All Booked

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!

 

Romantic Violence

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.

Desert Flower
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.

Diary
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!

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

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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
&
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

Hi book-lovers! ❤

How is the week for you thus far? I’ve been busy, as per my normal lifestyle. Training a new manager and dreaming of a day I could lie in a hammock and read for hours…sigh. In the meantime here is this month’s Owlcrate! (I missed putting up last months and at this point almost feel like it isn’t worth it to back track that far. What do the they say in Meet the Robinsons? “Keep moving forward.”)

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The Butterfly Garden Review

Hi!
Remember when I disappeared off the face of the earth? Me, too. I don’t know how people function in the normal world anymore as it seems I’m constantly running around with my head chopped off. Regardless, I’ve missed reviewing books and reading other people’s posts – hence the reappearance after too long gone. 😦

I was recently on a short vacation back where I’m from for a little rest and relaxation. While that didn’t work out as well as I planned due to it also being the first week of classes, I still had fun. I even got more reading done which I always LOVE ❤

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Review

Hello book lovers!

How has life been? Anything interesting going on out there?
I just started classes as I’m sure many of you have! Three days in and I decided I’m already exhausted. The only consolation is that my first set of classes are aimed at precisely I want to do so I’m really thrilled to be in them. So besides being overwhelmed and consistently tired (is this how parents with children feel? Because if so I’m really unsure I’m ready for them in the near future…) I have managed to read a little here and there and thought I needed to catch up with some reviews.

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Top Ten Tuesday

Well, hello!!!

My blogging is pretty minimal recently. I am able to train store managers in my full-time job and am currently doing that which has consumed every waking moment in my life. I’ve been reading but must confess I’m a little lazy when it comes to reviewing the books I’m powering through. I was excited for this TTT simply because it will be easy to just let the words flow on the topic I picked.

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Top Ten Tuesday

Happy Tuesday from the desert. It rained today (which means everyone here throws their arms up and runs around screaming like wild, rabid animals). Today we have a Top Ten Tuesday! What a fun phrase. Top Ten Tuesday. Fun Phrase…. ah life is thrilling.

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Hello 🙂

How is everyone this weekend?

I have to be honest. I had a real problem last year with book buying. I believe the majority of my time was spent on buying books which resulted in my oversized library of now more than 200+ physical books. Once I started school in the spring and I had no time to even breathe I stopped buying books. Read More