Tbr List

Tbr List

This is a list to help me get together what I need to read before the year is up. As well is shows you guys what I have read.

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan   Goodreads

the lost hero

I did a reread in preparation of starting the Heroes of Olympus series, and I fully intended on reading it. I just never followed through.

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater  Goodreads

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This book sounded so wonderful but with school I just never got around to it. I’m hoping that over my Christmas break I will be able to get around to it.

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas  Goodreads

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I’m so embarrassed that I’ve had this book on my shelf for so long, but I just haven’t gotten to it. It will be a very heavy book, and I want to be able to take it all in. This is another one that will have to wait till Christmas break.

Prodigy by Marie Lu   Goodreads

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There is no excuse for this one. I just didn’t really care about their story enough to continue reading.

Three Dark Crown by Kendare Blake     Goodreads

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My best friend, Meli, has been on me for so long for not reading it. I finally picked it up during my trip to Charleston. I will read it, and she can finally talk to me about.

Book: The Truth About Forever

Book: The Truth About Forever

Author: Sarah Dessen

Synopsis: Macy has her whole summer planned out- working at the library, studying, and spending time with her mother, sharing silent grief at the traumatic loss of Macy’s father.

Her plans didn’t include landing a job at Wish Catering, with its fun-loving, chaotic crew. Or helping to renovate the family’s cottage at the beach, left in disrepair since the death of her father. Or Wes, a boy with a past, a taste for Truth-telling, and amazing artistic talent.

But Macy soon discovers that the things you expect least are sometimes the things you need most.

Rating: ⅗

Review (Spoiler Free): I picked this up on a random trip to Barnes and Noble purely because I needed that romance and contemporary feel. It was definitely not the most creative, interesting, and well put together book, but it was good. All the characters gave of this chaotic and chill feeling.

Characters: ⅘ All the characters were enjoyable, aside from the fact we didn’t get to know anyone. We dove really deep into the main character, but everyone else we were just given their sympathy and sad stories.

The romance made no sense. I did not see them together at all. It was rushed, and they barely knew each other. For the strong romantic bonds I think it would have taken more than a summer of infrequent talking to develop them.

Even though they were all great characters, I felt like I’d seen them already. They weren’t different from any basic contemporary. I wish there was a little more creativity and development with their characters.

Plot: ⅖ Again, super unoriginal. It’s the same story told over and over. It took a while for the plot to go. We spent about 100 pages with just backstory and nothing happening. Once something did happen it hooked me a little more. The big climax or what was supposed to be didn’t really feel like that big of a deal. It was kind of what did you expect.

Writing Style: ⅗ I didn’t have many problems with it. It did lack in dialogue but it had details and emotion portrayed very well. It was just very basic, not a lot of “challenging words”

Overall, I liked it. It was a nice sick read for me. What did you think about it?

Favorite Adaptations

Favorite Adaptations

Movies can either make or break a book series. There are some movies like, Harry Potter, that are done really good, but there are also movies like, City of Bones, that are pretty bad. We prefer to set those aside and forget they exist. This is some of the adaptations I think are not all that bad. I’m going to exclude Harry Potter because everyone already knows I love that.

1. The Hunger Games

The first one was my absolute favorite. To me they captured the setting and feeling of the book really well. After Catching Fire the movies went down hill in my opinion.

2. The Princess Bride

I grew up on this movie. When I got older I read the book and loved it just as much. The romance and fighting really impressed 8 year old me.

3. The Fault in Our Stars

As always this movie made me cry. It was very truthful to the book, and it gave me all the emotions.

4. Inferno

I have never read a Dan Brown book. Very shocking, I know. The movie was my first experience and won’t be my last. It was very fun to watch them figure this out. I can’t wait to read some of his works.

5. Everything, Everything

I took my best friend to go see this after reading the book. It was one of the most truthful adaptations I have read. Almost everything was the same and the little changes were for the better.

