All Booked

Hi bookish fans!

I haven’t been around for a while. Several things – I haven’t read anything super great until the last week, and I despised the Top Ten Tuesdays for most of the month of February. Combined with the last few weeks of my classes and I’ve been wiped out. But, I saw this TTT and I wanted to squeal in glee!

This TTT is discussed by That Artsy Reader Girl if you want to do one yourself to check her out!

This week is Top 10 Books I could Re-Read Forever! AHHHHHHHH!

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  1. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling.
    Period. All of them. I actually re-read the entire series every year. I’m sure this is on many people’s list but I love everything about this series and I cannot pick just one over the others.

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2. House Rules by Jodi Picoult.
This is my favorite stand alone book and the last 3 years I have re-read it (currently reading right now!). Picoult is my favorite author and I will devour any of her books, but this has become my favorite book and I love it with such an intense passion.

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3. The Giver by Lois Lowry.
This story gave me all the feels as a child and it still does today. Even when the movie came out (I know not as many people are fond it) I wanted to consume myself with the story. It’s simple, meaningful, and wonderful to read every time.

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4. Second Glance by Jodi Picoult.
Told you she was my favorite. For years and years this was my “favorite” book. You know how many of us connect to that ONE story that we need at a time in our lives? This was that book for me and the sadness of Lia’s life resonated with me at a time I was really miserable and needed to know I wasn’t alone – which it did. I’ve read this story so many times I had to buy a second copy because I mostly destroyed the first one.

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5. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
Doerr, for me, is an exceptional writer. His way of words makes my soul happy and then combine that with a historical fiction about WWII and basically you have my heart on a silver platter. Plus, the cover is to DIE for. I will always re-read this book.

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6. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys.
Didn’t I just mention I love beautiful writing and WWII? Well. Here we are. I was seeing this story all over the place a few years ago and didn’t necessarily want to pick it up. Peer pressure forced me to, though, and I absolutely love this haunting story. READ IT!

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7. The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost.
I’m not much for poetry – I want to love it and sometimes I find an author who blows my mind. Robert Frost is my favorite poet and this book of his poems makes my heart chilly and warm all at the same time.

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8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
Again and again and again you will find me glued to WWII historical fictions. Telling the story from Death’s perspective and the gut-wrenching ending are enough to demolish my soul – and I will let you as I pick this book up over and over.

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9. The Silence of Trees by Valya Dudycz Lupescu.
WWII historical fiction. Surprise. I picked this as my Kindle First book several years ago and when I read it…I couldn’t stop thinking about it. The story is told from a woman living in the Ukraine during WWII. AHHH. The feels. I wanted everyone to read this when I first read it years ago.

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10. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux.
Probably not a common book to love but I love the dramatic aspects of this book and even the slow parts. It isn’t a major read and can be finished so easily.

  • What is on your list?
  • Have you not read any of these and want to?!

 

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Hi bookish fans!

Another fun, late posting for January, but nevertheless here I am! I read 6 books in January – way more than I thought I would with classes and working full-time. While 2 were for school (and 1 of those 2 I genuinely disliked), I did read them in their entirety and as they took a long time to read giving their contents, I am still calling them a win. Let’s begin!

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★★★★★ (5/5) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling Goodreads Review
★★★★☆ (4/5) Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi Blog Review / Goodreads Review
★★★★☆ (3.5-4/5) Renegades by Marissa Meyer Blog Review / Goodreads Review
★★★★☆ (3.5-4/5) Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Goodreads Review

Schoolbooks:

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★★★☆☆ To Tell the Truth Freely: The Life of Ida B. Wells by Mia Bay
★★☆☆☆ A History of Medieval Heresy and Inquisition by Jennifer Deane

Honorable Mention:

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★★★★★ Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan Short Goodreads Review
I read this book at the VERY end of December and almost into January, so while it doesn’t count for January I LOVED this book SO much I hope more people read it. It’s a historical fiction based on a real person and events in WWII. MUST read.

