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Hi Book Lovers 🙂

This was sent out a little late from Shelflove, but things happen so I’m simply glad I finally received it!

I LOVE Shelflove Crate and if you’re interested in a book box I’d definitely recommend checking this subscription service out!

This month’s theme was:
Let the Games Begin

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Spoiler Card!

 

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A candle from Flick the Wick. Inspired by Legendary, there were 4 different candles sent out to subscribers and I got The Fallen Star. Sadly this one was slightly melted when I received it (it’s 110 here and who knows how long the box sat outside before I got home so I ain’t even mad. It’ll melt when I light it and go back to normal shape.)

 

A set of 6 poker chips inspired by Six of Crows. I’m assuming the designs on the chips would be more relevant if I had read this book? It’s somewhere on my TBR list, so maybe one day I’ll get to it! They are pretty heavy duty chips, though, if I’m being honest.

 

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A 250-piece puzzle with an image of the Tri-Wizard Maze. Clearly inspired by Harry Potter, this image was created by Sweet Sequels. I do puzzles when I can so this was such a unique thing to receive!

 

Cruel Prince inspired bookmark. It’s beautiful on the back with the wording and was created by Love You More Studio.

 

Cute, cozy socks inspired by The Hunger Games. They say “May the odds be ever in your favor” and were created exclusively for Shelflove Crate.

 

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The sixth trading card inspired by the Lunar Chronicles which is an exclusive to Shelflove Crate. This is Winter, as it says, and the artwork is by Kat Adara. Additionally, the bookmark was also designed by Kat!

 

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The book of the month is The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen.

 

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This month we got the book signed by the author which is a first for Shelflove (at least as long as I’ve been getting the boxes), so that is always a nice touch. Again, I don’t know much about this but I’m excited every time I get a book I’ve never heard of before.

 

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  • Do you get Shelflove Crate box?
  • Have you heard of this book prior to seeing it here?
  • What is your favorite piece here? (I love the puzzle!)

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Happy Sunday, Book Lovers!

The past two weeks have been great for me as far as reading goes, but I’ve realized I enjoy a little space after finishing a book to fully collect my thoughts on it before writing about it anywhere. I’ve been starting/adding to about 6 reviews recently so one day I’ll post those. In the meantime here is an unboxing to share with you all!

This box was a little late getting sent to me (along with my Shelflove Crate which still hasn’t been shipped out yet, sadly). However, life happens and it doesn’t always go as planned so I was just happy to finally receive this box to tear open and eventually share on here.

I highly encourage you check out Unicorn Crate if you haven’t already. Every month they have something unicorn inspired and I enjoy almost always getting a different book than other boxes are sending out at the same time.


This month’s theme was:
Magic Systems

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The spoiler card (pretty, huh?)

 

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A Red London candle by the Leaky Candle. It smells good, as is pretty normal for most candles I receive in boxes. It’s a decent size, too, instead of just a smaller “sample” sized candle.

 

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A water bottle inspired by Roar. It was created exclusively for Unicorn Crate. I probably will give this to my sister as I’ve got so many water bottles in my home that they are coming out of every cabinet at this point. However, I do like the top (it’s easy to hold on to) and it’s really secure.

 

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An art print from Stella Bookish Art. It’s inspired by the Grisha trilogy. Nice quote – it is nice to receive prints that can be put up that don’t necessarily have to do solely with the book they are from so others can enjoy them, too!

 

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Shadowhunter Rune earrings. These were created by The Bookish Company. While super cute, I do not wear earrings! I do have someone in mind who would enjoy these, though, so they will go to a good home. 🙂

 

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A cork pencil pouch which has a quote from Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Another exclusive item for Unicorn Crate. It’s very unique and I use all pouches I receive but I am slightly sad this one is missing a tiny piece towards the top left. I made a little sad face when I noticed but I’ll be using it all the same!

 

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Harry Potter spell pencils set. This was made exclusively for Unicorn Crate and are precious. Anything about Harry Potter swoons me – I’m a sucker, what can I say?

