December Wrap Up

Hey, guys! I am super excited to talk about the books I read in December. December was absolutely insane, from finishing my third semester of University to finals and Christmas and my birthday, and it was just crazy. But I did end up finishing fourteen books in December, which I am super satisfied with. I also ended up increasing my Goodreads Reading Goal for 2017 from 70 books to 80 since I was going to make it to 80 anyway. And I did! I surpassed it, actually, by reading 88 books, which I am super pleased with. But let’s go ahead and get into the books I read in the month of December.

The first book I read was Popular by Maya Van Wagenen.

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This is a memoir that I have been meaning to read for forever, but I ended up picking this up for like seventy-nine cents during this bargain store’s Black Friday sale. I randomly decided to go ahead and read it, and I read it in one sitting. I found this book to be super relatable to me because it does really dive deep into the topic of popularity and what popularity actually means. I saw a lot of myself in Maya, and I really loved seeing her take on popularity, so I really thoroughly enjoyed this. I ended up giving this 4/5 stars.

The next book I read was The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

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This is a book that I have been wanting to read ever since its release, and I am so glad I finally got the chance to read it! This is a super powerful story that was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, which I am super supportive of, and it deals with a variety of different topics from racism to police brutality. It really just has a focus on getting your voice heard and the importance of speaking out against oppression, which was super inspiring to me. It follows sixteen-year-old Starr Carter who witnesses her unarmed black best friend get murdered by a white cop, and it is just such a powerful story, and I highly recommend it. This is one of my favorite books of the year and of all time, and I also reviewed it. I obviously gave this 5/5 stars because it was absolutely amazing!

The next book I read was Unlearned by Haley Pierce.

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This is a book that was sent to me for review by the author, so thank you so much for sending this my way, Haley! I actually read this book twice this month. I definitely did not go in with super high expectations. That’s not to say I went in with low ones, but I just was not expecting much. This blew whatever expectations I did have out of the water because I absolutely loved this book. It just went places I wasn’t expecting it to and it explored some serious topics that I wasn’t expecting at all. It had a lot of substance to the story, but this is also a New Adult book with adult content, so if you can’t handle explicit sexual scenes, I think you should steer clear of this one. But if you can handle that kind of thing, I highly recommend you give this book a go because it was absolutely fantastic, and I really enjoyed it. I reviewed it, and I gave it 5/5 stars.

The next book I read was The Ocean At the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.

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This is a standalone dark fantasy novel that is centered around this man who has come back to his childhood hometown and finds himself at this pond at the end of the lane, whom his friend Lettie called the Ocean, and he remembers things from his childhood, though not in quite the same way as he had been recalling for years and years. I freaking loved this book. It was so mysterious and intriguing, and it just went to places I wasn’t expecting it to go. The writing was so addicting and had this aura of mystery that I loved, and it just had such an intricate world and well-developed characters, and I just really loved it, so I did review it, and I gave it 4/5 stars.

The next book I read was The Book of Teezus: Thus Spoke Yeezus [Through Me] by Tes Mekonnen.

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This was actually more awful than I was anticipating this would be. It’s a book that was sent to me by the author unsolicited who apparently is a mega Kanye West fan. I was hoping it would be kind of funny, but it was not, unfortunately. I think it might have been quotes or short poems or I just don’t know what to call them, but they weren’t good. I would say the poetry was very convoluted, controversial, confusing, problematic, and just not good. I didn’t like it at all, and the bad writing just gave me a migraine after I finally finished reading it as it did make me feel like I was reading for fifty years versus thirty minutes. I ended up giving this 1/5 stars. Do not recommend…

I also read Blue Ivy Carter: A Little, Big Story by Tes Mekonnen.

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I actually liked this one a whole lot more than I did the previous one because it had a semblance of a plot line. This was also sent to me unsolicited by the author, and it just tells this cute little story about Blue Ivy Carter and Beyonce and Sean Carter, and I really enjoyed it. It was only like ten pages long, but it was super cute, and I really loved it. The writing definitely improved with this one, and I ended up giving it 4/5 stars.

The next book I read was Happyland by Tes Mekonnen.

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This is a standalone fairytale that is just a super wacky and unique story. While I had a few issues with it, overall, I thought it was a solid story. I honestly can’t tell you anything about it because it is so hard to describe where it is so wacky and abstract, so just know that if nothing else, it has gorgeous illustrations! The illustrations were my absolute favorite part of the book because they were so freaking gorgeous. I am in love with the art style. Anthony Resto illustrated the book, and now I just want to see more of his artwork. But I ended up giving this 4/5 stars, and my review will be up soon!

The next book I read was Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur.

