Mid Year Book Freakout Tag–2017

I always want to do this tag, but I just never do it because by the time I want to it’s already August or September. I know it’s a bit early, but better now than never. 

  • best book you’ve read so far in 2017

I can’t pick just one so I’m gonna go with I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga and It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini. 

  • best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017

I’m picking Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi. I started the Shatter Me series. 

  • a new release you haven’t read yet, but want to

I want to read Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. I love Cassie Clare and love all her books, but I haven’t had a chance to pick this one up. 

  • Most anticipated release of the second half of the year

The sequel to This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab, it’s called Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab 

  • Biggest disappointment 

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I felt that the book really glorified suicide and I didn’t enjoy it at all

  • Biggest Surprise 

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth. I didn’t enjoy the divergent series as much as I would’ve liked, but I LOVED this book. 

  • Favorite new Author (debut or new to you)

Tamara Ireland Stone. I read Every Last Word, and I loved it and I loved her writing style. 

  • Newest Fictional Crush

Rafe, from The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson 

  • Newest Favorite Fictional Character

I really enjoyed Cia and Tomas from The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau. I felt that they were very strong and developed characters and it made the book very interesting. 

  • Books that made me cry

I cry everytime I read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling. But recently, Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone made me very emotional. 

  • Books that made you happy

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini made me really happy because it was a mental health novel that really showed the positive aspect of mental hospitals and that really hit home to me. 

  • Most beautiful book you bought this year

Based on the covers, all of the Shatter Me series books had really pretty covers. 

  • What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I don’t really have an answer, because I don’t want to force myself to read specific books by a certain time period (other than school books). 

  • Favorite Book Community Member

I don’t like to pick favorites, but I love Emma from Emmmabooks and I love Alyssa from Pucksandpaperbacks

I tag everyone to do this tag! 

I hope you enjoyed!!

xoxoxoxox

 

June TBR

I’m back with another TBR! I know that I suck at TBR’s, but I want to continue to do them anyways.

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K Rowling (Harry Potter, #6)

I usually reread the Harry Potter series every summer, but I don’t have time this year. So, I thought I would reread the 6th one.

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  • The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (The Queen’s Thief, #1)

I randomly picked up this book from Barnes and Noble and it sounded very interesting to me and I hope to read it this month. Here is the synopses…

Synopses (from Goodreads):

The king’s scholar, the magus, believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure. To attain it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects Gen from the king’s prison. The magus is interested only in the thief’s abilities.

What Gen is interested in is anyone’s guess. Their journey toward the treasure is both dangerous and difficult, lightened only imperceptibly by the tales they tell of the old gods and goddesses.

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  • What Was Mine by Helen Klein Ross

This is a standalone novel, that my mom recommended to me. It has an interesting synopses and I’m excited to read it this month.

Synopses:

This book is about a women, Alice,  who kidnaps a baby girl from a shopping cart and raises her a her own. Stealing the child–It’s a secret from everyone. This is a secret kept from her daughter, nanny, etc. Although the stolen daughter, Mia, finds out about the truth that Alice isn’t her mother. She reaches out to her birth mother, Lucy, to find the truth but finds that it’s more complicated than she thought.

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Let me know what you are reading this month

xoxoxox

My Experience with Audio Books

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I have never used audio books very much. I have never been a huge fan because I like to hear the voices of the characters of the books in my head.

Although, recently I have been rereading Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K Rowling. I was in the car, and decided to use an audio book. I used the audio book by Jim Dale and I really started to enjoy it and was getting into it in the car.

I began thinking about audio books in general and I wanted to discuss it.

I began thinking about how different audio books are from the other medias of reading. I have always been a fan of the physical books, with the occasional e-book. But, I never grew up listening to audio books, so I just never think to buy an audio book. Then, I have become busier and busier and I didn’t have time to physically pick up a book. I began picking up an audio book, when I had a few minutes to listen. I found myself going through the book very fast and was really enjoying it.