 

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A “Luthadel” postcard inspired by Mistborn. While this book is high on my TBR, it currently means very little to me until I know what the story is about. I initially thought it was a Hogwarts image but realized quickly it wasn’t. Silly me.

 

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“Believe in Magic” unicorn socks created by Unicorn Crate. I loveeeeeee these. They are ridiculously cute.

 

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The book of the month is Fawkes by Nadine Brandes. I’m going to be honest (per usual) here. I’ve wanted this book since I saw what it looked like. However, also per usual I don’t know what it’s about really. This is a TOTAL cover-love for me. I think it’s GORGEOUS and even when the day comes and I read this and I do or do not enjoy it, I’ll keep it just for the cover. 100%. EEEEEkkks. It came with a signed bookplate and a note from the author (which I didn’t photograph for some reason).

 

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This wasn’t my absolute favorite Unicorn Crate, but I still enjoyed it all the same. Not every box can be the box of my dreams but I’m still happy with several of the items and the book!!!

  • Do you have this book?
  • Does anyone else get this subscription box?
  • What are your favorite items in this month’s box?

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Hi Book Lovers!

I was lucky enough to receive this book on Netgalley in an exchange for an honest review. Let’s talk about this emotional roller-coaster ride.

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Ohpikiihaakan-ohpihmeh (Raised Somewhere Else)
By: Colleen Cardinal
Pages: Unknown (E-Book / no pages listed)
Genre: Nonfiction
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
Format: E-Book on Kindle

“What they didn’t see was the pain, trauma and suffering that we endured living under that roof with those people.” – Colleen Cardinal

It’s been a few days since I finished Colleen’s story. I had a lot to think about. Colleen, an Indigenous woman, grew up in the Sixties Scoop – a practice that occurred primarily in Canada where Indigenous children were taken from their families and sent to foster homes or adopted (usually by white families) in the late 1950s on. Her story is one of growing up in a family different from her own and how it snowballed into the life she created for several decades. Colleen dealt with abuses abound including mental, emotional, physical, and even sexual. Trauma can alter people in vastly different ways and this story was a look at how Colleen coped through her life (very rough, detailed patches and all) and found her way back to herself and to the people and culture she was taken from years ago.

Colleen told this story as if she were sitting across from me speaking her truths. Honestly, there were a few instances I looked up almost expecting someone to be there telling me what her words were telling me about her life. What also impressed me is how she has owned up to so many things about her past that even she admitted aren’t easy to do for many people. In that, I applauded her greatly.

“I am not perfect by any means and have hurt and been violent to other people in my past.” – Colleen Cardinal

“Like a familiar piece of luggage, I have dragged my abuse right along with me, and in many ways have taken it out on my children.” – Colleen Cardinal

Perhaps wisdom does come with age and watching Colleen’s story unravel and lead her to a place of self-discovery was inspiring, hopeful, and educational (the Sixties Scoop was yet another piece of Indigenous culture I didn’t know existed beforehand). Additionally, her extreme love for her children was something to be cherished as I read. Yes, she has made many errors in her life (which of us haven’t?), and sometimes her own desires sadly did come before her children’s desires. However, she credits them for her ability to grow and change constantly and I appreciate that as I never had a mother who loved me as much as she loves her children.

The downside to her story, for me, was certain parts felt slightly repetitive. It wasn’t necessarily overdone to a point I was irritated or annoyed, however, it did detract from the way her story unraveled when we would see her travel back a moment to re-live something already discussed. I think why this was hard for me is that Colleen’s story has a lot of emotional and rough spots in it – things I have never experienced and things I wish no one would ever have to experience. Rehashing a section that I already felt sad about was difficult the first time and sometimes I didn’t want to stomach things a second time.