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This is a poetry collection that literally everyone has read. Everyone has been hyping this book up and talking about how amazing it is, but there are the select few who decided this was not their cup of tea. I am one of those few. I am not disrespecting the experiences that inspired this poetry. This poetry is extremely personal, and I commend Rupi for being brave enough to share it with the world. However, there were parts of the poetry that I did not feel emotionally connected to, and it was all just things I had heard before. But I did enjoy parts of this, and the parts I did enjoy I really loved. I just don’t think her style of poetry is my cup of tea, and that is fine. It just was not for me. But I gave this 4/5 stars, and my review will be up soon!

The next book I read was Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Shannon Watters.

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This is the first book in a graphic novel series that is centered around this group of friends who go to this all girls camp to teach them survival skills and they end up fighting and kicking butt against a bunch of supernatural creatures. This was a super great story about friendship and just women, and I loved it so freaking much. This was my heart and soul, and I just really enjoyed it. I really loved the art style as well because it was super adorable, and I just really recommend this series because I really enjoyed this first volume. But my review will be up soon, and I gave this 4.5/5 stars.

The next book I read was Three Under the Mistletoe by Tia Siren.

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This is probably pretty self-explanatory from the cover and the title. But this is an adult romance novel, so there is adult content and if you aren’t comfortable with that, don’t read this. I just picked it up while it was free because I knew it was getting close to Christmas and I had read Tia Siren’s other works before and really liked them. I also really like this one. As always, there is great writing, an actual plot, three-dimensional characters and some really great romance. I really enjoyed this book, so I ended up giving this 4.5/5 stars. I would have given this 5/5 stars, but the ending was just a little bit too abrupt for my taste…

The next book I read was Astonishing X-Men Vol. 1: Gifted by Joss Whedon.

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This is the first volume in an X-Men series that is centered around Scott Summers and Emma Frost running Xavier’s School and trying to change the public opinion towards mutants. I thought this first volume was very action-packed, very interesting, and it really set up the plot well. I loved the development of the characters along with the dynamics between all of the characters. I just thought it was a solid first installment to what seems like is going to be a fantastic and badass series I am super into! I ended up giving this 4/5 stars.

The next book I read was The Mirror & The Maze by Renee Ahdieh.

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This is a short story that happens right after The Wrath and the Dawn ends, so I can’t tell you anything about it. I just randomly decided to read it because I realized it was in my Kindle library (no idea how it got there). I don’t think this is required reading or anything, but I think it was interesting to see a certain character dealing with the end of The Wrath and the Dawn. I did still enjoy it, even if it was only eleven pages long. I ended up giving this 4/5 stars.

The next book I read was Big Bad Billionaire (Part 1) by Tia Siren

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This is the first part of an adult romance novel, which was published in three parts in total. This story does have some graphic adult content, so if you can’t handle a lot of graphic scenes, I don’t recommend this book, but I did enjoy this. It wasn’t my favorite work by Tia Siren, but I still really enjoyed this. The ending of this first part really pissed me off to no end, and I am so upset. Like, I want to know what happens, but at the same time, I really do not want to know what happens, if that makes any sense at all. Either way, I did enjoy this first part, and I gave it 4.5/5 stars.

The next book I read was Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

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This is a comic I was not expecting to pick up, but it was free on Prime Reading, so I figured I could go ahead and give it a go, and man. This comic blew me away. I absolutely fell in love with it because not only was I learning more about this dark town and story I knew nothing about, I was also learning more about things from Riverdale (the comics) that I didn’t know before, and that is just so exciting and interesting. I loved the art style, and I really loved seeing the crossover of the Archie Comics and Sabrina. Not that they interacted, but characters from Riverdale do appear in this issue, and I really loved seeing that. I just think this story is definitely going to go places, and I am super excited to see that. I obviously gave this 5/5 stars!

And the last book I read in 2017 was Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #2 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

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This was a super short, but still very good, installment to the Sabrina comic book series, and I really enjoyed this! It definitely was exploring our villain more than anything. It really gave a lot of backstory to her character and was trying to give some context to her motives along with hinting at some of her plans for Sabrina. I think this was really setting up for the rest of the series, but learning about everything to do with Madam Satan really made me super excited for the rest of the series and what it will hold, so I ended up giving this 4/5 stars.

And there you have it! Those were all of the books I read in December. What is your favorite book that you read this year? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, I hope you have a happy new year, and I will see you next time!

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Favorite Books | 2017 Edition

Hey, guys! I am super excited about my favorite books of 2017. I read so many books this year, so it was really hard to narrow this list down to ten of my favorite books that I read this year. This was such a fantastic reading year for me, as I did read more than I ever have before. I have read eighty-six books this year, which is absolutely insane for me. But I am super excited to talk about these books, so let’s go ahead and get into it!

10: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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This is a short little children’s classic that I thought was just going to be a super cute story, but this one actually packed quite a punch for me. This book actually really hit me with the feels because it actually is a story that contains all of these really deep life lessons that I ended up really enjoying, and they really made me emotional. I think you can learn something from this no matter what age you are. It did make me cry, and I just really grew attached to this story. I loved the illustrations throughout it and the absolutely gorgeous writing, and I just absolutely loved this. It was just super incredible.

