Top Tuesday: Books I Read During the BTAT 2017!

     Okay now that the Book-Tube-A-Thon is over I wanted to post what I books I finished(or started) and what I rated them.

  1. Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby                     ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. Anna and the Swallow Man by Gabriel Savit ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  4. Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  5. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  6. Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer ⭐️⭐️
  7. Mosquitoland  by David Arnold ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  8. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole(not finished yet)

     So as you can see I completed my goal for this years BTAT and I’m pretty excited. My GoodsReads goal is 6 books ahead of schedule(a first Might I add) which is making me less stressed to finish A Confederacy of Dunces super quickly and not enjoy it as much. And on top of that I read a lot of older books(in the sense of they are TOTALLY not new releases) that have been sitting on my bookshelf staring me down every time I see them because I bought them so long ago. If you liked this post make sure to follow me to see more posts like this!

Everybody Sees the Ants By A.S. King Review NO SPOILERS

51TI-V+HnyL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_     I gave Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King a 5/5 stars on Goodreads. It was one of my favorite reads of this year and I totally didn’t expect that going into it. This was the first book I completed during the Book-Tube-A-Thon, it was a short book and really set the mood for the rest of the week. Also I know there has been a lot of reviews this month(and there will be more considering I decided to take part in a 7 day reading marathon) but trust me, I’m totally out of my reading slump! So feel free to recommend any books you think I should read.

     A.S. King books should have a warning label on it saying “Super Real and Fast Paced” because thats how I’ve felt about her last book I read as well(Reality Boy). This book follows Lucky Linderman during the summer between 9th and 10th. He’s been bullied since he was little and it has affected his everyday life. Now he has taken a vacation to his aunts and uncles house to get away from it. 

     I don’t want to go too much into it so that way I can keep it spoiler free, but I really recommend everyone read this book if given the chance. It wasn’t one of those “the girl fixes everything” stories. Most of the book is hearing his inner monlogue (which never actually gets boring unlike other books) and how what is going on around him and in his dreams that affect how he starts to see things differently, It really makes you think.

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Most Anticipated Fall Releases 2017

Here are some of my most anticipated fall reads of 2017. Make sure to let me know what are some of your most anticipated reads down below if I left them off!

 

I think that this is all of them, with all of these fall releases coming out soon it has been hard to keep up with them all! If you liked this post then make sure to follow me to see more where this post came from.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Way to Organize My Shelves!

     Today I’ll be talking about my favorite ways I see people organize their shelves. Since I’m moving soon I might as well figure out what way I want to organize them lol.

  1. Rainbow – I love seeing books in rainbow order because it’s just so satisfying everything slowly turning into the next color. But alas, I don’t actually have enough vividly colored books to do this ☹️(it’s also funny because I still have here bookshelves of books 😂)
  2. Hardcover/Softover – I’ve never done this just because it bothers me slightly and I still don’t know why, but you organize them by their cover, it just always seems that when people do this they try to “shame” or “put down” paperbacks. In my opinion paperbacks are just as good as hardcover, it’s not about one being better than the other, it’s about preference.
  3. Author – Some just organize their books by authors. So regardless of the genre, it’s all about who wrote it. Now some people have to do this already because an author has written so much that it takes up a whole shelf (cough Cassandra Clare cough), but not all the authors get a whole shelf to themselves.
  4. Favorite to least favorite – The first time I organized my shelf when I didn’t read a lot I would put my favorite books at the top of the shelf and least favorite at the bottom. I will say that if you are able to discern which books are better than others then I should give you an award, because honestly I can’t ever pick a favorite anymore.
  5. Genre – A pretty common way to organize your shelves are by genre. I currently kinda do this by each shelf having a certain theme but it doesn’t always work out.
  6. Making each Subcategory its own rainbow- long story short you’re making a double rainbow *que the gif* all on your shelf. I’ve never been able to do this because again, not enough books from each genre for each color. But I’ve seen this done and is just as appealing as the one big rainbow.
  7. Tetris by subcategory – this is how my shelfs are currently because this the photo he way you are able to fit the most books onto one shelf, but like Tetris, there are ones laying down, there are ones on top of this, there are some facing outwards in a stack of five. It’s all about making all the books from one category fit.

      So now that I’ve revealed all my secrets to how I’ve organized my shelves(or tried to) I’m probably going to end up doing the Tetris method when I get to moving because let’s be honest, I don’t have any more space for a new shelf. Also just a side note: I’m not saying that you have to organize your shelves this way or that these are the only way to organize them, I’m just talking about my favorite ways I’ve seen a shelf get organized. If you liked this post make sure to follow me to see more where this came from!

