Down the TBR Hole #3

 

 

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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
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?laurelsfloweers_0008_vectorsmartobject

White Cat (Curse Workers, #1)People who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands? This is illegal? The main character killed his best friend? This book sounds amazing! I’ve also heard great things about it from a friend so I’m really interested in reading it (even if I do hate the covers…. )

VERDICT: keep

 

 

House of LeavesI’ll be completely honest, I have no freaking idea what this book is about. I just remember my high school English teacher talking about it and how unique the story was. I was to read it simply to check out but every time I see it at the bookstore I’m like meh… I think this is one that I’ll just have to eventally get from the library

VERDICT:go

 

More Than ThisI’m not quite sure what this is about. It sounds like it’s about a boy that dies then comes back to life but he doesn’t know how or why? I’m pretty sure the only I added this to my TBR was because of all the hype surrounding it when it first came out. To be honest, I don’t really have much interest in reading it anymore.

 

VERDICT: go

 

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)Again, I can’t say what this book is about. I just think there is possibly angels or people with feathers involved with maybe some magic? Honestly, no idea. I just remember wanting to read it for like the last 5 years… I finally bought it so I guess it’s safe to say I can take off my TBR… at least on goodreads, tehe

 

VERDICT: go

 

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)A book about kings and princesses and magic and prophecies? Sign me up. I’ve had this on my TBR since 2013; however, it still sounds amazing every single time I read the synopsis. I really need to get around to buying it to be honest. I think I’m going to still keep this one my to read list!

 

VERDICT: keep

Sunshine Book Award

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I was tagged by the lovely Book Orbit. Thank you so much, darlin. I appreciate it ❤

Rules:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
4. List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog.

Questions
1. What’s your favorite thing about blogging?

I love talking about books with other people that share the same interest as me. It makes me feel like alone. I also love blogging because I’ve discovered a lot of new books. I’ve also met a lot of amazing fellow book lovers! ❤

2. Have you met a fellow blogger face to face?

I have! Well.. She’s a booktuber, but I’ve gone to Canada to visit Nat at Pickleheartsbooks on youtube! She’s also come visited me in the United States! She’s one of my best book friends. We’ve been friends for roughly 5ish years now. She’s lovely. Go check out her channel! ❤

3. What is your favorite TV show?

I love Teen Wolf, New Girl, and Young & Hungry

4. What is your biggest fear?

Spiders and Death :/

5. Do you have any pets?

Yes! I have two doggies ❤ Their names are Macey and Noddle. They’re amazing :3

6. How many books have you read, so far, this year?

Lol… well… I’ve only read 8 so far. In my defense though, I was in a massive reading slump for quite some time so honestly, I’m kind of proud of myself!

7. Tea or coffee?

It really depends on my mood. I tend to drink coffee more in the summer and tea more in the winter for some reason. Just the thought of hot tea doesn’t sound good even though coffee is also hot XD

8. Where is your favorite reading spot?

Outside in a swinging chair, listening to the birds and/or nature.

9. How happy are you today on a sale of 1 to 10?

I’d say an 8. I haven’t been too productive but I have read a lot today! 😀

10. Which era do you wish you could visit?

I’m not sure. I’m not huge into history and stuff but maybe back to when the great depression happened? I find it amazing that so many people suffered but they made it through. It really inspires me, honestly.

11. Favorite quote?

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. -The Need Series by Carrie Jones

I tag the following:
Meggan @ Between the Pages
Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile
Georgia @ Georgia’s Bookish Thoughts
Tiana @ The Book Raven
Darnell @ Darnellouis
Winged Cynic @ Cynic on Wings
Danielle @ Life of a Literary Nerd 
Kathy @ Books and Munches
Cassidy @ The Little Book Cottage
Naty @ Naty’s Bookshelf
Melanie @ Mel to the Any

Questions:
1. Why did you create your blog?
2. What’s your favorite movie genre and/or movie?
3. If money wasn’t a problem, where in the world would you most love to travel?
4. Outside of book blogging, do you have another job?
5. What’s your favorite animal(s)?
6. What is your favorite post to make on your blog?
7. What are some books you are currently waiting to get your hands on?
8. Are there any movies you’re excited to see?
9. What is your preferred way to travel? ex., car, plane, train, bus, walk
10. Would you rather read by the pool or next to a fireplace, why?
11. What makes you happy?

