Top Tuesday: Underrated Standalone’s in Ya

So we all know those books that we read and never pick up again but are totally worth the read, or those books that we read and wonder why no one in the book community is talking about it? Yeah? Well thats what this post is about, if you have any other great underrated standalone’s make sure to leave a comment below letting me know to check it out.

  1. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
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  2. Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
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  3. Reality Boy by A.S. King
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  4. This is Where it Ends Marieke Nijkamp
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  5. Salt to The Sea by Ruta Sepetys
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  6. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
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  7. Mr.Penumbras 24 hour bookstore Robin Sloan
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  8. Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
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  9. One + One = Blue by MJ Auch
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  10. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
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I hope you enjoyed this post, if you want to see more where this came from make sure to follow me! Some of these might me talked about more than others, but in my opinion I just don’t see enough hype surrounding these books as they deserve.

What should I read next? Any other suggestions of underrated books that I should check out? Do you think any of these aren’t underrated? What constitutes a book as underrated?

Book-Tube-A-Thon 2017 TBR

As most of us know, Book-Tube-A-Thon(BTAT) is a week long challenge to read seven books. Theres are normally around 6-7 challenges that you can complete by picking out books to read that fit the challenge(ex:read a book with blue on the cover). They just released the set of challenges for this year and I’m super excited!

I’m sad about the Book-Tube-A-Thon(BTAT) going on at the same time as The Biannual Bibliothon(TBB) but it’s not like I can try doing both at the same time. So because I’ve never done The Biannual Bibliothon(TBB) I thought that I would just do the BTAT because I know how it works and I’ve done it every year it started, maybe next time I’ll be able to hop onto the TBB train. Without any more stalling, here is my TBR for the BTAT!

  1. Read a book with a person on the cover
    Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
  2. Read a hyped book
    Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
  3. Finish a book in one day
    Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
  4. Read about a character that is very different than you
    Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King
  5. Finish a book completely outdoors
    Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
  6. Read a book you bought because of the cover
    Mosquitoland by David Arnold
  7. Read 7 books
    Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

I’m super excited about the BTAT this year but I’m also moving near the end of this month/beginning of August so I hope it doesn’t interfere with any of my reading for the most part. If you liked this post make sure to follow me to see more where this came from!

Are you participating in BTAT? If so what are your books you picked out for the challenges? Did we pick out any of the same books? Are you participating in the TBB instead?

Rapid Fire Book Tag

After browsing through some tags people recently posted, I came across this amazing blog Reads, Rhythms and Ruminations where they posted a tag called “Rapid Fire Book Tag”. No, I wasn’t tagged in it but it was just such a cool tag that I couldn’t help myself.

  • Ebooks or physical?
    I like physical books better, sue me for killing the environment but they don’t make books mad out of recycled paper for some reason.
  • Paperback or hardcover?
    Hardcover, they just look better on a shelf if I’m being honest.
  • Online or in store?
    I like the fact that you can read the book as soon as you buy it when you buy in store, but online is cheaper so I’m going to have to say online.
  • Trilogy or series?
    If it’s a contemporary or a pretty light read then a trilogy but most of the time I like series.
  • Hero’s or villains?
    We always get to hear from the hero’s point of view, I always like to get to hear from the villain as well.
  • A book you want everyone to read?
    The Hate U Give by Angie ThomasThe Hate You Give
  • Recommend an underrated book
    Mr.Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan(BTW the books on the cover glow in the dark)811wT2-uD8L
  • Last book you finished
    Vengeance Road by Erin BowmanVegeance Road Cover
  • Weirdest thing you used as a bookmark?
    Funny story, one time I used my phone as a bookmark and freaked out for the next two hours thinking I lost my phone looking for it after I stopped reading, then when I finally gave up and went back to reading I found it…. no shame.
  • Used books, yes or no?
    Ummmmmm yes! as ong as they aren’t super beat up I’ll take them, they are also usually half-priced too.
  •  Borrow or buy?
    Buy, If something happens to it I’d rather it be on my book, also I like the way they look on my shelf soooooooooooo.
  • Characters or plot?
    Plot, can’t make characters without a plot to put them into.
  • long or short book?
    Long books when it comes to fantasy but short books for pretty much anything else.
  • long or short chapters?
    Short chapters, but only because I like having more places to stop in a book in case I need to go do something, selfish I know.
  • name the first three books that come to mind
    Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare, Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, and Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  • Books that made you laugh or cry
    Laugh: shadowhunter series Cry: This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
  • Our world or fictional characters?
    Fictional characters….. as long as it’s not the ones coming to destroy earth.
  • Audiobooks: yes or no?
    I’ve never lisitened to one, shame on me, just never had the time because I prefer music when it comes to most things.
  • Do you ever judge a book by its cover?
    All the time.
  • Book to movie adaptation or movie to book adaptation?
    Book to movie adaptation……. but the movie to book adaptations always get less slack because the book is usually word for word the movie and it’s always harder for a movie to capture everything in a book.
  • series or stand alone?
    Series for sure, either that or I need some really long books.

