Down the TBR Hole #8

Well…you know how it goes…so let’s get into it!

This was started by Lia from Lost In A Story and instructions are:

Anyway, it works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

The fact that I (you?) will be repeating this process every week means that I have to keep track of where I ended and where I’m going to continue. E.g. in week one I do book 1 – 5, in week two book 6 – 10, and so on, until I’ve filtered out my entire TBR.

My TBR Selections for this week are...

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The Witch’s Daughter (Shadow Chronicles #1) by Paula Brackston
Reading through this, I had to read it a couple of times to decide. I just don’t think this sounds like something I am super interested in.

Final Verdict: It goes. 

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Hitler’s Neice by Ron Hansen
This book interests me. I would like to read more historical fiction, specifically WW2. However, I am nervous to read the fiction part of it. For example, this book supposedly goes into Hitler’s whole progression to power, but how much is true. Perhaps this will just be more insight to Hitler’s mind.

Final Verdict: It stays. 

 

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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
This is one of those books that would be branching out of my normal scope of selections. I am questioning it, but I am still interested. My library has the audiobook on the app, so I think I will leave it and listen to it one day.

Final Verdict: It stays. 

 

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The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass Novellas) by Sarah J. Maas
This one is a no brainer! Of course I am going to read this! I am ashamed I haven’t yet.

Final Verdict: It stays. 

 

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Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu
A friend has told me to check these out and after reading the description, I think there is some potential.

Final Verdict: It stays. 

 

Thanks for reading! xoxo

The Happiness Tag! 

 

A huge thanks to Jeannie @ A Happy Clam for tagging me to do The Happiness Tag! Go check her blog out! So let’s get started!

5  Things that Make Me HAPPY

1. My Dog

I have a little Yorkie named Lilly, but we call her Little most of the time. She is the light of my life! I knew I was getting her before she was born and I have had her since she was 8 weeks old. She is a spazzy little thing and the biggest cuddle bug ever.

2. My Bookshelf

Obviously, my books make me happy. My bookshelf is an antique hutch with glass windows and doors and it is so pretty. I love to look at my collection.

3. My Boyfriend

J is the biggest goofball on the planet. He always knows how to make me laugh and it puts up with my constant fangirl-ing.

4. Our home

Last July, J and I bought a house. It has been a real learning exprience. Keeping it clean and decorating it has been a lot of work, but I love it. I love having a place that is ours. I get so happy when I pull into our driveway and see our house.

5. Donuts

I just want all the chocolate iced glazed donuts…all of them!

 

5 Songs that Make Me Happy

I have been on a major Cab kick so majority of these are going to be by The Cab. I know that they aren’t all the “happy” songs, but they are the ones I go to when I am looking for something to sing in my car!

Animal by The Cab

La La by The Cab

Bad by The Cab

Another Me by The Cab

Now or Never by Halsey

 

So now I tag…

Theresa @ The Calico Books
Sydney @ Sydney’s Shelves
Alex @ Young at Heart

 

Thanks so much for reading!

xoxo

 

 

 

My 2017 Summer Reading Goals

I can’t believe it is already summer! I feel like it was just Christmas. Where is the time going?

I know most people have a lot of extra time during the summer due to vacations, school being out, etc. I am no longer in school so I don’t get a break like that. My week long vacation is at the end of the summer, so I don’t have much vacation reading time planned. I still want to list out some goals and give my summer reading some direction.

1. Read half the books on my TBR shelf.

I want to make this the summer of clearing my TBR shelf. I started the summer with 24 books on my TBR shelf. I have already read 2 and I am working on a third. I want to end the summer with 12 books on my TBR shelf.

**Note: this is just my physical book shelf. I have ebooks that are not included in this summer goal.

2. Read Gone with the Wind

I saw Theresa @ The Calico Books put on her Summer Reading Goals list to read it and she inspired me to finally tackle this monster that has been sitting on myself for years. Together we are going to buddy read GWTW. If you want to join us, we made a Goodreads group here.

3. Finish the Harry Potter series

Please don’t throw rocks at me! I haven’t finished the Harry Potter series. I still have Deathly Hallows to read and the Cursed Child.

4. Finish the Uglies series

This series has been on my shelf for as long as I can remember. I finally read the first one and can’t wait to finish them.

5. Read a little bit every day

I want to keep up the reading habit. Even if it is a few pages, I want to read a little something every day. I am going to shoot for 20 pages, but if I fall short, I am not going to beat myself up over it. My only goal here is to fight off any reading slump.

 

Do you have any reading goals? If so, what are they?

Thanks for reading!

xoxo

The Liebster Award

The sweet Lyndsey over at Lyndsey’s Book Blog nominated me for The Liebster Award! So thank you, Lyndsey! This is going to be so fun! I love seeing tags and awards because it helps me find new blogs.

The Rules

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions they gave you.
  • Nominate 11 blogs and let them know they’ve been tagged.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer.

Lyndsey’s Questions

If you could live in any fictional world (doesn’t have to be fantasy, just any book world) which would it be?Which fantasy creature would you love to have as a pet?

Oh goodness! I don’t know. I would say Pyrthian, but I am a human and would probably be eaten. Let’s go with the world of Harry Potter! Perhaps I could be a wizard! THAT would be fun!…speaking of, I really need to go back to Universal!

If you could control one of the elements (earth, air, water, fire) which would you choose?

Probably water. I love water! Huge bodies of water are so pretty and it would so cool to control it. Also, I would imagine that would make watering my plants much easier!

Do you prefer tea or coffee? How do you take it?