This book was neither easy to read nor bursting with warm, fuzzy feelings. I cannot relate to her on many levels, yet that is why I loved her story so deeply. I have been in awe of Native American and Indigenous culture since I was around five or six and have felt that so many of their stories have been skipped over or not given a platform or opportunity to reach as many people as they should. What has happened to their lifestyles and culture has unsettled me for decades and in listening to Colleen’s story I felt proud for her and her people to finally raise a voice and put a foot down to accepting what they are told to accept. While many voices are still not heard, this story was fascinating, saddening, and hopeful. I hope it allows others like her to find their way back to their true selves and allow the rest of us to see what has happened to so many Indigenous people. Those actions cannot be taken back – history is history. Yet there is always time to change the future to be better and brighter for future generations that have been previously been wronged for so long.

“There are things you just keep on doing no matter what. You drag your ass out of bed or off the couch and you keep going because you have to, because no one is going to do it for you.” – Colleen Cardinal

This is just one of many stories that should be read by many to help further the knowledge of what has happened under the rug to so many for years upon years. Don’t assume you know the full story unless you’ve truly looked at every angle. I highly recommend reading this story for anyone interested in learning more about the Sixties Scoop and understanding what’s really happening under the stereotypes put on many Indigenous by those who do not truly understand.

 

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Hi Book Lovers

Let’s start out this TTT with not one but two sleeping dogs.

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Okay, since that is done, let’s move on to this week’s TTT:
Popular books that have lived up to the hype.

This week’s list isn’t a full ten books. I only listed eight. Oh well!

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
This was a book I felt like EVERYONE was talking about (more so recently when Obsidio was released), but I finally picked it up and I loved the crap out of the entire thing. The story is cool yet slightly creepy, the characters I loved, and the writing style is unique. Totally embraced the hype on this one and I’m sure glad I did!

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An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir
Before A Torch Against the Night was released, I kept seeing An Ember in the Ashes all over – to be honestly I mostly was interested in this book from the cover. However, once I picked it up I fell in love and even after re-reading these two in anticipation of A Reaper at the Gates I still think the hype around them is legit.

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
While a slightly “older” hype I still see this pop up frequently for many readers as a favorite and there’s a reason for it. The story is told from Death and it’s around the topic that tugs at my heart: WWII.

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Renegades by Marissa Meyer
When I first got this book in a book box I was slightly terrified of the size (it’s huge). However, I actually enjoyed the story (and the cover) and fell in to the hype around this story like so many others.

Between Shades of Gray

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Again, this is from a few years back. However, I kept seeing people read and rave about this story. I couldn’t avoid it and one day caved into picking it up. I felt sick, happy, sad, and stressed over this story and it deserves all the kudos it has ever gotten.

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Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
COME ON. Did you think for even a split second this wouldn’t be on my list? It’s worth every second of my time. Every. Second.

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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
I was OBSESSED with this at the same time everyone else was. I wanted EVERYONE to read this (I still do). Besides, the cover is gorgeous.

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The Giver by Lois Lowry
This story was good when it was big, even wayyyy back in the day (I’m like a hundred at this point, I swear). It’s not only still good but it’s such a great story that deserves to be loved and cherished. I love this story.

I feel like a lot of the “hyped” up books NOW I’m too afraid to pick up so they sit on my shelves despite my eagerness to read them (hypocritical, I’m aware). Still, finding a book that people love to rave about and enjoying it just as much as the masses always fills me up. While it may not always happen, I love being able to devour a book so many others also love.

  • What books made your list?
  • What are is the “oldest” popular book that lived up to the hype in your collection?
  • What about the “newest”?

Hi Book Lovers

Caution! Spoilers ahead! Read More

Hi Book Lovers!

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I was nominated by two different people for the Sunshine Blogger Award! I’ve never been tagged before and to receive not only one but two of these made me want to squeal with joy! So, thank you to both of you for tagging me!

I was first nominated by Bookaholic Dreamer back in June and I was just too busy at that time to get around to completing it. However, I love her blog so go check her out and follow her!

The second nomination was from The Cozied Reader this week. Her blog is beautiful and I ALSO recommend you check her out!

