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Top 5 Tuesday – Bookish Pet Peeves

When it comes to books, I think of myself as lenient in a sense while reading. There’s not much that will prevent me from reading BUT here are the top 5 things that do prevent me from reading a book!

Biblically Small Fonts

Lemme just say this right here and now, I HATE wearing my glasses to read. I wear bifocals which makes it very difficult for me to read while wearing them. I mean, I wear them when necessary but I’d much prefer not wearing them while reading. Which this issue actually brings me to my next bookish thing I don’t like-

Mass Market Paperbacks

I feel like this ties in with the small fonts issue but my main problem with mass market paperbacks is the spines on them. You can barely maintain a hold on them! Though there are incentives like the fact you can throw them in a purse- But these paperbacks are just too small font wise and size wise.

Copy Cat Novels

I have no idea why I call them copycat novels but what I mean is when one novel is almost identical to another novel be it by the same or different author. This, unfortunately, occurs a lot in the bookish community (ESPECIALLY YA).

Dust Jackets on Hardcovers

There’s actually almost nothing wrong with dust jackets, they’re helpful and make the hardcover pretty.  Although I just don’t enjoy having to continually take them off and put them back on while reading. It’s more or less a pet peeve of mine. A part of me just wishes that hardcovers were like paperbacks in the sense that the cover doesn’t come off but ehh I get why they don’t lol-

Flat Characters

For me personally, to get invested in a novel, I NEED the characters to have some, any sort of depth to their personalities. When the main character has no personality, I just can’t finish the novel no matter how good others say it is. I just need some form of personality development-

Well, I hope y’all enjoyed my minor rant! Tell me in the comments what your bookish pet peeves are, I’d love to hear them! Thank you for reading (sorry if this was a little too ranty for y’all)!

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“A Short History of the Girl Next Door” by Jared Reck (Review)

“A Short History of the Girl Next Door” by Jared Reck, for one, this title has a LONG name but also this was NOT the fluffy contemporary goodness I had originally expected from this novel. This novel will make you cry!

This is a novel you should go into as blindly as possible in my opinion.

SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS

“Fifteen-year-old Matt Wainwright is in turmoil. He can’t tell his lifelong best friend, Tabby, how he really feels about her; his promising basketball skills are being overshadowed by his attitude on the court, and the only place he feels normal is in English class, where he can express his inner thoughts in quirky poems and essays. Matt is desperately hoping that Tabby will reciprocate his feelings; but then Tabby starts dating Liam Branson, senior basketball star, and an all-around great guy. Losing Tabby to Branson is bad enough; but, as Matt soon discovers, he’s close to losing everything that matters most to him.”

REVIEW BY MOI

Lemme tell you, I genuinely thought this novel would be all fluff. It’s generally what I expect based on the synopsis. I was wrong I’ll admit that this novel broke my heart into many pieces. All this novel truly needed was a hug!

WHAT I LIKED 

  • This novel was spectacular at getting me invested in the characters lives! By the end of the novel, I was in a way TOO invested in the characters! I didn’t know I could get that invested in the characters.
  • There was a true rollercoaster of emotions I felt while reading!
  • This story really, I guess, brought the fact of unrequited love to life for me. I’ve never really experienced an unrequited love so I feel like that really made this novel heartbreaking for me.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

  • The beginning was slow, it felt uneventful and for maybe a short second, I thought about DNFing this novel. I can’t stand slow beginnings in novels and I feel like that has shined through in my blog. It’s mostly ADHD though so it’s generally not actually against the novel-
  • Realistically speaking, that was my only issue with the novel as a whole.

OVERALL RATING

Altogether, I enjoyed this story, it was very poignant and powerful in a sense. You could truly feel the emotions of the characters which really helped the novel as a whole! I’ll be giving this a 4.5 out of 5 stars!

Thank you for reading! This novel was given to me by Blogging For Books for an honest, unbiased review.

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Top 5 Tuesday – YA World War 2 Historical Fictions

Historical Fictions, why are they so amazing one may never know. Here are some amazing historical fictions!

I’ve really been forward to this specific post! There’s a certain something I love about historical fictions! They take you back in time to a different place, something you didn’t live through. While a lot of historical fictions are sad, a lot can also be uplifting.

DISCLAIMER: All opinions are my own so I hope they don’t upset y’all!

