Currently Reading…

A Man Called Ove

 A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

I’m currently listening to this story on audiobook. The narrator is great. I’m not far into this book at all but it’s absolutely adorable. The book was originally published in Sweden. Ove is known as the “grumpy neighbor”; however, the more you read the book, the more you realize there is way more to Ove than what meets the eye. I’m so excited to continue listening to this! After I finish it, I’m hoping to go back and watch the movie (again) so I have a better understanding as to what’s happening. I think the movie is in Swedish.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

 

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

This has Hank Green written all over it. The way he tells the story sounds exactly like Hank Green. I’m not super sold on the characters yet, but I like the writing a lot. I’m kind of surprised the characters aren’t making me put this down. Good characters is my go to but I just, ugh, I love the writing style. The story also is super unique and interesting. 🙂

 


Have you read either of these? What do you think? Did you like them? Hate them? Did you write a review? Let me know 😀

Down the Rabbit Hole #4

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Down the TBR Hole is a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

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. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
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The Books:

The Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny\\ I’m kind of biased, but I really want to read this simply because the name “Amber” is in the title. It’s some kind of fantasy with an island called Amber. The great book of Amber has books 1-10 in them. It sounds really good  so I think I’m keeping it!  VeridictKeep

Grim by multiple YA authors\\ This book has a lot of good authors such as Rachel Hawkins, Ellen Hopkins, and Julie Kagawa. I was debating on getting rid of this book then I read some of the sample pages and really liked the writing of several\ authors such as Rachel Hawkins. I’m not sold on the cover so I might end up reading it from the library some day but I think I’m going to keep this one as well! At least for the time being since it’s been on my TBR since 2014…. VeridictKeep

Life As We Know It by Susan Beth Pfeffer \\ I read this synopsis again and it doesn’t sound remotely interesting. Honestly, I’m not even sure why it’s on my TBR?? I remember thinking the writing style was good when I read some of the sample, but being 24, I can’t see myself reading this anymore. VeridictGo

Minders by Michelle Jaffe\\ I remember loving this cover when it first came out; however, I’m not sold on the story line anymore. It sounds interesting, but it doesn’t sound like something I would really enjoy anymore. VeridictGo

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss\\ I’m not a big fantasy fan but this book sounds amazing. The writing sounds amazing. Everything seems to really enjoy the story. I bought it for my boyfriend over the summer. He read it and enjoyed it so I think I’ll borrow his copy one of these days… for now I’ll keep it! VeridictKeep

Phoenix Island by John Dixon\\ Why did I add this as a want to read book?? I honestly have no clue. I really don’t. It doesn’t sound like anything I’d be even remotely interested in. VeridictGo

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay\\ This book is a keep for sure. The cover is gorgeous. It’s been on my TBR for ages because I haven’t gotten around to reading it but still sounds amazing. I also really trust Jamie’s opinion at The Perpetual Page Turner and she really enjoyed the book. That’s what really sold it for me! VeridictKeep

Plus One by Elizabeth Pama\\ At first, I really enjoyed this cover but now it just seems… cheesy? The synopsis sounds really interesting and unique. I might end up reading it some day but it’s not at the top of my list. I think I’m going to have to let this one go for the time being. Veridict: Go

Something Real by Heather Demetrios\\ This sounds like a book about a celebrity who isn’t a celebrity anymore and tries to live a normal life. It sounds interesting but the cover, to me, is absolutely hideous. Honestly, I don’t think I’d read this for the mere fact of how much I hate the cover. I am a terrible person. Maybe on day I’ll get it from the library! Veridict: Go

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica\\ This sounds like an interesting story. A girl that leaves with a stranger and gets kidnapped? For some reason, this books always make me want to read them. I love a good mystery novel. I’m hoping to read this some day. Hopefully sooner rather than later! VeridictKeep

 

Audiobooks and School, the New Norm

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Hello,

I haven’t blogged in a while. I finally decided to go back to college for the first time in 3 years. I’m incredibly stressed out. I haven’t been reading books lately; however, I have been listening to several audiobooks which has been a tremendous help! I feel like I’ve lacked on blogging these last several months and I feel terrible. So I’m thinking about writing some lifestyle/personal type posts so I don’t disappear into oblivion (if that’s okay with you!)

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So what have I been up to? Well, I am currently going to college, majoring in exercise science. I initially wanted to become either a physical therapist assistant or an occupational therapist assistant. I’m currently volunteering at a rehab place where I help out therapists, as well as cleaning therapy gyms. The work is kind of boring, but I’m thankful I did it. The more I volunteer at the rehab facility the more I realize PTA/OTA isn’t for me.

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I’m also currently taking a biology class where I’m scrapping to get by. The exercise science major requires a lot of science classes. I realized I hate science. I realized I’m not good at science. I realized I never want to take another science class ever again.