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you by linking their blog.
  • Answer the questions
  • Nominate 11 blogs with 11 questions
  • List the rules as well as display the Sunshine Award Logo on your post.

Since both have offered different questions I will split them up by the two who nominated me. Sorry this is about to be an unnecessary amount of information about me here….

First Set of Questions:

  1. What are you currently reading? Are you enjoying it?
    I am currently listening to Scythe by Neal Shusterman and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. I started out enjoying Scythe and I’m almost half way through and I’ve come to a stop because it seems like it isn’t holding my attention. It’s such a hyped up book that I’m going to get back to it in a few days and hopefully I’ll enjoy the second half! Next, this HP book is my second favorite despite a lot of “camping” and moving around so I’m thrilled to be finishing this book again!
  2. Do you annotate your books?
    I do for books I send to my best friend. Also, if anyone would ever be interested in annotating books back and forth I’m all about it. I saw someone on Booktube doing this, fell in love with it, and decided to try it out. The problem is that I’m not good at doing it for books I’m not sending off to someone else. I want to, in theory, but I always forget or get too caught up in a story to do it all the time. Anyone have tips?
  3. Which country/state do you live in?
    I live in the U.S. and for the past 11 years I’ve lived in Arizona (basically the scorching desert of the U.S.).
  4. How long have you been blogging?
    For about 2 years, though I had a HUGE gap (almost a year) between where I stopped blogging completely. I picked it back up at the start of this year and I’m glad I did!
  5. Do you usually go to see a film adaptation of a book you’ve read?
    Not usually unless it looks super wonderful. I tend to be disappointed a lot in film adaptions.
  6. How many languages do you speak?
    English fluently and I am proficient in reading/listening to Spanish but get intimidated when speaking it with others. I also count in French…don’t ask why, I don’t know.
  7. Do you ever DNF books?
    I try not to. I know the reasoning behind why people do this – I know there’s more books out there to read that I’d like than books I’m forcing myself to finish, but I still struggle to put books down even when I hate them (I’m talking to you, Red Queen series).
  8. Do you have a favourite reading spot?
    My bed or the couch. I can read almost anywhere but I do get distracted in certain spots and besides, those spots are super comfy!
  9. Do you have a bookstagram?
    I do not. I actually dislike most aspects of social media and only have a Facebook account because my family out of state harassed me enough to ensure I log in to my account more than 2x a year.
  10. Do you have reading goals for 2018?
    On my Goodreads I have 40 books set as my goal. Obviously I’d love to read more than that but I work two jobs, have a new puppy, and go to school full-time as well so I tried to be realistic at the beginning of the year.
  11. What was the last TV-show or film you watched?
    My husband and I are re-watching True Blood right now. We are slightly binging it and have gotten through 2 seasons in a week. Sorry, not sorry.

 


Second Set of Questions:

  1. If you could only recommend one book for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
    Yikes starting off with a tough one. I would probably say one of the HP books (probably #1 to get people into the series), Second Glance or House Rules by Jodi Picoult. Why? HP seems pretty straightforward as to why, and with the other two, they are just books that I gush over even after reading them for 10+ years. I love to love them and I want everyone else to love them, too.
  2. What’s the book that got you into reading?
    I have been reading since almost 4 years old and I honestly do not remember that far back. Hooked on Phonics got me into reading and after that I always read so I cannot accurately answer this one.
  3. What’s your favorite book-to-movie or book-to-television show adaptation?
    Since I’m watching True Blood, I’m going to say the first few seasons of that were adapted well compared to the books. I also liked Big Little Lies adaption despite it being a smidge different and drawn out compared to the story.
  4. What trope do you love/hate the most?
    I don’t know if I’d consider it a big trope or anything, but when characters are “all knowing” or “all gifted” without many flaws. They want to run, scale, and jump across buildings and can without training or practice? Wow. Super. Awesome. They pick up on a new language or skill that would take a normal person much longer to learn but they do it within a few days? I see. It’s so unrealistic and I cannot stand it.
  5. What was your last DNF book? Why didn’t you finish it?
    I mentioned above I don’t usually do this often. The last book I DNF’d was The Magician but it was only because I was borrowing it from the library and my return date approached and it got sent back before I finished it and now I can’t get it back right away.
  6. If you could meet any character, alive or dead, who would it be?
    Albus Dumbledore is a pretty big one. Pino Lella from Beneath a Scarlet Sky. Molly Burkhart from Killers of the Flower Moon.
  7. Do you have any pets? If not, what kind of pet would want to get?
    I do! PLEASE LOOK AT MY PETS. PLEASE!