1. “Between Shades of Grey” by Ruta Sepetys 

There’s not much I can say about this without getting emotional. This novel tore my heart to pieces, it has so many elements of love and family! The mother is my favorite character and I CANNOT recommend this novel anymore!

For more information, the review I wrote can be found here!

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2. “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak

I enjoyed this novel a lot, the only thing I HATED about this novel, the beginning was exhaustingly slow but once you get past maybe the first hundred pages it’s amazing! I thought that the opening was beautifully written with why the novel has the name it has. I strongly recommend this novel!

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3. “Anna and the Swallow Man” by Gavriel Savit

THE SYMBOLISM THOUGH. The symbolism in this novel was amazing. It was a quick read that I could NOT put down! Anna may know that the swallow man isn’t her father, they both still have an amazing parental connection. This novel is a read I really recommend!

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4. “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” by John Boyne

The premise of this novel was what I loved, it was sad but beautiful. The friendship between Bruno and a child on the other side of the mysterious fence. This novel shows the true travesty of World War 2 and I loved Boyne’s interpretation of this heartfelt novel!

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5. “Code Name Verity” by Elizabeth Wein

I had absolutely no intention of putting this novel on the list yet by a turn of events, here we are! I personally didn’t love the beginning of the novel but it progresses into something intriguing. I loved the aspect of spies and friendship! While this isn’t my favorite WW2 novel, it’s still a great book to read!

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Thank you for reading! Have an amazingly good day!

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Top 5 Tuesday – Releases of 2017

Welcome my dudes to the best-ish post you’ll ever read-

Hey y’all! This is a new segment that will be on my blog every Tuesday from now on. I’ve seen a ton of bloggers do these top 5 days and I really wanted to start one! So here we are, today we’ll be talking about releases of 2017!

All of these are my opinions so I hope they don’t upset anyone lol if they do I apologize in advance!

These are in no particular order, only the order in which I thought of them.

1. “Turtles All the Way Down” by John Green

OK, let’s be real y’all, you knew or at least assumed this novel would appear somewhere on this list BUT I didn’t think I’d put it on this list. I will make it clear not, I am NOT a John Green fan. I mean he’s a great guy I’m sure but his writing style has never been my thing. The reason this novel is on my list is that I enjoyed how he implemented mental illness into this novel. It made it a worthwhile read and I was able to get through it, I usually can’t finish his novels lol. For John Green fans, this, in my opinion, is one of his best novels so far!

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2. “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas

This novel shook me. This was one of those reads that I couldn’t put down, it deals with the ideas of racism amazingly! For me, this novel brought into play some important topics that I normally avoid in the world. I enjoy believing that racism doesn’t still exist but it’s an important issue that needs a change. “The Hate U Give” reminded me of how our world is and frankly, it shines a different light on race and that’s really important!

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3. “The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue” by Mackenzi Lee

This book was amazing, I had just read “My Lady Jane” prior to reading this and in my mind, they were both similar but amazing and different at the same time! I’ve been REALLY into historical fiction recently so I’m very biased about this novel. Hilarious is an understatement for this novel and the cover is fantastic. Originally, I had no intentions of reading this but I had a lot of people tell me it was amazing so I did. I have no regrets lol! If you enjoyed “My Lady Jane” go buy this book right now, you will not be disappointed, it just pulls you in and gives you a good laugh!

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4. “Hunted” by Meagan Spooner

Beauty and the Beast is one of my all-time favorite fairy tales, be it the fabulous Disney version or the very grim Grimm fairy tales version, I love the premise of this particular fairy tale! So lemme tell you this, “Hunted” does an amazing job of retelling the best fairy tale of all time. Once again, slight bias, not towards the book but every other aspect of the books premise. While “Hunted” has its own little spin on the classic tale, the truth remains that this version of Beauty and the Beast is VERY similar to the Disney version of the tale. That part slightly bothered me at first but all around this novel was spectacular at bringing the tale to life!

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5. “Eliza and Her Monsters” by Francesca Zappia

To be honest, I only picked up this novel because I’d heard it was similar to “Fangirl.” That’s quite literally my only excuse for reading this, but let’s be real fam, THIS WAS SO GOOD! This novel is one of those fantasies that artists have lol, they created a top webcomic and find the love of their dreams. I, at first, figured this would be a fluffy contemporary with no true plot but I was pleasantly surprised. I won’t go too in-depth on why I adored this novel as I believe it’s best to experience the joy for yourself!

