Hey guys!! I know it has been a long time since I have posted. I’ve been struggling a little to get back into reading. I haven’t struggled this much to pick up a book and finish it my whole reading career. Like I have picked up books in the meantime, but haven’t been finishing many of them. But it seems that things are picking up, so hopefully, I am back for good.
Also, with that being said, I have added a new page, Recommended By You. I have created this page as a way to engage you guys in my reading choices and as a way to fully come out of my current reading slump. Hopefully, this will work out and you guys enjoy it as well. So any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
I appreciate and am highly thankful for everyone who is still here after such a long hiatus. And I hope there will be many more of you to join me on my reading journey.
Until next time!!!
Today is Wednesday which means it is time for Top 5 Wednesday. This week’s topic is “Books you want to read before the end of the year” so I will be discussing the top five books that I want to read before the year is over. These books are either that books that have been on my TBR forever or books that I need to read to continue with a series that I have started what seems like forever ago.
1 | The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
I’ve heard many great things about this book and I really wanna get around to reading this. I love fantasy, especially high fantasy. I always find myself deeply emerged in these kinds of books and I am hoping the same for this one.
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Today is Tuesday and for the first time I’ll be trying out Top Ten Tuesday, you can find out more info on it here. This week’s topic is Books to Read By the Pool/At the Beach. I’ve decided to split this one up into five books that I’ve read and five books that I want to read. Now I know that everyone’s favorite at the beach book themes may differ, but for me, I love to sit by the water and read romances and mysteries that take place in beachy, summery places. Let’s begin with the five that I have read.
1 | Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1) by Stephanie Perkins
2 | Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
3 | Bridget Jones’s Diary (Bridget Jones #1)
4 | The Notebook (The Notebook #1) by Nicholas Sparks
5 | The Beach House by James Patterson & Peter de Jonge
And now for the five books, I want to read by the pool this summer.
1 | Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2) by Stephanie Perkins
2 | The Murder on the Links (Hercule Poirot #2) by Agatha Christie
3 | Orchid Beach (Holly Barker #1) by Stuart Woods
4 | Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
5 | The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer #1) by Jenny Han
Title: Angel Face: The Real Story of Student Killer Amanda Knox
Author: Barbie Latza Nadeau
Publication Date: April 6, 2010
Genre: Nonfiction True Crime
Page Count: 224 pages
You can get the book here: Amazon | Abe Books
Despite all the airtime devoted to Amanda Knox, it’s still hard to reconcile the fresh-faced honor student from Seattle with the sexually rapacious killer convicted of the November 2007 murder of her British roommate. Few Americans have heard all of the powerful evidence that convinced a jury that Knox was one of three people to sexually assault Meredith Kercher, brutalize her body, and cut her throat. In Angel Face, Rome-based Daily Beast senior writer Barbie Latza Nadeau – who cultivated personal relationships with the key figures in both the prosecution and the defense – describes how the Knox family’s heavy-handed efforts to control media coverage distorted the facts, inflamed an American audience, and painted an offensive, inaccurate picture of Italy’s justice system. An eye-opener for any parent considering sending a child away to study, Angel Face reveals what really went on in this incomprehensible crime.
— Blurb provided by Goodreads
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Hey guys!!! I know I am officially 8 days late with this TBR, but it is all good. I mean there are still 22 days left. And with that, I am gonna be a little more humble this month and not create an extremely large TBR. So this month my TBR will consist of 6 books. I am hoping to actually get to all these books and not DNF any of them. So, let’s begin.
1 | Song of Blood & Stone (Earthsinger Chronicles #1) by L. Penelope
Young Adult | Fantasy | Romance
Orphaned and alone, Jasminda lives in a land where cold whispers of invasion and war linger on the wind. Jasminda herself is an outcast in her homeland of Elsira, where her gift of Earthsong is feared. When ruthless soldiers seek refuge in her isolated cabin, they bring with them a captive–an injured spy who threatens to steal her heart.