I enjoy both, but do not leave the house in the morning without coffee. I like it with some sugar and creamer. If I have tea, I like black tea with sugar and milk and I like my green tea with honey and a small splash of apple cider vinegar…don’t knock it till you try it!

Would you rather be too hot or too cold?

I guess too cold. We recently had issues with our A/C unit and spent the winter with it being in the 60s in our house and then when spring hit and it started getting hot, it was closer to 80 degrees. I would have much rather it be cold than hot.

What’s your favourite colour?

Do I have to pick one? I like pink, turquoise, grey, and navy.

Team Edward or Team Jacob?

Team Edward all the way!

Go to your Goodreads to read list, what’s the fifth book on your list?

Specials (Uglies #3) by Scott Westerfeld

Ketchup or mayonnaise?

BBQ Sauce!

Do you prefer paperbacks, hardbacks, ebooks or audiobooks?

I like them all. I am always reading some book and listening to an audiobook in the car. As far as paperback, hardback, or ebook. This has been an ongoing debate in my head. I go through phases. Sometimes I read a bunch of hardbacks, sometimes I binge read ebooks.

Who would be your dream book boy/girlfriend?

RHYSAND, Duh!

 

My Questions

  • Where is your favorite place to read?
  • If you went to the bookstore right now, what one book would you buy?
  • What are you currently reading?
  • Physical books or ebooks? If both, how do you decided what format?
  • What are you going to read next?
  • If you could take a book-cation (a vacation to read) anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  • Your favorite author?
  • If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only have 5 books, what would they be?
  • If you were to be a character from any novel, who would it be and why?
  • Pull a cast of characters from different books that you think would make an amazing novel of their own.
  • What is your reading story? How did you become the reader you are today?

 

Tagged

Bridget @ Bridget & Books
Laura @ Laurreads
Ella @ A Book without End
Jackie @ Too Much of a Book Nerd
Katie @ Read With Katie
Madalyn and Bee @ Novel Ink
Carissa @ Carissa Reads it All
Maddie @ Stories and Spoons
Ashely @ What She Read
Lotus Book Blog

 

Thanks for reading!

xoxo

Down the TBR Hole #7

HAPPY SATURDAY LOVES! Let’s get into it….

This was started by Lia from Lost In A Story and instructions are:

Anyway, it works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

The fact that I (you?) will be repeating this process every week means that I have to keep track of where I ended and where I’m going to continue. E.g. in week one I do book 1 – 5, in week two book 6 – 10, and so on, until I’ve filtered out my entire TBR.

 

My TBR Selections for this week are…

The Distance Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes
While this does sound interesting, I just don’t think it is something that I would get to right away. I think this would be much better suited for me when I was in high school or early college.

Final Verdict: It goes. 

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Part of me says: I won’t read this, it is not my usual thing to pick up. But then part of me says: it has so many good reviews and it does sound interesting.

Final Verdict: It stays. 

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking Trilogy #1) by Patrick Ness
I have heard Patrick Ness’ name all over booktube. I am interested in trying something of his. I think I might keep this one on my list.

Final Verdict: It Stays. 

The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson
The summary sounds good but I just don’t know. I think that I may have to pass. I just don’t see myself reading this anytime soon.

Final Verdict: It goes. 

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1) by Rick Yancey
Let me just go ahead and say that I will not read this. It sounds like it could be good, but I just don’t seem it happening.

Final Verdict: It goes. 

And there you have it! Thanks for reading!

xoxo

My Thoughts On… The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

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Title: The Upside of Unrequited
Author: Becky Albertalli
Series: N/A
Genre: Contemporary
Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

 

My Thoughts:

Oh my goodness! This book was a-freaking-dorable! I had heard of it on booktube and I thought it sounded good but at the time, I wasn’t really into contemporary. But thank you Owlcrate for this amazing book. I instantly fell in love.

I guess the best place to start is with how relate-able Molly’s situation is. While I was not the fat girl in high school, I was that awkward tall girl that is taller than most people, even some teachers, and no body wants to date the freakishly tall girl. Needless to say, I empathized with Molly right away and her feelings of always being the one without a boyfriend! Then there is Molly and Cassie’s relationship and how sweet it is and I especially enjoyed seeing Cassie’s sass come out in Molly!

In case you didn’t know, and I don’t know how you would…this is my first LGBTQ novel. And I really enjoyed it. Now, I know this was fluffier than some out there, but it was a nice change and I definitely think I will be intentionally reaching for more LGBTQ books in the future.

Also, this was my first Albertalli novel and I am SOLD. I can’t wait to read Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agendas…which will also be another LGBTQ novel! Two birds, one book!

SO!…Have you read The Upside of Unrequited? If not, what are you waiting on?!

Thanks for reading!

xoxo

My Thoughts On… Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

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Title:
Daughter of the Pirate King
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Series: Daughter of the Pirate King
Genre: YA Fiction
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads
There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

 

I read this book in April and typed up my thoughts but I never posted them. I seem to be really bad about that.

I loved this book so much…I read it in almost one night! It was fun, entertaining and a great light read. The setting was so refreshing. I haven’t read many pirate books, let alone one with a female protagonist. Alosa was such a fun character. A “female Jack Sparrow”…like the cover says. She was sarcastic, stubborn, and confident. And she marched to a beat of her own drum. There is a little bit of violence and a little bit of romance. (He is swoon worthy, if I do say so myself!)

I cannot wait for the next one!

Have you read Daughter of the Pirate King? What did you think? Do you have any other good pirate books to recommend (preferably ones with female pirate protagonists)?

xoxo