Christmas lists already

The dreaded time of year has come upon us where my mom starts asking me for a Christmas list. The older I get, the less things I want for Christmas. Honestly, I don’t care if I get books or anything for Christmas. Ever since I started working in a hospital where I need to work on holidays, I appreciate the family time more than the gift giving. I would honestly be okay just sitting at home, watching a Christmas movie, and drinking hot chocolate while it snows outside.

I guess a few things I would like for Christmas are the following:

Barnes and Noble gift card
H&M gift card
Bath and Body Works gift card
American Eagle gift card
Old Navy gift card
The Kiss Quotient
The Name of the Wind
Children of Blood and Bone
Socks
Necklaces
Earrings

Gifts I would like for both my boyfriend and I:
Hot tubs gift card
Movie gift card
Different restaurant gift cards

Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and Christmas ❤

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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
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?laurelsfloweers_0008_vectorsmartobject

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

 

So I listened to an audiobook for the first time!?

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Hello friends,

I listened to my first ever audiobook! It was The Diviners by Libba Bray. I usually don’t listen to audiobooks because I never think I’ll like them. Because this was my first audiobook I really listened to, I thought I’d give my opinion and talk about my experience with it!


  • Losing focus while listening to the audiobook was one of my many struggles. I listened to it while lying in bed or driving my car; however, sometimes my mind would start to wonder to other thoughts so I’d have to rewind and relisten.
  • Sometimes I would get bored listening because the only way for me to focus was to pretty much stare at the wall. I don’t particularly enjoy just sitting and not doing anything but if I did something such as clean, again I’d lose focus of the story being told.
  • I found that I enjoyed listening to the book while I was getting ready for bed because it felt like I was being told a nighttime story! The only downside was making sure I didn’t end up falling asleep, tehehe
  • I really enjoyed the fact that the narrator talked in different voices for each character. It gave the characters a different feel rather than me reading each character in the same voice in my head (if that made any sense haha).
  • The book felt more alive because I was honestly terrified while I listened to some parts right before bed. I was scared to sleep! Listening to different scary parts added to the suspense for me.
  • It felt like it took me for-freaking-ever to finish the story because I read faster than the narrator.

Overall, I really enjoyed the experience with an audiobook. I don’t think I’ll listen to them a whole bunch though because it takes me forever to get through them. However, I might listen to more from time to time 🙂

 

Do you like audiobooks? Why or why not? What’s your favorite audiobook?

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.

College Life is Hard

Hello friends!

It’s been so long. I have gotten so behind on ARCs and blogging. I’m so embarrassed. I just recently started college back for the first time in 3.5 years. I have been struggling pretty hardcore. I’ve been working 65+ hours per pay period, volunteering, and I’ve been going to school Tuesday-Friday. I have had zero time to read. I apologize I disappeared without warning! I’m hoping to try and find a could schedule so I can come back. However, I’m on the verge of almost failing Biology so I’m not sure how soon I’ll be back. I hope everyone else has been having a stellar school or reading year! 🙂

 

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.
✬✬
The Hating Game\\ This book was hilarious and fun and cute and everything I needed.
✬✬✬✬
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.

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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.

10 Bookish Facts About Me

Why hello there!

Today I thought it would be fun for you guys to get to know me so here are a few bookish facts about myself 🙂


  1. I am a MASSIVE Harry Potter  fan. Honestly, I have a whole shelf for just my Harry Potter things. I own multiple copies of the series in different covers. I love to collect them all!
  2. I actually use to hate Harry Potter. Weird, I know. I don’t even remember when I started to enjoy it or why. I just remember my mom buying me the book and I thought they were boring. I also saw the first movie in theater and hating it.
  3. Twilight got me into reading. I was never a fan of reading because I didn’t like being told what to do (we had to read in middle school). However, a friend of mine was reading it, I thought it sounded good, I read the books.
  4. Booktube was actually how I got really into reading. I enjoyed Twilight but I wasn’t sure what else seemed like a good book to read. Twilight was honestly the only YA book I owned at the time. I was curious if people made book hauls on youtube like they did clothes and that’s when I discovered the book community!
  5. I have anxiety so I’m terrified to go to a library by myself. However, I do have a library card and I love using reading apps for ebooks! It has saved me a ton of money!
  6. I get crabby if someone interrupts my reading. I just find it very rude. People can see I’m very focused on something but they still try to have a conversation with me. Why? Why? WHY!?
  7. I’m not a fan of books over 300+ pages. Okay, that’s kind of lie; however, the book has to be really good if it’s going to capture my attention for 400 or more pages. And I mean like really, really, really good. It needs to be the best book I’ve ever read!
  8. Clothes shopping makes me uncomfortable but I can spend hours in a bookstore. My boyfriend has literally had to pull me out of the bookstore because I was looking at books for an hour still deciding what I wanted to buy. I get lost in my own little world.
  9. I own a kindle but I rarely ever use it. I know, it’s terrible. I keep buying physical books that I tend to put my kindle to the side. I think it’s because I want to relax and be away from technology for awhile. Although my kindle doesn’t have other apps on it, I still consider it technology that I would like the get away from.
  10. I cannot reading and tan at the same time. I don’t understand how people can do it. One, I have to read with sunglasses on because I get blinded from my book via the sun and then I get paranoid that I’m going to get suntan lines on my face from my sunglasses while lying on my back. I do; however, enjoy reading on a swing outside in the shade. It’s so peaceful listening to it rain or listening to the birds.