    The dopey white thing you see is my new Great Dane puppy. He’s almost 5 months now and 70 pounds. His name is Kuzco (from Emperor’s New Groove). The black dog is my other Great Dane mix who is almost 6. His name is Koda (Brother Bear) and he’s actually perfect and the love of my life. And the white cat is my runt-of-the-litter baby who is almost 8 and her name is Madeline.

  8. What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?
    Well, I feel like I’ve lived 400 lives at this point in my life so I’ve done a few adventurous things. Travel without directions, money, or an end game is pretty fun. Loving someone is an adventure. I mean, so many things.
  9. What’s your favorite movie?
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    Cars
    Wreck It Ralph
  10. What are your hobbies (outside of reading/blogging)?
    Bullet Journals
    Puzzles
    Thrift store shopping
    Cooking some good vegan meals
  11. What are three things that most people don’t know about you?
    -> I am double-majoring: World History, Anthropology, and a minor in Sociology. I want to be an Archaeologist regarding WWII in European History or American Indians in the United States.
    -> I am an INFJ (yes, I totally believe in this)- the empathy I am gifted and cursed with can be debilitating if I don’t handle it properly.
    -> I am vegan. I don’t like telling people because many people think I will try to convert them. I chose to become vegan from a health standpoint – many foods make me very ill and eating raw, whole foods has greatly increased my mood, health, and life overall.


    I nominate the following bloggers:

Lori’s Bookshelf Reads \\ Bookish Connoisseur \\ A Fictional Bookworm \\ Gina Reads Books \\ In Case of Bookishness \\ Sophril Reads \\ Bookneeders \\ Alex Reads and Blogs \\ The Limit of Books Does Not Exist \\ Whit Reads Lit

I tried to ensure none of these people had already completed this post so I apologize in advance if I missed you doing this already! Here are my questions and I look forward to continuing to learn about my fellow bloggers:

  1.  What is a book that has been unread on your shelves the longest?
  2. Do you prefer paperback, hardback, or mass market paperback when reading and why?
  3. What genre of music is your go-to most days?
  4. What are three things people don’t know about you yet?
  5. How do you organize your bookshelves (genre, color, title, author? Also, I’m all about seeing pictures of them!)?
  6. What are your favorite posts to do on your blog?
  7. Do you have any animals (pictures are the best!)?
  8. What genre do you not usually read but would like to try and enjoy more?
  9. Where do you typically find yourself blogging: at home, at a coffee shop, at a friend’s house?
  10. What book do you wish you could warn everyone to avoid reading and why?
  11. How many people in your everyday life do you talk to about books?

 

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Hi Book Lovers!

Today we are gathered here to discuss the sad tale of how much I disliked a story. If you’ve put that together with the title of this blog post, you’ll know I was NOT A FAN OF THIS BOOK AT ALL. Let’s discuss.

SLIGHT spoilers ahead.

King's Cage

King’s Cage
By: Victoria Aveyard
Pages: 528
Genre: YA
Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2.5/5)
Format: Audiobook

 

Book Synopsis:

In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

 

My Thoughts:

Alright. Alright, alright, alright. As I was prepping this review I was looking at my Goodreads and I honestly couldn’t help but panic a bit when I saw the overall rating for this book is 4.02/5. Needless to say, I think this will be a bit of an unpopular opinion review.