     What ways do you organize your shelf? Would you ever try the rainbow method? What’s the weirdest way you’ve seen a bookshelf get organized?

In the Afterlight By Alexandra Bracken Review SPOILERS

download     I gave In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken a 4/5 stars on Goodreads. It was a great ending to this series and just gave me the most feels out of all of the books.

Getting to read about how far these kids have come since the first book was so nice. It wasn’t actually until this book that I finally got an idea of how bad these camps were. The first two books always seemed like yeah the camps are bad but we don’t really talk about them all that much. Until we started seeing the videos of the testing and how badly a multitude of these kids were affected was when it really hit me.

The entire time I kept thinking like “oh maybe Clancy has some redeeming qualities and they will be brought out in the end and he’ll help us break into Thurmond”…… NOPE. And as much as it surprised me it was refreshing. Most of the books that we read the “evil villain” or the “morally wrong” character does one or two things that actually helps a lot and it’s a version of their redemption chapter. But the fact that until the very end he is a pain in the butt was actually really nice. And maybe I’m not explaining it the best I can, but it’s like that one character who everyone assumes is that last-minute save character, but never is.

I didn’t give the book a 5/5 stars just because it wasn’t the best book I’ve read(and trust me I’m really picky) but I would say I did have a small debate on whether I should give it a full star rating. Overall I would recommend this series to anyone and I’m so glad I took the time to go back to this series because I never finished it and honestly was bugging me because I knew the series had so much potential.

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Cress by Marissa Meyer Review SPOILERS

Cress_Cover     I gave Cress by Marissa Meyer a 3/5 star rating on Goodreads. I liked this book and is probably the second best book of the series(first is cinder) and was an amazing read. But it wasn’t the best book that I’ve ever read so that’s why it’s not 5/5 sadly.

I liked how Marissa Meyer doesn’t just forget the characters from the first book and how they all come together as a team, but at some point all the POV’s just became too much. There was always too much time in between the characters that every time we started a new chapter it was almost as if I was reintroducing myself to a new world which is why it took so long for me to get through. It’s so much easier for me to follow a dystopian book as long as there aren’t too many different characters for me to follow (que me thinking about the second game of thrones I still haven’t finished even though there is only 100 pages left of it).

I CALLED Sybil coming last-minute the whole time, like of course something would go wrong. I didn’t see Thorne going blind though but I think it was a great addition because it really allowed Cress and Captain Thorne to bond in a way that wouldn’t have been possible if he had his sight.

Iko. Was. So. Funny.  The scene where she got her body was so great and seeing how much human like it made her was even better. Near the end of the book there was that big fight between Sybil and Cinder, when Iko went to stop Wolf and he pulled her off his back by the neck make me cringe so hard. But all was resolved when they were back on the ship and Cinder was fixing her up, that moment when Kai came in and she was screaming like “Don’t look at me… Don’t let him see me like this” has me laughing out loud. Hoping to read Wires and Nerves as soon as I finish the series!

When I got to the part where we met Winter I kept reading her as like an eight year old because she was going a little crazy from not using her magic. And how about the fact that she hasn’t used her magic in twelve years, maybe it’s because she’s seen how Levana is or maybe Levana did something crazy to her and she vowed to no longer use her magic so she would be more willing to help Cinder. Either way I’m so ready to read the next book!

Okay so here are some theories that I have for Winter…

  • Winter helps overthrow Queen Levana
  • Someone dies (Maybe Jacin?)
  • Jacin is Winters love interest
  • Kai and Cinder get married

Here are some questions I have for Winter…

  • How old exactly is Winter(the may have mentioned it but I was so excited that I may not have payed attention)?
  • Will Scarlet get like a really cool bionic finger?
  • If you start using your magic again do you stop being crazy or is it permanent?

As always with this series I’m excited to move onto the next book. If you liked this post and want to see more where this came from don’t forget to follow me! Have you read this book yet? Did you like it? Anything else you think I missed worth mentioning?

Top Tuesday: Things I do when I’m not blogging!

This was supposed to go up yesterday but I never got a chance to get online… Whoops! So this really isn’t that book related but I’ve been super caught up in finalizing everything for where I’m going to school next year, moving, and tons of other stuff. So if some of my post feel like I haven’t been putting in as much effort as I used to or like my posts are on auto pilot, you’re not the only one, just don’t quit on me now. By the middle of august everything should be fine as soon as school starts back up and I’m back to my normal schedule.