The down sides to audio books is the pace. Sometimes, I read faster than the audio book and I want to go faster than the audio tape. Also, I enjoy holding a physical book as opposed to only hearing it.

Let me know your opinion on audio books.

xoxox

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I’M BACK

I’m alive!

I haven’t posted in a month or so because I have finished school and have been crazy studying for all of my finals.

Even though I have been lacking all year, I’m so excited to read more books and get back to my book discussions!

Thank you for all the support.

xoxox

Netflix Book Tag

I have been in a bit of a book-blogging slump and I haven’t done a tag in a while.I absolutely love Netflix and when I saw there was a tag I decided I wanted to do it.

  • Recently Watched: What is the last book you finished?

The last book I finished I Hunt Killers By Barry Lyga. I read this book and I thought it was suspenseful and amazing and I loved it.

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  • Top Picks: Books Recommended to you based on another you’d read.

Since I read Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, It was recommended to me that I read Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. I haven’t read it yet, but I want to a lot.

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  • Recently added: Last book you bought?

The last book I bought was Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and I ordered Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson by Jeff Guinn.

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  • Popular on Netflix: List 2 books you have read and 2 that you have not that are getting the HYPE.

2 books that I haven’t read that have a lot of hype is Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and The Diviners by Libba Bray.

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2 books that I have read with a lot of hype is Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi and The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.

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  • Comedies: A Funny Book

Heartless by Marissa Meyer was an unexpectedly funny book. Specifically the character Jest was a hilarious character and had such funny dialogue and really made the book funny.

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  • Drama: Character that is a drama king or queen?

I think Jace Herondale from The Mortal Instruments is a drama king. I don’t think it’s in an annoying way, but it added comic relief.

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  • Cartoons: A Book with a cartoon on the cover.

On the cover of The Lost Hero, the Dragon looked a little cartoonish.

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  • Watch Again: A series/book you want to read again.

I want to read Harry Potter all the time. I think it’s so beautiful and so magical and I love it so much. I used to reread it every summer, and I would love to do it again.

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  • Documentaries: A nonfiction you’d recommend to all.

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich.

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  • Action & Adventure: An action packed book.

I have so many action packed books that I love! But I recently read I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga and I loved it so much!

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  • New Releases:What is a new release you’re excited about?

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab. This is the sequel to the Monsters of Verity series.

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How I Feel About Book to Screen Adaptations

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I have mixed feelings about this topic and have been thinking about it for a while and wanted to discuss it.

Sometimes, I feel, adaptations may be successful. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a good example. The Hunger Games Series was a very successful book to movie adaptation. It was a very accurate set of movies.

Although, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare was not an accurate movie to it’s book. The book was so much better than the book allowed it to be. I didn’t think it was all the actors fault, it was the writing they were given.

I think that my biggest problem with book to screen adaptations is the worry that it won’t do the book justice. Some people judge books by their movies and won’t give the books a chance. As much as I want to trust the directors and producers and writers, I only trust the author.

I also get really mad when someone says a book to screen adaptation is better than the book, if the adaptation is book. The book is always better no matter what and when a non-reader says that and they haven’t even read the book.

Overall, I wouldn’t prefer to have book to screen adaptations. I kind of want them to leave the books alone and not ruin them on film.

 

March Wrap-up 2017

I am so happy with my reading this month! This year my reading has not been the best but I’m back on track! Here is what I read.

 

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  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.

Unfortunately I didn’t get to do a book discussion for this book. I really enjoyed this book! I felt that the characters were a bit rushed and underdeveloped, but overall I really enjoyed it. I gave it 4/5 stars.

 

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  • Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1) by Tahereh Mafi

Book Discussion

  • Unite Me (Shatter Me, #1.5, #2.5) by Tahereh Mafi
  • Unravel Me (Shatter me, #2) by Tahereh Mafi

Book Discussion

  • Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3) by Tahereh Mafi

Book Discussion

I LOVED this series so much and I can’t believe I waited so long to read it! I have book discussions for all three of the novels! (not including the novella) Gave all books 5/5 stars. Gave novella 4/5 stars.