I hope you enjoyed this tag, if you want to see more posts like this than make sure to follow me to get notified every time I post. If anyone wants to complete this tag feel free, there shouldn’t be a rule that you have to be tagged in something to complete it.

Any other tags that I should do? Is there anything that you have a different opinion than I do in this tag? I would love to hear about it below!

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer Review SPOILERS

Scarlet_Cover     I gave this book a 3/5 star rating on Goodreads and I have to admit, this was a really good sequel. Now when I say something is a really good sequel, that means that it didn’t get stuck in the group labeled “another sequel that didn’t stand up to its first book”. And in my opinion that is a really good thing coming from a sci-fy/dystopian book which genre has a tendency to make many sequels under that label in my opinion.

This book is centered around a girl named scarlet who’s grandma has went missing. It did follow the basic premise of red riding hood which is what it was based on, but I did have some major issues with. First off, Scarlet became super annoying, everything was always about her grandma, there wasn’t one chapter when we weren’t reminded of it several times. Second, Scarlet forgave wolf a little too easily, one chapter she found out he was lying to her about many things, and two chapters later they were sitting on a spaceship with Wolf calling Scarlet his “Alpha Female”. It all happened way too soon even if they were in the middle of almost dying, so because of these too reasons I decided to take off a star. And I took off another star because even though it was a good read, it just wasn’t amazing. Don’t get me wrong, I like the story and it held up to the first book, but there weren’t any defining things that I obssessed over compared to Cinder.

I loved the premise behind the wolf pack and the army of Queen Levanas. Anytime there was a scene with the amy I instantly couldn’t stop reading. Thats why when at the end of the book it had a short story following wolf and him getting into the army and becoming an alpha I really enjoyed hearing from wolfs point of view and it really added to the book and wolfs character development. I wish that we were able to read from wolfs point of view for some of the book but I understand that authors can’t always do that because you do have to keep some parts of the story a secrect.

When Scarlets Grandma died it didn’t really make me sad. I don’t know if it was because thats all Scarlet would talk about or because I could totally see it coming a mile away, but I just didn’t have much of a connection with her. But I may also just have no feelings when it comes to character death.

I don’t have much more to say other than I will be continuing onto the rest of the books in the series and I recommend you do as well. If you liked this post and want to see more then don’t forget to follow me.

Have you read his book before?What were your thoughts on it? Did you have any major issues with this book? What should I read next?

