Thoughts And Feels I Have While Reading

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Are you like me where you like to shout at the characters or to yourself while reading? I decided to do a relaxing post today. Enjoy my crazy thoughts and feels! Those darn characters, I tell ya. I also like to talk to myself because I never saw a twist coming. XD But I also tend to cry a lot, lol.


The Thoughts:

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“JUST COMMUNICATE *eye rolls*”

“Ugh, he is so cute, my heart is mellllting”

“OMG, HOW DID I NOT FIGURE THIS OUT!?”

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“Okay, but like the other guy is way better for you”

“WHY DO YOU HAVE TO BREAK MY BABY BOYS HEART!?”

“It’s okay, I’m okay, everything is okay”

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“FINALLLLLY!!!!!”

“KISS KISS KISS KISS KISS”

“I KNEW IT! God I’m so smart”

The Feels

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Want to know the books I was thinking of while writing this post? The darn culprits are…

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

 


What thoughts and feels do you have while reading? Let me know down below 😀

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Books Paired With My Favorite Drinks

Hello! Today I decided to pair some books I enjoyed with my favorite drinks! After doing this post, I realized I do not have many favorite drinks, lol! If you want to learn more about the books I have posted, just click on the pictures 🙂


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Hot Tea and Gods of Jade and Shadow
I love hot tea when I’m freezing. It makes me feel so warm and cozy. I also drink loads of tea when I don’t feel well. Gods of Jade and Shadow made my heart so happy. I felt all warm and cozy while reading it. Drinking hot tea makes me want to read Gods of Jade and Shadow. You can read my review here 🙂

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White Wine and The Selection

Drinking wine reminds me of socializing and get togethers. It’s also just really refreshing. It needs to be sweet thought. I hate dry wine. Drinking white wine makes me want to read The Selection, mostly because The Selection reminds me a lot of the Bachelor XD. There is also a ton of drama and for me, drama needs some wine to go with it.

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Iced Tea and The DUFF

I love drinking iced tea on a nice, hot summer day. I love being able to tan outside and have a nice refreshing tea by my side. I choose The DUFF because I love reading this book during the summer time. It’s one of my favorites even if it is super cheesy. Drinking iced tea makes me want to read The DUFF because they both remind me of summertime.

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Coffee and Harry Potter

I saved the best for last. Coffee is my comfort drink. I love drinking it just for the heck of it. It also reminds me of fires and Christmas. I’m not sure why. Harry Potter also reminds me of Christmas and reading by the fire. Drinking coffee makes me want to read Harry Potter because Harry is also my comfort book. I love reading Harry Potter and watching the movies when I’m sad. They make me so happy, just like coffee. ❤


What books would you pair with your favorite drinks? Let me know down below! 😀

Top Ten Tuesday | Titles That Would Make Good Band Names

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here.

This weeks topic is: “Titles That Would Make Good Band Names”


Love & Gelato
Falling Kingdoms
Geekerella

Splintered
The Raven Boys
Every Heart A Doorway

None of the Above
Paranormalcy 
Wanderlost
The Deepest Roots 

Book Review | Gods of Jade and Shadow

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Favorite Quote:

“The nature of hate is mysterious. It can gnaw at the heart for an eon, then depart when one expected it to remain as immobile as a mountain. But even mountains erode.”

Thoughts:

I don’t… I don’t know what to feel right now. My heart is bleeding from my chest. I feel so pained but I also feel so much love. I have not felt this way toward a book in a very long time. I don’t know how to properly express my love for this story. This book was so full of life. I felt like I was in the story. It’s magical and fast-paced.

This book has a cinderella feel to it with a whole lot of Mexican mythology. I loved the characters so much. Hun-Kamé is such a complex character but so lovable and silly. Casiopea is probably one of my favorite leading ladies this year. She’s been through so much but she’s so strong, stubborn, and full of love and life. I could not help but root for her since page one. I’ve never been one for historical novels but I could not put this book down.