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  • Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

I didn’t do a book discussion for this book. I really didn’t enjoy this book at all. I felt it didn’t keep me captivated and moved very slow. I much more recommend Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. I gave this book 2/5 stars.

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  • The Goose Girl (The Books of Bayern, #1) by Shannon Hale

I didn’t do a book discussion. This is a children’s book, but it didn’t take away from the story at all. While I was reading it, I was completely captivated. I gave this book 4/5 stars.

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  • White Stag (Permafrost, #1) by Kara Barbieri

I didn’t do a book discussion. Although, I read this book on my e-reader and I really enjoyed it. I felt that this book was really lacking in the character development and world building. Which is why I only gave it 3/5 stars.

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  • It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

I haven’t done a discussion on this book yet, but I’m planning on it. I LOVED this book. I really resonated in this book and my personal experiences with mental illness. I just got so emotional while reading this book because some thoughts of the main character felt like my own thoughts running through my head. I absolutely loved this book and I gave it 5/5 stars (ovi because I just typed for 10 straight minutes)

These are all the book that I’ve read in the month of march! Let me know what you’ve read.

 

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi|Book Discussion

Ignite me is the 3rd book in the Shatter Me series. Without getting into spoilers, I want to say that this book was the best out of the series in my opinion and if you haven’t read it, you really should.

If you want to know my thoughts on shatter me and unravel me the links will be below!

Shatter Me Book Discussion

Unravel Me Book Discussion

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If you haven’t read the book don’t read any more

Spoilers Coming

Thoughts (!!SPOILERS!!):

I felt that Juliette finally got herself together in this book. In the previous books, she was a mess and wouldn’t eat her food and acted really stupid.

I LOVED the scenes with Warner are absolutely great. In this book there is a lot of time with warned and it was so good. Juliette and Warner’s relationship really developed and got serious in this book. In the beginning of the book, he opens his heart to Juliette and I was just begging for Juliette to admit that she loved him too.

Although, I didn’t enjoy Adam in this book. In this book, we kind of saw the bitterness and the hate inside him. He treated Juliette like absolute crap and It was really weaird. Even though I didn’t mind that much because I wanted her to end up with Warner.

Oh my god I loved when Warner mocked Juliette and they teased each other. I really showed that they were getting to know each other and it was really cute. My favorite scene in the hole book was that heavy kiss between Juliette and Warner. I love when they wake up together and it was so good.

We got into Warner’s mom. She can’t touch herself, and nobody else can touch her. Then it’s revealed that the reason he was reaching Juliette to find a cure.Although, it didn’t work because she died. But I’m confused on how these powers are developed.

I want to talk about Juliette and Kenji. I loved their relationship. I love that she calls him her best friend and he calls her “J”. In my Shatter Me book discussion, I talked about how it lacked comedic appeal. I feel that that really picked up in this book. I laughed very often within their relationship. I loved that he questioned her on Juliette’s relationship with Warner. I loved the part when Kenji tells a joke, and Warner laughed out loud!

Oh my god and Warner giggles. I loved the lighthearted parts of the books, like when Juliette says she has never taken a bath. Then Warner just gets out of bed and starts a bath for her.

I love the way Juliette handled the break up with Adam at Warner’s house . She didn’t downplay anything and she was very real about the situation.

I love the part when  James first talks to Warner. James asks if he loves Juliette. Then Warner asks him the same thing. James just says “of course not she’s like 100 years older than me.” Oh my god. I’m literally dying.

Warner finally finds out that he has two brothers. Warner was so sweet when he was saying that he wanted to spend for time with them and I really would’ve enjoyed to see the brothers bonding more.

