Books I’m Bringing Back to College- Part 2

Hey Book Nerds!

Here are the final 12 books I am taking back to school with me!

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Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

A Darker Shade final for Irene

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

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My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

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You by Caroline Kepnes

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The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

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The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

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A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks

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Delirium by Lauren Oliver

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This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

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17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma

It was definitely a tough decision picking only 24 books to take back to school with me, but I think I have a good mix of several different genres. Have you read any of the 24 books I am taking back with me?

Brittany

Books I’m Bringing Back to College- Part One

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I’m leaving to go back to school in two days, so obviously I had to pick out which books I was planning on taking with me. I have chosen 24 books, so I am going to split this up into two parts. Since these are going to be longer posts, I’m not going to say why I am bringing them or why I chose those books. So, here are the first 12 books I am bringing with me back to college!

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City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

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99 Days by Katie Cotugno

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Tumble and Fall by Alexandra Coutts

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg

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Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts

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Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

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One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Cruise

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Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith

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Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Those are the first 12 books I am taking back to college with me. Have you read any of these books? What books are you taking with you back to school?

Brittany

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon Spoiler Free Review

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I recently Read Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon and decided to review it for you guys! Here is my review:

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Wow. So, this book was incredible. I had such high expectations going into this book, and they were met. First of all, the characters in this book are all amazing. I fell in love with all of them. Madeline was such an interesting character. I loved watching her grow in just a few short months, and turn into a girl full of hopes and dreams and determination to fill them. Olly was such an adorable character. He was absolutely perfect for Maddy. Carla was so hilarious and sweet, you couldn’t help but love her. I even liked Maddy’s mom, for the most part. The relationships between the characters were all so strong and developed really well. I didn’t see the plot twist coming at all. I had a few ideas of how the book would end, but how it actually ended was not one of them. The artwork in this book was beautiful and really told the story well. It was definitely an amazing touch to the book. The writing style was also gorgeous. This book was full of quotes that I had to write down because of how powerful they were.
There were a few issues that I saw, which is why I didn’t rate this 5 stars. First, I didn’t understand why the majority of the items in the book were all white. All of Maddy’s clothes were white, her furniture was white, her walls were white. So many things were white, but I don’t know why. That was never explained, but I just don’t understand the purpose of it. Another issue I had was with some of the images. Some of the images had mistakes in them or didn’t make a lot of sense. For example, there was an image that was taking place in present day (the book takes place in 2015), but it’s dated as 2014. The phone images were also a little confusing because things were switched on the phones, which was kind of weird. The third issue I had was the progressing of the relationship between Maddy and Olly. It seemed really insta-lovey at first, but it got better as time went on. The fourth, and final issue I had with this book was the idea that Maddy was so close to the neighbors that she could hear their conversations and see details of rooms by looking in the windows. Yes, I know there are houses that are built extremely close together, but I just never got that vibe during the story. I just imagines this as a normal neighborhood where the houses are spaced a good ways apart. So, it kind of bothered me that that part went unexplained as well. Maybe it was supposed to be common sense, but I would’ve liked to have had a little bit more development in that part of the story.
Overall, I loved this book. It was my most anticipated release of 2015, and I got it 13 days after it’s release, and I just now read it. But, now was the perfect time for me to read it. I can’t wait to read everything else Nicola Yoon writes in the future.

4.5 out of 5 Stars

What did you think of this book?

Brittany

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger Spoiler Free Review

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I recently read The DUFF, and just had to review it for you guys.

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Oh man, where do I even begin? I absolutely loved this book. It was such a quick and fun read. Yes, the topic is questionable, but I still ended up really enjoying the book. First of all, I loved Bianca. She was so sassy and entertaining the entire time. She wasn’t afraid to tell you like it is and stand her ground. I also loved pretty much every other character. Yes, this book was superficial at times, but I felt like it really captured high school, and how a lot of high school kids act really well. It didn’t paint this image of a perfect high school where every student is a perfect angel. I also liked how it discussed topics like teen pregnancy, alcoholism, divorce, body image, slut-shaming, and many more. The author clearly wasn’t afraid to talk about heavier or “taboo” topics, which I appreciated. Even though this book talked about some heavier topics, it was still hilarious. It had a good balance of serious and light topics. I was laughing, I was crying (because of the feels), and angry at times. I definitely would recommend this book. I need more because of the amount of feels this book left me with!

Have you read this book? If so, what are your thoughts on it?

Brittany

August Book Haul Part 1

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For this month, I decided to split my book hauls up into parts. I doubt I will buying any more books this month, but we all say that, don’t we? So far I have bought 3 books from the thrift store, so here they are:

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Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (Book #1)

I have been wanting to read this book for a while now. I’ve a lot of people on Booktube and Instagram talking about this series, and it sounds like something I would be interested in reading. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book, so I’m looking forward to reading it.