Jack’s mission behind enemy lines to prove that the Mantle between Elsira and Lagamiri is about to fall nearly cost him his life, but he is saved by the healing Song of a mysterious young woman. Now he must do whatever it takes to save Elsira and it’s people from the True Father and he needs Jasminda’s Earthsong to do it. They escape their ruthless captors and together they embark on a perilous journey to save Elsira and to uncover the secrets of The Queen Who Sleeps.
Thrust into a hostile society, Jasminda and Jack must rely on one another even as secrets jeopardize their bond. As an ancient evil gains power, Jasminda races to unlock a mystery that promises salvation.
The fates of two nations hang in the balance as Jasminda and Jack must choose between love and duty to fulfill their destinies and end the war.
— Blurb provided by Goodreads Continue reading “TBR | June 2018”
Title: Don’t Look Back
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication Date: April 10, 2014
Genre: Young Adult Mystery
Page Count: 384 pages
You can get the book here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-A-Million | Book Depository
Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all – popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.
Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.
But Cassie is still missing, and the truth about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory – someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?
— Blurb provided by Goodreads
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Hey guys, today I bring you my October book haul. I manage to get my hands on 4 books this month. So here they are:
1 | Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Adult Contemporary Fiction
I still have yet to read Everything I Never Told You, but this book still piqued my interest because the story takes place in Shaker Heights which is a suburb of Cleveland. And I live not to far from Cleveland. So I a always intrigued when a book takes place not too far away from where I live. Little Fires Everywhere follows two families, The Richardsons and the Warrens. The Mia Warren and her daughter Pearl have just moved into this suburb and are renting a house from the Richardsons. This suburb likes to have order and goes by the status quo, which Mia has a disregard for and a mysterious past. The main focus of the story seems to come once old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby. Continue reading “October Book Haul”
And November is here which means it’s almost time for Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Yay! But that also means it is time for my October Wrap Up. I read a total of seven books for a total of 1,942 pages. I really wanted to read more but I am just glad to be out of my reading slump once again. And here are the books I read in October:
1 | Boy 21 by Matthew Quick
Young Adult Sports Contemporary
Pretty interesting story following two boys who, in their own way, are out of place and both play basketball. Only Finley plays basketball to escape, whereas Russ doesn’t play basketball as a way to forget. Russ is a rich kid who is brought to live with his grandparents in a less wealthy neighborhood after the death of his parents. Finley is one of the few whites kid in a predominantly black neighborhood. Their stories intersect when Finley’s basketball coach asks him to watch over Russ and try to encourage him to play basketball again.
At first I found this story weird. I’m like man this boy must really be trying to avoid some deep stuff to refer to himself as Boy 21. But as we learn more about Russ, I begun to love the story.
My rating: 5 stars
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Hey guys!! This week’s topic for Top 5 Wednesday is a Booktube SFF Awards crossover topic. So this this week I will be showing off some of my favorite science fiction and fantasy cover art.
This topic was just as difficult for me as last week’s because I love so many covers. I mean these artists are really talented. So I decided to choose only from books I’ve read. Well let’s get started. Continue reading “T5W #2 | Favorite SFF Cover Art”
So I’m a day late. It’s the second of May. But still where has the time gone? This year is just flying by. I have a pretty big TBR this month as I need to do a little catching up on my goal for the year. Oh who am I kidding? I need to do a lot of catching up, so why not start now? I am currently 15 books behind schedule on my GoodReads goal of reading 110 books this year. But I must say I’m in much better shape this year cause usually when I come out of my reading slump I’m 30+ books behind. So I guess this is a slight improvement. Anywho here’s my May TBR pile.
1 | Hunted by Meagan Spooner
Young Adult | Romance | Fantasy | Retelling
Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.
So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.
Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?
— Blurb provided by GoodReads Continue reading “May TBR Pile”