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Thank you for reading! I appreciate you taking the time to read this!

 

 

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Reading Habits Tag

  • Bookmarks or random piece of paper?

I actually don’t use bookmarks that often. Lol, I ALWAYS lose my bookmarks and it’s so upsetting! I mean I’m used to losing my bookmarks so what I tend to do nowadays is just fold the corner of the page I stop on. While I’d rather use a bookmark this is a tad more convenient.

  • Stop reading randomly or stop after a chapter/certain amount of pages?

Usually, I’ll just end up reading until I run out of time to read. More often than not I read and stop when I reach the next even-numbered page. Stopping on an even page number is long-term easier for me.

  • Certain place at home for reading?

I usually will read in either my recliner or my bed. I’m one of those readers that absolutely HAS to be comfortable when reading.

  • Eat or drink while reading?

I love my books too much to torture them like this lol. Worst case scenario, I’ll drink some water while reading but I’m pretty protective of my books as I buy most of them with my own money. I’m a clumsy person and I WILL drop food on my books guaranteed if I’m not careful.

  • Music or TV while reading?

I’ll usually read while listening to some music but I keep my music on a fairly low setting so it won’t distract me from reading.

  • One book at a time or several?

I tend to read about three books at a time give or take but they’re always different genres so I won’t mix them up. There’s always a good amount of books on my tbr so that’s why lol!

  • Reading at home or everywhere?

Funnily enough, I read more often at school or work than at home. I never have free time so I read when I have the chance no matter where I am. I’m not home very often so reading everywhere else is much more convenient for me personally.

  • Reading out loud or silently/

When reading, it’s generally silently so I can focus more so on the text and not lose track of where I am. It’s very easy for me to lose my place if reading aloud!

  • Do you ever read ahead or skip pages?

I won’t deny it, I am one of those people who will skip a page. Only one though and it’s only if it’s plot or dialogue that seems irrelevant in the novel long term. BUT I do try not to ever skip pages as I end up feeling bad about it.

  • Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

I really try not to break the spine but I’m not a fan of hardcover books so I literally read majority paperback. So let’s be real, the spine tends to ruin easier on paperback. I do love to keep them like new though!

  • Do you write in your books?

Yes, I had to annotate a lot of books in high school so it’s a bad habit I never gave up. I just will write randomly in most of my books to keep track of my thoughts about it!

  • Who do you tag? 

I’m not really going to tag anyone right now as no one comes to mind since this is an older tag! So please do this tag if you’d like, thank you for reading!

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“I Am No One” by Patrick Flanery (Review)

This book was given to me by Blogging for Books for an honest unbiased review.

Here’s a short but sweet version of my review of “I Am No One”

Jeremy is a college history professor who begins to become paranoid as the days go by due to some boxes coming to his doorstep with pictures of his online activity and phone records in it. He’s middle-aged with a successful daughter who he’s attempting to reconnect with due to loneliness.

Satisfying thriller with fantastic dialogue and spy galore. At first, I was unsure about whether or not I’d be finishing the novel. While the concept was satisfying, thrillers are generally not my cup of tea. Although my worries, I read the novel, “I Am No One” was fantastic. Anyone who enjoys thrillers and mysteries will genuinely enjoy this novel.

Altogether I did enjoy the novel, not as much as I wish I could say. If I were someone who enjoyed thrillers, I’m sure I would’ve enjoyed it more. Any lover of thrillers or mysteries should look into this book. I figure this will be a choice read for particular readers, yet everyone should attempt to read this someday. Make today that day!

I’m giving this a 3.5 out of 5 stars! Thank you for reading!

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TBR; November 2017

It’s been a little while since I’ve done a tbr so I’m going to do one now! First, a quick update on my life, I decided to major in vet temporarily until I figure out exactly what’s for me. Honestly, these past few months have been amazing reading months for me even when I haven’t had time to read!

The books I’d like to read in the next two months are:

  • “Eliza and Her Monsters” by Francesca Zappia
  • “The Upside of Unrequited” by Becky Albertalli
  • “Lilac Girls” by Martha Hall Kelly
  • “Three Dark Crowns” by Kendare Blake
  • “A Million Junes” by Emily Henry

Although I’m not sure I’ll be able to get through all of those books, I’m going to try as a couple of these novels has been on my tbr list for awhile. Thanks for reading, this was just a little life update and to read list!