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Alice: a quote from your favourite strong, female protagonist.
“We’d been trying to touch the sky from the bottom of the ocean. I realized that if we boosted one another, maybe we’d get a little closer.” -Lina from Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetyes

The White Rabbit: a book everyone has read that you were/are late to the party on.
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Down The Rabbit Hole: your favourite first book sentence.
“Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death”. -Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Drink Me: go and make your favourite thing to drink while reading (tea, coffee, other) and come back and show us.
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The Caterpillar: name a character who gives good advice, and a character who needs it.
Rhysand (A Court of Thrones and Roses) gives fantastic advice. I love him. He motivated me. I would say Bella from Twilight needs some heavy advice to be honest…

Cheshire Cat: try and give a six word explanation of a book that confused you.
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The March Hare and Mad Hatter: a fictional friendship you wish you could join in on.
THE HARRY POTTER TRIO, OBVIOUSLY

The Dormouse: a book that put you to sleep.
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn

The Queen of Hearts: a book you would decree as compulsory reading.
Wonder by R.J Palacio. This book is a must read.

The Mock Turtle: (be brave and) read a quote or passage from a book that made you cry.
“Somehow he keeps pace with the car until we reach the end of the narrow street, until we accelerate out onto the main road. Frantically craning my head to keep him in sight, I see him finally stumble to a halt, his hands by his side: defeated, crying”. -Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. I can’t tell you why this quote made me cry but it was a really emotional scene.

The Flowers: show us a pretty book cover.
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The Walrus and The Carpenter: a character whose original appearance was deceptive.
Ash from The Iron Fey Series by Julia Kagawa

Unbirthdays: a book you would gladly read every day of the year.
Harry Potter. I’ve only reread these books 2 or 3 times but they’re always so magical. ❤

The White Knight: a character that everyone laughs at but who deserves better.
Luna Lovegood. Luna is my all time favorite character. People think she’s crazy but she’s so smart. I’m glad the characters in Harry Potter eventually gave her a chance ❤

Top Ten Tuesday | Best Books of 2017

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Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Please note that 10 is just a starting number. You can post however many books you want or less!

This weeks topic is: “Best Books of 2017”


Hello! I only have 7 books to tell you about today because I’ve read a lovely number of 22 books so far this year! (shocking, I know). Without further ado, here are some of my favorites I read this year! (:

180 Seconds by Jessica Parker (Arc)
On the Spectrum by Jennifer Gold (Arc)
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

On the Fence by Kasie West
Pivot Point by Kasie West
United As One by Pittacus Lore
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

A Court of Wings and Ruin- Discussion

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I finally did it! I FINALLY FINISHED A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN! It only took me a month and a half.. it’s not because the book was bad. It’s because I wasn’t in the mood for fantasy but I needed to read it anyways. Does that make sense? But I thought I’d write a discussion about my thoughts on the book. There will be SPOILERS so if you have not read this, I advise you to not continue reading this post. You have been warned 🙂


Starting off, I really disliked Feyre. I disliked her through the whole entire trilogy. I don’t have a good reason as to why. I just don’t like her. She got on my nerves a lot throughout the whole series. The only reason I continued was because of the writing and because of the Night Court characters. ❤

The NUMBER ONE THING I disliked the most about this trilogy was the when Mor came out as Lesbian. I have nothing against gay people. I don’t. I promise. I support the LGBTQ community 110%. However, I feel like there was this sexual tension between Mor and Az FOR THE ENTIRE 2 BOOKS. I shipped them so hardcore. My heart broke for Az because he is literally perfect. When he was gentle with Elain? My heart ❤ A part of me feels like the only reason Mor came out was because of all the backlash Sarah was getting for not having a gay character in her books. I felt like it was just thrown in.

I also didn’t like how Elain seemed so out of it for the first half of the book then after Az was like “you’re a seer”, Elain was “instantly” cured. I mean, she still had her moments but it still didn’t sit well with me. and Lucien being Helion’s heir? I don’t remember how Feyre instantly thought that. Was it mentioned? I was confused on how she figured it out so fast.

