and I only wish I could get by with carrying a sword!

 Clockwork Prince!  Late last year I got sucked into the shadow hunter world. I can’t get enough. I just finished Clockwork Angel last night and I can’t wait to finish the series!

Clockwork Princess! Because, again I love this world! 

I’ve read The Mortal Instruments series and am finishing The Infernal Devices, so why not read Lady Midnight as well?
Happy reading y’all!

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Caraval……(spoiler free review)

Hello everyone, and happy Sunday!  Today I am going to be giving a spoiler free review of 27883214

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This story follow two sisters trying to escape their father’s abusive hand and harsh words. Scarlett, our main character, is arranged to marry, sight unseen, a man of her father’s choosing. Since she was a young girl, she has always dreamed of going to the Caraval show. She writes to the Master Legend and earns her and her sister, Tella, tickets to the event.

Caraval is an interactive game where the players have to solve a series of clues to get to the end and win the yearly prize. This year, Scarlett is surprised to find that her sister is part of the game and she has to play along to find her.

With the help of a seemingly wayward sailor, Julian, Scarlett plays the game and fights to the finish to help save her sister.

 

My thoughts….

I finished this book in the span of a day. Once I started and got into the story, I couldn’t stop. This book is marketed to make you think it is like a circus, carnival type performance, but I didn’t get that feeling. I got more of a mystery game type feel to it, but that could just be me and my awkward interpretations of things.

I didn’t particularly care for Scarlett. To me she came off as whiny and weak, although early on in the book another character describes her as strong.

Despite my dislike for Scarlett, I really enjoyed this story. It keeps you guessing right up until the final pages. I have recently learned that there is going to be a second book and I can’t wait until it comes out.

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Why I Read

Today I was asked by a non reader why I enjoy reading so much. Before I realized it, I was giving the same answer my momma used to give me when I was little and would ask her the same thing.  I read because through the pages of a book you can be anyone, go anywhere and experience anything. 

In this crazy world that we live in, who wouldn’t want to escape the day to day monotony of work, or school. The violence and hatred on the news is sickening. With books we can escape all of that for a bit and immerse ourselves in a world where bad things are made okay by a happy ending. 

Reading has always been my go to escape from reality. In a weird way, books have made me who I am.

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My Bookish Birthday!

Seeing as how my birthday was Saturday,  I have nonchalantly been leaving my tbr notebook lying around the house as a subtle hint to my husband of what to get me.  He knows he could always get a Barnes and Noble gift card, and I would be pleased but that’s not how he is.  He likes to make me happy. This time he really hit the mark. He saw Caraval on my list and began plotting.  Aside from the Harry Potter series my husband isn’t really a Bookish dude so I’m  not sure how he knew Caraval was the Owl Crate book of February.  Somehow though he figured it out and ordered me last month’s box. He may have really messed up though, because now I’m going to want the Owl Crate every month!