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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!

Fiction · Mystery · reviews · Thriller · Uncategorized

“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!

Fiction · Historical Fiction · reviews · Romance · YA

“My Lady Jane” by Cynthia Hand, Brody Ashton, and Jodi Meadows (Review)

Lady Jane Grey or Dudley as known throughout history was queen for nine days following her cousin’s abrupt death. “My Lady Jane” is a comedic retelling of this very tale in history except there’s a few twists and turns. In the novel, there are two types of people; the edians and the verities. Edians have the ability to turn into animals which upsets the verities. This will come into play the majority of the plot.

When Edward finds out he’s sick, he gets worse and worse. Lord Dudley told him to make Jane the queen, sounds great right? Wrong. This occurs around the time when he also has Edward marry Jane off to his son Gifford. Gifford is an edian without control of his power and Jane, this is something y’all book lovers can relate to, she loves to read! Their relationship slowly builds up as Jane really didn’t want marriage. She’d begged Edward not to marry her to Gifford.

This book is a fantastic retelling. The comedic aspects of the novel were amazing. Personally, I love historical fiction so that also played a major part in my love for the novel. I mean, it’s set in the 1500’s! My main concern heading into this novel though was the hype. I don’t know what it is about me but generally, I don’t like retellings. Retellings are the kind of make it or break it genre in the book community but really I ended up loving this! Honestly though, the comedy is ever so slightly repetitive but personally, I didn’t mind.

This novel brought history to life, well more or less, the fact is that this novel did follow the majority of the true tale of Lady Jane Grey. In fact, I never dreamed I’d end up reading this novel. The characters grow so much throughout the novel, it’s a precious thing to be able to watch them grow in relationships. Jane and Gifford have that special love we all are looking for in life.

Finally, I adored this novel and can’t wait for the next novel in the series, “My Plain Jane”! “My Lady Jane” is now one of my favorite books, if you ever see it, pick it up and you won’t be disappointed. You’ll find you’re on the edge of your seat the entire read! I’ll be giving this a 4.2 out of 5 stars! Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day!

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“Out of the Easy” by Ruta Sepetys (Review)

OK, so y’all know the drill so let’s get right into this beauty!

I was a tad uneasy (see that amazingly lit pun) about starting this book as I’ve read previous historical fiction novels by Ruta. Her previous books were so amazing and her imagery was spectacular. And yet, this novel to me was equally amazing.

This novel begins while Josie is young after just moving to New Orleans with her mother, a brothel prostitute in the French Quarter. Josie is a spunky girl who ends up working for the owner of the brothel named Willie. Josie lives in the top of a bookstore she works at and dreams of going to college. She dreams of escaping the name her mother gave her.

I genuinely enjoyed this novel although it had a few minor quirks. One of my main issues is with Sepetys writing style as a whole… She ALWAYS kills my favorite characters. Now as this is a spoiler free review, I won’t state who dies and who lives. But as always people slip up sometimes. But one of the best parts of this novel was the plot line since it’s a murder mystery and let’s face it, those are some of the finest novels y’all could ever read as a whole (or at least in my opinion)!

If it weren’t for the fact that Josie is a true representation of living and breathing in a book lovers paradise, she may not have been my all-around favorite character in this book. But ya know, she lives in a bookstore and has access to all she could ever want to read. For most of us, that’s a paradise and a half.

As always, Sepetys presents a beautifully outspoken writing style that honestly, I aspire to have. This is a fully developed novel that I truly recommend. It will keep you on your toes throughout the entire novel.

I’ll be giving this novel a 4.3 out of 5 stars! Thank you and have a fabulous day my dudes!

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Starting College!

Just this past month I put high school behind me and began college. This change was a difficult one but the support from those around me has been amazing and I can’t thank and appreciate them more than I do.

I started classes on the solar eclipse so August 21st of this year! I’ve started with prerequisites but look forward into delving into classes rather similar to my major. I’m between majoring in Marine Biology or Environmental Science. My passion and hope are to be able to work with animals long term. A ton of my work has been essays so far though lol.

I have hopes to continue to post reviews during the school year and continue to help authors find their place in publishing and reader world. Thank you for continuing to read my blog and have a good day!