All Booked

Good (whatever time of day it is by you as you read this)!

The Top 5 Wednesday I find topics off of is a group on Goodreads so feel free to check them out if you are ever interested in doing a T5W, too.

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday is a freebie and I wanted to use this opportunity to go back and do a different T5W I missed a few weeks ago:
Hyped 2019 Releases You Don’t Care About

UNO. 
I did not read The Hate U Give, and while I have no hate on a book I know nothing about, I have very little interest in reading either story. At least for now.

DOS.
There’s absolutely nothing about this story that sounds interesting. At all. I want to be sorry I have zero interest in this but I really feel nothing over it instead

TRES.
Again, another book off of a story or author I’ve never read nor ever really care to read. Sorrynotsorry

CUATRO.
In theory I want to read this book. I really do. In theory I want to enjoy it simply because it’s based on the Romanov. However. I cannot lie to myself. The real story of the Romanov history is much more interesting than a fictional book could ever become in my eyes.

CINCO.
Listen. I think this book is on this list simply because I have yet to actually read anything by Leigh Bardugo. I’ve slightly begun the Trisha trilogy (2 years ago and I ended up stopping once I realized I had begun on the wrong book). So, I thus far have no real opinions of what to expect story or writing-wise and so I currently don’t care much. Perhaps one day I will, but not now



  • Did any of these books make it to your “meh I don’t really care much” list?
  • Have you read any of these (that have been released so far) and enjoyed them?

Girl Made of Stars
Ashley Herring Blake
Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages: 304
Would I recommend: Yes.

Overview of Book:

This book follows Mara and her twin, Owen, in the aftermath of Owen being accused of raping his girlfriend. Mara is friends with Hannah, Owen’s now-ex-girlfriend, and finds herself confused, overwhelmed, and unsure of what to do between loving her twin and believing one of her best friends.

Triggers:
rape, sexual assault, victim shaming


My thoughts:

I was worried I wouldn’t enjoy this book because I feel these topics can be done incorrectly, insensitively, or without enough information to follow through with it appropriately. However, that was not the case for this book and I ended up struggling to put it down until I completed the story.

Seeing how Mara struggled through a large array of feelings, thoughts, and coping mechanisms based on not only the accused rape her brother committed, but also her own past issues, and dealing with her ex-girlfriend were wonderful to experience.

This book is great if you want to travel the very bumpy and uncertain path of someone who becomes placed in a series of situations that could be difficult to manage by anyone. I would definitely recommend this story if you’re up to the heavy topics.


Overall rating:
4.75/5

Let’s discuss.

  • Have you read this book?
  • What are your thoughts on the sensitive topics?
  • Did you enjoy this book as much as I did?


Hi all!
I’m finally back from the hiatus I’ve been on recently. My husband and I  bought home which took SO much out of us I couldn’t summon the energy to read or post anything here for a few months. However, now that we are (mostly) set up in our new place I am beginning to go back into a patterned life that keeps me stable.

So, let’s start off 2019 with a Top Ten Tuesday!


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and the next few TTT’s are looking promising so I cannot wait to do a few of them. Check out her site if you want to participate in any of the suggested Top Ten Tuesday post ideas.
This week’s post is: Best Books I read in 2018

I went with my top 9 books from 2018 instead of top 10 so let’s take a look at those!

The only one on here that surprised even me was Otherworld. Overall it wasn’t the greatest story ever told but it’s a book I haven’t stopped thinking about for months so I figured that meant something and added it to this list.

Did any of these make your best books of 2018?
If you haven’t read any of these yet, are any of these in your 2019 TBRs?

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Hi book world!

I’ve always tended to lean away from TBR lists as I’ve worried my mood-reading attitude would make it hard to stick to any books I “planned” to read. However, going in to the new year I’d like to give it a try and see how it works and if it will help increase my reading in 2019. Read More

Book Unhaul

Well, hello.

As I was cleaning many-a-things in my life recently I was sorting through my books and I realized the time has come for some sort of unhaul. Granted, most of these are school-related. However, I thought that getting rid of SOME books is better than not getting rid of any (and that idea used to make me feel too guilty at all).

I’d like to do the normal disclaimer of “don’t be offended if you see a book you like” but honestly I just don’t want these books on my shelves. Many, even the school ones, I enjoyed, but will never pick up again so they gotta go. Let’s go.