  1. Moving
    My family decided to move this summer into a condo, which is really cool. But that also requires packing. And if you know me I like to do things as ahead of time as I can.
  2. Painting
    Probably not the greatest artist in the world but I got into the mood to paint the other night and everyday since that’s pretty much one of the only things I’ve been doing. I’ll admit, I’m doing a lot better than I thought I would.
  3. Reading
    I’ve been so caught up in trying to keep a consistent sleep schedule that I no longer late night binge read, so sadly I’m not going as fast as I should. But coming up is the BTAT and I WILL be completing the challenges this year so I’m not too worried on the reading front.
  4. Cleaning
    As I just mentioned we’re moving. But that also means that we have to sell our old house… while we are still living in it. Let me just say, keeping everything clean 24/7 to pack up all five animals at the drop of a pin is hard work!Can’t wait to be moving into the new house hopefully by august 10th!
  5. Being the fill in mom
    My mom is in New York for a week(hoping she brings me back a mug!) so until she gets back I’m in charge of cooking, cleaning, taking care of the animals, and washing clothes. I do most of this stuff anyway but it’s still becoming a little stressful trying to remember everything I need to do in the day.

Like I said, life has been a little jammed packed lately. Once everything dies down near the beginning of the school year I should be back to normal. But until then just stay with me! I think the week I’m officially moving I won’t post anything but maybe one post just so I can unpack everything and have a week to get my life together.

What have you been doing lately? What are you currently reading? Any new suggestions for books for me to read? Do you paint? Any tips for beginners who havent painted anything since 6th grade?

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken Review SPOILERS

Never-Fade-by-Alexandra-BrackenI gave Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken a 4/5 stars on Goodreads. It got one more star than the previous book because is was a way better read than the first in my opinion. We were able to explore the characters more because we weren’t so worried about the world building as much and got to see the characters change. I’m super excited to continue on with the last book in the series and will hopefully be reading after I finish Cress.

Don’t get me wrong, I understood Rudy’s decision in erasing Liam’s memories but it didn’t make it any more painful every time Alexandra Bracken surprised you with a character coming back and showing how excited Ruby was and not till four paragraphs later you learn it’s not Liam. Way to go with the suspense. But I was super excited when Chubs showed up(still book two and I still envision him a little chubby because of his nickname, PLEASE tell me I’m not the only one who has issues wrapping my mind around this lol).

Being able to see Ruby’s shift in mindset after fighting the red from project Jamboree was amazing, she became so confident in her power and was owning it. Even when she took down the fake slip kid it was so badass. And I get her fears on becoming like Chancy, so getting to hear her worries made her character all the more real to me. After all of her (really cool btw) stunts and taking back over the fake camp, it made her more relatable and reminded us that she is still a teenager, not some superhero trying to save the world.

When they got to Liam and he was sick I was just like okay… what length is she going to go to in order to save him. But when she broke into the hanger it was so hard for me to follow the scene, t first it seemed like she got stabbed in the leg but then it was just almost ignored until she got to the tree. Being that I felt that scene would’ve been less confusing I took off a star, it was an action packed scene, but it just could’ve been written so much better and made it something that would’ve kept me gripped to the book.

I still don’t fully understand how Liam got all his memories back, like there was almost as if there wasn’t any trigger to it and then it just happened. I mean I was so excited that he could remember, and it was a bummer that he became super angry with her, but I just didn’t feel like Liam explained it well. Hopefully it will be further explained in the next book, espically after ruby mentioned her parents. I wonder if they remember her?

Honestly, I did’t really care about the fake slip kid, like yeah he treated the kids worse than clancy but he was so much easier to take over his camp than clancys. Other than the Red from Clany’s project there wasn’t anything that memorable about the place. The biggest part of the book for me was near the ending where the building collapsed after all the bombings happenned. I was so caught up in the main group from the first book not dying, that it wasn’t until Jude died that it actully hit me that I loved all the characters from her team.

Last minute thoughts that didn’t hit me until the end of writing this review lol:

WHAT ABOUT WHEN WE FOUND OUT LIAMS BROTHER IS A RED!  OR WHAT ABOUT WHEN WE ALL THOUGHT CLANCY WAS DEAD AND THEN HE WASN’T! OR WHEN RUBY HAS THE CURE AND PULLED IT OUT IN FRONT OF CLANCY RIGHT AFTER HE SAID HE DESTROYED IT!