I read a few great books in January, and while the nonfiction books for my classes weren’t terrible, they were informative and I love learning so I enjoyed that aspect of them. I did have a hard time posting reviews for some books since I got busy and hope that I can get better about posting individual reviews as I continue reading and writing.

  • Really been looking for people’s reviews on the Red Queen as I have gone back and forth on this. I know I’m late to the game on this book but still want to know thoughts if you have any!

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Hi bookish fans!

I recently read Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi and I wanted to chit-chat a little bit about this book!

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Hi bookish fans! Here is my January book haul! I hadn’t purchased books in quite a while prior to this so while it felt like a lot at first I remembered that I have held off on buying books for months. I’m also trying to be more picky about the books I choose when buying so I don’t keep stacking my shelves when most of my books are currently TBR or re-reads I have planned. Enjoy!

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
After They Killed Our Father by Loung Ung
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
The Lost City of Z by David Grann
Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo
The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu
A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin

  • How did everyone’s January Book Hauls go?
  • Did you pick up any of these as well?
  • Have you read any of these and want to offer any feedback?! Would love to talk about it!

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Hi bookish fans!

Again, I have another book unboxing to share (only SLIGHTLY behind schedule). Shelflove Crate is another book subscription service that I found by accident about 3 months ago. I tried them out and loved them on the first box. I think this is my favorite book subscription box that I receive every month! ❤ Read More

Hi bookish fans!

I’m not quite “late” at putting up this unboxing and one other unboxing for January as I technically opened these the moment I got them delivered. However, between work and school I haven’t had time to set them up and post! Here is January’s OwlCrate box which was Fearsome Fairy Tales.

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Hi bookish fans!

Today’s Top 5 Wednesday is: Hidden Gems in Your Favorite Genre “What are some of your favorite books in your favorite genre that don’t get a lot of hype?”.

I thought this would be a difficult topic, but as I’m lying here on my bed staring at one of my bookshelves I realized I’ve read a lot of a certain genre that rarely gets read or discussed: Nonfiction. So, this list will be my top 5 nonfiction books that don’t get read by nearly enough people! Pick one of these up!!

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1. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
–> I had to read this for a class last fall and I fell so in love with it I listened to it on audiobook (amazing, by the way) and then re-read the physical book to enjoy the pictures that went with the story. I LOVED this book. 10/10!

 

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2. Romantic Violence: Memoirs of an American Skinhead by Christian Picciolini
–> I also read this for a class last year and was worried I would find it boring, though, I actually ended up loving it and I still think of its contents often. There are hard parts in here to stomach, though, just from a personal viewpoint.

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3.Desert Flower by Waris Dirie
–> I picked this up at random in high school in the library thinking I’d “give it a shot”. Though, I ended up not only enjoying it but finding it has stuck with me for years and years since leaving high school. The topic of female genital mutilation left a lifelong topic for my brain to dwell on and remember – Waris’ story is absolutely fantastic.

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4. First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung
–> This is yet another sad story that somehow ends with a positive outlook despite the unimaginable things that happen in this girl’s life. I learned about Cambodian genocide which I hadn’t known was a reality until picking this up.

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5. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
–> Many people were asked to read this in school (at least, back when I was in school in what seems like 8,000 years ago). I read it several times and like some of the other nonfiction stories I’ve read it was difficult to get through at times. Another story that has never left my mind or heart.

I am clearly obsessed with history (what I am going to school for) and books such as the ones mentioned above bring me a sense of the world I cannot get simply from existing here on my bed. I have learned unimaginable tragedies and faces of hope in dark places of the world. My bookshelf currently has over 15 other nonfiction reads waiting to be picked up. They are the ones I usually glance at first when looking for something to read next.

» Has anyone read any of these OR have any of you read an amazing historical nonfiction story that you’d recommend? I’m 100% about those recommendations in this area of reading and would love to hear if anyone has one or two ideas! «

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Hi bookish fans!

