Booktube-a-thon Wrap-up, Book Review, and Update!

Hey Book Nerds!

So, as you can tell, this update is pretty late. Yes, I know, it’s a week late. Even though it is a week late, I still wanted to give you guys my wrap-up. Now, as you can probably expect, Booktube-a-thon did not go as planned for me. I had a very ambitious TBR for BTAT, and I managed to read, *drum roll* one book. Yes, you read that correctly. I only read one book. I don’t know what happened. This summer has just failed on the read-a-thon front. I was hoping that I would be motivated for BTAT because it would be the last read-a-thon I participated in for a while and the last chance I would really get to sit down and read for an entire week before I had to start packing for school and then leaving for school. I was hoping that would be motivation enough to blow through this read-a-thon with no problems. But that did not happen at all. I think I have been in a reading slump for this last month or so because I have just not wanted to read. I can’t find a book that I am truly interested in reading. I don’t know why but this last month I have been looking at reading as a chore instead of a hobby, and that really scares me. I love reading and I don’t want to view it as a chore which is why I think I didn’t push myself to read non-stop during BTAT. It also didn’t help much that I wasn’t really impressed with the book that I was reading. I think I hyped myself up too much for it and then when it wasn’t living up to my expectations, I got annoyed and just put the book down and didn’t want to read. So, with that being said, here is my wrap-up:

Frostbite by Richelle Mead (4/5 stars on Goodreads)

I finished this book on Sunday and it took me all week to read.

Now, You’re probably confused as to why I gave this book 4 stars when I just said I wasn’t impressed with it. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the book, it just didn’t live up to my expectations. When I read Vampire Academy, I flew through that book and loved every minute of it. This book just kind of bored me more than entertained me. There was pretty much no action until the last 70 or so pages, which in a book that is over 300 pages long, 70 pages of action is not that great. I was expecting way more action than that. Instead, it was all basically a love triangle that turned into a love square and got really annoying. However, What saved this book from a 3 star rating was a few things. I still enjoyed the story, despite being bored and annoyed at times, the story was still captivating. I still love the Vampire Academy world, which is why it got a 4 star rating. The second and final reason that it was saved from a 3 star rating was the ending. The ending made me so unbelievably angry. I hated the ending, not in the way that it was written, but in the way of what happened. This ending made me so mad that I would’ve thrown the book across room had I not been sitting in the living room with my parents around a lot of breakable lamps, furniture, and knick knacks. My mom would not have been pleased with my response to the ending of a book if it resulted in a broken lamp. Those are the only two things that saved this book from a 3 star rating. However, I will be continuing on with the series.

I hope you guys enjoyed that spontaneous review of Frostbite. Hopefully, tomorrow I will pick out the books I am planning on taking with me to school and I will try to put up a post with a list of those books.

I have some ideas for future blog posts that I want to do, but if you guys have any suggestions, please feel free to comment or contact me via Twitter (@britt91495) or email (brittanysbooknook@yahoo.com). I hope you guys have a great week and if you are starting school tomorrow, good luck!

Brittany

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Booktube-a-thon and August TBR’s

Hey Book Nerds!

So, today I will be talking about my TBR’s for both Booktube-a-thon and the month or August. For those of you that don’t know, Booktube-a-thon is a week long read-a-thon that was created by Ariel Bissett on YouTube. Booktube-a-thon began on Monday, August 3rd at midnight your time and ends Sunday, August 9th at 11:59pm your time. There are several different hosts for the week as well as fun sprints and video/Twitter challenges to participate in. There are 7 reading challenges that are optional, but definitely make the process more fun and, well, challenging! Here are the challenges and the books I chose to go along with them:

1.) Read a book with blue on the cover: Frostbite by Richelle Mead

2.) Read a book where the authors last name begins with the same letter as your last name (my last name begins with an ‘M’): Frostbite by Richelle Mead

3.) Read someone else’s favorite book (I am using Whitney from WhittyNovels on YouTube’s favorite book): Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (also completes the first two challenges)

4.) Read the last book you have acquired (bought, borrowed, etc.): The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

5.) Finish a book without letting go of it: Till Death Do Us Part by Lurlene McDaniel (I always fly through Lurlene McDaniel’s books in one sitting, so I am hoping that will be the case with this book. Also, I am prepared to cry.)