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To be honest, my biology has increased both my depression and anxiety. I’ve struggled with mental health for a long time, anxiety more than depression. However, I’m struggling super hard with this science class and I’m really scared I’m going to fail. I don’t want to have to retake the class over.

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Because of my mental health, struggling with science, and realizing PTA/OTA isn’t for me, I decided to try and change my major. I am hoping to change my major to Health Information Management. Health Information Management is pretty much a behind the scenes work. HIM does a lot of patients records as well as medical coding and billing. The only scary part about changing majors is my college requires a second application for this major. I have to get a “C” or higher in 3 different classes and have a 2.5GPA or higher. It says it’s competitive to get into. I’m really scared they won’t accept me… :/

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Going back to books, if you’re curious, I’ve currently listened to several audiobooks in the past few months. I’ve listened to The Diviners by Libba Bray. The book was creepy. I had troubles falling asleep a few times because I felt like I was watching a horror movie in my mind. In October, I listened to a few Goosebump books to get me in the Halloween mood. I also found the Box Car Children books on audbiobook on one of my library apps! I am beyond excited. I listened to the first one. I’m currently listening to the second book, Mysterious Island as well as Furyborn by Claire Legrand. It’s… interesting. The narrator has a great accent. It reminds me of Victorian British (is that even a thing…?). However, I really don’t understand what’s happening in the story. I’m not sure if listening to fantasy on audiobook is good or not….

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On the bright side I bought Hank Green and Markus Zusak’s new books! I’M SO FREAKING EXCITED. I’m not in the mood to read them, but I’m excited nonetheless 🙂

So that’s what I’ve been up to. I hope everyone else has been enjoying the school year or the fall in general.

July Wrap-Up

Hello readers,

This is a little late but here’s my July wrap-up! Holy cow, how is July over already? It’s almost 2019 already! I had a relatively decent reading month. I sadly didn’t get to all my books on my TBR but I read most of them!

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I read quite a few books but I only got around to reviewing 3 books this month:
Lost Boys (ARC)\\ This book was…. different. It was okay but definitely not my favorite.
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The Hating Game\\ This book was hilarious and fun and cute and everything I needed.
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Meant to be Broken (ARC)\\ This book was more than just a love story. It was a lot deeper than I was expecting!
✬✬✬✬

The books I read but didn’t around to reviewing are the following; however, if you click the link, it’ll take you to my review of them on goodreads! (I never really wrote a review for To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before):
Emergency Contact\\✬✬
-Zero Chemistry
-Wasn’t too found of the characters
-Took awhile to get into
Almost DNFed

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before\\✬✬✬
-Did not like Lara Jean
-Found the writing to be boring
-Seemed kind of instalovey
-Fun cheesy romance for the summer

I also started two books in July! One was an ARC and the author was an Audiobook! I started both of these at the very, very end of July so I never actually finished them in July

The Darkest Roots was an ARC that I received and The Diviners was an audiobook I started. It’s really creepy to listen to it! I’ll be honest. It’s different.

Random Statistics:
Average Rating: 3
Pages Read: 1,761
Book Read:5
Audiobooks: Started 1
ARC’s:2
DNFed: 0
Favorite Book: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Least Favorite Book: Emergency Contact by Mary H.K Cho

Personal Things:
-Started playing Pokémon Go again! My boyfriend and I played it for 6.5 hours.
-Saw the Incredibles 2. I surprising enjoyed it. It was a lot longer than I was expecting though…
-I also saw Ant-Man and the Wasp. I enjoyed that one a lot better than the first one!
-Going along with the movie train, I also go Moviepass. I heard it’s going down hill but I’m still excited for it! I’m excited to see how it goes.

Book Review: The Deepest Roots (ARC)

*Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

The Deepest RootsSeries: Standalone
Published by: HarperTeen
Genre: Contemporary, Magic  Realism, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Source: ARC from Edelweiss
Rating: ✬✬✬✬

Synopsis:

Contemporary with the slightest twist of magic, this stunning debut YA novel is a fresh and heartwarming story about the power of friendship.

Cottonwood Hollow, Kansas, is a strange place. For the past century, every girl has been born with a special talent, like the ability to Fix any object, Heal any wound, or Find what is missing.

Best friends Rome, Lux, and Mercy all have similar talents, but to them, their abilities often feel like a curse. Rome may be able to Fix anything she touches, but that won’t help her mom pay rent or make it any easier to confide in Lux and Mercy about what’s going on at home. And Rome isn’t the only one. Lux has been hiding bigger, more dangerous secrets.

