August TBR

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August is going to be a pretty busy month for me with leaving to go back to school, packing to move, and school starting up at the end of the month. However, I still have a decent sized TBR that I think I will be able to accomplish. This TBR is tentative, and books may or may not be added to it as the month goes one. I know of one definite buddy read that I am participating in at the beginning of the month, but more may be planned after this is posted. If that’s the case, I will post about those once they are decided.

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The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg (Book #1)

I’ve had this book for about a year now and I still haven’t picked it up yet. I’ve been trying to work on my August TBR for several days, and every time I look at my shelves, my eyes go directly to this book, so it looks like this is the month for me to pick it up. It’s 290 pages long, so it hopefully won’t take me too long to read.

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I’ve had this book for almost a year and it was one of my most anticipated reads of 2015, but guess what? I still haven’t read it. Why? I have no clue. I have wanted to pick it up every month since I got it, but this will finally be the month. News about the movie is being released, so I want to read it before it comes out. I also want to read Nicola’s other book that is coming out in November, so this needs to happen! This book is 310 pages and is told in various different ways, so hopefully I’ll fly through this.

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Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

As you guys probably remember, I started this book in June but never finished it. I was enjoying it, but put it down to start some buddy reads. I only got about 55 pages into the book, which is 354 pages long. Hopefully I’ll finish this without any problems.

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One For the Money by Janet Evanovich (Book #1)

I started this book last year and only got about 10 pages into it, which I will be rereading, and put it down. However, the 10 pages that I did read, I loved. It was hilarious and had me engaged in every pages. This book, which is 320 pages, should take me no time to read.

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Half Bad by Sally Green (Book #1)

This is the buddy read I have planned for the beginning of August, starting on the first. I’m reading it with Britt from Geronimo Reads. We haven’t decided on the details yet, but are both pretty excited to read it. This book is 384 pages long, but it won’t take us too long to read.

There you have it! Those are the books I am planning on reading in August, give or take a few. What are you planning on reading in August?

Brittany

 

 

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Currently Reading

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For today’s post, I thought I would do something a little different. I thought I would tell you guys what books I am currently reading. I thought this would be a fun addition to my blog that you can expect once a month. I hope you guys enjoy this new addition!

I am currently reading two books that I did not finish during the Booktubeathon. However, I hope to finish both of them by the end of this weekend (we’ll see how that goes…).

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Dark Flame by Alyson Noel (The Immortals Series Book 4)

I am loving this book so far and only have 94 pages left, which shouldn’t be difficult for me to finish by the end of the month.

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The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

I am also really loving this book (Bianca is my hero) and flew through the parts that I read for the Booktubeathon. I should easily finish this by the end of the month without any problems.

There you have it! Those are the two books I am currently reading. What books are you currently reading?

Brittany

 

Booktubeathon Wrap-Up!

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I hate to disappoint you guys, but this Booktubeathon was a fail like every other year. I started out semi-strong, and then the middle of the week hit and I got extremely busy. My sister came into town on Wednesday so I spent the day with her, and then we all left Thursday morning to go on a trip and didn’t get back until a few hours ago. I did read some, so here is my wrap-up.

I started out with The Crucible and had some trouble getting into it. So, I decided to give the audio book a try and ended up really enjoying it. I fully read that book in one day, like I had planned.

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Pages read: 145

After The Crucible, I started Dark Flame and read 225 pages, but didn’t finish it during the readathon. I’m loving it like I thought I would though! I plan to finish it before the month ends.

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Pages read: 225

After Dark Flame, I started The DUFF and read the first 92 pages of it. I am in love with this book, so I definitely will be finishing this this month!

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Pages read: 92

Total pages read: 462

That’s everything I read during the booktubeathon. Yes, I am disappointed that it didn’t go as planned because I was looking forward to it and was positive that this year’s readathon would be different. But I still got some reading done, which is all that matters! If you participated in Booktubeathon, how did you do? If you didn’t, what are you currently reading?

Brittany

Review: Gone by Michael Grant

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Here is my review for Gone by Michael Grant.