9: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

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This is a historical fiction novel with a ton of comedy, and I absolutely adored this book. It is the first book in a companion series, and I audiobooked it, which I highly recommend because it was narrated by Christian Coulson who portrayed Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and he does a fabulous job. The humor was so on point in this novel, and it honestly went places I wasn’t expecting. There was so much more adventure and action than I was expecting, and I just absolutely loved it. There is also bisexual representation as our main character is a bisexual male who is in love with his best friend, Percy, and I just really loved seeing that as I am also bisexual. I really enjoyed this novel, and I cannot wait to read its sequel when it comes out next year!

8: This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee

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This is a book that I originally picked up just because it was by Mackenzi Lee, and I knew I wanted to read more from her, and then I was completely sold when I realized it was a Frankenstein retelling. I read Frankenstein right before I read this, which I totally recommend doing because it just made the reading experience even more enjoyable, and I ended up falling in love with this story. It really had a unique take on the classic story of Frankenstein as it incorporates fantasy and steampunk elements into it, which I really loved. It also included the physical book of Frankenstein and the actual person of Mary Shelley into it, and I ended up really loving that aspect. It also had some lesbian representation, which I loved seeing, so I am just so glad I got the chance to read it because it was absolutely fabulous.

7: Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

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This is the final book in the Passenger duology, and I absolutely freaking loved this book. This book was actually my favorite of the duology, which is actually an unpopular opinion, and that is because most people prefer Passenger due to the amount of romance that is in it. The romance took a backseat for this one, which I actually really liked because I wanted to see what Nicholas and Etta could do when the other was not around, how they behaved, and how they reacted to things. I thought it was important to see them interacting with other characters without the other one there, and this book really delivered on that point. I just really love this series as well because it is super diverse due to some lesbian representation with a couple of the characters along with a biracial relationship, all of which I thought was represented really well. I just think this is such a well-rounded series with lots of action, and this finale did not disappoint.

6: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

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This is a standalone contemporary novel that I actually ended up really loving, which is kind of another unpopular opinion just because I know so many other people don’t think this is his best work, but it’s actually my favorite book that I have read by him so far. I think the reason I really loved this book so much is how it really examines how you are born just the way you are, and there is no reason why you should try to change yourself to meet other people’s needs and wants because there is nothing wrong with you. Specifically, this is attacking the topic of being born gay. You are born this way. It’s not a choice. It is just who you are, and this was super influential for my personal growth to accept myself being bisexual, so because of that impact on me, this had to be one of my favorite books of this year.

5: Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor

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This is a contemporary romance novel with a central focus on depression, which is what originally piqued my interest because I struggle with depression, and I just don’t read enough books with depression as a central theme throughout the story. I especially was really interested in this one as it definitely is super relatable to me since it involves depression without a trigger. Some people have a trigger for depression while I never did. Its just something that I have kind of had for most of my life, and I thought it was really important that it was represented in this novel. The representation was amazing in this novel, but the other element that really sold me on this book being one of my all-time favorites was the humor. It was just so on point. Every two seconds I was bursting out laughing, meaning I was laughing out loud. It was just absolutely hilarious, and the combination of the kind of darker topic with the humor really made me absolutely love this novel.

4: What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

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This is another standalone contemporary, but this one has a significantly darker theme than some of the other ones on this list. This is a novel that is based on a real rape case (the Steubenville High School rape case) and if you read this novel and then read the Wikipedia page on it, you can definitely see the similarities. This does have a trigger warning for rape and sexual assault, but it actually does not follow the victim in this one. It follows a girl who did not witness anything but is trying to piece together what happened. I think it is really important that we got to see that perspective because we actually get to see what the other people in the town are actually saying, how they side with the rapists, and how they treat the girl who was raped. They all think she is totally lying and wants our main character to shut up about it. This novel really challenges rape culture and brings up the conversation, which I really think is important. I just think it is such an important story that everyone needs to read.

3: Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

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This is another contemporary novel that involves feminism and challenges sexism with empowering women and uniting them, and it is just such a kickass and inspirational story. This book just was everything I wanted it to be and more. Our main character Vivian just gets so fed up with all of the sexism in her high school that she creates this feminist zine inspired by the Riot Grrrls Movement of the 90’s. This story was just so inspiring and so empowering. It also really stressed that feminism isn’t just for women. You can be a man and be a feminist, and I think that was such a powerful message that really needed to be expressed, and I just absolutely fell in love with this novel!