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The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Cruise

When I first saw this book, I had to pick it up and see what it was about. I had never heard of it before but the plot sounds really interesting and cute. For those of you who have seen the movie My Fake Fiancee starring Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence, this is basically the book version of that movie. I love the movie, so I’m hoping that I will love the book too.

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Looking for Alaska by John Green

I’ve heard good things and some bad things about this book, but it seems interesting, so when I saw it, I decided I needed to pick it up. I have never read a John Green book, but now own 4 of his books. I also really love the cover of this book, so that also helped in my decision to buy the book.

What books have you bought in August so far?

Brittany

 

25 Bookish Facts About Me

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So, today I decided to give you guys a chance to get to know me a little bit better. But, instead of just random facts, I thought I would talk about bookish facts. So, here are 25 bookish facts about me:

1.) I love buddy reading books. I’m not sure why, but buddy reads are so exciting for me. They help me read more because I have someone else there to force me to read. I love talking with other people about the book(s) and getting to see their reactions, as well as share mine.

2.) I’ve never read Harry Potter. I know, I know. I own the first 5 books of the series, but still haven’t read them. When they were coming out, I was either too young to read them, or hated to read. My sister tried reading them as they were coming out, but she couldn’t get into the first one, so she’s also never read them. I’m also afraid I’ll be the only person in the world who won’t like them. But, someday I will read them. Hopefully.

3.) I usually steer clear of hyped series. Usually when a series is hyped, I wait years to read it, or never read it. I usually end up getting spoiled for the books, which results in my lack of interest in reading them. This is why I never read Twilight or The Hunger Games, as well as other series.

4.) It used to take me months to read a 400 page book, but now it can take anywhere from a few days to a week. I used to be an extremely slow reader, and I’m still not the fastest, but I have gotten faster, which helps a lot.

5.) I am a very slow reader. I have no idea why, but I just am.

6.) I am collecting all of Nicholas Sparks’ books. I love NS, and as of right now, I own all of his books. And, he lives in North Carolina, which is where all of his books take place, so obviously I have to represent my home state.

7.) I went through a phase where I loved to read in elementary school, hated it in middle school, and then loved it again in junior high.

8.) Alyson Noel was the author that brought back my love of reading. Saving Zoe and Evermore, to be exact.

9.) I come from a family of readers. Almost all of the women on both my moms side and dads side love to read, and some of the men do as well. My dad is not one of them, though!

10.) I own around 400 books. Yeah, that’s a lot…

11.) I love buying books from thrift stores. You can really find some hidden gems there, and they’re extremely discounted too.

12.) When I am older, I want to have a library in my house. Hence, the 400 books.

13.) My goal is to read 15 books this year, but I hope to double that. I am almost at 12 now, if you’re curious.

14.) I don’t like rereading books. I just don’t understand it. I have so many books that I need to read, that rereading books seems counter-productive to me. But if you love to do it, then keeping doing it!

15.) I am usually pretty lenient with my ratings, but am trying to be more strict instead of giving everything I read 4 or 5 stars.

16.) I have at least 20 books that I have started and never finished. Yeah, I’m really bad about that…

17.) My favorite reading spot is either my bed or the couch. I want a reading chair or a window seat so bad though.

18.) I lay in weird positions when I’m reading. I have no clue why. For example, if I’m laying on the couch, I will have my head on the armrest, and my legs propped over the back of the couch. It sounds really uncomfortable, but it isn’t.

19.) I can read with music playing, but not if someone is talking. Why? I have no clue. And I’m not talking about classical music, I’m talking about music with words.

20.) My favorite genre is dystopian, even though I like most genres.

21.) My least favorite genre is Sci-Fi.

22.) I never plan on writing and publishing a book, even though so many people have told me that I should.

23.) In 2nd grade, I was voted “most likely to become a best selling author”.

24.) People tell me constantly that I “look like a reader”. People who don’t even know me will tell me this. A Barnes and Noble employee said there was something about me that made him think I was a Barnes and Noble member. My field school director saw me reading one day and said she always thought I was a reader. My dental hygenist asked me if I liked to read, and when I said yes, she said she could pick up on that. My speech professor told me she could see my passion for reading when I read about a paragraph out of a kids book in class for an assignment one day. HOW. Someone please explain this to me.

25.) My favorite authors are Alyson Noel, Nicholas Sparks, Lurlene McDaniel, Ellen Hopkins, and Tammara Webber. They are now referred to as “baes”. Anytime I see them on social media, or see their books, I just say “bae”.

What are some bookish facts about you?

Brittany

July Book Haul

Hey Book Nerds!

In July, I ended up buying 7 books, all at discounted prices, which is always nice. Here are the books I bought:

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Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning (Book #1)

I bought this book because I’ve heard so many good things about it and it has been exploding on Booktube recently. The story sounds interesting, so I’m looking forward to reading it.