I love it so much. I can’t form a proper review right now because I loved it that much. I highly recommend it. It’s so good. I’m now in a book hangover. WOO

2020 Goals\\ Blogging & Reading

2020 Goals

2019 was a terrible year for me for both blogging and reading. 2018 was pretty rough too, to be honest. I want 2020 to be a fresh start for me in terms of doing what I love. A year and a half ago I decided to go back to college and finally finish my college degree. I only have another year and a half left! WOOO. Almost there. I am going to college full time so I won’t have a ton of time to read and blog but I’m hoping I can do more than what I have done in the past! Fingers crossed ❤

My goals for 2020 are the following:

  • Read backlist books.
    • there are so many books I have on my shelves that have been published before 2017. It is time I finally read them! Some of the books I’m excited to get to are…
    • These are just the select few. There are so many more than I am also hoping to read!
  • Blog at least once a week
    • I don’t think blogging at least once a week should be terrible even going to school full time. I’m not sure what I’ll post but I do have several ideas lined up and will hopefully review the books I read.
  • Read at least one book a month
    • I went months without reading this year. I want to try and read at least one book a month. I really miss reading.

I don’t have a ton of goals. I don’t want to push myself too much. I want to slowly get back into the hobby I love which is reading and blogging.

What are your goals for 2020? 🙂

Children of Blood and Bone Review

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Favorite Quote

“I won’t let your ignorance silence my pain”

Thoughts:

oh, wow, okay. i don’t know what to feel right now.

Literally just finished this and now writing my review. why? good question. I’m still wondering myself. Tomi’s writing was so beautiful and captivating. I was in the mood for some fantasy and this book was the perfect fit.

Honestly, I cannot explain my love for these characters. They all felt so alive. They struggled with their own inner demons and their own fears. The more they fought, the stronger they became. Tzain was one of my favorite characters. I was sad there were zero chapters in his point of view when all the other main characters got a chapter.

I love how this book focuses on oppression. I can’t say I have felt oppressed but you can tell in the writing that Tomi has experience. I could feel Tomi’s pain in her writing. It made the book come alive. It broke my. It made me happy. It made me laugh. It made me cry. It was everything.

For me, the biggest down fall of the story was the romance. It was pretty instalovey. It made me so mad I almost didn’t want to finish the story. It felt so unnecessary. Thinking about it now still makes me extremely upset. Although I love the characters themselves, I was not rooting for their love story. I was more disappointed than anything.

I love this book so much. I love the writing. I love the characters. I love the plot. I’m excited to read the next book!

1 Favorite Book Per Genre

I know there are so many genre’s out there but these are the only ones I can think of for my personal favorites 🙂

Fantasy-
The Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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Chick Lit-
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Contemporary-
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
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Dystopian-
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Paranormal-
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

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Historical Fiction-
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

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Middle Grade-
Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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Mythology-
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

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Mental Illness-
WinterGirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Top Ten Tuesday | Books Under The Christmas Tree

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here.

This weeks topic is: “Books I Hope Santa Brings”


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Most of the books I really want don’t come out until 2020 so I’m posting a few backlist books I’ve been meaning to read for ages!

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West || I love me a good cute story and Kasie always sells.
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne || I loved The Hating Game so I need more!
I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak || I want to read more books by him!
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan || The plot and that cover though!
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson || I really want to UK version of this cover!

Whatever holiday you celebrate this season, I hope it is wonderful. ❤
Happy Holidays, lovelies!

Reading YA As A 25 Year Old

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Reading YA books in my 20’s, especially my mid twenties, is a strange experience. The older I get, the more my reading tastes change. When I was in my teens, my favorite books of all time were contemporaries. I loved me a good romance with some nice family drama thrown in. Now? Not so much. Now I just find myself getting annoyed reading about young love and how it feels like they’re going to be “together forever”. Every synopsis always feels like the same story line. But also, I feel weird reading young adults with kids having sex. I know they’re just characters, but I feel kind of… pervy reading books with 15 year old characters experiencing sex for the first time.

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As I reach my mid twenties, I find myself wishing there were more books that had characters between 18 and 29. A lot of books seem to be centered around characters between 14 to 17 or characters that are 30+. I know there is new adult books with characters relatively close to their 20s but those books always feel like they’re about sex and only sex.

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I am getting more and more drawn to fantasy, which is funny because I use to hate it. I found it so boring. As an adult, I feel like it’s easier to under the world? I’m not sure if that makes any sense. Young adult fantasies feel so much more magical than adult fantasies. I get so immersed in the story. It’s always a fun adventure battling things such as evil villains and scary monsters.