Top Tuesday: Trilogies in YA

The topic of this top Tuesday was inspired by a question I answered in the Rapid Fire Book Tag. Series or Trilogies? Obviously I chose series but it got me thinking, what are my top trilogies that I would recommend to anyone? *None of these are in a specific order*

  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
    I flew through this series and fell in love with it. Warner is my weakness lol! But if you are looking for a quick dystopian read this is the way to go.
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor
    This was the first series that I bought the complete box set to. I fell in love with this complex world and Lani Taylor has the perfect writing style for it. You do have to pay attention to the world to get the best reading experience but totally worth it.
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
    Technically this isn’t a trilogy buuuuuuuut there are three books that all connect slightly so I’m counting it.
  • A Court of Thornes and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (this technically counts right?)
    I mean I know there are six books in the series, but the first three are out and they are following a different person than the last three supposedly so without a doubt, if I ca count this than I will.
  • The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy
    I haven’t read the last book yet and I will probably do a reread of the second book, but the series is really good so far and the last one is supposed to be really good too.
  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
    If this isn’t on this list then I don’t deserve to have this blog.
  • The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
    I started to do a reread for the third book of the series and I have fell back in love with this series, it is a great series with a strong lead female role.
  • The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
    I haven’t thought about this series in awhile, but with her new book coming out soon that takes place in this world I couldn’t pass it up. The world of magic is really well thought out which is amazing considering some series seem to have issues with explaing what is actually going on.
  • Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout (if you count it as the bind up editions?)
    Really sexy aliens with a main female character who reviews books…. what more could you want?!?!?
  • Never Never by Colleen Hoover
    The books are relatively short but that isn’t a bad thing, it really gives the story more suspense and is great if you’re trying to catch up on your reading goal for the year.

So this is the end of my list, I hope you’re having a great fourth of July and are being safe. If you liked this post and want to see more make sure to follow me so you can keep up with whenever I post.

What are some series that you would recommend? What should be my next topic for Tuesday? Have you read any of these series? What were your thoughts on them?

June Haul 2017

Hey! This blog has lived to see two hauls!!! If you know me two months is a substantial amount of time for me to put effort into something(besides wanting a corgi, that’s been going on for three years). As always, below are the books that I bought this month along with a quick synopsis and a link to its amazon page.

  1. Three Dark Crowns By Kendare Blake
    Three triplets, each harness a different power, and each and heir to the throne. The moment they turn sixteen the fight for the crown begins. I was walking through target (as every basic person does after getting Starbucks) and happen to peruse down the book section(it somehow happens every time I walk in a store) and accidentally walked out the store with it. I’m not proud of my book buying issues but hey, at least I only got one book this time.Order Herethree dark crowns
  2. Winger By Andrew Smith
    Book one of two in the Winger series, Ryan Dean West is a junior at a boarding school for the rich, follow him as he deals with love, life, and rugby. It was about half-way through the month when I stopped by my local half-priced bookstore after lunch and picked this book up. I’ve been trying to catch up with some of the older books on my reading list that way they can stop staring me down on my “want to read list”. Hopefully by the end of the year I’ve at least read most of these books. Order Heresmith_winger_front1
  3. Fire With Fire By Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
    Book two in the Burn for Burn trilogy. And if you’re wondering, no, I haven’t read Burn for Burn yet but I plan on reading it as soon as I get ahold of the final book Ashes to Ashes. When it comes to series I prefer to marathon them so that way I don’t have to stop and get distracted and forget anything. I picked this up at my local half-priced bookstore near the end of the month, I’m excited to get the last book and read the series. Order Here710LMKnsgTL

If you liked this post and want to see more where it came from, make sure to follow me. Let me know if  you’ve read any of these books before. What did you think of them(NO SPOILERS PLEASE)? What are books did you pick up in June? Any suggestions of what to pick up next?

July 2017 TBR

Just like last month what I’m choosing to read isn’t going to be a lot because I just started recovering from a reading slump and don’t want to go back into one so soon. I will probably read more than what I’m planning but it just depends on how fast I can get through these.