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Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between by Jennier E. Smith

I love Jennifer E. Smith, even though I’ve only read one of her books. I’ve heard good things about all of her other books, especially this one. I wanted to buy another one of her books, and this was the only one Barnes and Noble had, so I thought “why not!”.

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Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian (Book #2)

Okay, I know I said I wouldn’t buy this one for a while, but I got a perfect paperback for $2.00, so it was at a really discounted price like I wanted it to be. I do want to continue on with this series, so hopefully this one will be better than the first.

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Zac and Mia by AJ Betts

This book just sounds really cute and it gives me Lurlene McDaniel vibes, so obviously had to get this one.

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Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult

This sounds like a Salem Witch Trials retelling, so obviously had to get this one. My mom also swears by Jodi Picoult, so I figured it’s time to give her a try.

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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (Book #1)

This book just sounds really cute and funny, and it was only 50 cents, so I figured I’d add it to the collection.

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Savannah From Savannah (Book #1) and Savannah Comes Undone (Book #2) by Denise Hildreth

I honestly have no clue what these books are even about because the synopsis basically tells you nothing. But, it still sounds intriguing, so I guess I’ll be going into this one blind.

What all did you buy in July?

Brittany

 

 

How I Rate Books

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Today, I thought I would talk about my rating system. It’s pretty straight forward, but I wanted to discuss it anyway!

5 Stars: This book was incredible, I loved it, and it’s now considered a favorite.

4 Stars: I really enjoyed this book, had a few minor problems with it, and could be considered a favorite.

3 Stars: This book was “meh” for me. I had a lot of issues with it, it didn’t blow me away, and is not considered a favorite.

2 Stars: I really disliked this book. I had way too many problems with it, I did not enjoy it, and struggled to find parts that I liked.

1 Star: I hated this book. I had nothing but problems with it, did not enjoy any of it, and most likely have nothing good to say about it.

If a book is a part of a series and receives 3.5-5 stars, I will most likely continue with the series and read other books by that author.

If a book is a part of a series and receives 3-3.5 stars, I may continue with the series and may read other books by that author, depending on the issues I had with it.

If a book is a part of a series and receives lower than 3 stars, I probably will not continue with the series, but may try other books by the author, depending on my issues with the book.

For stand-alones of any rating, I will most likely try to give the author another chance, once again, depending on the issues I had with the book. However, if the book was rated below a 3.5, I won’t make an effort to try anything else by that author. In other words, I won’t immediately go out and buy another book by that author. If I happen to find one at a discounted price, then I will consider getting it. But, I won’t go out of my way to buy or read another book buy them.

How do you rate books?

Brittany

July Wrap-Up

Hey Book Nerds!

Now that July has ended, it’s time for my July wrap-up! This month I read 4 books, which is pretty good in my opinion. So, here are the 4 books I read this month:

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Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian (Book #1)

I read this book at the beginning of the month with Britt from Geronimo Reads. We both felt pretty “meh” about it, but I wouldn’t mind continuing on with the trilogy. I had a lot of issues with this book but also had a few things that I liked about it. I ended up giving this book 3 stars.

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This Raging Light by Estelle Laure

I read this book after BFB, also with Britt from Geronimo Reads. I really enjoyed this book, but it didn’t seem like romance like it was marketed as. The love aspect of the story was pretty faint, but the other main themes of the book were so strong and beautiful. I gave this book 3.75 stars.

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Gone by Michael Grant (Book #1)

I read this book over the span of 11 days with a bunch of friends. I had so many issues with this book that I am most likely going to give away my copy and not continue on with the series. I ended up giving this book 3 stars, because I simply could not give it anymore than that. I probably would have enjoyed it much more if I was younger, since this book’s main characters are 14 years old.

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

This was the last full book that I read in July, which I read during the Booktubeathon. I had a hard time getting into the story, so I decided to listen to it on audio. This play had a full cast and was incredible. The audio book was creepy and well executed. I loved it and loved the story, even though I did dock a star for some minor issues I had with the story. I gave this book 4 stars.

That’s everything that I read in July. Reviews for the first three books mentioned will be linked below, and my review for The Crucible will be coming this week.

BFB: https://brittanysbooknook.wordpress.com/2016/07/18/review-burn-for-burn-by-jenny-han-and-siobhan-vivian/?iframe=true&theme_preview=true

TRL: https://brittanysbooknook.wordpress.com/2016/07/22/review-this-raging-light-by-estelle-laure/?iframe=true&theme_preview=true

Gone: https://brittanysbooknook.wordpress.com/2016/07/25/review-gone-by-michael-grant/?iframe=true&theme_preview=true

What all did you read in July?

Brittany