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.

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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.

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

“We do not start as dust. We do not end as dust. We make more than dust.That's all we ask of you. Make more%2

“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?

GIVEAWAY & Meant To Be Broken ARC Review

Disclaimer** I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Meant To Be Broken (Carolina Clay #1)Series: Carolina Clay Book 1
Published by: Filles Vertes Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 457
Source: ARC via Publisher
Release Date: July 2nd, 2018
Rating: ✬✬✬✬
Synopsis:

Rayne Davidson is perfectly happy fading into the background. Her mama’s antics garner enough attention in their small Southern town for the both of them, but when Rayne catches the eye of all-star QB, Preston Howard, she’s enamored with the possibilities. Too bad Preston doesn’t make her heart thump—but his brother does.

Gage Howard doesn’t mind the town’s stares, probably because he doesn’t get them. Growing up in his older brother’s shadow, Gage shrugs off the endless parade of girls Preston brings home—until Rayne.

But there are unwritten rules that shouldn’t be broken, like cheating on your boyfriend or betraying your brother. Rayne and Gage deny their growing attraction, neither willing to hurt Preston—until the town finds out.

They think overcoming the gossip will be the hardest obstacle.

They’re wrong.

Rayne’s mama has a secret, and its revelation could divide the town, the families, and the new couple.

Can love really exist if it’s all built on a lie?

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Favorite Quote

“If Mama lived with this [anxiety] everyday and still managed to keep our home running, then she was the strongest woman I ever knew and probably will know. I always called her weak. I was wrong.”

Thoughts

Holy… okay.. wow.

This book pissed me off so much, but I loved it too. These thoughts are going to be a jumbled mess. So let’s just do what I do best and drive right in.

I loved the short chapters. Short chapters are my favorite because it makes me feel like I’m reading relatively fast. Plus the chapters are in different points of view which I also thoroughly enjoyed. It was cool seeing different peoples opinions on Preston. Although I love alternating POV’s, sometimes they become frustrating as well because you know what each other the characters are thinking while the other character does not and then there is a huge disagreement. I kept shouting in my head, “JUST TALK IT OUT!”

For the most part, I thought the pacing was pretty good. It felt a little too slow towards the ending. Like the pacing did well in the first 200 pages then felt really slow after that. I think it felt slow for me because the book changed directions and I was exactly expecting it to.

I could relate to Rayne. She’s dating a guy but falls in love with his brother. I was in a relationship relatively recently and realized I was falling for my best friend. I could relate to her guilt and not wanting to feel that way. In a way it was different for me because I was with my ex-boyfriend for almost 2 years so it felt wrong to be attracted to someone else. It worked out in the end though.

I really loved all the characters. Brandy did a great job at making the characters feel alive. They felt real. They became my friends. A part of me will cherish them for a long time. Brandy did an excellent job at giving them each their own personality and their own voice. It’s so hard for me to read a book if I can’t connect with the characters or if they’re bland. I fell in love with Gage. My book boyfriend ❤

One thing I didn’t like was how Rayne viewed anxiety in the beginning. The way it was described in the book left a bad taste in my mouth because I struggle with anxiety. I felt sort of offended. I know Brandy didn’t mean it that way but I couldn’t help it. Rayne does end up changing her views about it though in the end which I appreciated.

Rayne and Preston’s relationship seemed a little insta-lovey. However, the slow burning romance between Rayne and Gage was very well done. Okay, I lied. Their romance was to die for. They’re perfect for each other. I was constantly rooting for them. Yes there is a love triangle in the book, which I usually despise, but this made sense. I feel like some authors just add a love triangle into the story for the sake of drama, but this was one really well done.

The book felt longer than it needed to be. After like 300 pages it started to feel like I was reading a soap opera. There was so much drama and so much happening within the plot. There was a point where I got so annoyed that I started to care less about the characters, but they won me over again in the end.

Overall, this was a cute southern book. It was had a good small town feel to it. I grew up in a small town Michigan, but I could still relate to the small town in this book. Everyone seems to know everyone else’s business whether you want them to or not. I recommend this if you want to read something makes your heart melt but also makes you want to chuck your book at the wall.


GIVEAWAY TIME! (United States and Canada Only)
Giveaway ends August 15th, 2018

If you would like to win Meant To Be Broken by Brandy Woods Snow please enter below! (Also I’m really new at RaffleCopter so I hope I did it okay!)

Excerpt from the book:

At 9:30 Saturday morning, I find out Preston Howard wants to date me. At 11:30, my mama hears it from old lady McAlister and has a “spell” in aisle three of the Piggly Wiggly. It’s taken seventeen years, but I finally understand the two things my social life and Mama have in common. They’re both erratic and one usually suffers because of the other.

The store manager calls me on my cell and asks me to come get her. He has my number because he’s Daddy’s best friend’s brother and used me to babysit his kids a few times last year. I answer, expecting another job offer.

“Rayne? This is Dave Sullivan, you know, the manager down at the Piggly Wiggly? There’s been an incident with your mama.”

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Book Review: Lost Boy (ARC)

Disclaimer** I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Lost BoySeries: Standalone
Published by: Orca Book
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic, Young Adult
Pages: 224
Source: ARC via Netgalley
Release Date: October 2nd, 2018
Rating: ✬✬✬
Synopsis:

Raised in a polygamous community, Jon starts to question the rules of his faith. After he is caught kissing a girl, he is forced to flee his town and the only life he knows. He finds a community of other Lost Boys, or “polygs,” but is utterly unprepared for life outside his community of Unity. He spirals into a life of numbing booze, drugs and homelessness. When he hits rock bottom, someone from his past enters his new life and helps him find his way.

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Favorite Quote

 There were no favorite quotes ):

Thoughts

I’m not…. I’m not sure how I feel about this book. The plot was extremely interesting. I really enjoyed getting a glimpse at what a true polygamy religion looks like. I liked the coming of age aspect when the characters realized they didn’t want to live that life.

At first I wasn’t really into the story but the more I read, the more I started to appreciate the characters. I thought they each had their own personality. The only thing that bothered me was Jon was a pretty hopeful guy in Part One in the book and then his personality drastically changes in Part two. There really wasn’t much of an explanation has to what happened. I was slightly confused.

I thought this book read kind of like classic. It also reminded me of The Giver for some reason. Jon doesn’t know much about school or clothes. Learning about it is almost like learning a foreign language to him. It was pretty interesting seeing how he slowly started to get use to the idea of people wearing shorts and bathing suits out in public.

Overall, I thought it was a pretty decent read. I just wish things between Part one and Part two would have been explained better. And I really enjoyed the ending. The ending gave me all kinds of hope. I don’t think this book is for everyone but it was a fairly fast read!