I love that Juliette can touch people now and everyone was hugging her and shaking her hand.

i was very satisfied with the end. Although, I wish I had an epilogue to see what is happening now. I know that this may not have happened, but I would have loved if there was an epilogue that it was all happy at the end and they had children and took over the world together.

Although, I enjoyed it so much and I loved it.

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi|Book discussion

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I read this book so fast and I loved it. There is a novella that goes in between Shatter me and Unravel me. I will have a separate review for each novellas, but I recommend reading the novellas before Unravel Me.I will link my Shatter Me Book Discussion here.

I really can’t say anything else about this book series without spoiling it, so leave now if you haven’t read it!

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Thoughts (!SPOILERS!):

Firstly, I want to talk about Juliette in the book. She is put in an environment where there are people just like her and trying to interact with her. I thought it was silly that she didn’t even try to make friends and prove that she isn’t as dangerous as she sounds. She chose to be sheltered by Adam and I don’t think that it was a very smart decision.

I want to talk about Warner. When I first heard of Warner, I thought that he was a straight-up villain. But, now I don’t think he is. He built a wall for himself, which I really saw crumble just the tiniest bit in this book. I really enjoyed this character development in this book. In the first book, they made him seem as if he had no heart and no soul. In this book, a softer side of him was shown and a more humane side of him came out. It was revealed that He was broken down like his dad. His dad is much an asshole in this book. Once his dad finds out he is falling in love, he immediately tries to kill Juliette.

I, personally, love Juliette and Warner together. I feel that their relationship wasn’t forced at all. Not that I hate Adam, I just feel like his relationship with Juliette wears him down and is more forced on us as readers. Juliette can’t seem to be independent around Adam and he feels like she needs protection. I feel like Warner allows her to be independent and take risks and use her power.

The part when Kenji gave Juliette a big speech is great. He basically said that she isn’t the only one here that is sad and upset and she needs to get over herself. I really liked that scene because it was just what she needed to hear.

I loved the scene when Warner and Juliette are talking and Warner brings up Shakespeare. I feel like that scene was like two normal people getting to know each other. They talked about her writing and they made each other laugh and it was really sweet.

The scene when Anderson shows up and is an absolute idiot was one of the best scenes. Juliette loses it and shoots him in both of his legs and it was great! Then a curveball comes at me and we find out that Warner and Adam are brothers.

Warner tells Juliette to call him Aaron because that it was his actual name and I absolutely loved it. I hated the part when she said Adam when they got all hot and heavy. It broke my heart because Aaron (Warner) was spilling his heart out to her and she didn’t even care.

Juliette was shot in the chest. I loved the part when they were laying in bed together and it was so sweet.

I’m so excited for the next book! Let me know what you thought about this book…

 

 

How Internet Affected my Reading

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I feel that having an internet platform is really great. I love being able to discuss what books I love and tracking my reading. Although, there are pros and cons.

One of the pros is Goodreads. Goodreads is such an amazing website for book lovers. You can track your reading and comment on other peoples updates. There are so many great things about goodreads. I love seeing people interacting strictly on books and it’s so magical.

Although, with goodreads causes pressure. People sometimes don’t think that I’m reading too slow and that really disturbs me. I like being able to read at my own pace without anyone judging me. Also, I’ve seen people commenting things that aren’t book related. I really hate this because it is supposed to be a welcoming environment and should keep it that way. Although, that can be easily fixed.

Another pro would be the influence that other people have on my reading. I absolutely love that everyone shares their favorite books and it really influences me to pick certain books up that I never would have picked up.

I also love that I have been able to interact with so many different people with different reading tastes than me. I like to hear how they interpret a certain books and reason why they loved or hated a book. It’s really great to be able to hear different perspective on my favorite books so I can get more out of it.

As you know if you have been following me, I love reviewing books.Although, when people know I’m reading something they expect a review for it. Although, this kind of unsettles me. I don’t like making expectations for posts that I may not deliver and that is a lot of pressure.

Let me know how reading has changed you!