Book Reviews

A Book Review: Into The Deep by Samantha Young

17970255This book is about about Charley and Jake, two teenagers who have big plans for themselves for the future including going off to college in Scotland and staying together forever. Charley and Jake are like ying and yang, peas and carrots, the hot to the dog…you get the point. They were absolutely perfect for each other until one day something absolutely tragic happens leaving Jake in a dark place and questioning their relationship and eventually ending it. Almost 4 years later, Charley moved to Edinbraugh to study abroad when she walks into the party and discovers Jake hanging out with his new girlfriend. Oh snap, it really is Jake. Charley instantly tries to throw up the fences to protect not only her but everyone involved. As time goes on so does the tension between them and this story is about them finding their way back to each other and if it’s possible to pick up where they left off all those years ago.

I’ve read a different book by Samantha Young and really enjoyed it so I decided to give this book a try. While It did keep my attention was fairly a quick read it wasn’t as great as her book “On Dublin Street”. I think there is a second book to go along with this one but I feel like I may not read it. I felt disconnected from the characters but absolutely love the theme of Scotland just wished she made you feel like you were there with them in Scotland, there wasn’t a vibe for where the book really was except naming the city they were in. I would of really ate it up if the author tied Scotland more into the story line with things such as landmarks, foods and traditions. I will continue reading more Samantha Young books because they are a happy feel good stories but might pass on the second book of this story.

RATING: 3.5/5

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Book Reviews

A Book Review: I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

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“This is why I forgive, but I don’t forget. When you forget someone, the forgiveness doesn’t mean anything anymore”

There’s a reason this has high ratings and it’s tis the season to be frightful so this is perfect for the month of October! Sure, I feel like I solved the case somewhat early but I was still in the air with my suspicions! This is about a teenager aka Jasper who is the son of one of the worlds most infamous serial killer aka Billy Dent, taking your child to work day had a whole entire new meaning for this serial killer as his son has seen about everything. So when dead girls start appearing around town Jasper is desperate to convince the police that these killings are that of a serial killer. With Billy Dent behind bars what are the chances of another serial killer larking in the small town of Lobos Nod?

If you are looking for a great spooky serial killer read then this is the book for you! My favorite thing about the book is that we get to see the family workings of a serial killer. I’ve never read a book that involved the son of a serial killer or the over all family and friends associated to the direct family. Sometimes we forget that serial killers can be a unsuspecting family man and behind closed doors we really don’t know what goes on. This book gives you a glimpse of behind the scenes of a fictional serial killer, a mastermind and narcissist. It’s about a boy trying not to follow his father’s foot steps but helping others. Two thumbs up from me!

RATING: 5/5

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Etsy Horror Book Finds

Halloween is right around the corner and these 5 gift items is the perfect way to show off your love for the Horror genre! Each item was hand selected from me off of Etsy.com I absolutely love nothing more then showing off my favorite books or the fact that I’m a book worm.

  1. IT by Stephen King Pennywise Mug, $15.57 USD
  2. I Am Legend Poster, $21.66 USD
  3. Slenderman Journel, $25.00 USD
  4. Classic Horror Necklaces, $12.18 USD
  5. Dracula Scarf, $48 USD
Book Reviews

A Book Review: Wild on my Mind by Laurel Kerr

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The Halloween season is upon us and that means everyone is reading slashers including myself but with all the good goriness to be spread around I was desperate to even out the fields. Mentally to many slashers can really get me in a mood so I decided to add some love to the mix and found the perfect book to make a me a giddy school girl thinking about a crush.

I think it was the cover that really caught my attention. Just look at it, its got a great looking guy and girl on it, not a corny scene in fact really cute love scene and did you notice the cougar babies on the truck? Adorable!

So this book is about a girl named Katie Underwood who was picked on by the popular Sawyer and Bowie for 2 years in high school. Bowie pretended to date her all for the humiliation Sawyer wanted Katie to experience. 12 years later when Katie calls a local zoo to help her with baby cougars what worse then Bowie Wilson the zoo owner to show up to help. Worse thing, he didn’t even recognize her.

After realization of who Katie was, the book turns to Bowie trying to seek forgiveness from Katie as he has fallen hard for her. But can Katie forget and forgive after those years of bullying and pranking in high school?

This book put me in such a lovey mood! I completely adored it and towards the end I got sad because it was coming to a end. I wanted this story to continue on forever. I’m very shocked this was the authors debut novel. I have a good feeling she’s going to go far in her writing career she truly has a great writing style and the right amount of creativity to grab the readers attention.

Did I mention the match making honey badger aka Fluffy? So CUTE and unique twist to a love story!