As Rome struggles to keep her friendships close, she discovers the truth about life in Cottonwood Hollow—that friends are stronger than curses, that trust is worth the risk, and sometimes, what you’ve been looking for has been under your feet the whole time.

Goodreads/ Amazon / Book Depository

Favorite Quote

“We were more than girls from Cottonwood Hollow. We were blood sisters. Sworn to never turn away from each other.”

Thoughts

This book was extremely interesting. It was kind of like a contemporary novel with a little paranormal and magic, if you will, intertwined. I really enjoyed the friendship in the story. The relationship between 3 friends, 3 girls was really refreshing. I don’t read many stories with a lot of girl friends. There’s usually a best guy friend and the mean girls.

I also enjoyed that this book had a small town feel. Everyone knew everyone. I can relate because I, too, grew up in a small town where everyone knows everyone. It’s so powerful when you see people in a small town come together as a community, a family. I love that!

This book was very easy to read. The story flows really well. From page one, I was hooked. The characters were really relatable. Miranda did a nice job making the characters feel like sisters instead of just best friends.

However, I felt that some aspects of the story felt a little pointless. One being the romance in the story. The romance felt non existence. The chemistry just wasn’t there. The relationship felt really rushed and felt like it was just put in the story for the sake of being in the story.

This was a very unique spin with magic and contemporary and sisterhood. It was very empowering. I highly recommend it!

Book Buying Ban )’:

Hello fellow readers!

I’m putting myself on a book buying ban. I have two books that I have pre-ordered and will be receiving sometime in the future; however, I need to put a hold on buying books. I’m starting college back up (after 4 years) and textbooks are expensive. I’m also only working part-time so money is limited.

I’m still going to be reading though! I have tons and tons of books I need to read that I already own. I am also trying to read more books from the library app! I should probably check out my local libraries and get physical copies too.

I’m not sure when I’ll get rid of this ban. Hopefully by the end of the year. It’s so sad.

In the mean time, what books do you suggest I borrow from the library? What books should I read? I’ve currently been in a fantasy/paranormal mood.

Hard Things About Book Blogging

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I always see a lot of posts about the pros of book blogging and what people enjoy about it but rarely do I see the cons of blogging. Sometimes people think making a blog is simple and easy; however, they become discouraged when they realize that blogging is not all fun and games. Because of this, I thought I’d make a list of things about blogging that I find hard to do.


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  • Blogging is a lot of work. You can’t just slap together a post and call it good (which, admittedly, I sometimes do this…). Sometimes it can take me close to an hour to write a blog post because I have to think about what topic I want to write about, what to say about said topic, and sometimes get pictures to include. Then when all that is said and done, I sometimes try to go back and make sure I don’t have any spelling errors (again, most times I forget to do this. Guilty as charged!)

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  • I don’t always know what to talk about. I feel like I see all of these great discussion posts from other book bloggers and feel discouraged because man I only seem to post reviews! I sometimes don’t feel like I’m a good enough blogger

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  • I feel pressured to read Advanced Reader Copies (ARC’s). No one is blame but myself; however, I feel like I need to read some ARC’s in order to be considered a book blogger. I know that’s not the case but I still seem to request more ARC’s than I can handle.

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  • Sometimes it feels like it’s hard to get your blog up and rolling. It’s frustrating when you see multiple bloggers that have 100+ followers and all you can think is how!? I try to promote my blog on facebook and twitter but sometimes that never feels like enough. Sometimes I comment on people’s post as well just to get my name out there but I don’t always have things to write for a comment and I’d hate to just write “awesome post!”.

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  • I feel like I have a hard time scheduling posts as well. I’m trying to create a schedule for myself with preplanned post idea’s but sometimes I feel unmotivated to write those posts. Thus, I get behind and beat myself up for it.

Although blogging is hard work and not all fun and games, it’s still a very rewarding experience. I wouldn’t give up blogging for anything. ❤

My Favorite Bookish Quotes

Favorite Quotes

Hello friends! I don’t know about anyone else but I live for quotes in books. I absolutely adore them. It doesn’t matter if it’s impactful, funny, or romantic, I love to save them on goodreads! So I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you lovely people ❤


“I’ve got a stele we can use. Who wants to do me?”
“A regrettable choice of words,” muttered Magnus.”   ― Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes

“And why did he have to call me “quiet”? I hated being called quiet. People always said it like it was some kind of deficiency—like just because I didn’t put everything out there right away, I was unfriendly or arrogant. My mom had understood. You may be slow to warm up, but once you do, you light up the whole room” ― Jenna Evans Welch, Love & Gelato

“Cruelty does not make a person dishonest, the same way bravery does not make a person kind.” ― Veronica Roth, Insurgent