6. The Book Thief

One of my favorite books became a movie that was done well. It clearly represented the theme and overall kindness of the book. I cried, I laughed, and I felt more connected to the characters.

7. Nerve

I was absolutely disgusted by the book. It was gross, weird, and not my thing. I don’t know why, but I went to see the movie. It was so much better. They took out all the weird things and really changed it for the better. My best friend and I now have this inside joke with the movie, and we watch it all the time.

8. The Murder on the Orient Express

With a bunch of friends for my birthday I saw this. It was full of beautiful shots and stunning places. I would 10/10 recommend for everyone to see it.

Book: Secret for the Mad

secret for the madBook: Secret for the Mad

Author: dodie

Synopsis: When I feel like I’m going mad, I write.

A lot of my worst fears have come true-fears that felt so big I could barely hold them in my head. I was convinced that when they’d happen, the world would end.

But the world didn’t end. In fact, it pushed on and demanded to keep spinning throughout all sorts of mayhem, and I got through it. And because I persisted, I learned lessons about how to be stronger, kinder, better human-lessons you can only learn by going through these sorts of things.

This is for people with minds that just don’t stop; for those who feel everything seemingly a thousand time more than the people around them.

Rating: 5/5

Review: This isn’t going to be a regular review because it’s nonfiction. It’s also a very personal book. I relate so much to dodie. I cried about 50 times while reading this. The part that hit me the hardest was the letter to her best friend. I’m currently going through something with my best friend. It’s hard because I’ve gone to her when I have a problem. I can’t go to her this time. I really miss her.

The letter to Hedy hit me hard too. As the younger sibling, I was on the other side. I saw something from the older one. I don’t know if my brother was like that, but it was different. Plus I don’t have him around this year. He’s grown, he went off to college.

I feel like there is so much to learn from this book. It can teach you so much about the world, and I honestly felt like I came out of knowing more about myself.

Spooky Reads

Spooky Reads

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken Goodreads

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This book is the definition of Halloween aesthetic. It has every factor you need to crave autumn, and the story just fits perfectly along with the whole aesthetic. I can’t wait to dive deeper into this book.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black Goodreads

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As this was my first experience with Holly Black I can say it won’t be my last. Vampires were the main focus of this book, and I completely feel in love with all of them. The whole book had me on edge and creeped out.

The Accident Season by Moȉra Fowley-Doyle Goodreads

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There was something about this book that scared me so much. There was an actual season for accidents, and while I get hurt on a daily basis, I couldn’t handle an accident season.

The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín Goodreads

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I drew a lot of comparisons to the Hunger Games in this book, but it was so much darker. These creatures were ruthless and they honestly gave me chills. I can’t wait for the sequel that is set to come out in 2018.

The Diviners by Libba Bray Goodreads

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A magical story set in the 20’s, I’m down. Murders happening across the city, I’m down. Reading it during Halloween, I’m down. I seriously want to finish this book especially during this spooky season.

Harry Potter Movies

harry potter moviesHello! I’m here to discuss my favorite adaptation that I watch on bad days and just any day. That is the Harry Potter series. I can’t choose a singular favorite but Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow Part 2. I do love all of them though. They all symbolize a big part of my childhood. I saw the first two movies when I was very little because they weren’t as dark, so I was able to watch them when my older brother did.

I have three very distinct memories of watching the Harry Potter movies. The first memory is when I was 6 or 7 in our old house, we watch Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, my favorite one. We were all cuddled up in our blankets while the sun was going down. After when finished the movie we had a puzzle. I don’t know why this is such a distinct moment in my memory.

The second memory I’m much older. We were helping up the yard at my grandma’s for the day, and we all came back sweaty and tired. I suggested that we all shower and watch Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone because I had just gotten the craving to watch it. My mom made popcorn, and I grab a bunch of blankets off of my bed. We were all bundled up on the couches and floor. The reason I remember this one so well, I think is because my brother watched with us. He was never the type for movie nights, just because he was constantly studying. Of course, that got him pretty far in life.