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  • Desperation by Stephen King
  • House by Frank Peretti & Ted Dekker
  • Our Mothers’ War by Emily Yellin
  • To Tell the Truth Freely by Mia Bay

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  • The American Promise by a variety of authors
  • Teenagers by Grace Palladino
  • A History of Medieval Heresy and Inquisition by Jennifer Kolpacoff Deane
  • The Witchcraft Sourcebook by Brian P. Levack
  • The Good Girls Revolt by Lynn Povich

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  • Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier
  • A Fierce Discontent by Michael McGerr
  • Byron’s Poetry selected and edited by Frank D. McConnell
  • America’s Women by Gail Collins
  • The Host by Stephenie Meyer

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  • Torment by Lauren Kate
  • That Summer by Sarah Dessen
  • Wicked by Gregory Macguire
  • Deception Point by Dan Brown
  • Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
  • Christine by Stephen King

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  • Asylum by Madeleine Roux
  • Velocity by Dean Koontz
  • Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Nietzsche
  • Blood Game by Iris Johansen

Phew. I feel better. It’s a little cleansing, you know?

Hi book fans –

In October I did a few things. Some of those stem from wandering thrift stores unnecessarily. Some of them stem from drunken choices I made many moons ago. Either way. I collected more books. Here they are for our enjoyment to stare at:

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  • A Spark of Light by Jodi PicoultMy NUMBER ONE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF THE ENTIRE YEAR. My BEST FRIEND in the whole wide world (go say hi here) sent this to me and it is a signed copy. What an amazing soul he is and I am SO excited to start reading this (probably not until after the holidays so I can fully enjoy it).

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  • Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd.From the October Shelflove Crate.

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  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan.

I had listened to this on audio in December of last year after I bought it on Audible on a whim. It had my favorite thing: WWII. Of course I fell in love instantly and wanted all of my friends to read this book ASAP. When I found a brand new copy for $2.00, I would have regretted not picking it up so I did. Now I can re-read it’s tragic beauty with my bare hands at some point.


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  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

A book that has been discussed EVERYWHERE in the book world recently and when I saw this for $1.50 – well, I had to get it. Sorry. Not really.


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  • A Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

There comes a point in every woman’s life where she accidentally drinks 4 bottles of wine with one of her good friends and pre-orders a novel that isn’t set to come out for about 6 months. That’s me. Those are my choices. Here we are now so let’s just set it and forget it. But really, I am thrilled to own this signed copy I ordered while highly intoxicated many months ago as The Book Thief is one of my favorite books of all time (WWII. Told from Death’s perspective. Basically my dream book.) so I’m excited to see Zusak’s next novel.


  • Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

One is from the October OwlCrate.
The other is from the October Unicorn Crate.


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  • Pride by Ibi Zoboi

From the October OwlCrate.


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  • The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke

From the October Beacon Book Box.


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  • Did anyone pick up any of these books in October?
  • Favorites? Least favorites?

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Helloooo. It’s meeeeeee.

Time for another “I’m way too far behind once again” unboxing. LET’S GO: Read More

Hi all –

I’ve got a lot going on that I’d rather wait to discuss until another time but my days have been non-stop action from 3am-8 or 9pm most days and I barely have time to sleep let alone pretend I have time to post here right now. Hopefully I can share good news eventually, but until then, I am taking this rare moment in time to update on an unboxing I received recently! Read More

HIYA!

I was SO excited for this month’s OwlCrate for a few reasons. 1. They said they were featuring two different books. 2. It’s “bookish” themed. What is not to enjoy?!

OwlCrate is an amazing box with a lot of cool and unique features so I’d highly recommend you check them out sometime.


This month’s theme is:
Lost in the Bookstore

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Spoiler Card


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Book nerd socks which are so cute. When I first started getting socks in book boxes I thought it was slightly cool but also odd. Now, I love them. A lot. These were created by Out of Print and Underlined.


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A Mirror of Erised art print. Very obviously inspired by the wonderful Harry Potter series. Created by Michelle Gray.


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Choco mint truffle flavored tea. What a unique blend and I’m excited to see what this one is (sorry, Jacob, I’m not giving you this one haha). Made by The Tea Spot.


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An OwlCrate exclusive item made by Team OwlCrate. This is a tea strainer which was also thought into creation with the help of Michelle Gray. Perfect to try out that teaaaaaaaa!


I LOVE THISSSSSS. SO MUCH. It’s described as “canvas clutch purse” but is made to carry medium and smaller books which is amazing. One of the books from this month’s box definitely fit nicely in there. What an amazing thing to have in a box! Created by Bookworm Boutique.


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First book of the month is Pride by Ibi Zoboi.

THIS INSIDE IS GORGEOUS. The entire cover is all pink, too, which isn’t a common thing to see on books so that’s amazing. Also, it is signed by the author.

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It came with a bookmark that is created after the book itself as well as a note from the author.

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Comparison of the OwlCrate cover versus the regular cover. I enjoy both, so I would have been OK with either in this case!


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Second book of the month is Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa.

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Also signed! Woohoo! Such an amazing touch to these books.

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This also came with a themed bookmark and note from the author.

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This book is just an inverted version from the original. I like the OwlCrate more only because black is a very common color of YA books and I enjoy that this one is a little different!


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I’d say “that’s all” but, this was a packed box so I’m really happy with it all!