Book Blogger Confession Tag

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I was tagged by the lovely Melanie from Mel to the Any. Thanks Melanie! I really appreciate it ❤ Go follow her. She’s lovely :3

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1. Which book, most recently, did you not finish?tessMmmm, the more recent book I didn’t finish was Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets but that’s because it was a reread, and I wasn’t in the mood to read it. My most recent DNF (did not finish) was several months ago and that was Tess on the Road. I tried to enjoy it but I just couldn’t. I guess I’m not a huge fan of Rachel Hartman’s writing style.

2. Which book is your guilty pleasure?twilight-book-coverI feel like Twilight was a huge book almost 10 years ago and so many people loved it. Now it seems like it’s one of the more hated books around. I, however, still really enjoy it. I have  a soft spot for it because it’s what kick started my love for reading ❤

3. Which book do you love to hate?Related imageI think I have to say The Hunger Games. I wasn’t a huge fan of this book at all. I couldn’t get into the 3rd book whatsoever. I tried and tried and tried but I couldn’t do it. I think I love to hate this book just because so many people love it and I’m just like “why though?”

4. Which book would you like to throw into the sea?

defyI was beyond excited for this book before it came out but what it did, I was so disappointed. I thought the characters were bland. I didn’t like the world. I didn’t like the writing. Honest, I’m kind of surprised I even finished this book. I don’t even remember much about it but I remember really disliking it.

5. Which book have you read the most?Image result for harry potter seriesHarry Potter, always. My all time favorite story and characters and world ❤

 

6. Which book would you hate to receive as a present?Image result for frankenstein bookFrankenstein. I don’t know what it is about it because it’s been so long but I remember really disliking this book. I thought it was really boring and the beginning of the story felt kind of pointless.

7. Which book could you not live without?710888Yo8kLI absolutely love The D.U.F.F. It’s one of my favorite books. I think it’s fun and sexy. Wesley Rush is my #1 book boyfriend. I don’t know why because he’s a huge ass but I love him regardless. I love all the characters in the book. UGH. My heart.

 

8. Which book made you the angriest?7824322This book only made me angry because of the fact that it takes place when Hitler was around. It made me so angry to see how people suffered. It’s disgusting, really. I just… I don’t understand how a human can be so mean and violent and deadly.

9. Which book made you cry the most?8349244I can’t tell you why this book made me cry because #spoileralert. But I will say this is one of my all-time favorite stories. It ripped my heart wide open and left me bleeding. I loved every single minute of it. It was brilliant.

10. Which book cover do you hate the most?Image result for city of bones bookI think this is one of my LEAST favorite book covers of all time. I just… WHY DOES IT NEED TO HAVE A WEIRD GUY ON IT WITH A CITY AND SHINY COLORS!? I like the new updated covers to this series 10x better!


I’m bad at tagging people so I tag all of you ❤ Happy Reading, lovelies!

Book Review: Eliza and Her Monsters

elizaSeries: Standalone
Published by: Greenwillow Books
Genre: Mental Illness, Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 385
Source: Bought, Hardcover
Rating: ✬✬✬✬

Synopsis:

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

Goodreads/ Amazon / Book Depository

Favorite Quote

“There is a small monster in my brain that controls my doubt.
The doubt itself is a stupid thing, without sense or feeling, blind and straining at the end of a long chain. The monster though, is smart. It’s always watching, and when I am completely sure of myself, it unchains the doubt and lets it run wild. even when I know it’s coming, I can’t stop it.”  

Thoughts

I’m having a hard time trying to figure out how I feel about this book. I really enjoyed, but I didn’t love it like most people I know. I thought it was a well done story. It was nice seeing anxiety portrayed in the book but not being the sole focus of the story if that makes sense. I like that Eliza had anxiety but the story wasn’t about that. The story was about her and her webcomic and beginning new friendships. I loved that.