2: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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This is a standalone contemporary novel that deals with a lot of important topics, such as racism and police brutality. This is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, and I think this is such a relevant and important topic in our day and age. I think it just is a story that everyone needs to read because it doesn’t shy away from the topic. Angie Thomas really approaches the topic in a very realistic and authentic way, which I think is super important. I just am so glad I read this because, at its core, this story isn’t about justice for our main character’s best friend. It is about gaining the courage to speak out against oppression in general and police brutality as well. It really is preaching the message of how can we expect change if we do nothing to provoke it? I just thought this was a super important story that everyone should read, and I highly recommend it!

1: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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This is literally my all-time favorite book now. I don’t think I have ever loved a book as much as I have loved this book. This is a historical fiction novel set in Nazi Germany told from the perspective of Death, and it is just absolutely amazing. I almost have no words to describe how this book makes me feel. I have never cried harder in my entire life than when I was reading the last one hundred and fifty pages of this novel. This is just such an important novel about the importance and value of family and the power of words. I just fell in love with this story. It touched me so much, and I just have no words to describe this book other than it is just absolutely amazing. I think everyone needs to read this because it is just so fantastic, and I just love it so much.

And there you have it! Those were my favorite books of 2017. What is your favorite read of 2017? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the year, and I will see you next time!

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Reindeer Book Recommendations!

Hey, guys! I am super excited to come at you with a Christmas Book Tag that was created by the lovely Hailey of Hailey In Bookland on Booktube, and I will go ahead and link her original video right here. But I am super excited to do this because it is super recent and I think its a unique little tag that sounds like a lot of fun, so let’s go ahead and get into it!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: A Book With an Underdog

For this one, I just had to go with Emika Chen from Warcross by Marie Lu.

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Emika Chen is definitely considered to be an underdog because, in this novel, we consistently come to know that people believe her to be at a disadvantage, and she is. She definitely is at a disadvantage compared to the other players because she hasn’t been spending countless hours on Warcross. She has been using outdated equipment, and she just cannot afford to be doing that. But despite all of these odds stacked against her, she doesn’t back down. She does what she set out to do, and I just admire the shit out of that!

Dasher: A Book You Read Very Quickly

I could not go with any other book for this because I just found myself flying through it, and that book is Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.

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Dancer: An Artistically Inspiring Book

This book should not be a surprise at all since this book is so artistic that it is a little bit crazy, but I just had to go with Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

29236299This book inspired me artistically for a couple of really obvious reasons, one being the illustrations we see specifically in this second book. They are all really cute and done by the lovely Marie Lu. Our main character in this installment to the Illuminae Files series is artistically inclined and she likes to sketch, so we get to see that in Gemina, which I absolutely loved. I think it really added something to the story, and it inspired me to want to be artistic (but like in the nonart way. Like to write. I cannot do art whatsoever. It would be atrocious…)

Prancer: A Lighthearted Book

There are so many book I could name for this one just because I love fluffy contemporaries so much, but one that I don’t think everyone would necessarily think of Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer, so I just have to go with this one.

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Oh my gosh. I love this book so freaking much. This is so freaking lighthearted, and I don’t know that a ton of people have read this story. Its the cutest story in existence, and it will just make your life better if you read it. It is every fangirl’s dream as it follows a girl named Delilah who is obsessed with this fairytale book and one day her favorite character literally leaps off of the page and starts talking to her. It’s super cute and fluffy and like my favorite thing ever, and I highly recommend this book because it just makes my heart so happy!

Vixen: A Trickster Character

There are so many characters that could be labeled as tricksters, but the one that immediately came to mind, and I don’t care if you say its a cop out, and that is the Cheshire Cat from Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland.

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Like are you kidding? You all had to know this one was coming. Would it really be a post on this blog without at least one Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland reference? The Cheshire Cat is the ultimate trickster. He loves to play games and mess with people. It’s literally his favorite thing. He is literally like the OG Trickster. I just couldn’t not go with his character because he is the ultimate trickster.

Comet: A Book That Is Out of This World

I definitely would go with Illuminae for this one, but I have already used Gemina, so another book that is totally out of this world is The Martian by Andy Weir.

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This is a book that I feel like I don’t rave enough about on my blog. It takes place on Mars, so it is definitely out of this world, and the story is just completely out of this world amazing. Its definitely science heavy, but its told in a way that is totally easy to understand and kind of comprehend, but what I truly love about this novel is the humor that was in it. On every single page, I was just laughing hysterically. I just have so much love for this book, and I highly recommend it because it is just absolutely fantastic!

 

 

Cupid: A Couple That You Really Want to Be Together

There are so many ships I could say for this, but the one I desperately wanted and never got is the first one to come to mind, and that is totally Clary and Isabelle of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.

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This is probably a surprising one because I never talk about this ever, not even in real life. But dammit, this is a ship that I will freaking go down with. I want this to be a thing, and I am sure there is fanfiction that I just haven’t taken the time to look up, but stay with me on this. Do not roll your eyes. Can you just imagine the badassery that would totally erupt from this freaking power couple? They would kick so much ass together and it would be so amazing, and they would be so cute together, and I just need this in my life, okay? So if someone knows of a really good fanfiction of this, definitely leave it down below because this would just be my everything!

