I really like how all bookstores or libraries are quiet. No one talks above a whisper. It’s like everyone is respecting and listening to the voices from the books. It’s truly magical.

View quote
  • #books #lit #literature #reading #read #book
  • 1 week ago
  • 321

Day 3 | BooktubeAThon Wrap Up

Woohoo!!  Another successful day!  I’m loving it!  Today, I finished The Merciless by Danielle Vega (279 pages) and really enjoyed it; however, the gore sometimes is too much for me (which is weird because I love horror novels and movies..).  After finishing that book, I immediately jumped into Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (36 pages), and I’m enjoying it so far.  It is definitely the perfect book to read after reading something like The Merciless.

Here’s today’s progress:

Pages read today: 265

Total pages read during the BooktubeAThon: 916

Challenges:

  • Read a book with pictures. (The Graveyard Book)
  • Start/finish a series. (Love, Stargirl)
  • Read a book with red on the cover.  (The Merciless)
  • Read a book someone else picks out for you. (in progress; Fangirl)
  • Read a book from the genre you have read the least this year.
  • Read a book to movie adaptation.
  • Read seven books. (in progress; 1. The Graveyard Book, 2. Love,Stargirl, 3. The Merciless)

Books Read:

  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  • The Merciless by Danielle Vega
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (in progress)
View text
  • #booktubeathon #read #reading #lit #literature #book #books
  • 1 week ago
  • 3

Day 2 | BooktubeAThon Wrap Up

Here we are with day 2, and I think I’m doing well despite having to work today.  Hopefully I can keep this success going into the rest of the week!  Today, I finished Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (194 pages) and started The Merciless by Danielle Vega (50 pages).  I was slightly disappointed by Love, Stargirl and the way in which it concluded the Stargirl duology.  So far, The Merciless is decent; I anticipate seeing if it lives up to the hype.

Here’s today’s progress:

Pages Read Today: 244

Total Pages Read During Booktubeathon: 651

Challenges:

  • Read a book with pictures. (The Graveyard Book)
  • Start/finish a series. (Love, Stargirl)
  • Read a book with red on the cover. (in progress; The Merciless)
  • Read a book someone else picks out for you.
  • Read a book from the genre you’ve read the least this year.
  • Read a book to movie adaptation.
  • Read seven books. (in progress; 1. The Graveyard Book, 2. Love, Stargirl)

Books Read:

  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  • The Merciless by Danielle Vega (in progress)
View text
  • #booktubeathon #book #books #reading challenge #book challenge #lit #literature
  • 1 week ago
  • 2

Day 1 | BooktubeAThon Wrap Up

After having the most bizarre dream, I was up at the crack of dawn and getting into my first book, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.  This book is full of beautiful illustrations and fulfilled Booktubeathon’s challenge to “read a book with pictures.”  I finished it and absolutely loved it!  I, then, started Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli which fulfills Booktubeathon’s challenge to “start/finish a series” which I modified to simply finish a series.

Here’s today’s progress:

Pages Read Today: 407

Total Pages Read During Booktubeathon: 407

Challenges:

  • Read a book with pictures. (The Graveyard Book)
  • Start/finish a series. (in progress; Love, Stargirl)
  • Read a book with red on the cover.
  • Read a book someone else picks out for you.
  • Read a book from the genre you’ve read the least this year.
  • Read a book to movie adaptation.
  • Read seven books. (in progress; The Graveyard Book)

Books Read:

  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (in progress)
View text
  • #booketubeathon #wrap up #read #reading #lit #literature #book #books
  • 2 weeks ago

BookTubeAThon WINNER

You all cast your votes on BookTubeAThon’s “Read a book someone picks out for you” challenge, and the winner is…….

I look forward to reading it!

View text
  • #tbr #readathon #booktubeathon #fangirl #rainbow rowell #lit #literature #read #reading #ya #young adult #ya book #ya literature #ya lit #young adult book #young adult literature #young adult lit
  • 2 weeks ago
  • 3

Have you cast your vote yet?

For the BooktubeAThon, should I read:

  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 
  • City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
  • Frostbite by Richelle Mead

Send me a message here with the title you chose!  Thanks for those who have already voted :)  

View text
  • #ask #booktubeathon #read #reading #lit #tbr #book #books
  • 2 weeks ago

Book Review: Disconnected

image

Seventeen-year-old Milly has a huge problem on her hands.  She is being bullied by Amelia Norris. Day in and day out, Amelia torments Milly and even threatens to hurt her, but she can’t tell anyone—not a soul.  Milly’s reasoning—she does not want anyone to know where her tormentor lives.  They only share one thing in common.  Both co-exist as one in the same body. Milly is so disconnected from her past that she feels compelled to find out what truly happened to her when her parents were still alive.  After a mysterious fire, she and Grandpa George move into Aunt Rachel’s Victorian home where Milly then begins to unravel puzzling clues to her family history. Through dreams and scattered memories, Milly journals her breaking story, trying to cope by putting the shattered pieces back together, all the while resisting with her inner demon.  Amelia is determined to cut Milly out of the real world—literally.Milly starts to wonder who her real family is after stumbling across Aunt Rachel’s notebook—having the intuitive sense that something terribly awful is missing.  All she had thought to be true now seems like one big lie. -Goodreads summary

Publication Date: June 3, 2014.