Moving forward with my sadness over Mor and Az, I really ship Az with Elain. I mean, sure she’s mates with Lucien but I think Lucien is more focused on the fact that he has a mate, not on figuring out if Elain is someone he could truly love. I love how Az and Elain are both kind of outsiders and Az is able to open Elain up. He’s patient with her when everyone else was getting annoyed with her. And when he gave her Truth-Teller? OH MY GOD, AZ. I think Lucien may one day end up loving Vassa. I feel like her personality fits more with Lucien than Elains. And Cassian with Nesta? I shipped them super hard to. However, Nesta’s bitchiness became super old after awhile. I’m just glad Cassian gave her shit right back.

I really liked the final scene with the Suriel. I love how it said the reason it helped Feyre was because she was kind. It goes to show how much a human heart full of kindness can help someone. I think it was an incredibly powerful scene.

I’m also kind of disappointed in this book. I loved Feyre and Rhys relationship in ACOMAF. I loved how sassy Rhys was. This book became way too mushy for my taste. Especially the fact that “mate” was used constantly. For example: “Don’t talk to my mate like that”, “My mate is battling”, “You are mine and I am yours, mate”. *gag*. It was cute at first but it became too much.

Lastly, I didn’t like the ending. I don’t like how nothing really felt… wrapped up. There were too many stories and too many unanswered questions. However, I did love that battle between Hybern with Elain and Nesta. But…. I felt like he was this super high being and Elain just stabbed him so…. effortlessly. I would have liked a bigger battle between them.

How about you? What did you like? Dislike? Are you excited for the spin-off series (WHICH OMG I DIDN’T KNOW WAS HAPPENING)?

Reading Slumps Suck

Hello friends!

As some may have noticed… I’ve been slacking really hardcore with posting lately. I’ve also been really slacking when it comes to reading. I read ZERO books in May. I’ve been reading a Court of Wings and Ruin since it came out in the first week of May and have yet to finish it. It’s not that it’s not good, it is. I’m just not in the mood to read it but I don’t want to stop reading it because when I do, I doubt i’ll ever pick it up again. I’m weird like that.

I think a part of me is more in the mood for contemporary since it’s pretty much summer and ACOWAR is like… over 600 pages. But not only that, I’ve wanted to do everything except read. I’ve recently marathoned Teen Wolf (again) up to season 5. I need to finish season 5 then buy season 6 when it comes out. I’ve also started buying bird feeders because I have very hungry birds. I have to fill up TWO feeder’s every single day. I’ve also wanted to start a garden this year since I’m living in a house. All of this has taken up my “reading time” if you will.

I might try to read a short fluffy book like a Kasie West story, but right now I just don’t want to read. How about you? Are you doing well with reading? Are you in a reading slump too?

[Very Late] April Wrap-Up

Stats for February’s Reading
Favorite Book: On the Spectrum by Jennifer Gold
Least Favorite Book: Sabriel by Garth Nix
Total Pages Read: 1,180
Average Rating: 4/5

Books I read in January:

Crown of Midnight (#2) by Sarah J. Maas- 5/5  (Goodreads)
On the Spectrum by Jennifer Gold- 4/5 (Goodreads)
180 Seconds by Jessica Park- 4/5 (Goodreads)
Sabriel by Garth Nix- Haven’t finished (Goodreads)

Thoughts on the books I read
oh man. I struggled hard in April to read. I realized that I am no longer in a fantasy mood so it took me forever to finish a book because I was reading Crown of Midnight at the time. I loved On the Spectrum and 180 seconds though! A friend gave me Sabriel to read and I’m not super into it… I might DNF it… not sure yet.

Personal favorite things that happened

  • I FINALLY FINISHED LORD OF THE RINGS! I REPEAT, I FINALLY FINISHED LORD OF THE RINGS! I’ve never seen them before and I watched them all in the month of April :3
  • I got approved books for Netgalley! That was über exciting. I had one a long time ago but never used it so I tried again. :3
  • I got closer to a co-worker who is now a pretty close friend. For those that know me know that it’s super hard for me to let people in so I’m pretty happy 🙂

How as your April been? 

Book Personality Challenge

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Get your free MBTI personality test at Sixteen Personalities or Personality Page!
I don’t trust any Myer-Brigg test except for the test on humanmetrics.. this is where I always take my tests.


What is your MBTI personality type?