I read this book a few months ago now and I’ve been waiting and waiting to review it because I kept having conflicting thoughts on what I wanted to say. To sum it up: I no longer have much to say, and what I do have to talk about will be small in amount and not necessarily positive.

If it is possible to hate Mare Barrow more than in Glass Sword then I hadn’t anticipated it at that time. Her character is bitter in a self-loathing way which made me despise her more and more as every chapter began. Cal is also in the same self-loathing-so-it-affects-change-from-happening type of person in ALL of these books that I constantly struggle when I’m reading reviews that talk about how much they love him. The only reason I have clung on and went through with this book was due to Maven. I don’t even like “the bad” characters often because I’m a total softy at heart and just want everything to work out perfectly in the end. Yet, this story (for me) is so dull that Maven is the only thing that keeps me interested because I almost WANT him to destroy everything and everyone just for something to actually occur.

Mare is locked away for what feels like more than half of this book and it’s SO DULL. Let me repeat: IT’S SO FLIPPING DULL. There’s no great thoughts that come to her in this room (just self loathing and pity for herself), nothing major happens, and months, yes months, go by in this story before she finally escapes from this room that holds no story line. By the time the action began (as appears normal in Aveyard’s books) in the last quarter of the book I was so bored I didn’t even care what that action was in any shape, way, or form. I remember sitting in my car waiting to turn, listening to what I assume was the highlight of the action in the book, and thinking “Wow. I truly do not care about this at all.”

Lastly, the ending with Cal and Mare was so anti-climatic and pointless I wished for a brief moment I had a physical copy of the book so I could actually throw it across the room upon completion just to express to the universe how mad I was at everything.

I’d give more time to this review but honestly, I’m ready to put these characters and story behind me and I have no desire to even finish the last book at this point. I know I’m more of a minority in this series, but at the end of the day (and months of thinking about it) I cannot find any other reasons to enjoy it as so many others have.

 

  • Have you read this series or book? Did you like them?
  • If so, why?????
  • If not, why?????
  • I don’t care to read War Storm, so if you have, tell me how it ends!

Hi Book Lovers!

I don’t do tags too often but find that I’m always reading and watching people do them. I want to be awesome, too. I’m a smidge behind on this tag but like everything else I’m always behind on here…oh well!

Let’s jump into the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!

Best Book You’ve Read in 2018 So Far

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While I’ve enjoyed most of the books I’ve read this year I think I’m going to pick my favorite being:

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling.

This is my favorite H.P. book and I enjoy it more every time I read it. Sorry to be cliche.

 

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2018

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This was an easy pick.

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

This book was full of characters I enjoy, a story I love reading, and cliff hangers galore.

 

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To

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There are quite a few on this list, but the one I want to read the most is

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

It is a beautiful book and it looks like I’d enjoy it (hopefully!).

 

Most Anticipated New Release for the Second Half of the Year

A Spark of Light
I’ve never been shy about expressing my love for Jodi Picoult so when I heard months ago she had a book coming out this fall I was super excited.

A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

 

Biggest Disappointment

King's Cage
I thought Glass Sword was rough, but then this guy came along and man, I was proven very wrong.

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

The more time passes since I read this the more I find myself disliking it to the point I want to change my rating and review. Ugh.

 

Biggest Surprise

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Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

I didn’t think I would like this as much as I did, truly. I thought it would be very “meh” for me, but months later I’m still thinking about it and I’m super glad I read it!

 

Favorite New Author (or New to Me Author)

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I’m going with Tahereh Mafi. While I haven’t read any of her “older audience” books thus far, I enjoyed her middle-grade book, Furthermore.

 

Newest Ficitional Crush

I’m not really into this category as I don’t think anyone in a book has truly appealed to me that much. I respect those who have fictional crushes – I am just not one of them as of now in my reading life.

 

Newest Favorite Character

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Kady from Illuminae!

I loved her sassiness, spunk, and will to live. I genuinely adored reading her story and wished it wouldn’t end.

