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BookTube-A-Thon 2017 Wrap Up!!

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BookTube-A-Thon Wrap Up Stats

Pages Read: 769 pages
Books Finished: 3 and like the first part of a 4th
Challenges Completed: 4 – I read a book completely outside, a whole book in a day, a book bought because of the cover and a book about a character that’s very different from me

Overall, I think I did pretty well! I read 2 whole books, a graphic novel and started another novel. I was very happy with everything that I read during this past BookTube-A-Thon. Now, I am going to share some mini reviews of the books that I read this past week!

Matilda by Roald Dahl five-star-rating-black-clip-art-hi
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This is a childhood favorite of mine!! 🙂 This book fills me up with so much goodness, happiness and overall good feelings. This book is what really ignited
my fire for reading as a child. I was very shy and awkward as a child and I had a hard time making friends, so I found friends in my books. As a shy and awkward kid, it was super important for me to see that quality of love for reading in a female character. So, yes – I love this and will always love this! 🙂 ❤

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo five-star-rating-black-clip-art-hi

I have had this for quite some time and I thought that the BookTube-A-Thon was if i was your girlthe perfect time for me to finally pick this up. I especially thought that with the ridiculous political climate, it was the perfect time to pick up a book that is about a young trans woman. I had such an emotional experience reading this book, but it definitely challenged my own cis-female privilege, as I was reading this book. This was a very light, yet deep contemporary read, which I loved! There was a lot of great character growth in the side characters around our main protagonist, which was also fantastic to read about. This was fantastic and I highly recommend!!

Prince of the Elves (#5) by Kazu Kibuishi four-star-rating-black-hi

It’s definitely been a while since I’ve read this series and this was a great prince of the elvesinstallation to jump back in with! 😀 I adore Kazu Kibuishi’s artwork – it’s like watching a Miyazaki film in book form, it’s fabulous!! The story also really picked up in this book! That’s all I can really say without spoiling the rest of the series. I highly recommend this!! 😀

I had a great time with the BookTube-A-Thon this year! 😀 If any of you also participated, I hope you all had a great run too!!

 

 

 

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Presenting: Hits & Misses, March Edition!

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Hello readers! Happy April! 

So alas, this is usually the time of the month where we share our thoughts on our most recent monthly TBR book and share our TBR’s for the coming month. We have had a lot of fun doing this this past year, but I was thinking that we were in need of a bit of a change.

So I present to you…our new “Hits & Misses” series! This will be a simple way for any of us to share what our “hits” and what our “misses” from the past month have been, hopefully giving you a glimpse into what we read in that month and give you some recommendations!

Now without further ado, here are my March Hits & Misses!! 🙂

MARCH HITS!! 

By far, the greatest hits of this month had to have been “The Sun Is Also A Star” and “The Hate U Give”!!! Both novels were stunning in their own right and made me feel all the feels!! Both conveyed incredibly important and much needed messages about race; one focusing on the Black Lives Matter movement and one focusing on the perils of immigration in this country. Both definitely should be read by everyone…like now!

MARCH MISSES!!  

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Now…I didn’t necessarily read any “misses” this past month. I’ll just share the read that maybe felt like the most let down? And that let down this month, unfortunately, was “Truthwitch”. Now…don’t get me wrong, I didn’t hate it. I liked it!! I’m continuing with the series. It just let down in the high-fantasy aspect of this first book. I was looking forward to more world-building, as I felt slightly confused and left behind as I was reading. I’m hoping that the second book does more in that department!!

There you have it! My first set of monthly hits & misses!! I hope y’all enjoy the new monthly wrap-up format!! Happy reading everyone!!

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Black Lives Matter!!

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomasfive-star-rating-black-clip-art-hi

the hate u giveY’all. If you read ANY book this year…you need to make it THIS ONE!! I fell in love with this book the MOMENT I heard about the book and its premise. I knew I needed to get my hands on it, so you best believe that I went ahead and pre-ordered this precious gem!!