My primary personality type is an ISFJ whereas my secondary personality type is an INFJ (I say secondary because I did the meyer-brigg test for several years and I was always an ISFJ until I retook it recently and got INFJ… that and my boyfriend read both descriptions and said I’m still an ISFJ haha)

ISFJ- Quiet, friendly, responsible, and conscientious. Committed and steady in meeting their obligations. Thorough, painstaking, and accurate. Loyal, considerate, notice and remember specifics about people who are important to them, concerned with how others feel. Strive to create an orderly and harmonious environment at work and at home.

INFJ- Seek meaning and connection in ideas, relationships, and material possessions. Want to understand what motivates people and are insightful about others. Conscientious and committed to their firm values. Develop a clear vision about how best to serve the common good. Organized and decisive in implementing their vision.


What is your personality like?

I’m a very quiet person. I’m always stuck in my own head but I’m always conscious on how others are feeling. I would rather take other’s pain than deal with my own. I tend to put other people’s feeling before myself. I’m also always wondering what motives people and why they do the things they do. I think this is the reason I love communications and sociology so much. It’s fascinating.

 

If you were a character in a book, what would be some of you character strengths and flaws?

Strengths: Creative, Insightful, Inspiring, Decisive, Determined and Passionate, Altruistic, Supportive, Reliable and Patient, Imaginative and Observant, Enthusiastic, Loyal and Hard-Working, and Good Practical Skills

Weaknesses: Sensitive, Extremely Private, Perfectionistic, Can Burn Out Easily, Humble and Shy, Take Things Too Personally, Repress Their Feelings, Overload Themselves, Reluctant to Change, Too Altruistic.

Do any authors share your personality type?

There are literally no authors that are either ISFJ or INFJ 😦

What fictional characters share your personality type?

ISFJ- Narcissa from Harry Potter

INFJ- Remus Lupin from Harry Potter

If you were a character in a book, what job would you have?

I fit somewhere in Healthcare. I seem to fit more with a counselor or nursing. And I’m going to school to hopefully become a Long-Term Care nurse. :3 However, that seems like a lame job for a character in young adult book… So I’d probably be in a lame adult romance or something XD

What personality type would complete your OTP?

When it comes to romantic relationships, Advocates (INFJ) take the process of finding a partner seriously. Not ones for casual encounters, people with the Advocate personality type instead look for depth and meaning in their relationships. Advocates will take the time necessary to find someone they truly connect with – once they’ve found that someone, their relationships will reach a level of depth and sincerity that most people can only dream of.

Defenders (ISFJ) are most attractive when they are simply being themselves in a comfortable environment such as work, where their natural flow shows this kindness and dedication. Relationships built on established familiarity are a warm prospect for Defenders – they take dating seriously and only enter into relationships that have a real chance of lasting a lifetime.

It’s funny because my boyfriend has the complete opposite personality from me. He’s an ENTP- ENTPs prize their ability to understand others and communicate effectively, and have an ongoing interest in improving themselves and their relationships. They want to know how their partners’ minds work, and are creative in coming up with solutions to interpersonal problems.

I think we complete each other simply because his strengths are my weakness and vise versa. We help each other with our weaknesses and such. Plus I probably wouldn’t leave my house as much if it wasn’t for my boyfriend. But it’s also nice because even if my boyfriend is an ENTP, he still has his introverted moments and he understands my need for quiet which I really appreciate.

 

Who are some fictional characters that would complete your OTP?

I just googled ENTPs simply because I feel like that would complete my OTP since my relationship with my boyfriend is pretty strong. I got Augustus Waters and I’m tots okay with that. I also got the Weasley twins ❤

Popular Authors I’ve Tried To Get Into but I Just Can’t >_<

Meh Authors

I think we all have at least one author that we’ve tried to get into but literally just can’t no matter how much we try. I have 5. Some of these authors, I’ve read a book and enjoyed it but I can’t get into any of their other stories…