  • Thoughts?
  • Favorite things?
  • Have you read either of these books or recently hauled either?!
  • Which covers do you like more: OwlCrate or originals?

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Hi all!

I’ve been a little MIA because, per usual, life. Just life. However, I have a few unboxing and reviews that I need to get up so let’s get this party STARTTTEEEDDD.

Beacon Book Box came to be because of Cameron, a young teen who loves books. He and his family put these boxes together and include a lot of their own things in their boxes along with personal touches I am obsessed with. Check them out!


This month’s Beacon Book Box theme is:
Maidens of Mayhem

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Spoiler Card


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A note from Cameron which, honestly, is growing to be one of my FAVORITE touches on any book box. It really is a personal touch that other book boxes don’t quite have and I LOVE it so much. Thank you, Cameron!


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A Novelly Yours candle inspired by Throne of Glass. It smells AMAZING. It’s not too intense and smells perfect for a fall-themed candle.


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This orange cooler with a quote that says “It is a condition of monsters that they do no perceive themselves as such” which comes from A Daughter of Smoke and Bones (on my long TBR list, duh). Created by Heather at Little Bearries. I 100% thought this was a fanny pack and let me tell you I was completely on board with that idea. While it is not a fanny pack, I still have been searching for something to bring my lunch to work in so this came in at a perfect time! Plus, it’s a cool item you don’t see…ever.


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Also created by Heather at Little Bearries is this soft beanie. This was inspired by Sky in the Deep (need I even say this is on my TBR? Probably not. You get how this whole thing works).


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A Halloween-themed booksleeve! THIS is precious. My friend watched as I unboxed this and squealed at how much they loved this booksleeve. It’s a little glittery but very beautiful and made well. Created by Team Beacon – I loveeeeee it.


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The book of the month is Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke.


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It came with an author note and a signed bookplate which has a cute drawing on it. The cover on this book is insanely gorgeous. I’ve seen this book cover a few months ago and always was drawn to how much I love the cover. I hope it’s a good read!


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That’s it for this unboxing!

  • Do you receive this box?
  • Have you read/received this book recently?
  • How about that booksleeve, though?!

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It’s me. Hi. How are you today?

Time for another review. My mood reading has been a little erratic and I wanted something that required little brain power, a hopefully happy ending, and a little bit of curiosity or love involved. I LOVED What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum and thought I’d give her other story a chance. Tell Me Three Things came before What to Say Next, but I was still excited and picked this up on audio. Let’s discuss!


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Tell Me Three Things
By: Julie Buxbaum
Pages: 328
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: Audiobook


Book Synopsis:

Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?


My Thoughts:

I adored this book so much. Perhaps I just like Buxbaum’s writing (thus far I have), but I loved this story. It wasn’t super heavy, it wasn’t something that I felt had extremely troubling problems. It was simple, fun, and I could not stop listening. Buxbaum’s conversation at the end discussed how she dealt with the death of someone in her own family at a young age and how she put pieces of herself into this story. This made it so much sweeter when I was done with this story.

Jessie is struggling with the death of her mother and counts in days how long it’s been since she was taken from her and her father. However, she is not only coping with this loss, but with being moved to L.A. after her father marries someone he met through a bereavement group. Her new stepmother is extremely rich and Jessie’s new home feels sterile yet her new step-brother seems flashy and mean.

Jessie doesn’t know how to fit in at this new prep school where everyone is rich and she feels out of place. She gets an e-mail from “Somebody/Nobody” (SN) a few weeks into starting school who offers to help her in exchange for keep his identity a secret. While she’s hesitant at first, she wants to stop feeling so alone and takes the advice SN gives. She starts making new friends and has a confidant who she desperately wants to meet.

She goes through a wide range of emotions in this book: how the loss of her mother affects her; finding herself with crushes on boys she doesn’t think will ever notice her; despising and feeling sorry for her dad; feeling sorry for herself yet wanting to improve her life; navigating bullying; losing her home and friends. I mean, for how short this story was there was a lot jammed into it and I devoured it all eagerly.

I loved Jessie. I truly did. I also loved her new friendships with other females which I feel like we don’t see enough in books. I loved those new friends of hers. I also enjoyed the variety of boys Jessie interacted with in a pretty innocent way. I loved most of this story.

The only parts I didn’t enjoy (yet did?) are the very trope-y things. Mean girls dating the most popular boys. Girls bullying girls and no one doing anything about it. Jessie’s dad randomly marrying someone without telling her and making her suddenly move to a new state? I mean. What? Other than that, though, if you’re willing to not let any of those things really bother you and just enjoy a fluffy book, I’d recommend this. Cute. It was cute. I like.


  • Ok. Who has read this?
  • What did you think?
  • Have you read either of Buxbaum’s stories?

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Time for a short and sweet book haul for September. Again, I’ve been TRYING so hard to not buy books so most of these are from my book boxes this past month. Let’s check it all out!


 

 

 

 

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