 

RATING: 5/5

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5 Books To Get You In The Halloween Spirit

Looking to get in the Halloween Spirit? These books are to die for….

  1. This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers 
  2. The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
  3. Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
  4. How to Hang A Witch by Adriana Mather
  5. The Haunting of Ashburn House by Darcy Coates8
Book Reviews

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

21469098I wish I could say I was a cool kid in high school but i defiantly wasn’t, don’t get me wrong, I had a boyfriend at any given time but I was “awkward”. I loved books, crafting and just being a normal teen but for some reason my shy chubby self just never really made the cut with anyone. Well come Junior and Senior year I revamped myself and earned a little bit more likes from some but never would I say at any given time I was popular and honestly I didn’t want to be. I was me and that was okay for me, take it or leave it.

This book brought back a ton of memories, its about a girl name Elise who tries her hardest to be popular. She reads the magazines, tries new clothes, makeup, the works and nothing. She’s still awkward Elise to everyone she knows. One day she was out walking when she discovers a underground night club and meets a couple girls outside who invite her in. This is a major changing point in her life, she later goes on to discover DJing and realizes she’s got mass talent and it comes to her naturally. So this is her story about her secret life where she is in fact loved but she doesn’t realize it. There’s also a boy, did I mention that? I mean come on there’s always a boy in stories like these.

I really enjoyed this book, its a super quick easy read and would be great for teenagers and young adults. The awesome bonus to this book is in the back of the book there’s a pretty lengthy play list of all the songs Elise would play during her DJing sessions so it was really great to play some of those songs to connect the music to the story.

Rating: 5/5

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday!

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is: Books on my Fall TBR List

Can you see the theme here? Dark covers… fall is like the beginning of the dark for me. I’m a huge summer person so when summer comes to an end, the dark days pick up.

  1. Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
  2. Ink And Bone by Lisa Unger
  3. Find Me by Romily Bernard
  4. Raw by Belle Aurora
  5. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
  6. Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda 
  7. The Passenger by Lisa Lutz
  8. Charm & Strange by Stephanie Khern
  9. The Killing Lessons by Saul Black
  10. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
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I Created a Database for my Books

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Sometimes I like to practice no spend weekends. These type of weekend usually consist me of staying home and keeping myself occupied long enough to pass the time and over all keep my self from spending money which is something I apparently love to do.

This past weekend I got creative, I decided I was going to inventory my entire book collection and create a database using Access, that way I could run queries when I wanted to know what books I had, if they have been read or not, authors and if they are signed copies or not. For my daytime job I’m a database specialist and I’ve been doing it for less than a year so the idea of creating and managing my own home inventory of books sounded pretty exciting.

Things did not go as easily as I anticipated, look I’m not a techy person…. I don’t speak IT so the Microsoft Office package I pay for on a regular basis told me it came with Access….well it does for PC users… I have a Macbook Pro, apparently Access is not something for the Macs? I’m not sure, what I am sure of was I wanted to create a database using Access and the more it wouldn’t allow me to complete this task the more I was determined.

Long story short thankfully I do have a husband who speaks IT and after battling the fact this was not going to happen the easy route it’s amazing what additional cash can do to get you what you want and I am now a proud user of a virtual environment where I could put Windows 10 and my Access. I was not in the least bit thrilled to choose this route, however its been working and I have been successfully inventorying my books and by doing so I am not able to maintain what I have, what I want to read and because I collect signed books I can view my signed collection all with out actually digging out and pulling books off the shelves.

I am curious to see how people who inventory their books keep track of everything, do you use an Excel spreadsheet? Perhaps an phone App? What works for everyone else?

Book Reviews

A Book Review: Bellamy and the Brute by Alicia Michaels

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I had this book on my bookshelf for the past year and to be completely honest I have no idea where I heard about it but I’m SOOOOOO glad I did. I wish I would of read this earlier because it hit a special place for me. If there’s one thing you should know about me is I absolutely love Beauty and the Beast…. I love the story, I love the movie, the remake of the movie, my kids love the movie….my family is a Beauty and the Beast family so of course that’s probably how I came upon this book. So if you couldn’t tell before this book is a Beauty and the Beast retelling in a modern day setting. But, instead of talking tea pots and brooms the magical touch is… wait for it… yes…. could it be? Oh, yes…. ghosts. What!? a Beauty and the Beast retelling with a paranormal twist? YES. YES. YES. It’s a paranormal Beauty and the Beast story and I tell you what the author couldn’t of done a better job! It’s fantastic! It’s a classic with a touch and I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to read something with the touch of a classic and with a creative fun twist.