I recently read and finished Renegades by Marissa Meyer. I cannot wait to dive into this review since it was such a massive book and there is a lot to go over. I’m working on finding my own niche of reviewing books in a certain format, so, don’t mind if the next few reviews I create are less than stellar. However, if you’re down for such a review then keep on reading and let’s discuss when you’re done!

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LitJoy Crate Unboxing

Hi bookish fans!

Instead of this week’s Top 10 Tuesday (books I really enjoyed but can’t remember much about) I decided an unboxing would be turbo-tastic. There really aren’t that many books that I don’t remember much about, which I suppose could be seen as either a blessing or a curse.

Recently, in my obsession with getting books and wanting to be more involved in bookish topics in the real world, I decided to subscribe to a few additional book boxes on top of the Owlcrate I’ve been receiving for some time now. Let’s jump on in and see what LitJoy Crate sent for January!

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Hi book friends!

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday is Bookish Resolutions/Goals.

Alright, alright. This will be fun. I’ve been making a lot of these internally recently!

  1. READ MO’ BOOKS.
    –> This seems simple, right? Wrong. I only read 17 books last year (and some of those were required readings for classes, but, I mean, I still enjoyed them) and I somewhat fell off the bandwagon of reading. I set a reading goal on my Goodreads to read 40 books this year. That felt fair after only reading half that in 2017. I got this.
  2. Use Goodreads more often.
    –> Even when I wasn’t reading much last year I still went on weekly to check it out, add books I bought, or look at books I was eager to one day read. I want to get more in depth with categorizing and following others with a love for reading.
  3. More reviews.
    –> I’m a notorious “rater” but never felt much excitement in writing reviews. While I don’t anticipate reviewing every book I read this year, I still want to focus on writing more in-depth and thorough reviews even if it’s just for my own self reflection.
  4. Read more diversely.
    –> As tempting as YA fantasy can be with it plastered across the World Wide Web, I am intrigued at reading things outside of that (even though I love YA in general). I read a few historical nonfiction in 2017 that were some of my favorite reads ever. I have found that while pursuing my History degree I enjoy just about all things historical – fiction or nonfiction. Additionally, I see so many people picking up things from a variety of authors across the globe, as well as stories that represent more diverse topics and people. I want in.
  5. Blog, blog, blog.
    –> I missed blogging. I missed talking about books. I missed reading books and writing about them. I want to be a bigger part of the book world online!
  6. Finish 5 full series.
    –> What that looks like yet, I’m not sure. But, so many books I’ve started are a part of a series and I would like to say I’ve fully read a few series instead of just starting one and “maybe one day I’ll get to the rest of the series…ha. ha. ha”.
  7. Use the library more frequently.
    –> While I may start with just using the library for audiobooks (as I just started on Sunday), I somewhat envy the people who use the library more often. I used to spend HOURS roaming the library as a kid and it was such a magical place. Let’s experience this again, Christine. Let’s do it.
  8. MO’ AUDIOBOOKS.
    –> I’m going to be honest (per usual): I previously was not a fan of audiobooks. Then, in early 2017 I began listening to Harry Potter, read by Jim Dale (OhMyGoshHe’sPerfectLet’sDiscuss), and I found myself so excited to listen to the next chapter he was about to read that I realized audiobooks are actually amazing. Since then, I’ve listened to a few books for classes and just for fun. I cannot explain my joy at this. I look forward to driving. I want to get through 10 in 2018.
  9. Start annotating books.
    –> The idea of this intrigues me. I have a book I created for my favorite quotes from book so I could remember where I found quotes I loved. But, why don’t I just annotate books so I can go back and see those myself or see other things I enjoyed or didn’t. Also, the idea of re-reading my favorite books a few years later and seeing how my thoughts have changed would be great. I don’t want to write in the book itself, rather use post its for now.
  10. Start a Booktube channel?
    –> I’m still on the fence. I truly want to do this but am super nervous and don’t feel quite ready. I want to improve on here first and then start that. Mostly seeing my face put on the internet is a freaky thing. But, I am OBSESSED with Booktube and want to become a part of this world some day.