  1. Vengeance Road By Erin Bowman
    I picked this book up last June while I was in Texas. If I’m going to be honest I only picked it up because of the cover, I only heard one review(a good one) from PeruseProject off booktube and made an impulse decision.Vegeance Road Cover
  2. Never Fade By Alexandra Bracken
    I don’t like spreading out books in a series too much or I end up forgetting smaller details and not enjoying it as much. This is again another reread but I honestly don’t remember anything from it sadly.Never-Fade
  3. Cress By Marissa Meyer
    I’m excited to get to this book next in the series, I just finished reading scarlet and am excited to read Cress and see how Marissa Meyer plans to balance all of these different point of views.Cress_Cover
  4. In the Afterlight By Alexandra Bracken
    This is the one I’m uncertain about because I don’t know if I will be in the mood for reading after all of these dystopian and sci-fy books. This will probably be read near the very end of the month and I know myself so there will be another contemporary thrown into the mix somewhere, it’ll be a tight squeeze but I have faith.Into-the-Afterlight

Hopefully I will be able to read all of these books, I don’t have too much planned for this month and I’ve been reading about a hundred pages a night so I think I can do it, just better not start slacking. If you liked this post and want to see more please follow to get a notification everytime I post.

What you plan on reading this month? Any suggestions for me to read? Have you read any of the books I’m planning on reading this month? What did you think of them(NO SPOILERS PLEASE)?

June 2017 Wrap-Up

I have read a little more than I thought I would which makes me super happy. I’ve been trying to not buy more than I read every month in order to keep my physical TBR down, So far I think I’m doing a pretty okay job at it considering all of these new releases coming out that I’ve kept myself from buying.

  1. More Than This By Patrick Ness
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    I really enjoyed this book and it makes me totally wish I could sit down and talk to Patrick Ness and have him answer some of my burning questions about the world.
  2. Cinder By Marissa Meyer
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    This was a reread for me and I really liked this book, such a good quick read for me, I flew through it.
  3. The Darkest Minds By Alexandra Bracken
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    Again, another reread for me but totally worth it, I forgot how much I  loved this world. So happy I didn’t decide to DNF this series and instead reread the first two for the last book.
  4. Scarlet By Alexandra Bracken
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    A great second book in the series, so excited to read the next book in the series.

Let me know what books you read this month or are planning to read in July? Any recommendations? Let me know in the comments! And if you liked this post and want like to get notified whenever I post more be sure to follow me.

Top Tuesday- Summer Reads

I’ve decided to start dedicating every Tuesday to a “top list” of my choice. Every week I will make a new post talking about my top 5-10 choices on a certain topic, this weeks topic is my top summer reads and recommendations.

  1. Anna and the French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins
    If you’re looking for a cute, light-hearted, summer/beach read, then this trilogy is the way to go, and their matching covers are perfect! Also you don’t have to read all of them or any in a particular order, I read Lola first and it was still a great read.
  2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
    If you’re more of a sci-fi/gamer type reader, look no further than this stand alone. It is one of the coolest books I have read so far. Ernest Cline has such good writing, I could totally see this happening in the future.
  3. Panic by Lauren Oliver
    This book is about a small town where every summer the graduating seniors play in a game called Panic. You follow these characters as they go through this years game, hoping to win the money and come out on top. It was a really interesting read and kept me reading it all in one sitting.
  4. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
    Need I say more? I love this book SOOOOOO much, I have read it three times since it came out and every time it is just as good!
  5. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
    This book isn’t on this list because it just a good book, it’s on this list because EVERYONE needs to read it in their lifetime. It follows a girl named Starr who witnessed her best friend Khalil being shot by a police officer. She is the only one who really knows what happened that night, but what she says could change everything. This story is revolved around the BLM movement and police brutality. In my opinion this book deserves to become a classic if it’s not already in the works.
  6. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
    This was a 4/5 star read for me on Goodreads,I read in one sitting while on a road trip last summer. I reccommend going into it blind though, It will make everything that much more better.
  7. Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi
    This series is one of the best written Dystopian series I have read thus far considering I find many hard for me to get through. I binge read the series in a week the first time I read it. And to make this series even better, Tahereh Mafi just announced three more books to be added to this series!!

This is where I tell you to follow me if you liked this post and want to see more of it. Leave a comment telling me your summer reading plans and any other recommendations for me to check out!