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V.E Schwab: Oh man. V.E Schwab is huge, huge. I read The Archived and was less than impressed. I mean… it was a unique idea but the writing for me was just… bland. I couldn’t connect with any of the charaters. I had to force myself to finish the story.
Sarah Dessen: I read one book by Sarah and enjoyed it for the most part. But I can’t really get into any of her stories. Again, I find the writing and characters to be bland and boring. I haven’t read any of her newer stories though… maybe I should try…
Lauren Oliver: I really enjoyed Delirium. However, I couldn’t get into any of her author books. It book me maybe 3 months to read Before I Fall because the writing was just.. meh. Noticing a pattern? haha. I want to like her books but I just… can’t. *heavy sigh*
Maggie Stiefvater: I DNFed Shiver after like… 13 pages because I couldn’t do it. It was brutal. The only reason I pushed through The Raven Boys because so many people told me it would get better. I thought it was an okay read. I’m not going out of my way to read the rest of the books though.
Cassandra Clare: I read the first 3 books of City of Bones and after that, it became overdone. I’m now sick and tired of seeing the books. I tried reading the 4th book, but again, I got bored. I’m tired of the only thing being written by Cassandra is stuff related to Shadowhunters.

Do you have any authors you’ve tried to like but just can’t?

Book Review: 180 Seconds (ARC)

Disclaimer** I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
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Series: Standalone
Published by: Skyscape
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic, Young Adult
Pages: 300
Source: ARC via Netgalley
Release Date: April 25th, 2017 (TODAY!)
Rating: ✬✬✬✬
 Synopsis: 

Some people live their entire lives without changing their perspective. For Allison Dennis, all it takes is 180 seconds…

After a life spent bouncing from one foster home to the next, Allison is determined to keep others at arm’s length. Adopted at sixteen, she knows better than to believe in the permanence of anything. But as she begins her third year in college, she finds it increasingly difficult to disappear into the white noise pouring from her earbuds.

One unsuspecting afternoon, Allison is roped into a social experiment just off campus. Suddenly, she finds herself in front of a crowd, forced to interact with a complete stranger for 180 seconds. Neither she, nor Esben Baylor, the dreamy social media star seated opposite her, is prepared for the outcome.

When time is called, the intensity of the experience overwhelms Allison and Esben in a way that unnerves and electrifies them both. With a push from her oldest friend, Allison embarks on a journey to find out if what she and Esben shared is the real thing—and if she can finally trust in herself, in others, and in love.

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Favorite Quote

“I wanted to do that social experiment because I thought it would be a great way to see how two strangers can communicate and feel and maybe even find common ground, all without talking. How prejudgements about others sort of get washed away in the process, how a relationship of sorts happen in that short time.”

Thoughts

I’ll start off by saying that I was at first considering giving this book a 3/5 stars because I found the main character to be kind of bland and boring. However, as the story went on, Allison, our main character, started to develop a personality. I ended up loving her.

180 Seconds took me by surprise. I wasn’t expecting this book to move me in the ways that it did. It was super heart warming. All we ever hear on the news anymore is about the bad stuff and bad people. There is hardly any good. This book really showcased that there still are good people in this world. We might not always see them, but they’re always there and I really appreciated it. It made me tear up and cry more than I’d like to admit.

I can really relate to Allison on a multitude of levels. She goes to college wanting a one room apartment because she doesn’t like people. This was literally me when I lived at a dorm. I was too scared to do anything by myself so I ate in my dorm room all the time. To be honest, I was a loser. I think the reason I disliked Allison at the beginning was because she reminded me of who I use to be. A part of me that I use to despise. Allison can get bad anxiety when it comes to people. She’s scared they’ll leave so she doesn’t want to get close to anyone. This is literally me. However, I loved watching Allison grow as a character. It made my heart super happy.

Allison has a best friend named Steffi that I came to adore. I loved their relationship and how close they were. I feel like so many books have a boy/girl friendship that turns into a lame love story. I love that this book shows a close friendship between two girls and how much they’ve over come.

Esben was also truly fantastic. He reminded me a lot of my boyfriend. He’s so patient with Allison’s anxiety and so kind. He’s always looking for the good in people. He was definitely a heartthrob.  As well as Simon, Allison’s adoptive father. He was one of a kind.

I highly recommend this book. It blew me away. I was expecting a cute love story but this book was way more than that. Sure there is love, but it also highlights friendship and family and want it means to let people in.