 

Book That Made You Cry

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Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult.

Like a baby.

I cried like a baby.

 

Book That Made You Happy

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Renegades by Marissa Meyer.

I really liked this book and found myself pleasantly happy after I finished it (perhaps because of its enormous size?)

 

Favorite Book to Film Adaption

I don’t have an answer to this – I haven’t read 2018 releases that have been adapted to movies that I’ve seen.

 

Favorite Post You’ve Done So Far This Year

Probably the Book Lover’s Tag post. I enjoy Book Haul posts, too, but I think I had a lot of fun with that one. I haven’t branched out enough on my blog yet to have fun, creative things. Hopefully that will evolve as I do more with this blog through time!

 

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year

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This edition of A Tale of Two Cities.

The sides and back are also gorgeous and I pick it up and look at it often.

 

What Books Do You Need to Read by the End of the Year

Here are just a few of the MANY I want to finish by the end of the year!

Thanks for sticking this out with me. Let me know if you did this post so I can check it out!

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Hi Book Lovers!

June was a crazy month for me, personally. I had a lot of things going on so thankfully it kept me from buying too many books. Most were sent in book boxes or my husband was kind enough to pick up books for me (what a guy, I tell ya). Let’s look at what the damage was…

Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
Like Like by Jay Kristoff (Shelflove Crate Unboxing)
Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Pérez (Unicorn Crate Unboxing)
From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon (OwlCrate Unboxing)
Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West
Gemina (Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
The Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
Sammy Keyes and the Curse of Moustache Mary by Wendelin Van Draanen
The Witches by Roald Dahl
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

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That’s it for June. I have loved looking at everyone’s hauls for June!

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Hi Book Lovers!

Like my other unboxings for June this is a tad late, but I lovvvveeeeddd it so of course I’m sharing anyway! Shelflove Crate has been my favorite book boxing subscription for a while now, so if you haven’t heard of them or checked them out I highly encourage you to do so! Dania, the curator, always comes up with great things for her boxes. Check ‘um out!

June’s theme was:
Romance Reboot

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Double-sided Print featuring characters from the book (see below!). An exclusive for Shelflove Crate and this month’s book created by Gabriella Bujdoso.

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Shatter Me Tumbler created by Love You More Studio. It has book stuff on it – yass. I also love reusable cups as I mentioned in my OwlCrate Unboxing for June with the mason jar!

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Star-Crossed Candle inspired by Romeo and Juliet. Created by Natura Amantis. This is probably the most amazing candle I have EVER gotten in a book box before. It’s actually a lot bigger than the usual sample candles boxes send. Also, it has DRIED FLOWERS INSIDE! It smells AMAZING and I cannot wait to burn this. (IT ALSO HAS AN AMETHYST STONE – WUHHHTTTT?!)

Vampire Academy inspired Woodmark. Designed exclusively for Shelflove Crate by Dreamy and Co. It’s gorgeous, honestly. I love the white on one side and black on the other. Beautiful, beautiful.

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The usual bookmark representing this month’s theme. Additionally, Shelflove Crate has their own trading cards inspired by the Lunar Chronicles. I somehow got 2 of the same card by accident (this is #5 in the series) so I thought I’d show off the beautiful back side of this card, too.

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Romeo and Juliet inspired Book Sleeve. It’s super thick and was created by KDP Letters, who I believe, have been a partner with Shelflove Crate in the past, too!

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This month’s book was Life Like by Jay Kristoff. It was sent with a signed bookplate. I was REALLY hoping one of the book boxes I got this month would send this book out, and, to no surprise to me, my favorite book box sent it out! I’ve just started exploring the world of Jay Kristoff but so far love his writing. I cannot wait to read this!! Eeks.

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That’s it for this month! It was a beautiful box, per usual, and I am so happy with the book of the month choice!

  • Have you read this book yet or are you interested in reading it?
  • What do you think of book sleeves? Do you use them?
  • LET’S TALK ABOUT THAT CANDLE, THOUGH!