The Darkest Minds By Alexandra Bracken Review SPOILERS

The Darkest Minds Cover     As of last night I have finished the first book in The Darkest Minds trilogy that I planned to finish by the end of summer. I gave this book a 3/5 star review on Goodreads. It was a good read and I got through it pretty quickly but I expected a little more from it.

In the first couple of chapters we are introduced into the main character Ruby, she has survived the IAAN disease and (as every other teenager) emerged with special powers. We are told that the government has put these kids with special abilities into camps and organized their abilities by color. Green = Really Smart (still don’t understand why these kids are seen as a threat), blue = Can move things, yellow = can create or effect electricity, orange = Minds (reading and manipulating), and red = fire. Ruby escaped the camp Thurmond and is now on the run from the government and the Children’s League when we meet Liam, Chubs, and Zu.

I loved the character dynamic between them all from the very beginning, as soon as Ruby got into Betty they were on a car chase, with them it was always filled with action. They are all on the run after Liam just staged the first successful camp breakout ever, so they are just as wanted as ruby. So they all are trying to find “slip kid”, through rumors they know that he has escaped the officials several times, has a camp for kids to live away from getting caught, and a way for the kids to get into contact with their parents.

The world so far has made all parents take two sides, either you hate the Psi(kids with abilities who are also your children), or, you try to protect them at all costs. which in my opinion is so sad, because either the children are faced with going to camp knowing their parents don’t want them and got rid of them, or they are now hiding for the rest of their lives so they don’t go to camp. The leader is barely in control and (I wasn’t so surprised by this) his son, who is an orange and has gone to camp and managed to leave, has manipulated him into doing whatever he wants. The camps have killed off almost all children and any who are red and orange if they refused to join their secret army.

I loved all the bonding scenes between Ruby and Liam slowly bonding, my favorite of them though was when they first found Slip Kid and were sitting by the fire together, it was so peaceful and just made my heart happy. But my favorite scene throughout the ENTIRE book must have been when Ruby took Zu “shopping” in the abandoned Wal-Mart, Just reading how happy those pink gloves made Zu made me take a step back from this whole situation and realize how hard life must be for these kids. They are literally on the run by themselves, escaping the camps, escaping the officials of the government trying to kill them, all while trying to just find sanctuary just to live. Near the end of the book we really got to see how far Ruby and Chub’s relationship has come, but I almost started crying when he got shot, I really hope hes okay.

There was so much character development with Ruby, at the beginning of the story she was cowering when a solider dumped over the bin of shoes she couldn’t lace fast enough. At the end she is standing up and using her powers against Clancy(aka “slip kid”, let me tell you, that was a surprise), the kid who secretly runs the world and is the most powerful person in the united states.

I hated Clancy, like with a capital ‘H’. Everyone acted like he was amazing, and I’ll give it to him, he was a pretty good leader, but he almost NEVER did something if he didn’t get something out of it. Like lets just think about this, if you were trying to keep a whole camp on your side WHY WOUDLN’T YOU LET CHUBS GET INTO CONTACT WITH HIS FAMILY. Everytime I read the sections where he is teaching Ruby how to use her abilities made me feel so gross, like he was always so close and touchy, and she clearly didn’t like him, but somehow he got into his maniac brain that it would be okay to force Ruby to fall in love with him. NEWSFLASH it didn’t work. I would go so far as to say that he is almost as crazy as Martin.

Can we just take a moment to think about the last chapter. Throughout this entire book Ruby has been afraid of touching people because she didn’t want to accidently mess with their head, this ENTIRE book she was training not to do that. But with her selfless act she decided to erase herself entirely from Liams mind, and what made it even worse is that she is now stuck with the Childrens League and Crazy Martin.

Overall I really enjoyed this book even if it was the second time reading it. I didn’t give it four or five stars though because I didn’t like how slow it was at times, Like eighty-five percent of the book was good, but the other fifteen percent was soooooooo slow. And I took another star off because it just wasn’t amazing, like it was a good book and I’m totally going to finish up the series, but it seemed just like any other dystopian book out there. Order Here