Donner: A Book That You Constantly Shout About

I think there are quite a few books that could fit this one, but I definitely shout about Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell a lot, and I haven’t in a while, so this is kind of perfect.

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This is one of my favorite books of all time, and I just can’t help but shout about it because I love it so much! Our main character Cath is literally me. She loves to write and read and she has social anxiety. She is literally me. Now she does make some questionable decisions throughout this book, but she is super relatable to me personally. She is so socially awkward, and she is just me. There’s no other way to put it. I just love this book so much, and I will always love it because it is absolutely fabulous!

Blitzen: A Powerful Book

I don’t think I could physically talk about any book (though there are a few that would totally fit this) other than The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

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This is literally my favorite book of all time. I think that it is a book that everyone should read. It is such a powerful story centered around this polish girl in Nazi Germany during World War II just trying to live her life during the war. It is so powerful, so emotional, and told in such a unique way as it is told from the perspective of Death. I just have so much love for this incredibly powerful story, and I just think this should be one of those books you should be required to read because it is just about the power of words and so many other things, and I just love it so much, and I highly recommend it!

And there you have it! Those were my Reindeer Book Recommendations. What is a couple you want to be together? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Top Five Fall Reads!

Hey, guys! I am super excited to talk about my favorite books I read during the fall season. The books that fall (pun totally intended) within this time frame are the books I read in September, October and November. In total, I read 22 books, which I am super proud of. I really enjoyed most of the books I read and there are five that definitely stood out to me. I am really excited to get into these books, so let’s just go ahead and jump right in!

5: The Forbidden Game by L. J. Smith

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This is a bindup of the entire trilogy, but I am counting it as one book. This was a reread for me, and I loved it just as much the second time around as I did the first time I read it. This is a trilogy that follows this idiot group of teenagers that play this game they have no business messing with, and they end up getting sucked into the game and have to confront and beat their worst nightmares to escape it. It’s so great, so creepy, and such an interesting read that definitely gives me nightmares every time I read it. I am so glad I decided to reread it around Halloween because I really enjoyed it, and I ended up giving the series 4.5/5 stars.

4: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

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This is the first book in a companion series with this first one centered around a young bisexual aristocrat who is about to embark on his continent tour with a chaperone sent by his father, his sister Felicity, and his best friend Percy who he happens to be in love with. This story went to so many places I was not expecting, and it was just so action-packed and so freaking hilarious. I literally was laughing out loud throughout the entirety of this book along with my best friend because we were audiobooking it together, and it was just so great. I definitely enjoyed this even more than I thought I would, and I just loved it so much, and I ended up giving this 4.5/5 stars.

3: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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This book really messed with my feels. This is a children’s classic that really presents itself as this cute little story about a little prince with cute little illustrations. But then you get deeper into the book and it suddenly transforms into a super deep story about a little prince who learns all of these deep lessons about life, and it just made me so emotional! I was not expecting it at all and before I knew it, it was over. This was just a really cute story that I really enjoyed, and I highly recommend you check it out if you get the chance! I ended up giving this 5/5 stars.

2: This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee

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This is a standalone novel that is a retelling of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and hot damn. This book was absolutely freaking amazing! I read this right after I read Frankenstein for the first time, and it was such a great experience, so I highly recommend you do that, but this book. THIS BOOK. It was just so interesting because its a steampunk retelling of Frankenstein with fantasy elements and diverse characters are thrown in as well. I just really loved the writing and the way Mackenzi Lee wove in the actual book Frankenstein into the novel as well as Mary Shelley. I thought it was just pure genius. This book just really captivated me, and I absolutely devoured it. It was just absolutely fabulous, and I ended up giving it 5/5 stars.

1: Moxie by Jennifer Matthieu

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This is a standalone contemporary novel that follows high school student Vivan who is fed up with all of the sexism in her high school, so she creates this feminist ‘zine to fight back against it. This book was just my everything. From the incredible writing to how inspiring this book was, it was just absolutely amazing. I loved how empowering it made me feel as a woman and as a human being in general. I just really loved it, and I definitely think everyone should read this. It just was exactly what I needed, and I ended up giving this 5/5 stars, of course.

And there you have it! Those were my top five favorite fall reads! What is your favorite book you read this fall? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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The Ocean At the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am super excited to talk about a book I had been meaning to read for forever, and that is The Ocean At the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. I enjoyed this even more than I originally thought I would. I thought the story was super original, I loved the writing and the world, and it was just really fabulous. But I am really excited to get into my thoughts, so let’s go ahead and jump right in!

Synopsis:

“Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.”

