Top Ten Tuesday | DNF’ed books

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

This Weeks Topic is “Books you DNFed (did not finish)”

 


 

All these books I DNF’ed because I either didn’t like the writing or I thought the character(s) were bland. I think I DNF’ed more of these books at around 50 or so pages in. I didn’t like the characters at all in Beauty Queens. I thought the characters in Meant to Be were super boring. I was bored and I didn’t like the character in Girl in Pieces. And lastly, I was beyond bored and didn’t like the writing style in Tess of the Road. However, we all have different tastes so I still encourage everyone to check out these books (:

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Book Review: Symptoms of Being Human

Symptoms of Being HumanSeries: Standalone
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Genre: Mental Illness, Contemporary, LQBTQ+, Young Adult
Pages: 335
Source: Gift, Hardcover
Rating: ✬✬✬✬

Synopsis:

The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is…Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.

On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s REALLY like to be a gender fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything.

Goodreads/ Amazon / Book Depository

Favorite Quote

“We’re all taught from a young age that there are only two choices: pink or blue, Bratz or Power Rangers, cheerleading or football. We see gender in two dimensions because that’s what society has taught us from birth. But, are you ready for a shocking revelation?
SOCIETY NEEDS TO CHANGE.”  

Thoughts

Oh man. Oh man, oh man, oh man. I don’t know how to rearrange my thoughts to form a coherent review so this will probably be a jumbled mess. Moving forward, I loved this book. I loved the story. I loved being inside Rileys head. I loved the characters. Just… well… everything.

The only reason I’m giving this a 4/5 star is because I don’t know if it accurately represents people that are gender fluid. however, I did take an LGBTQ+ studies class in college where i had gender fluid classmates with gender non-binary classmates and a transgender guy as my professor. So I think with confidence I can say this book explains what gender fluid is pretty well.

I can say this book represents anxiety really well. I understood Rileys anxiety and where they were coming from. I understood the panic and anxious feelings going on in their head. It was perfect.

Moving along, I love that the author didn’t use any pronouns to describe Riley. The book never tells you what gender Riley was assigned to at birth. It didn’t matter. It doesn’t matter. Sometimes Riley feels like a boy, sometimes a girl, sometimes neither.

This book captured my attention from page one and I got invested in Rileys story. The book was nearly impossible to put down. i thought the writing was good and flowed well with the story. not once did i find myself thinking “god this is so boringggg”.

This book ripped my heart in pieces and left me bleeding. it also made me so hopeful. I’m so glad this book was written and published. it deserves to be read. Rileys story deserves to be out there. highly recommend this. 💙

Book Blogger Confession Tag

summer deals!

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!

June TBR

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Hello fellow readers!

Since I’ve been back in the reading mood, I decided to create a June TBR! I’m really excited for this one. I’ve been in the mood for a cute, fun, girly, romance like story. So here are the books I’m planning on reading! Have you read any? What do you recommend I read first?

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20180531_144414.jpg“I made the wrong choice.”

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more. (Goodreads)


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When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.

Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs? (Goodreads)


20180531_144348.jpgIt was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um…

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what? (Goodreads)


20180531_144258.jpgGeek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck and her dad’s old costume, Elle’s determined to win – unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons – before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he has ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake – until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part-romance, part-love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. (Goodreads)


20180531_144321.jpgAndie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?   (Goodreads)

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.

 

Mini Book Haul

Hello friends! I’ve acquired a few books in the last few days. I’ll be posting a book haul later about other books I’ve got. These 3 are the most recent and I’m SO excited! 😀

Crazy House by James Patterson//

No one gets out alive.

Seventeen-year-old Becca Greenfield was snatched from her home and thrown without reazon into a hellish prison known as the Crazy House. To avoid execution, she’s told to shut her mouth and keep her head down.

Becca was never really good at either.

Her only hope for survival is for her sister, Cassie, to find her—that the “good twin” will stop following the rules and start breaking them, before it’s too late. Because the jailers at Crazy House soon discover they made a mistake that could get both sisters killed…

What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum//

Two struggling teenagers find an unexpected connection just when they need it most.

Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.

KIT: I don’t know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I’m going through. How could they? I don’t even understand.

DAVID: In the 622 days I’ve attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I’ve never once sat with someone until now. “So your dad is dead,” I say to Kit, because this is a fact I’ve recently learned about her. 

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?

Geekerella by Ashley Poston//

Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck and her dad’s old costume, Elle’s determined to win – unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons – before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he has ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake – until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part-romance, part-love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

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?

I’m alive, surprise

Hello fellow readers!

Sorry I’ve been MIA for 6 months. I’ve been in the biggest reading slump of my life. I’m not sure what’s going on. I just haven’t found the joy in reading for past year and a half. I’ve been buying quite a few books, but I haven’t been reading.

The last book I read was around March and it was just a reread of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I also read 2 managa’s recently which were pretty good. After that, I’ve read nothing. And I feel bad for slacking so bad on my book blog. I really did enjoy doing it and being apart of the book community.

Another reason I’ve been slacking so much is because my mental health as been declining for the last 6 months. I’ve been more anxious and depressed. I was on medication but it stopped working so I changed meds and now I’ll be attending counseling at the end of the month. I’ve started a blog as like a diary for my anxiety and depression if you want to follow along or maybe not feel so lonely. My other blog is called Diary of an Anxious Girl. (:

I’m hoping to get back into blogging. I just need to get back into reading first. I need to find my joy that kept me reading but I’ve lost it.

Love, Amber