Overall I really liked this book and am estatic to continue on in the series. If you enjoyed this post and want to see more like it make sure to follow me to get a notifcation every time I post. What should I read next? What are you currently reading? Have you read this book yet? What was your opinion of it if you have?

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman Review SPOILERS

Vegeance Road Cover     I gave Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman a 4/5 star rating on Goodreads when I finished it last night. I bought this book awhile ago and never picked it up because I was too scared that I wouldn’t like it. I don’t tend to go for and wild west/ historical novels like at all so I don’t even know why I bought it besides the actual cover(which is beautiful). I was actually genuinely surprised by how much I liked it. Maybe it’s just because I’ve been reading a lot of  dystopians. But either way it was a great read.

The reason it wasn’t a five star read was because I felt like sometimes the author just killed people to kill people… and yeah I know it was the wild west but it was just overkill it felt like. And the main character who is still a teenager didn’t even feel very bad about killing a couple innocent people, like if that were me then I wouldn’t know how to handle myself. Idk I just felt like there were one or two murders more than need be.

I liked the main character but all she ever worried about most of the time was getting revenge on her dad. Like it became to where it was getting annoying. I was okay with the Colton brothers but they weren’t my favorite guys in a story. Will dying was sad but it wasn’t heartbreaking, and Jesse honestly should’ve been the one to die if the author wanted us to shed a tear or two. I loved mutt and silver though, they were some pretty cool animals, I think I actually freaked out more when Kate lost the first horse than any other moment in the story(including the plot twist)

Other than that I like the story. It was well written and the style of writing actually made you feel like you were with the characters in the west. After reading this book I’m actualy excited for Retribution Rails to come out in November. This story changed my opinion on books that take place in the wild west which is never a bad thing. I will recommend this to any one looking for a good summer read. If you liked this post and want to see more than make sure to follow me to see more where this came from.

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The Ultimate Book Tag

I saw this tag and wanted to participate in it. I wasn’t tagged by anyone, just wanted to complete it. Let me know if you have any other answers different from mine below!

  1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
    No, as long as I keep the window out of my line of sight while reading I’m golden.
  2. Which authors writing style is completely unique to you and why?
    Ellen Hopkins, she was the first author I read who wrote in verse.91rRqVJUASL
  3. Harry Potter series or the Twilight saga? Give three points to defend yourself.
    Harry Potter series: 1) longer series 2) bigger franchise 3) better writing/acting
  4. Do you carry a book bag? If so what’s in it(besides books)?
    No, honestly I don’t know what A book bag is, I either carry it or throw it into my black bag I take with me everywhere, or if I’m at school I just chuck it into my backpack that has pins all over it.
  5. Do you smell books?
    Are you really a reader if you haven’t smelt a book that you just bought?
  6. Books with or without little illustrations?
    They would be appreciated when it’s a high fantasy novel.
  7. What book did you loved while reading and discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?
    Ironic considering the earlier question, Twilight.twilight-book-cover
  8. What’s the thinnest book on your shelf?
    Never Never by Colleen Hooverimage
  9. Whats the thickest book on your shelf?
    A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin ringing in about 1128 pages long.81xHKn-bXSL
  10. When did you get into reading?
    My mom used to read a chapter out of the first book Magyk in the series to my sister and I when we were little to go to bed.download
  11. What’s your favorite classic book?
    Animal Farm by George Orwellanimal_farm
  12. In school what was your best subject?
    English
  13. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated, what would you do?
    I would donate it to my local half-priced book store and use the credit to get a book that I would want more…. I mean it’s not like they are going to sit there and stare at my bookshelf.
  14. What is your favorite word?
    Defenestration – The act of throwing someone or something out of a window
  15. Are you a nerd, dork, geek, or all of the above?
    Whats the difference? I just like reading and am pretty okay at school, so you figure it out.
  16. Vampires or fairies? Why?
    Fairies obviously…. I mean have you read any Cassandra Clare books?
  17. Shapeshifter or angels? Why?
    Shapeshifter… I’ve always wondered if they’ve ever had “shifting horror stories” like they accidentally shifted in the middle of a wedding or a birthday part and went ham on the cake.
  18. Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
    Action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in, I love action packed/political stories but you have to have a few love scenes mixed in to keep things steamy and tension filled.

I tag anyone who wants to complete this tag, you shouldn’t have to be tagged to complete tags in my opinion. Wow I just said tag a lot. If you like this post and want to see more where this came from make sure to follow me!

What did you think about this tag? What tag should I do next? What books should I read next? Do you disagree with any of my answers?