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I honestly have no idea how to review this book. It was just kind of meh for me. It was action-packed, it was very developed, humorous at times, and at some parts, entertaining. However, it just fell flat for me and I really don’t know why. First of all, I thought it was way too long, considering this took place in the span of about two weeks. Instead of feeling like two weeks, it felt like two years. I also hated the insta-love (not the people who fell in love, I just strongly dislike insta-love as a whole). You have two characters who don’t even know each other exist (for the most part), and then a week later they are portraying their undying love for each other. I mean, really? A week? I also really hated Quinn. He did have his good moments at times, but overall I just really disliked him. He was whiny, dramatic, and would turn on you in an instant. Yes, this world is not one that anyone would want to live in, but Quinn always seemed so negative when everyone else accepted what their new world was like and tried to make it as positive as they could. I also wasn’t surprised by anything that happened. To clarify, I didn’t predict many of the plot twists, but when they happened, I was just like “okay. Let’s speed this along.”. Nothing really phased me. I’m not sure if that is because I read Lord of the Flies about 6 years ago, so I know what typically happens when a bunch of kids are trapped alone without any adults. Or, if it just simply didn’t live up to the hype for me. All in all, this book just didn’t blow me away like I thought it was going to, and at times, I dreaded even picking it up to read it. I can honestly say, I don’t know if I will continue on with the series or not.

My Rating: 3 stars

Brittany

All About Reading Tag

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Today, I figured I would do a tag. My friend Miriam from betweenlinesandlife.wordpress.com created this tag and tagged me in it. Check out her blog here and do the tag yourself!

1.) What do you look for most when you pick up a book?

A.) a beautiful writing style

B.) a character driven story

C.) a plot driven story

Definitely a plot driven story. Yes, the other two choices are just as important, but for me, if a story has no plot, then I get bored with it very quickly.

2.) What are your pet peeves in books?

Grammatical and spelling errors, insta-love (unless that is the purpose of the book, i.e. the book is a love story that takes place in the span of 24 hours), and parts that are either long winded or rushed.

3.) If you could print one quote on your wall, which one would it be?

“You’re stronger than you think you are, but only if you want to be.” -Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks (pg. 202)

4.) Which genre would you like to explore more?

Classics. I never read some of the classics that other people had to read for school (Austen, Bronte, etc.), so I really want to try those out and see how I like classics that I didn’t have to read in school (and to see if I enjoy them more than the ones I had to read in school).

5.) Was there ever a book adaptation that you liked better than the book?

Not that I can think of

6.) If one of your favorite books was adapted or received a new adaptation, which book would it be and which role would you like to play?

I would choose The Immortals series by Alyson Noel because it is one of my favorite series and she is one of my favorite authors. I would want to play Ever from that series.

7.) A hyped book that you wouldn’t recommend at all?

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I DNF’d this book around page 120 because I absolutely hated it. I didn’t care about the characters, the story, or anything else. Every time I would pick it up, I could only get through about one chapter before I had to put it down again because it was putting me into reading slumps.

8.) A book that highly influenced your life and way of thinking?

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. Please, just go read this book. It is incredible.

9.) Are you a fan of re-reading books? Do you do it often?

No and no. It’s hard for me to want to reread a book when have so man books that I haven’t read at all. I understand why people do it, but I just can’t reread a book. It makes me feel like I am being unproductive.

10.) Which book title could easily be the title of your life?

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Everyday I am on a mission to live a happy and positive life, so this title describes my life perfectly.

11.) Which book should be required reading for everyone?

Master Harold…and the Boys by Athol Fugard. I read this for my 12th grade AP English class and absolutely loved it. It deals with such heavy topics like racism, inequality, and other heavy issues. More people definitely need to be required to read this in school because it is such a powerful book (well, technically, play).

I enjoyed doing this tag and I hope some of you do it too! So, if you are reading this, I tag you to do this tag.

Brittany

 

Review: This Raging Light by Estelle Laure

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Here is my review for This Raging Light by Estelle Laure!

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I really enjoyed this book, but I did have a few problems with it. First of all, I felt like certain aspects of the story weren’t as developed as they could’ve or should’ve been. Second, I thought the story should have been longer because it wasn’t as developed as it needed to be and certain parts weren’t explained as fully as they needed to be. The writing style was also pretty iffy for me- at certain parts, I loved it and thought it was beautiful, and at other parts it drove me crazy. Another issue I had, which was a huge issue and ties into what I have already mentioned, was the “love story” part of this book. In the synopsis, it makes it sound like the love story was going to be at least half of the story-line. That wasn’t the case at all. It was basically Lucille obsessing over her love interest and a few other things that happened that would be spoilers. The relationship itself was so underdeveloped, which really bugged me because I was expecting it to be a huge part of the story.