Book Review: On the Spectrum (ARC)

Disclaimer** I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
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Series: Standalone
Published by: Second Story Press
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Source: ARC via Netgalley
Release Date: September 12th, 2017
Rating: ✬✬✬✬
 Synopsis: 

“Growing up in the shadow of a famous mother, Clara has never felt good about her body. Now, at sixteen, she has an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating. After a social media disaster, she decides to escape for the summer to Paris to stay with her estranged dad and her six-year-old brother, Alastair, who is on the autism spectrum. Charged with his care, Clara and Alastair set out to explore the city. Paris teaches Clara about first love and gives her a new love of food. And Alastair teaches Clara about patience, trust and the beauty of loving without judgment.

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Favorite Quote

“There’s only so much you can do to help someone. After that they need to help themselves”

Thoughts

Oh my goodness… This book was utterly fantastic. I’m very thankful that I was approved this book on Netgalley. At first I was a little skeptical to read this because I’ve never been good with ARC’s but this book blew me away. In the beginning of the story, the reader gets to know both Clara and her mother. Through this, the reader can really begin to understand where Clara’s eating disorder comes from. She doesn’t have the typical anorexia or bulimia. She has orthorexia, a term used to describe someone that has an obsession with healthy eating as well as exercise. Obsession with healthy eating meaning Clara know’s what ingredients comes in what foods, and what that ingredient does to the body, etc.

I loved this book right from the beginning. I thought the writing was very captivating. I also think Jennifer did a good job with all of the characters. Everyone in the story was so realistic and seemed “real”. I don’t know how to explain it. I hate when characters don’t seem to have a personality in a story, they’re just dull and boring. But my gosh, did I love these characters. I could really relate to Clara on some level. I still eat loads and loads of unhealthy food but there are times when I’d think like Clara when it came to eating something unhealthy. For example, sometime’s it makes me nauseous thinking about eating Chinese food because it’s so unhealthy… I’d get nauseous thinking about what it does to the body.

Alastair was also a fantastic character. I love how Jennifer explained his Autism.  Autism is different for everything. I think when some people think of Autism, they imagine someone that needs a lot of extra help. However, Alastair is described as being a little autistic where he likes certain topics, is super smart, but can have some trouble talking to people and connecting with them. I loved his relationship with Clara and how they both help each other.

One thing I disliked about the story was that I felt like it needed page breaks. I don’t know if it’s because it’s an ARC or if it’s how the book will be published but some spots got confusing. For example, in one paragraph Clara was talking about eating yogurt with her friend Bree then the next paragraph she was talking about packing with her mother. I don’t like that one paragraph was a topic then it switched to a different topic in the very next paragraph.

I also wish Bree was in the story a little more (Clara’s best friend). I felt like as soon as Clara left, her and Bree stopped talking to each other all together which made me sad. I love Bree. Lastly, I wasn’t too fond of the relationship in this book. I felt like it escalated too quickly for my liking. I love a slow-burning romance and this one felt rushed.

Overall, I did really enjoy the story. Plus this cover? GORGEOUS. I’d love to buy a copy for my shelves. I highly recommend this story. It gave me hope. I learned a few new things which I always appreciate. If you want to read a book that has a strong brother-sister relationship, this is your story!

Top Ten Tuesday | Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

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Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Please note that 10 is just a starting number. You can post however many books you want or less!

This weeks topic is: “Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book”


I’m honestly not sure if I have 10 things that instantly make me want to read a book but there are a few things!

  1. Cover: I love a book with a beautiful cover. I know it’s horrible to judge a book by it’s cover but I love to have pretty things on my shelf :3
  2. Beloved Author: If a book is written by an author that I love, I will automatically buy the book… whether the synopsis sounds good or not. Laurie Halse Anderson is my number one auto-buy author :3 
  3. Hype: Not always, but sometimes if a book is really hyped, I get interested into seeing why the book is so hyped to begin with. 
  4. Friends: If a friend really likes a book I’ll sometimes look into also reading it. This happens a lot if we have the same taste in books. 🙂
  5. Synopsis: I do love a book with a good selling synopsis. If the book doesn’t sound interesting via the synopsis I usually won’t pick up the book. Which probably means I’m missing out on a lot of good books, but a synopsis is so important!