I recommend this to those who love classics, creative and young adult books.

Rating: 5/5

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

This Weeks topic is Hidden Gems….books that I think are gems but may not have been marketed as strongly. Below is my top ten books that I think don’t get the recognition they should and strongly recommend them to everyone!

  1. Bellamy and the Brute by Alicia Michaels
  2. Mean Streak by Sandra Brown
  3. Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher
  4. Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon
  5. 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger 
  6. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
  7. Room Hate by Penelope Ward
  8. Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
  9. Making Faces by Amy Harmon
  10. Come Back to Me by Mila Gray
Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday!

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

This weeks topic is Bookish Worlds I’d Want to/Never Want to Live In. I’m not sure if I’m suppose to pick one over the other but I’m going to throw out both… and I’m not one to read fantasy a lot so when referring to Worlds…I may be referring to the book in a “earth” sense by over all but the books “world” if ya know what I mean… I hope that makes some type of sense because I would be slightly embarrassed if it didn’t.

Bookish Worlds I’ve Never Want to Live In

Bookish Worlds I’ve Want to Live In

Anticipated Book Releases

Most Anticipated New Releases for June

Every month I like to look forward to the next month to see what books are being released and what I should be super excited about getting my hands on to read. So here’s my Top 5 most anticipated releases of June and Holy Crap can you believe next month is JUNE!!!??? Where did half this year go already? We are just zipping on through 2018!

Continue reading “Most Anticipated New Releases for June”

Book Reviews

A Book Review: Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

29868610At the ripe age of thirteen, she had already resolved to “keep the crazy inside my head where it belonged. Forever. But here’s the thing about crazy: It. Wants. Out.” In Scrappy Little Nobody, she invites readers inside her brain, sharing extraordinary and charmingly ordinary stories with candor and winningly wry observations.

With her razor-sharp wit, Anna recounts the absurdities she’s experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture as only she can—from her unusual path to the performing arts (Vanilla Ice and baggy neon pants may have played a role) to her double life as a middle-school student who also starred on Broadway to her initial “dating experiments” (including only liking boys who didn’t like her back) to reviewing a binder full of butt doubles to her struggle to live like an adult woman instead of a perpetual “man-child.”

Enter Anna’s world and follow her rise from “scrappy little nobody” to somebody who dazzles on the stage, the screen, and now the page—with an electric, singular voice, at once familiar and surprising, sharp and sweet, funny and serious (well, not that serious).


I love rules and I love following them, unless that rule is stupid.

I absolutely LOVE Anna Kendrick, I think she’s hilarious, slightly awkward (like me) and overall the American gal that I can just watch forever and ever and never get bored with her work. If there is a movie with this girl in there I will be watching it without a doubt and my husband would agree as well. This girl is the real deal for entertainment.

With all that being said, did I thoroughly enjoy her book? Well, I wasn’t the biggest fan. It was “ok”, it made me laugh a time or two. It was nice to hear her story especially the beginning but honestly and it hurts to say this, it didn’t hit my in the funnies like Mindy Kalings book did so that made me a little sad but does this make me like her any less? HELL NO! Nope. This girl is fine as wine y’all.  I’m still 100% fan girling her. If she continued to write books even if I wasn’t jumping up and down with the content I’d still read it without a doubt.

RATING: 3.5/5

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

This week is Top Tuesday is books with the best Best Character Names.

 

1. Miles Archer in Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

2. Dimple Shah in When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon 

3. Lina in Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

4. Archer Hale in Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

5. Willow Lamott in Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon

6. Blue Echohawk in A Different Blue by Amy Harmon

7. Dash in Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

8. Emmy in Emmy & Oliver

9. Aristotle in Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

10. Ember in Embers (The Wings of War #1)

Book Gifts

Bookish Gifts: Children Edition

This is my 3rd Bookish Gift post, previous I did a Amazon Prime and a Mother’s Day edition. I thought I would randomly throw out a children’s edition for those children who are born natural bookworms. I wonder if people actually like gift idea posts? They aren’t sponsored and they come from my personal internet findings. I know when I have a few extra bucks I like to splurge a little on myself so i personally go looking for the most random book things the world wide web has to offer. I wonder if I’m the only one out there who does this? Any whoo, here’s this bookish gifts post for the kido’s out there.

  1. Tribal Bear & Wolf Bookends$70 These are so stinkin cute, they are handmade with high quality felt and filled with sand. Just absolutely gorgeous!

  2. Pocket Reading Pillows$35  I know my 4 year old son is obsessed with Paw Patrol, he also loves books and is such a complete cuddle bug. Your child doesn’t even have to be a bookworm to enjoy this gift. I think boys or girls can easily eat up this creative and practical gift!