Your turn! Do you have any similar goals? If not, what are some of your bookish goals this year?? I’m sure you’ll inspire me to want a similar goal, not going to lie.

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Top 5 Wednesday

Hello bookish fans!

This Top 5 Wednesday is “books you didn’t end up getting to in 2017, but really want to prioritize in 2018”. I got this tag off of a Goodreads group I recently joined. Let’s dive right in…

I had an unbelievable amount of books I wish I could have read in 2017, so there is no particular order for these as well as a few honorable mentions towards the end.

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A  Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
I loved An Ember in the Ashes and was so thrilled for this book to come out when it did. I don’t often purchase books at full price but once this released I felt I had to own it, went out and bought it immediately, and then set it down where it’s been resting ever since. Since the next book is coming out in 2018 I know I need to step it up and re-enter this world which I truly loved.

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Let’s discuss how often people rave about Leigh Bardugo. That discussion is summed up easily by saying “a lot”. Everyone loves her work and her different worlds. I accidentally downloaded Siege and Storm as an audio book, began listening, and about 1/4 of the way in realized that I was missing a lot of information. That’s when I decided to see if this was part of a series. It is. Despite not knowing what was going on in a lot of the pieces I listened to in Siege and Storm, I found the world interesting and wanted to backtrack to the first book of the Grisha’s so I could finally finish the second part!

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Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
This was all over the book world when it was released last year. Even now people rave about how wonderful it is. I got this in a book box and wasn’t sure how I’d feel about it, yet with the mental health representation that I hear exists in this book as well as the overall love so many share of this story makes me want to finally put it on my more immediate TBR for 2018.

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Oh. Look. Leigh Bardugo again. While it seems that people either love, hate, or have mixed feelings about different stories by Leigh Bardugo, this is one story that almost every single person claims to love unconditionally. Not only that, but the sides of the pages are black and just looking at it is a pleasure. I kept waiting to find Crooked Kingdom somewhere cheap so I’d feel comfortable starting and ending this smaller series, but I’m almost at a point I don’t care if I have the second installment and just want to see what all the hype is about!

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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
First of all, all of the covers for this book are gorgeous. Though, I do prefer the hardcover version better, this version was cheaper and still just as beautiful. Besides being a good-looking book, Ruta Sepetys is an amazing author and storyteller. When I read Between Shades of Grey I had so many feels for such a long time. To this day, when someone asks me what book they should read I pull that one out almost immediately and attempt to convince people to read. This, I hear, is another heart-wrenching story based on true events. I’m finding that historical fiction and non-fiction are becoming one of my favorite genres and I almost shed tears when I finally became the owner of this book. I’m so excited!

 

Honorable Mentions

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Howl’s Moving Castle is one of my favorite movies of all time. I cannot wait to read the story behind something I treasure so greatly.

Cinder has been on my shelves for so long and, again, everyone raves about this series. I hope to get the rest of the series on my shelves and to enjoy a lighter YA read with this one.

 

Those are my top 5 (actually 7) books for this week’s Top 5 Wednesday.

Tell me, are any of these books on your list of books you didn’t get around to in 2017? Or have you read one of these and can tell me your thoughts on one of them?!

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New Year, New Me?

Oh man.

Ok, if anyone is even still around after over a year of forgetting to blog then I thank you deeply. On another note, I decided to stop being a dummy and utilize this page for all of the plans I have ahead of myself – many of which surround books and bookish related things.

While I’m not a fan of “New Year’s Resolutions”, I have had a lot of changes in my life the last year that are jolting me out of the not-so-great places I was in mentally and emotionally. I’ve been gaining the motivation to get back on track with being active in the world and re-exploring all of the things I love and that truly make me who I am.

With that in mind it is going to be back to reading books, blogging, and I have the most extreme desire to start a Booktube channel. Let’s see where this next adventure in life takes me. Can’t wait to share books, stories, and life with everyone!

Christine