October Wrap-Up

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In October I read two books, which is pretty good considering I was in a reading slump for the entire month of September and part of October. Here are the books I read in October:

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

This book was just ok for me. It took me 200 pages to get into, and when I did finally get into it, I wasn’t blown away. You can check out my full review here.

Rating: 3 Stars

 

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Smoke by Ellen Hopkins

You guys know how much I love Ellen Hopkins, and this book was no exception. This is the sequel to Burned, which I absolutely loved, and I loved Smoke just as much. Ellen Hopkins never disappoints.

Rating: 5 Stars

 

That’s all I read in October! I will post my November TBR shortly! What did you read in October?

Brittany

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Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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I did it! I FINALLY finished The Raven Boys. Here are my thoughts:

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I have very mixed feelings about this book. The premise of this book sounded amazing, and I’ve never read anything like this before, so I was really excited to read it. However, I was a little let down. First of all, this book took FOREVER for me to get into. The first 200 pages were really boring, in my opinion. I found myself not wanting to read it, which is why it took so long for me to finish it. The final 200 pages were really good though. I started to get into the book a lot more and started reading it quicker. That was my major issue with this book. Overall, I just felt very “meh” about this book. It’s hard for me to put into words what I disliked about this book. I guess it just didn’t blow me away like I thought it would. With that being said, I loved the characters. These characters were wonderful. They weren’t as developed as I would have liked them to have been (but who knows, I read those parts in June, so maybe I have just forgotten about it), but they were such strong, independent characters that had great relationships with each other. I absolutely loved Adam. He was by far my favorite of the Raven Boys, and possibly my favorite character from the entire book. He was so sweet, genuine, brave, and just overall a great person and friend. My heart broke for him constantly. Blue was my second favorite character. I loved her sassiness, wittiness, and her quick-witted responses. Blue is honestly me in character form. I liked the other characters as well, but don’t necessarily have strong opinions on any of them. I was, however, starting to really like Noah by the end as well.
Overall, this book was good, but just took me forever for me to get into, which is why I couldn’t give it more than 3 stars.

Should I continue on with the series?

Date finished: October 12th

Rating: 3 stars

Brittany

Birthday Book Haul

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Last Wednesday (September 14th) was my 21st birthday, and I got some gifts from my parents and sister, 4 of which were books and 1 other book related item. Here are the bookish gifts I received for my birthday!

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See Me by Nicholas Sparks

Yes, I know what you guys are thinking: “don’t you already own that?”. The answer to that is, yes. Last year for my birthday, my parents got me the hardcover version of this book because it was just released not long before my birthday. This year, my sister got me the paperback because she knows how much I love Nicholas Sparks, but she didn’t now that i had this one. I didn’t have the heart to tell her that I already owned this book, so instead I am going to keep them both since they were both gifts and I don’t want to part with either of them. Plus, I love this cover! But it works out, because I didn’t bring the copy of See Me that I already owned back to college, so now I have a copy here!

 

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Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

This book has been on my wishlist ever since a friend of mine read it a few months ago and raved about it, and my parents were nice enough to get it for me. It sounds like two very popular murder cases in the U.S., both of which I followed very closely when they were going on several years ago. This book sounds really intense, and I love mysteries and “who-dun-it” stories, so this book is right up my alley.

 

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Smoke by Ellen Hopkins

This book is the sequel to Burned, which I read about two years ago and loved. Ellen Hopkins is one of my favorite authors, and Burned was one of my favorite books that I’ve read by her, even though I’ve loved every single one that I’ve read. I have been wanting this book for two years now, but every time I would go to a bookstore, they never had it. Every time I would order stuff online, I wouldn’t remember this one until after the fact. So when my parents bought it for me, I may have squealed… I’m so excited to get to this book, but probably not until I watch a spoiler review of Burned or look up what happened since it’s been two years and I don’t remember much of what happened.

 

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The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Ever since I read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight earlier this year, I have wanted to buy and read all of Jennifer E. Smith’s books. I now own 4 of them, and can’t wait to read them. The last time I went to Barnes and Noble, this was one of the books I went for, but they didn’t have it. So, I put it on my wishlist, and once again, my parents were able to find it and bought it for me. I now have it on my shelf at school with my other two Jennifer E. Smith books that I brought with me.

 

Those were all of the books I received for my birthday! But wait, it’s not over yet! My parents, yet again, outdid themselves and got me a Barnes and Noble gift card too! I haven’t used it yet, but I’m sure I will soon!

What books have you recently bought or received as gifts?

Brittany

August Wrap-Up

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August was a pretty good reading month for me. I read 3 books and started a 4th, but didn’t finish it. Here are the books that I read in August:

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Dark Flame by Alyson Noel

This was the first book I read in August and I loved it. Alyson Noel is one of my all-time favorite authors and The Immortals series is one of my favorite series. I was putting off continuing on with this series because I didn’t want to finish it. This is the 4th book in the 6 book series, so I still have 2 more books to go, but I still don’t want this series to end.

5 stars

 

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The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

I read this book in 3 days because I loved it that much. I watched the movie when it first came out and loved it too. The book is way different than the movie, but they are both incredible. I’ve already reviewed the book on my blog, so feel free to check it out to read more of my thoughts on this book.

5 stars

 

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

This is another book that read in just a few days, 2 to be exact. The formatting helped a lot with how fast I read this book. But, it was still an incredible book nonetheless. I did have one or two issues with it, but I still loved it. I loved it so much that I am going to continue to read anything that Nicola Yoon writes.

4.5 stars

 

What all did you read in August?

Brittany

Books I’m Bringing Back to College- Part 2

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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