The last memory was on the night after a 5k I did, so I was resting. It was one of those rare days where the temperature dipped below freezing. I was wearing a giant sweatshirt and leggings while on the couch drinking hot chocolate. I was half asleep, but my mom was in the kitchen making dinner. Moose, my dog, was against my side acting as a heater. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was a quiet murmur in the back. When I think of winter that is always the first thing to come to mind, and I love it.

I don’t know why I decided to share that. It was originally just going to be about the movies, but instead you get my memories.. So I hope you enjoyed that little trip down memory lane. What are some of your fondest memories of Harry Potter?

Book: Flame In The Mist

Book: Flame In The Mist

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Synopsis: The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan. a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.

The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love-a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.

Rating:

Review (Spoiler Free): Everyone talked about this book and how good it was, so I had to high hopes for this book. Sadly, it didn’t reach those expectations. There was a lot of confusing things and the world building was a little too far fetched.

Characters: ⅗ Mariko seemed like she was going to be a strong character. She didn’t seem to have her priorities straight, and she didn’t even start to put together a plan. Mariko’s motivation was strong and nor was it the best decisions. I had seen loads on how much feminism there was, but to me the feminism wasn’t put there for any gaining factor. It was forced, and didn’t impact her character at all.

Plot: ⅗ The plot was confusing. It seemed very choppy and not smoothly connected. I wish there would have been more world building to help make sense of the things that went down. It was very dull, and I wish I could have been more drawn into the story,

Writing Style: ⅖ A lot of the things mentioned didn’t have an explanation. There was a glossary, but not all of the words were there. The first time something is mentioned there should be a sentence to describe what it is. Instead we have to guess or go to the glossary. Her sentences weren’t overly flowy, preventing me from really connecting to the story and the characters.

Overall, I didn’t enjoy this book. I wish it had more world building, and less focus on the relationship that blumes out of nowhere.

Autumn Reads

I’m not typically a seasonal reader. I also live in Texas, so there isn’t really a Autumn season. I really want to move somewhere the leaves change colors, it snows, and there is a temperature below 80 degrees. There are quite a few books that do remind me of Autumn, or what I have seen of Autumn online. The goodreads will be linked below if you want actual summaries of these books.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

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This one is one everyone thinks of, and I started rereading them to immerse myself in some version of Autumn. The way the seasons are described are represented makes you really crave for a Hogwarts. The meals, the classes, the quidditch, and everything to do with the wizarding world gives me feelings.

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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Last year, my wonderful friend gave me this book for my birthday. I started as soon as I got it, and it was mid-December. The writing was so atmospheric. It was nice to read during school because the beginning and part of the middle is set in a University. This book was perfect to read while in bed while drinking tea.

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

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This book was set in a small town, and it had a lot to do with friendship, love, and an underlying creepy vibe I didn’t expect. We follow Finn, the main character, as he finds out and goes through a lot of stuff. I found the writing very emotional, and I would definitely recommend getting a cup of tea for this one.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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Now this wouldn’t be a Autumn recommendation post if I didn’t put my favorite read of the season. The Raven Boys is probably the best thing to read while cuddled up with tea, a candle, and the rain falling on your window. You go through the adventures with these themes of ghosts and death always hanging around the corner. This series is one I will ALWAYS associate with Autumn.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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I love this series a lot (I am also siked for the Shaw Confessions coming out in a few months) She does a great way of tying in a very creepy element. You are able to feel scared, uncontrollable laughter, happiness, sadness because she toys with every emotion you have. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for a book in which you are kept in the dark, but you don’t realize it.

September Wrap Up

This month was especially good for me because I read a lot whilst balancing my studies. I read a lot of new releases because so many good ones came out this fall, and even more new releases are coming out this fall.  I also know I haven’t been consistent with posting, and I promise to try this week.

Trails of Apollo by Rick Riordan 3.5/5 Goodreads

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I really did enjoy this book. Uncle Rick is very good at connecting to my childhood and pulling its strings.

Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo 5/5 Goodreads

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My favorite author back at it again. Even though I didn’t feel it was her strongest book, it was good. She really had a different take on Diana’s story.

Girls Made of Glass and Snow by Melissa Bashardoust 4.5/5 Goodreads

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THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD! The characters were so on point. I could feel a book slump coming on and this book demolished it.

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sánez ⅗ Goodreads

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This did really blow me away. I was laughing, I was in tears, and I felt on edge the entire book.

Warcross by Marie Lu 5/5 Goodreads

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Marie Lu has blown me away, once again. She has this way of twisting and breaking your heart, and it’s wonderfully painful. I can’t wait to see how the rest of the story unfolds.

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke ⅗ Goodreads

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It was very tough to get into, but it was very mysterious and different to what I was normally reading.

Flame In The Mist by Renee Ahdieh 3/5 Goodreads

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While I am excited to see how this story unfolds, I did find it a bit slow and confusing. We didn’t have a very firm grasp on the world.

Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling ⅘ Goodreads

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I was really feeling down on a sick day, so I decided that I could start the Harry Potter reread over again. (It’s still going strong.)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling ⅗ Goodreads

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Easily, this is my least favorite. It’s funny because growing up this was my favorite growing up. I just find Lockhart and Dobby’s characters over the top and annoying.

The Hush by Skye Melki-Wegner ⅗ Goodreads

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I haven’t read a book quite like this in a while. It reminded me of Six of Crows with the whole heist idea.

Book: Girls Made Of Snow and Glass

Book: Girls Made Of Snow and Glass

Author: Melissa Bashardoust

Synopsis: At sixteen, Mina’s mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone. Her heart has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that normal-she never guessed that her father had cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: Win the king’s heart, become queen, and finally know.

Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: A magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do-and who to be-to win back the only mother she’s ever known.

Rating: 4.5/5

Review (Contains Spoilers): I received this book as an arc after winning it in a giveaway. I was so excited, and I’m happy to say it didn’t disappoint. The characters were so complex, and I couldn’t help but love and hate them.

Characters: 5/5 My favorite part of the entire book was the relationships. The relationship between Mina and Lynet was so hard to understand. There wasn’t the basic stepmother trope which was refreshing. I couldn’t begin to think how much changed between them. I WILL BE SCREAMING ABOUT LYNET AND NADIA. I didn’t expect it at all, yet it seemed so fitting. Throughout the book they went through so much, and I loved them just being there for eachother all the time. Not too long ago I read a post about lack of F/F relationships, and this book represented it very well.

I didn’t like Mina as much as I liked Lynet. Obviously she had that more villainy side that came out in the way she talked. For some reason, she reminded me of Kaz Brekker. I think it was the “Can’t love” trope going for them, but also in the way they represented themselves. Mina was constantly thinking about presentation and ways to maneuver her way to the top. She was still so well written even if she wasn’t a good character.

Lynet on the other hand was amazing to read from. I don’t know why, but I found her more interesting and more human. She did feel more childish than her age. Yet Lynet sacrificed so much for her own happiness to help her dad. Lynet did almost everything her dad told her to, and even though she was scared of becoming like mother, she tried to disappoint her father as little as possible. Such a pure soul, and the ending she really had changed. After all of this, she had realized her duties and what she needed to do.

Plot: ⅘ This plot was seemed unoriginal, but it was still shocking. Every betrayal felt real even though sometimes it wasn’t. I felt that it was a little fast, but I was eager for more, and it fed that need. There was some parts that I wish was expanded on like their powers because it felt a little skimmed. Large gaps of time threw me off because so much time passed, but the scenery or seasons never changed.

Writing Style: ⅘ There wasn’t a lot of dialogue which is different from most books. My only problem with the writing was the way it skimmed over monumental parts. Big parts of the story were wrapped up in a few sentences. That was another factor that contributed to the pacing.

In the end I loved it. This was such an amazing book, and I will recommend this until the day I die.