I could really relate to Eliza and her anxiety. There was a point when she felt like she was suffocating when being surrounded by a group of people. I felt that. I’m that way. I hate being surrounded by lots of people. All I can think about is wanting to escape. At first I thought Eliza was just this obnoxious, angry teenage girl, but the more I think about it, I wonder if a part of her anger is because she’s stressed out and anxious. I know I can get annoyed really easily when I’m anxious.

I love how the parents were portrayed in the story. They don’t understand Eliza and her internet friends. They don’t understand why she spends so much time on the internet. I think a lot of people can relate to that because the majority of our parents didn’t grow up with smart phones or the internet. Eliza describe her internet friends in the perfect way and I was like “YAS GIRL, YASS! I FEEL YOU!”. I’ve meet some of the best friends through the internet and booktube.

I loved how accurately the parents were displayed in the story. It made me thankful to have parents that told me to follow my dream and pursue anything that makes me happy. It didn’t matter if I made a ton of money or not, just as long as I was doing what I enjoyed. I know a lot of kids don’t have that. Parents expect them to get a good paying job by being a doctor or engineer.

It was also an interesting topic covered in the story about being a creator with fans and the relationship between the two. It’s amazing how you can start something for yourself, something you enjoy and have it become popular and the more people that like it, the more people that want you…. no, expect you to start creating it for them. It’s like all of a sudden you’re not creating something for yourself to enjoy, you’re creating it for other people.

I think the biggest problem I had with this book is that it took me a little bit to get into the story. I had a hard time connecting with the characters because they’re quiet and reserved. I did end up enjoying them in the end though after I got to them. I also loved the writing and storyline. I thought it was a unique concept to write about. I highly recommend it!

Quiz: Sort Your Dog into a Hogwarts House

I saw this quiz via Flaviathebibliophile and knew I needed to do because I’m in love with dogs and Harry Potter! AKbookworm‘s friend created this quiz!

(I have two dogs I’m going to do. Macey and Noddle. Macey’s answers will be Green and Noodle’s answers will be in Blue. If both dogs share the same answer it’ll be in Pink.)

Let the sorting begin!

1.You take your dog to the a brand new dog park. They:
a.Bravely bounce into the park, introducing themselves to all the dogs.

b.Stick right by your side, annoyed if another dog tries to approach you.
c.Are mostly interested in the agility toys (hoops, jumps) set up.
d.Quickly introduce themselves to the other humans present, figuring out how to get pets/scratches from each.

2.You place a treat under one of three upside-down cups. They:
a.Wait for you to reveal where the treat is.

b.Sniff until they’ve found the right cup, and push it over to receive the treat.
c.Immediately go to the correct cup and treat, no sniffing required.
d.Knock over all three cups to find the treat.

3.A visitor comes over for the first time. Your dog:
a.Runs happily up to the person, wagging their tail.

b.Sticks by your side until you indicate that the visitor is okay.
c.Does something new and unexpected each time you have a new visitor.
d.Doesn’t let the person in until they have been thoroughly sniffed and approved of.

4.It’s time for a treat! Your dog prefers:
a.Pretty much anything you give them. They’re always up for something new!

b.A simple puzzle toy, like a Kong filled with peanut butter
c.A complex puzzle toy, where they have to solve a puzzle to get a treat dispensed (like a shuffle board or flip board)
d.A chew, such as a bull stick or beef knuckle

5.Does your dog have any nervous habits?
a.Nope, they’re always confident.

b.They yawn.
c.They hide.
d.They stick out their tongue or lick their nose.

6.Does your dog bark a lot?
a.Only if approached by an unfamiliar dog or person.

b.All the time.
c.Only if you ask them to “speak”.
d.Yes, but only at a low volume.

7.You take your dog to an obedience class. They:
a.Grow bored after a while and start exploring the area.

b.Keep trying until they get every command perfectly.
c.Pick the commands up quicker than all the other dogs in the class.
d.Figure out how to get to the treats without following a command.

8.Would your dog make a good service dog?
a.Maybe. They’re generally kind to everyone, but also love adventures.

b.Absolutely! My dog would do anything for me.
c.Sure – they’re a quick learner.
d.Nope, there’s no way they wouldn’t get into trouble.