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I love adult contemporaries when I’m in the mood for something romantic, but I get annoyed reading those as well. The conflict always feel the same. It feels like every conflict in contemporaries is caused by miscommunication.  The characters mad or thinks the love interest isn’t interested. The characters end up fighting or being sad for several chapters, which is usually a week to months in book land. They don’t even consider talking to each other until another person intervenes. Maybe it’s because I’m in a serious relationship of several years but i cannot stand it. We have our fair share of miscommunication fights, I mean who doesn’t? But we don’t take long to talk it out and solve it.

Are you an adult reading young adult books? What is your opinion? I would love to hear 🙂

13 Ways You Can Afford To Read

Now that I have gotten your attention, I am here to talk about how you can afford to read. Of course everyone can afford to read but not everyone can afford to buy the books to read them! I am here to give a few solutions. I’m sure you’ve heard of most, if not all of these. I know a lot of these only apply to USA residents so if you have alternatives feel free to share!


Borrow Them

What I mean by borrowing them is getting them from a friend. I know not everyone likes to loan out their books (i’m one of them unless I trust you with my life). If you have a friend that trusts you, this is a super easy way to read books for free! It only cost a little bit of friendship 🙂

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Bookoutlet

Where oh where have you been if you have not heard of bookoutlet? 😉 jk, but seriously though, bookoutlet is amazing. I’ve bought so many books from them for super cheap. They also do black Friday deals. I think the most I paid for a book is $6 for a hardback.

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Half Priced Books

Half Priced Books is very similar to bookoutlet. I’ve never personally bought anything off this website but I have heard their quality and prices are amazing! They have a ton of things in stock!

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Book Depository

I know book depository isn’t exactly cheap but I added it to the list because you get free shipping worldwide. Shipping can end up costing an arm and a leg depending on where you’re shipping too. I also know a lot of countries don’t always have books or sell them super expensive so book depository has been amazing for a lot of people!

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Library

I know this seems like the most obvious thing but I know a lot of people end up overlooking the library. The library is such an amazing resource for getting books without having to spend money! Sometimes bookstores may stop selling a book you really wanted to read but the library may have it in stock for you! I love using the library so much. I personally use the apps though, which I will discuss later! Libraries also always have amazing library book sales!

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Amazon

Okay, I know amazon is not a great website. I know it doesn’t do great business for the authors; however, sometimes amazon has amazing kindle deals on really well-known books. I’ve gotten quite a few books from amazon for $2.99 for my kindle! I suggest signing up for bookbub so you can get emails every single day on new kindle book deals!

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Netgalley is a wonderful website to use if you’re a book blogger or a booktuber! You can use Netgalley to request books. These are advanced reader copies and it is expected of you to review them if you get them! It’s extremely important to keep your review rate up though otherwise you risk not being accepted to read the books you want! This is something I really struggle with.

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Thift Stores

It’s amazing how many people get rid of their books at local thrift stores! I’m not sure all the thift stores there are but I have found some pretty sweet books at my local goodwill store! These books usually run between $5 or less!

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Scribd

Scribd is a nice alternative to audible. I have never used it, but I have heard it’s way better. It’s $8.99 a month. You can read audiobooks, ebooks, magazines, and more. Either way $8.99 a month is pretty neat. That’s cheaper than netflix!

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Bookstores

There are so many amazing bookstores that have killer deals! There is a bookstore close to me that always has amazing used books in stellar condition! I also know booksamillion usually has some amazing books in their bargain section!

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Garage Sales

Just like thrift stores, there are so many books you can find at different garage sales as well! I’m not a huge garage sale shopper myself but I know some people are. You can find a ton of unknown books. Who knows, maybe it will turn into a new favorite 🙂

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Facebook

I have other people for some recommendations on where to find cheap books and I was told there are several facebook pages were people sell books! I’m not sure what these group pages are called but I’m sure you can do a quick search on your facebook page!

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Library Apps

And lastly, my personal favorite, library apps. You need a library card to use these but they’re so wonderful. A lot of libraries use overdrive. Mine uses cloudlibrary and hoopla. I use them so many times so I can check out books I’m not quick sure on. It’s an amazing solution, especially if you don’t want to spend money on gas driving to the library!

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If you have more ideas, please feel free to tell us below in the comments! ❤