6.) Read a book that you really want to read: One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

7.) Read 7 books (I only had 5 books chosen because I doubled up on two challenges, so I picked two more books):

Bleed by Laurie Faria Stolarz

The Happening by Harvey Yoder

August TBR:

Along with the 7 books I would like to read during Booktube-a-thon, I picked three more books and then picked one from my TBR jar. The books I chose were:

TBR Jar pick:

I know this is a very ambitious TBR, 11 books to be exact, but I am feeling confident about it. I leave in two weeks to go back to school and to move into my apartment and then I start school in three weeks, so I am hoping to get a lot of reading done in these next couple of weeks before I leave. And don’t worry, I will do a separate post listing the books I plan on taking with me back to school!

Let me know if you are participating in Booktube-a-thon and what you are planning on reading for Booktube-a-thon or in August!

Also, be sure to follow me on Twitter (https://twitter.com/Britt91495?edit=true) and Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7842957-brittany) to stay in touch with me and see what I am reading!

Brittany

TBRTakedown and July Wrap-ups!

Hey Book Nerds!

As you can tell by the title, this is a combined TBRTakedown and July Wrap-up. I am going to start with TBRTakedown because that one is the shortest.

TBRTakedown:

So, I had my TBR planned out and I was so excited for TBRTakedown last week, and then life happened. Last week was one of the busiest weeks I have had in a long time. TBRTakedown began on Saturday, July 25th and ended on Friday, July 31st. On Saturday, I spent all day in a car dealership while we were buying a new car. Yes, I could’ve taken my book and yes I could’ve read. Did I? No. I honestly did not think we would actually be getting a car that day so I did not think bringing a book was necessary. I also didn’t want to have to carry it around and run the risk of losing it or leaving it somewhere, which most likely wouldn’t happen, but you never know. Also, it’s a car dealership. There is just too much going on there for me to have gotten any reading done. After we left around 4:30, we were all starving because we hadn’t eaten anything since 10am and we had been at the dealership since 11am, we went out to eat as soon as we left. We went home for about an hour and then we went back out again to drive around in the new car. Sunday was spent shopping. We spent all day grocery shopping, shopping for school stuff for me, taking things over to our storage unit, etc. We barely had any down time. When we finally got home, I had to go lie down because I was extremely hot and did not feel good because of that. Monday was relatively free for me, which is when I did get a little bit of reading done. I started Frostbite by Richelle Mead (book 2 in the Vampire Academy series) and got about 50 pages in. Tuesday, my sister came up for a visit so I spent the day hanging out with her. Wednesday, I spent all day in Birmingham with my sister at a doctor’s office. I did bring my book and we spent most of the day waiting to be seen, but I just didn’t want to read. That would have been prime reading time but we had to go back and forth from the waiting room to the back and I just thought it would be easier to have my phone out because that would’ve been easier to carry along with my purse and water bottle. We didn’t get home until close to 8:30pm and we hadn’t eaten at all so I spent that time eating dinner and watching Netflix before going to bed really early. Thursday was spent preparing things for my moms birthday. We had to go out and do some shopping as well as just shopping for us. We spent the majority of the day out of the house again. Friday was my moms birthday so we spent the day baking her cake, wrapping presents, cleaning, etc. We ended up not getting home from dinner and a random trip to both Office Depot and Office Max until about 8:30. So, as you can see, I have nothing but excuses for you. Am I disappointed that I didn’t really participate, but life happens. I found that at the times I had some free time, I just didn’t want to read, so I didn’t force myself to read because then that would put me in a slump. So, the only thing I did kind of read was:

Frostbite by Richelle Mead (50 pages)

July Wrap-up:

In the month of July I actually read 4 books and 1 graphic novel, which is pretty amazing for me. Here is what I read:

Love Bites by Ellen Schreiber

5/5 stars on Goodreads

Heartbeat by Sharon Creech (Cram-a-thon read)

3/5 stars on Goodreads

Indigo by Alice Hoffman (Cram-a-thon read)

4/5 stars on Goodreads

Rat Queens volume 1: Sass and Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe (Cram-a-thon read)

5/5 stars on Goodreads

Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

5/5 stars on Goodreads

Overall, I had a fairly good reading month and enjoyed the majority of the books that I read. I will be participating in Booktube-a-thon, so keep watching for my TBR for both Booktube-a-thon and the month of August!

Brittany