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Hi Book Lovers!

Top Ten Tuesday is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl (go check out her TTT list!). This week’s theme was:
Top Ten Books I’ve Read in 2018 (so far).

This is easy-peasy. A lot of these are books that were big months or years ago, but hey, better late than never! Let’s go.

There is no order to these, they are just being listed as I remember them!

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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. I have not yet done a review as my best friend still has my book (which is totally fine, friend!). However, I truly loved this book.
★★★★★ (5/5)

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Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi. This was a cute middle-grade story that was full of life and in a world I forgot could be created for people to enjoy.
★★★★☆ (4/5)  — My Review

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Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult. Undoubtedly Picoult is my favorite author. I have been trying to re-read all of her books and this was the last one I read. I listened to it on audio and for the first time in this story, I cried a lot. My heart still aches over this story. I just cannot.
★★★★★ (5/5) — My Review.

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I recently posted my long overdue review on this. It was a re-read for me, but I loved it just as much the third time around as I did the first two.
★★★★★ (5/5) — My Review.

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A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir. Review is still coming for this one, but I greatly enjoyed the second installment of this story!
★★★★★ (5/5) — My Review to come.

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Again, I just recently read this and have yet to post a review but it blew me away. It was crazy to read, exciting to the point I couldn’t sleep, and I loved the story and characters.
★★★★★ (5/5) — My Review to come

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Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills. This was SUPER light, a little cheesy, and yet I loved every second of this book. Review to come!
★★★★☆ (4.25/5) — My Review to come.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Yes, yes this is generically boring to post but I CANNOT HELP IT, ok? I’ve been listening to all of them on audio this year because I LOVE Jim Dale’s voice for all different characters. They had to make this list, even if they’ve made this list in the past. Sorry, not sorry.
★★★★★ (5/5) for all three.

  • What books made your list?
  • Did we have any of the same top 10s so far this year?
  • Of your top 10 – which one would you recommend first to me??

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Hi Book Lovers!

While this is slightly late, I’m still going to put it up! OwlCrate is another great subscription service for YA-themed books. I especially love their exclusive book covers and signed books. This is probably the most popular book box out there right now, but it has a reason for being one of the best!

This month’s theme was:
Summer Lovin’

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I actually love that this has a few past box references: the harry potter tote, the Heart of Iron book, the owl on the water bottle…how cute and personalized!

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Let’s start out with MY favorite part of this box which was the Mason Jar Mug with a quote that says “Book Worm and Proud”. Designed by Michelle Gray and OwlCrate. Let’s discuss. I use mason jars for everything. I use them for my food, for drinks of all kinds, and to store things. So, add any kind of mason jar and I’m game. Yes, please.

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More tea! This one is actually said to taste great hot or iced. This batch of tea was inspired by Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson and was created by Riddle’s Tea Shoppe. Hope it’s good – like I said in my Unicorn Crate Unboxing I love apple smelling things!

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A Wooden Bookmark from Ink and Wonder Designs. This was inspired by Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (which I haven’t read). It is especially thin compared to other wooden bookmarks I’ve gotten, but the colors are still beautiful and I never say no to bookmarks.

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A cactus pen from BC Mini that is too precious. One of my good friends loves all things with cactus, though, so I will probably give it to her to love and enjoy!

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All Booked. Get it? Like my blog’s name. I crack myself up. Anyway, here is a beach towel which you cannot tell from this photo is actually quite large. It’s microfiber and created, if you can’t tell, by Stella Bookish Art (who does a lot of work for many book boxes!). Love!

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The book this month was From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon. As mentioned earlier, this book is signed and has an exclusive cover different from the original. It came with a popcorn keychain and a note from the author.

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I don’t know much about the book for this month and while I always pretend to struggle liking contemporaries or cute romance-type books, I typically end up loving them, so I hope this is true for this book.

  • How did you like this OwlCrate unboxing?
  • Has anyone already read this and can offer opinions thus far?
  • What was your favorite part of this unboxing?!

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