My Thoughts:

Wow, this book was definitely not what I was expecting. I’m not sure what I was expecting exactly, but this definitely was not it. It was weird for me because I originally thought this was magical realism for a hot minute until I came to realize it was actually dark fantasy, which I am totally okay with. Fantasy is my favorite genre, but it was just surprising to me is all. I was hoping to like this because it is one of my girlfriend’s favorite books, and I am so glad I did enjoy this.

This story in one word is definitely unexpected. I was not expecting the story to go in the direction that it did. I honestly went into this blind, which I am super happy about, and it just went to really dark places, which I was not expecting, but I really loved. I just really became immersed in this story, in the world and the characters and the mystery of it all. I just really loved seeing the limits that Neil Gaiman was willing to push, how far he was willing to go in terms of the impossibility of this plausible and dark fantasy tale about what really happened when this man was a young boy.

The characters also just seemed super real and tangible while also having this aura of mystery and intrigue and just impossibility. They had this magical and whimsical feel to them, which I thought was super interesting. I loved the mystery of only knowing the names of the Hemstock family while not knowing our main protagonist’s name or his family. It really showcased that the story might be told through the eyes of that boy, but its the story of the Hemstock family that is really the central focus, and I really loved how Neil Gaiman portrayed that.

This story overall was just really intriguing and interesting, and I just really enjoyed it. I absolutely adored the writing and I thought it was super interesting in regards to the characters we meet and the intense, gripping world we are introduced to. I think it was a solid read, and I highly recommend you check it out if you haven’t already.

4-stars

And there you have it! That was my review of The Ocean At the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. What is one of your favorite dark fantasy tales? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this review today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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ANNOUNCEMENT: I Made a Booktube Channel!

Hey, guys! I am very excited to announce that I have finally made a Booktube channel! I had been wanting to do this for years, so I finally decided to do it! This announcement post really should have been up a whole lot sooner, but I just have never gotten around to it. So here we are. I have really been having a lot of fun just filming and uploading videos. If you want the link, here it is! But let’s go ahead and talk about everything to do with my new Booktube Channel!

I just want to go ahead and say that just because I have a Booktube channel, does not mean I will not still be posting on here. I love my blog, I love you guys, and it would feel like giving a part of myself up if I were to quit blogging. I love talking about books with you guys, and I know I do not say it often, but you all mean the world to me. The fact that you would take the time out of your day to read my posts just really means a lot to me. But basically, I have noticed that sometimes it is just easier to make a video of a certain book tag, for example, versus a blog post, in my opinion. So that will mostly be what is going up on my channel.

Now I will definitely still be posting all of my book reviews to my blog because I am just much more comfortable posting them on here. I am still trying to be completely comfortable in front of the camera, and I am just not to the point where I think my book reviews would be well done if I were to make a video review. I will be posting my TBRs and Wrap Ups both on my blog and my youtube channel, but most of my book hauls will end up on my channel.

I started this channel in September, and I have really enjoyed making these videos, so I hope you enjoy them as well! But that is going to be it for this announcement post today, so thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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October Wrap Up

Hey, guys! I am really excited to talk about the twelve books that I read in the month of October. I am really happy with the amount that I read this month. I participated in three readathons, which were Readathon By Zoe: Halloween Edition, the Spookathon and Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. I conquered all the readathons, and as a result, I ended up reading quite a few books, so let’s go ahead and get into them!

The first book I read in October was The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee.

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This is the first book in a companion series with this first book following Monty while the next one is to be following Monty’s sister Felicity, I believe. But this book is about Monty who is a bisexual aristocrat who enjoys gambling, sex, and boys a little too much for this time period, but he goes on his grand tour of the continent with his sister and his best friend Percy, who he also happens to be in love with. This book was so good! I listened to this via audiobook, which I definitely recommend because it is narrated by Christian Coulson who portrayed Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. He just does a really fantastic job of portraying all of the characters in different ways, and it just made me enjoy the book even more. I listened to the audiobook with my best friend Emily, which also just made for a more fun reading experience. I just really thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and I did post a review, but I ended up giving it 5/5 stars.

The next book I read was Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

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This is a Halloween classic that I read during the Readathon By Zoe: Halloween Edition that happened on Saturday, October 14. This was the first time I had ever read this story, and I am so glad I did because I ended up really enjoying it. If you are unaware of what exactly this story is about, we follow Victor Frankenstein who decides he wants to create something living, but he really isn’t prepared for the results of messing with nature. It is just a really good book that makes you think about a lot of things. I’m being very vague, but if you are curious as to what my full thoughts are, feel free to check out my review. I did end up giving this book 4/5 stars.

The next book I read was This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee.

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This is Mackenzi Lee’s debut novel, and after reading The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, I just knew I had to read more from her, so I got my hands on this, and I think I loved this even more than the first book I read by her. This is such a Halloween book, and I also read this during the Readathon By Zoe. This is a Frankenstein retelling with fantasy and steampunk thrown in, and it was literally my everything. This is easily my favorite thing that I read this month, and it was just so amazing. You could clearly see that Lee did her homework with this one, and it was such an action-packed, amazing retelling. I just loved it so freaking much. It was everything I wanted and more. My review is a bit more coherent, but I did give this 5/5 stars because it was absolutely fantabulous!