9.You take your dog hiking. They:
a.Run ahead to scout out the trail.

b.Never get tired and stick by your side the whole time.
c.Want to sniff everything.
d.Stay close, but as the leader of your “pack”.

10.You give your dog a new toy. They:
a.Destroy it.

b.Are obsessed with it and play with it for hours.
c.Quickly grow bored with it.
d.Would rather play with the packaging.
 

Results:

Macey: Gryffindor and Noodle: Gryffindor.

I think it’s funny Macey is Gryffindor because she’s so skittish these days. I’m actually surprised neither one of them are Hufflepuff because they seem like the Hufflepuff type 🙂

Mostly As: Gryffindor – your dog is courageous, brave, and chivalrous.
Mostly Bs: Hufflepuff – your dog is a hard worker, is patient, just, and loyal.
Mostly Cs: Ravenclaw – your dog is intelligent, creative, a quick learner, and witty.
Mostly Ds: Slytherin – your dog is ambitious, cunning, resourceful, and a good leader.

(House descriptions from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hogwarts.)

Book Review: Made You Up


17661416Series: Standalone
Published by: Greenwillow Books
Genre: Mental Illness, Young Adult
Pages: 428
Source: Gift, Hardcover
Rating: ✬✬✬

 Synopsis: 

Reality, it turns out, is often not what you perceive it to be—sometimes, there really is someone out to get you. Made You Up tells the story of Alex, a high school senior unable to tell the difference between real life and delusion. This is a compelling and provoking literary debut that will appeal to fans of Wes Anderson, Silver Linings Playbook and Liar.

Alex fights a daily battle to figure out the difference between reality and delusion. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8-Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She’s pretty optimistic about her chances until classes begin, and she runs into Miles. Didn’t she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She’s not prepared for normal.

Funny, provoking, and ultimately moving, this debut novel featuring the quintessential unreliable narrator will have readers turning the pages and trying to figure out what is real and what is made up.

 Goodreads / Amazon / Book Depository

Favorite Quote

“The rest of the year, I wondered if the point of Christmas was just spending money and getting fat and opening gifts. Indulging.
But when Christmas finally comes, and that warm, tingly, mints-and-sweaters-and-fireplace-fires feeling gathers in the bottom of your stomach, and you’re lying on the floor with all the lights off but the ones on the Christmas tree, and listening to the silence of the snow falling outside, you see the point. For that one instance in time, everything is good in the world. It doesn’t matter if everything isn’t actually good. It’s the one time of the year when pretending is enough.” 

Thoughts

One thing I’m struggling about this book is it really a good representation of Schizophrenia? I have no idea because I’ve never dealt with it nor know anyone that is. However, I will say that I think it’s awesome that the author wrote a book about it. The world is filled with all kinds of different people. We all have our struggles. We all have a history. We all have stories that deserve to be told.

I struggled a little bit on what to rate this book. There was some mystery to it that I enjoyed. I liked the characters, but I also didn’t see myself connecting with any of them. I enjoyed the writing, but I didn’t think anything really fun and interested happened in the story.

At first I was a little put off by our main character, Alex. I thought she was kind of mean. She had a problem with name calling people and that bothered me. Eventually she started to grow on me. I also really enjoyed Miles. Miles is such a complex character and he made my heart smile. There were also fun side characters that I wish we could have gotten to know more of.

Over, I thought it was a neat story. It kept me engaged. It was also hard to put the book down. I think the things that bugged me most about this book were some of the events that took place and the ending. I thought the ending was perfect but then it kept going. I didn’t like that.

 

Character or Plot-Driven Novels?

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Hello fellow readers!

I thought I would kick start my blog back up with a fun discussion! What I want to talk about this week is the follow:

Do you prefer character-driven or plot-driven novels? Why?

I think I like character- driven novels a wee bit better. Don’t get me wrong, I love a mean plot-driven story, but I think I gear more toward character-driven. I love really in-depth characters and getting to know them through their journey. I feel like the best books I’ve read are simply because the characters made me feel something. I got to know them, feel for them, sympathize for them, love them. For me, I feel like it’s the best way to connect with the character. If I can’t connect to a character, then I end up not enjoying the book. It doesn’t matter how good the plot is.

What about you? What do you prefer?