However, there were a lot of good things about this book too. The relationship between Lu and her little sister, Wren, was beautiful. The love they felt for each other was refreshing, because I honestly expected them to butt heads constantly because of the amount of stress they were under. I also loved Lu’s relationships with everyone around her, even though the relationships were for the most part underdeveloped.

This book was very fast paced, and each time I put it down, I was excited to pick it back up. It’s hopeful. It shows that there is always light in darkness.

My rating: 3.75 stars

To see my review with spoilers, click here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1593302448?book_show_action=false

Brittany

Top 5 Wednesday:The Most Recent Additions to Your Wishlist

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Occasionally, I will be participating in Top 5 Wednesday, which is a list of topics originally created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey on YouTube, but is now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes on YouTube. This week’s topic is: the most recent additions to your wishlist. So, here are my 5 most recent books I have added to my wishlist:

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Alyson Noel is one of my favorite authors, so obviously my goal is to read and own all of her books. This is her newest book, the first in her new series called “Beautiful Idols”.

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Nicola Yoon is one of my most anticipated authors. I received Everything, Everything as a present not long after it was published, and I still have not read it for some reason. However, I hear amazing things about it, and this book as well. Also, this cover is stunning, which makes me want to read it even more!

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Breakable is the sequel to Easy, one of my favorite books I have read this year. From what I have heard, this book is about Lucas, especially his childhood. I loved Lucas in Easy, so I really want to read this book and learn more about him and his childhood, even though a lot of people say this book in unnecessary.

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Before talking to a few friends, I had never heard of this book or this author. The premise sounds very interesting, and like something I would fly through. A few of my friends that have read this book said they loved it and that it is one of their favorite books, so I can’t wait to get it and pick it up myself!

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Fire with Fire is the second book in the Burn for Burn trilogy. Even though I had a lot of issues with Burn for Burn, I still want to continue on with the trilogy. I have heard that the books get better after Burn for Burn, and the premise for this one sounds promising. I don’t know when I will get this one and read it, but I do definitely want to read it and see what happens next.

So, there you have it! Those are the 5 most recent books that I have added to my wishlist! What books have you recently added to your wishlist?

Brittany

Review: Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

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Here is my review for Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian.

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I have very mixed feelings about this book. First of all, I had a lot of issues with this book. I thought the writing was very juvenile, which could just be due to the fact that I am almost 21 and reading a book about 17 and 18 year olds. Another issue I kept having throughout the book was that I kept picturing the main characters as 9th graders, not seniors in high school. I think that goes hand in hand with the writing style. I also thought this book was a little unoriginal. I’ve never read a book that was solely based around revenge, so I had high expectations, but was let down. This book, in my opinion, was a combination of Bring It On: All or Nothing, John Tucker Must Die, and Carrie. I was constantly making comparisons to other books and movies that I have read or seen, which is not okay to me. I also had an issue with how fast certain characters turned on one another, it almost seemed very unrealistic at how quickly that was happening. This book is told in the three different perspectives of our main characters, which I thought were unfairly divided. Kat and Lillia had chapters that would be about 10-15 pages long, and then Mary’s chapters were just a few pages long. I felt that she didn’t get a fair amount of time in the book as Kat and Lillia did. Despite all of the issues I had with this book, I still somewhat enjoyed it. It was a very quick and easy read, some parts were not predictable (but most of it was), I liked the three main characters, and overall did enjoy the story. With that being said, I will most likely read the other two books, but probably won’t go out of my way to get them. Overall, I didn’t love it and I didn’t hate it. I enjoyed it, but couldn’t give it more than 3 stars.

My rating: 3 stars

Brittany

Blog Schedule and Changes

Hey Book Nerds!

This is just a quick, informative post about some changes you’ll be seeing on my blog.

The first change, which has already occurred, is the “contact me” page. So, if you have questions, concerns, suggestions, requests, or just want to chat, feel free to send me a message and I will respond as quickly as I can!

The second change is my new blog schedule. When I started this blog a year ago, I basically just posted when I felt like it. There was no consistency to my blog, which sometimes meant I would go months without a single post. So, I decided to make a schedule to make sure that I stick to posting frequently. Below is the schedule of days and times I will be posting every week:

Monday- 8:00am EST

Wednesday- 8:00am EST

Friday- 8:00am EST

Saturday- 8:00am EST

So, I will be posting 4 times per week now instead of just randomly.

I hope you all like these two changes I have made!

Brittany