Quick synopsis: Starr Carter is a sixteen-year old girl living between two worlds – the poor neighborhood where she lives and the predominantly white affluent suburban private school. She constantly finds herself torn between both worlds; shifting and balancing the two halves of herself constantly. One night, after a party, Starr is riding home with her childhood best friend, Khalil, when they are stopped by a white cop and Khalil is shot. Protests and rallies being. Investigation of the case stalls by the police. National coverage begins to cover the story and consume Starr and her family’s life and Starr has to make a decision about the stance that she wants to take on the situation.

This book was a heartbreaker from the moment that it started. Starr is written in the most beautifully relatable way, within a story that is so heartbreakingly real. The overwhelming feeling that I had while reading this book was like I was constantly being sucker punched in the gut. The book just felt so real, since I can point out events like this, unfortunately, still happening in real life. Which believe me, confounds me time and time again. If you’d like to read more of my specific thoughts on this head on over to my personal blog!!

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Science + Fate = ??

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoonfive-star-rating-black-clip-art-hi

Y’ALL……… THIS. BOOK. THOUGH!!!! This may be my first book by
the-sunNicola Yoon, but she is quickly becoming my favorite contemporary
author. I just ordered her other book, Everything, Everything, and I am so excited to dig into it as soon as it gets here!! Nicola Yoon is a wonderful and creative writer. If Everything, Everything is anything like this book – then I am so excited to see what else she experiments with in her writing.

There are so many different elements in this book: immigration, love, science, interracial relationships, poverty and generational cultural gaps. But it definitely didn’t feel like too much either and Nicola Yoon did a masterful job intertwining all of the themes together to create this beautiful story.

Simply put: this book is about Natasha and Daniel. Natasha and her family are about to be deported and Daniel is trying to figure out how to live up to his parents’ crazy high expectations of him, especially as a Korean-American with some different dreams. That’s really the only thing that I can say – I recommend going into this book knowing little. I loved it and I highly recommend it!! I am about to head into some major spoilers – so don’t read on if you haven’t read this yet!!

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Jack, Joseph, and Jupiter

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidtfive-star-rating-black-clip-art-hi

orbiting-jupiterThis book reminds me of Me Before You.

Ok, really they’re nothing alike, aside from the fact that they both had me ugly crying in the end and I finished both in a day.

If I were you, I would block off an evening and find yourself a quiet spot, have some tissues nearby, and start turning pages. It’s a beautiful, heart-wrenching story you won’t soon forget. You will meet, along with his new foster family, a fourteen year old boy-turned-father named Joseph. What follows is his growing friendship with his new “brother” Jack. What follows is his ceaseless search to finally meet his daughter, Jupiter. This story, his story, will proceed to break your heart for the next 192 pages. Continue reading

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October Book Haul

I never really felt the need to do a book haul blog post because I don’t really buy that many books.

I…I don’t know what happened. There are so many books. My bank account is crying. And October isn’t even technically over.

Well…here’s the damage.

And a breakdown of the damage:

  • It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini — it’s got a high rating on Goodreads, and it’s been on my to-read list for forever
  • Blindness by Jose Saramago  — also on my to-read list for forever. Also the premise sounds terrifying.
  • Bel Canto by Ann Patchett — you guessed it: on my to-read list for forever.
  • The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor — a sweet birthday gift from a sweet friend of mine, who understands the value of beautiful covers.
  • Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor — absolutely love their weird podcast, so I had to go out and buy the book!
  • Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich — one of my favorites. I must’ve lent this out to someone since I haven’t seen it in a while, so when I found it for two bucks I had to replace that one.
  • The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson — because I think I’m the only person in the world who hasn’t read this book. Continue reading
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Danger Level: PG

The Young Elites by Marie Lu
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81jbgvo-5slIf you’ve ever read Game of Thrones (or watched an episode of the show), you know that it does not pull punches. Things are crazy and gory and borderline offensive practically all the time. But it works, because that is the world the characters live in, so you understand it and go with it. I wish The Young Elites took a page out of their book. I think the story could’ve worked very well, but frankly it felt a little too PG for my tastes.

That feels weird to say, because there are a lot of things about this book that aren’t PG whatsoever. There are some gruesome deaths. Some cruel characters. A good amount of the story takes place in a brothel. And even with all that, it still felt like it was meant for the younger spectrum of Young Adult.

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