The next three books I read are a trilogy, and that is The Forbidden Game trilogy by L.J. Smith.

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This trilogy consists of The Hunter, The Chase, and The Kill, and this was a reread for me. I did read this during the Spookathon that lasted from October 16-22. I read this back in high school, and it creeped me out so much that I was wondering if it would still be able to do that all these years later, so I reread it, and it still creeps the hell out of me. This is a series that follows these idiot teenagers as they play this game, and they actually get sucked into the game and have to live through their worst nightmares. Its super creepy, but in the best way possible. Back in high school, these books gave me nightmares. But my whole series review really breaks all of my thoughts down. I gave the first two books 5/5 stars and the final book 4/5 stars. I also did a series review for the trilogy. They were just as fantastic the second time around as the first!

The next five books I read were the last five books in Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare and friends.

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This is a series that happens after the events of City of Heavenly Fire but before the events of Lady Midnight. I can’t tell you anything about this series without spoiling the end of City of Heavenly Fire, so all I am going to say is this novella series is absolutely fabulous, and I highly recommend that you read this series. I gave Pale Kings and Princes 5/5 stars, Bitter of Tongue 4.5/5 stars, The Fiery Trial 4.5/5 stars, Born to Endless Night 5/5 stars, and Angels Twice Descending 5/5 stars. My reviews for all of these novellas have been posted, and I am so happy I finally decided to read them.

The last book I read this month was Deadpool Vol. 1: Secret Invasion by Daniel Way and Steve Dillon, illustrated by Paco Medina.

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This first volume of Deadpool, unfortunately, has resulted in me deciding I am not going to pick up any of the other comics or graphic novels. This just was trying to be funny, but it just kept missing the mark for me. I thought the movie was absolutely hilarious, and I loved it so much. I was just expecting to really love this since I loved the movie, and that just did not happen. I really liked the artwork, but the writing was not the best, and I really was not a big fan of the storyline. I ended up giving this 3.5/5 stars.

And there you have it! Those were all the books that I read in the month of October. I am really happy with all of the books that I read, and with the readathons that I participated in. But that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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October TBR

 

Hey, guys! I cannot believe it is already October. September flew by like a witch on a broomstick (#sorrynotsorry). But I am really excited for it to be October because that means all the spooky books are coming out, the horror film classics are playing on tv, and it is finally going to be getting cold. I am so sick of this heat. It was literally sixty degrees yesterday and nearing ninety today. Ohio needs to get its shit together…But I am super excited to get into the books I want to read, so let’s go ahead and get into it!

The first book I want to read is a classic that I, surprisingly, have not read. And that is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

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This is something that I am convinced that practically every human on the planet has heard of at least once, but I actually don’t know very much about it. All I know about it is it involves a monster that was created by Doctor Frankenstein. Literally, that is it. I think I might have seen a really, really old movie years ago based on the book, but I honestly can’t remember any of it. And I could be mixing that up with The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe. But regardless, I am really excited to read this!

The next book I want to read is The Forbidden Game by L. J. Smith.

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This is a trilogy that I have already read, but it is a very creepy story, and it’s by one of my all-time favorite authors. From what I can recall, as it has been a few years since I’ve read this, it follows a group of friends who get sucked into this game and are forced to confront their deepest, darkest fears. It creeped the hell out of me in high school when I originally read it, and it is also a love story, though not the typical one you would think of. I am super excited to be rereading this since I loved it so much the first time that I read it, so hopefully, I will be getting to this trilogy this month!

The next book I want to read is The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.

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This is the second book in the Mara Dyer trilogy, and I am so freaking excited (and terrified) to continue on with this series. This is easily the creepiest series I’ve ever read, and I tried to start this last month, but I had to stop because it was freaking me out so much. This series is very psychological and Mara is a very unreliable narrator, so we don’t actually know if she is just crazy or if she is actually killing people. And it just really messes with your head. I started getting so paranoid when I tried to read this a few weeks ago, so while I am definitely apprehensive, I am still really excited to read this one!

And the last book I want to read in October is Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

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This is the first book in the Miss Peregrine’s trilogy, and this is another reread for me. I loved this so much when I first read it a few years ago, and I honestly have forgotten a lot about what happens in this book, so I just really want to reread it. This book is mixed media, as it does feature creepy photographs that go along with the story, and I just really am excited to dive back into this world. This is like the perfect book to read around Halloween, so I am just so freaking pumped to reread this!

And there you have it! Those were all the books I plan on reading this October. What spooky book are you wanting to read in the spirit of Halloween? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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September Wrap Up!