Order your copy now: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookDepository

Favorite Quote from the Book:

“I am no longer in denial of the truth….After all that has happened, I am now looking ahead and into the future instead of searching for what happened…” 

My Thoughts:

I would first like to thank Maryglenn at The Poisoned Press who graciously sent me a copy of Disconnected to review.

As someone who is majoring in English, I am very familiar with grammar and mechanics rules and become frustrated when I see mistakes.  Unfortunately, there are quite a few grammar and mechanics errors in Disconnected.  At times, I found myself to be too distracted by these errors which detracted from story.

Additionally, I do not enjoy the “insta-love” in this book.  I certainly don’t mind “insta-attraction,” but there is legitimate insta-love and love professions when the couple, Milly and Blake have not even had a first date.  It is a little absurd to me as Milly is a mature and sensible protagonist in the book.  Also, I wish that Cronkhite delved more into Blake’s story.  He alludes to having personal issues which give him depth to his character and make him relatable to Milly.  Unfortunately, Blake and their relationship do not delve much deeper than a superficial level.

Besides these issues, I find Disconnected to be an extremely enjoyable read.  Recently, mental illness is becoming less “taboo” in our culture, and I appreciate Cronkhite exploring these topics in her book.  It gives genuine depth to the characters while shedding light on this topic.

Additionally, I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and plot twists in this book.  The mystery elements in this book are so intriguing that I could not stop reading it until I solved the mystery.  The plot and writing style are so addicting!  And, let me tell you, those are some MAJOR plot twists that are so unpredictable.  These aspects correlate with the high rating that I ultimately give the book. 

My Rating:

★★★★ 4/5 stars!

Recommendation:

I’d recommend this for those who enjoy mysteries and psychological thrillers.

View text
  • #book #books #book review #lit #literature #read #reading #ya #young adult #ya book #ya books #ya lit #ya literature #young adult book #young adult books #young adult lit #young adult literature #mystery boook #ya mystery #young adult mystery #psychological thriller #mental illness #summer reading
  • 2 weeks ago
  • 2

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Summer TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish for those who enjoy book lists.

This list is in no particular order.

10. Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle #1) by Rachel Hawkins

9. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

8. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

7. The Merciless (The Merciless #1) by Danielle Vega

 

6. Rosemary’s Baby (Rosemary’s Baby #1) by Ira Levin

5. A Game of Thrones (Song of Fire and Ice #1) by George R. R. Martin

4. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

3. On the Island (On the Island #1) by Tracey Garvis Graves

2. Persuasion by Jane Austen

1. All the Review Books publishers and authors have so graciously sent me!  I’m so appreciative of these, and I can’t wait to read them this summer! :)

What are some books on your summer tbr list?  Shoot me a message!

View text
  • #top ten tuesday #book #books #lit #literature #read #reading #summer tbr #summer list #summer reading list #summer book #summer books
  • 1 month ago
  • 9

#BookADay (6/17/14)

The Borough Press is encouraging fellow bibliophiles  to tweet photos using #BookADay  throughout the month to support Independent Booksellers Week, beginning  June 28.  My posts can also be found on my Wordpress blog.

I feel like I could answer all of these questions with Harry Potter, but I want to be different (however, I totally believe that HP will be a classic in years to come).

As someone who is aspiring to be a high school English teacher (and has one more year left of classes!), I definitely believe that The Hunger Games will be regarded as a classic.  This book is revolutionary.  First, it popularized the dystopian genre, one that existed but definitely was not overly popular.  In turn, this created a huge uproar of other people writing dystopians so that this genre is one of the most popular genres of the 2010s.  Additionally, The Hunger Games has a timeless aspect and themes which will resonate with readers for years to come.  For these reasons, I can firmly attest to The Hunger Games being regarded as a classic in a few short years.

View text
  • #bookaday #the hunger games #thg #suzanne colins #read #reading #lit #literature #book #books #ya #young adult #ya book #young adult book #dystopia #dystopian
  • 1 month ago
  • 2

#BookADay (6/12/14)

The Borough Press is encouraging fellow bibliophiles to tweet photos using #BookADay throughout the month to support Independent Booksellers Week, beginning June 28.  My posts can also be found on my Wordpress blog.

Ok, well, I don’t really pretend to read books.  I’m pretty honest and will admit when I have or haven’t read a book.  Therefore, I decided to do a little twist with today’s theme which is a book that everyone has read except me.  As you can tell, I haven’t read The Mortal Instruments series; however, I have read City of Bones.  I was so excited to read that book because of all its hype, but it was impossible to finish.  I found there to be many topics/ideas similar to those of popular works (Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings), and there was minimal world building.  To make matters worse, I could not stand Clary.  Overall, it was super disappointing.  I do have the second book in the series, but I have no idea when I will start that book.  I have heard that the series gets better, but I do not have great impressions of it.

View text
  • #bookaday #lit #literature #read #reading #book #books #tmi #the imortal instruments #cassandra clare
  • 1 month ago
  • 4
x