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“Here’s what’s not beautiful about it: from here, you can’t see the rust or the cracked paint or whatever, but you can tell what the place really is. You can see how fake it all is. It’s not even hard enough to be made out of plastic. It’s a paper town. I mean, look at it, Q: look at all those culs-de-sac, those streets that turn in on themselves, all the houses that were built to fall apart. All those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the future to stay warm. All the paper kids drinking beer some bum bought for them at the paper convenience store. Everyone demented with the mania of owning things. All the things paper-thin and paper-frail. And all the people, too. I’ve lived here for eighteen years and I have never once in my life come across anyone who cares about anything that matters.” ― John Green, Paper Towns

“She decided that if Lucas was gay then she was going to have to get a sex change operation. He would be so worth it.” ― Josephine Angelini, Starcrossed

“It’s just that I don’t want to be somebody’s crush. If somebody likes me, I want them to like the real me, not what they think I am. And I don’t want them to carry it around inside. I want them to show me, so I can feel it too.” ― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Favorite Quotes

“Without a human voice to read them aloud, or a pair of wide eyes following them by flashlight beneath a blanket, books had no real existence in our world. Like seeds in the beak of a bird waiting to fall to earth, or the notes of a song laid out on a sheet, yearning for an instrument to bring their music into being. they lie dormant hoping for the chance to emerge. They want us to give them life.” ― John Connolly, The Book of Lost Things

“It’s hard to be different,” Scarborough said. “And perhaps the best answer is not to tolerate differences, not even to accept them. But to celebrate them. Maybe then those who are different would feel more loved, and less, well, tolerated.” ― Bill Konigsberg, Openly Straight

“I leapt eagerly into books. The characters’ lives were so much more interesting than the lonely heartbeat of my own.”
― Ruta Sepetys, Out of the Easy

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“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

“Life fractures all of us into little pieces. It harms us, but it’s how we glue those fractures back together that makes us stronger.” ―Carrie Jones, Entice

“It’s superb to be out in the early, early morning before the sun comes up. There’s this sense of being super-alive. You’re in on a secret that all the dull, sleeping people don’t know about. Unlike them, you’re alert and aware of existing right here in this precise moment between what happened and what’s going to happen.” ― Tim Tharp, The Spectacular Now

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Book Review: The Hating Game

The Hating GameSeries: Standalone
Published by: William Morrow
Genre: Contemporary, Adult
Pages: 387
Source: Paper, Hardcover
Rating: ✬✬✬✬

Synopsis:

Nemesis (n.)
1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;
2) A person’s undoing;
3) Joshua Templeman.

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

Goodreads/ Amazon / Book Depository

Favorite Quote

“I’m probably not good at a lot of things, but I will try to be”  

Thoughts

Did you hear that? My heart just exploded.

Holy shit. This book. This book was freaking hilarious. It was also cute and sexy and heartwarming and just everything I needed in a love story. Slow burning romance? Sexual tension? Constant battle of wits? Yes, yes, and yes.

I had a little bit of a hard time getting into the story at first. I didn’t really like how it was written. Once I did get into the story, I fell in love with the characters.

Sometimes Lucy bothered me but I think it’s because I could see myself in her a little bit. I loved Josh, too. He reminded me of my boyfriend. Honestly, their whole relationship almost reminded me of my boyfriend and i’s except hating each other lulz.

This book had great pacing. It was incredibly easy to read and extremely hard to put down. I became invested in the characters lives. I wanted to be their best friends. Even Lucy’s boss was fantastic.

Highly recommend this book is you want a light, fluffy, hilarious summer read. I promise it doesn’t disappoint. Holy wow.

I Started My Blog Because….

I Started Blogging Because...

People start blogs for all kinds of reasons: they have stuff they want off their chest, they have things they’re passionate about, they have things to show the world. My blog is a release for me and all my bookish frustrations.

As some of you may know, I use to run a youtube channel called Nerdybooklover where  I use to talk about books. I was part of the “booktube” community, a community where bookish people talk about bookish things. I did that for roughly 5 years; however, I started to get bullied and the drama got outrageous that I fell out of love with making videos. I fell out of love with reading, to be honest.

I thought I’d get back into reading but I realized, without the help of booktube, I wasn’t sure what books were now the “in thing”. I didn’t know what books were popular. I also realized I missed talking books with other fellow book lovers. I knew I didn’t want to go back to youtube so I decided to join the blogging world. I use to have a book blog before, a few actually, and they always went unused because I used booktube the majority of the time.

Starting my blog has became a huge aspect of my life. It’s helped me in so many ways. I’ve read some books that I doubt I would have every picked up on my own if it weren’t for publishers or netgalley or edelweiss. I’ve also met a ton of wonderful people! It’s just been a great outlet where I can unlease all my bookish rants and energies because my boyfriend never knows what the heck I’m talking about!!

Why did you start your blog?