Hey, guys! I am really excited to talk about the five books I read this month because I loved every single book I read. This month just feels like it has flown by so fast, and I have had a few changes in my life, one of which is that I started a BookTube channel! I will be making a full announcement post, so keep your eyes peeled for that! But let’s just go ahead and get into the books I read in September!

The first book I read was The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.

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Yes, it finally happened. I finally read this book, and I thought it was absolutely fabulous. This is the first book in The Wrath and the Dawn duology, and it is a retelling of A Thousand and One Arabian Nights. It is so good, and I highly recommend it. But I actually read this for a twenty-four-hour readathon I hosted and vlogged, which is linked here, if you want to check that out. I really enjoyed the writing, the characters, the world, and just everything about it. I think it was a really interesting retelling, and I just really, thoroughly enjoyed it. I ended up giving this 4.5/5 stars, and I also posted a review.

The next book I read was Masquerade by Victoria Vale.

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This is an adult romance novel that is set in Victorian England, and I actually reread this because of a topic we were covering in my Women’s Studies and Women Writers classes, which is the Cult of True Womanhood. True Womanhood stated that a True Woman had four traits, which are Piety (Protestant Christian), Purity (virgin until marriage), Submissiveness (submissive to husband, all men, and God), and Domesticity (stayed in the home, cared for the children, cleaned the house, etc.) During the Victorian era, this was something that was pretty heavily enforced in society, and it was prevalent in this book, so I reread it and loved it just as much as I did the first time I read it. I did post a review of this book, and I gave this 4.5/5 stars.

The next book I read was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

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I reread this for the billionth time because I was marathoning a bunch of HaileyinBookland’s reading vlogs where she was talking about buying all these new editions of this book, so I just got in the mood to read it. So I read it, and I loved it just as much as I did the first time. It was just as magical and quirky as the first time I read it, and I actually think I picked up on details I missed the first time around, so I just really thoroughly enjoyed it. I gave this 4/5 stars.

The next book I read was Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu.

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This is a recent release that came out on September 26, and I really freaking loved it. I already knew I was going to love it. It involved feminism, so I was sure I was going to love it. And I did. This book follows a teen girl named Vivan who is fed up with all of the sexism in her school, so she decides to make a feminist zine in order to fight back against it. This was so freaking good, and I am honestly having trouble expressing how much I loved this. I think men and women can gain something from this, young or old. I think everyone can relate to this story in some way, so I think everyone should just read it. I did post a review, so you should consider checking that out for my full thoughts. But I ended up giving Moxie 5/5 stars.

And the last book I read in September was Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, and it was illustrated by Fiona Staples.

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This is the first volume in the Saga series, and it was a reread for me as I did read this last month. I reread it again because it was Banned Books Week last week, and I wanted to read a banned book, so I chose this one. I knew I wouldn’t have time to read anything else because at the time I was also trying to finish Moxie. But this story follows two parents as they make sacrifices and are willing to do anything to give their daughter a good life. It is also science fiction. I loved it just as much as I did the first time, so I gave it 5/5 stars.

And there you have it! Those were all the books I read in September! What is your favorite book that you read this month? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this video today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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The Lady With the Dog by Anton Chekhov | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! Today we will be discussing a short story I read for my Critical Reading and Writing class that I had so many strong feelings about that I just had to write a review. To be frank, I had a strong dislike for this story. I was not a fan of the topic in question in this story, and I just did not like it. But let’s go ahead and jump into the review!

Synopsis:

The Lady with the Dog is a short story by Anton Chekhov first published in 1899. It tells the story of an adulterous affair between a Russian banker and a young lady he meets while vacationing in Yalta. The story comprises four parts: (I) describes the initial meeting in Yalta, (II) the consummation of the affair and the remaining time in Yalta, (III) Gurov’s return to Moscow and his visit to Anna’s town, and (IV) Anna’s visits to Moscow.”

My Thoughts:

I did not like this book at all. I knew I was going to hate it from the second I started reading it. I can handle many different topics in literature, and I can remain objective in most of them. But I absolutely cannot like a story if it has even a small aspect of cheating in it. This book was nothing but cheating. I knew I did not like the main character, and I would never like his character because he was a misogynist through and through. I didn’t approve of the relationship. I did not like the age gap between them. I did not like them sneaking around their spouses to be together, and I just felt like Anna could have done worlds better.

The writing was decent enough. I think Anton is a very talented writer, but I hated this storyline. I was not a huge fan of these characters, and I don’t think things should ever work out between those two. I don’t care if they think they are in love. Leave your spouse, if you are that unhappy. Disappear and start a new identity, if you want. But do not cheat. That is one thing that just makes me instantaneously hate a story, and this story had it, so I was not a fan of this story, and I don’t think I ever will be.

2-stars

And there you have it! That was my review of The Lady With the Dog by Anton Chekhov. And that is going to be it for this review today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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