  3. Babyletto Spruce Tree Bookcase $177 I’m a 30 year old adult and I want one of these. This bookcase is not only practical but also super cute. It serves as a bookcase, decor and would be a great conversation piece. It goes vertical instead of taking to much space horizontal so it would work perfect in more narrow rooms.

  4. Personalized Books$35 When my middle son was a baby he received a book about Christmas and the title was “Lukas’s First Christmas” I feel like a personalized book is just a special touch to a book gift. Kids love seeing or hearing their name on TV, on the radio etc… Seeing your name is book is no exception and is wonderful childhood surprise, especially if you have a child with a not so common spelling. All you out there who couldn’t find a license plate with your name on it growing up my thoughts are with you as I struggled myself….my name is Kellie, not Kelly or Kelli… I decided to pass this trait on to my children…I’m talking about you Jakob and Lukas….and Blake…well there’s hope for you to find that license plate.

     

  5. Reading Tent – $172 As a child I loved finding charming little places to sit and read my books…as an adult I realize I no longer have something called a personal space with 3 children running around so I like to go onto Pinterest and fantasize about the day  I make it big in this world (haha slowly dying inside) and I can buy my dream home with a library and I will have a cute little reading nook and I picture it being somewhat similar to that of the Beast’s in Beauty and the Beast. I’ll report back in 30 years on whether I’ve ever been successful enough to buy a house that has a library let along big enough to have 2 bathrooms…. Any whoo… this tent is just the coziest of cozy for a child to curl up to a good book. I would camp in this thing and read past my bed time if I was a child.
Book Reviews

A Book Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

4398168_origAfter the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family…


“It’s like the people who believe they’ll be happy if they go and live somewhere else, but who learn it doesn’t work that way. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you. If you see what I mean.”

I once read a Neil Gaiman book and hated it. I actually forgot about it until I was 3/4ths of a way done with this one, while I disliked I have previously read from him I actually liked this one alot better. And just for the record this just isn’t my type of genre, but I went out on a limb and really enjoyed it.

The Graveyard Book is about Nobody, no really it’s about Nobody Owens, a boy who was raised in a grave yard by ghosts. When Nobody was a infant his family was brutally murdered, Nobody was also on the hit list but missed it by a hair when he unknowingly of what was happening, climbed out of his crib and ventured out into the night. That’s where the sprits of the grave yard took them under their wing and kept him safe. The story goes on as Nobody grows begins to grow up, it tells the stories of close encounters with the outside and super natural world. He later learns of his families slaying and finds out the killer is still out large and wants to finish the job by killing him. He wants to know why someone was after his family that terrible night and why someone was still looking for him.

I recommend this book if your into ghost or super natural stories, a fan of Neil Gaiman and like a interesting read. I feel this was focused for a younger crowd but over all can be enjoyed by adults as well, especially during Halloween.

RATING: 3/5

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Avoiding the Summer Reading Slump

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Summer is right around the corner, literally next month. Can you believe it? Kids will be out of school, summer vacations will be happening, weddings and graduations galore! So how will you stay on track with your summer reading goals when the world is busy carrying on around you? Below is 5 tips on how to maintain the reading momentum and over come the summer reading sludge.

 

  1. Join a Summer Reading Program! – Have a local library? You can join and keep track of all the reading you’ll be doing this summer. This is great because they tend to offer incentives and prizes for those who track their progress all summer. Some libraries are offering sign ups now!

  2.  Create a Summer Reading List! – I like to put books I want to read in the near future on a list to keep me excited on what I’m about to read. Creating a list give you a good foundation, a plan on what’s going to be happening. This is a simple goal setting practice that will help you keep going all summer long.

  3. Attend Library Book Sales – There’s something about buying a large purchase of books known as a book haul that gets me super excited. All these excellent stories I want to know more about keeps me focused. My local library has a huge annual book sale every year, check to see which events are going on around you and if you’d never experienced a book haul, now’s the time! Plus, library book sales tend to have great deals!

  4. Create a Goodreads account – Goodreads is by far my favorite place to go for book ideas. You can keep track of all the books you want to read, the ones you have read and get book recommendations based off these two things. It’s kind of like a Facebook for book lovers. You can add your friends and check out what they are ready and vice versa plus you can enter giveaways and over all just have a great time!

  5.  Join a Book Club – I have to say this wouldn’t be something I would normally do but I think its a great idea if you love to talk books, socialize and have someone to talk about the future of what you’re reading. Normally when you read a book people around you just don’t understand whats going on in your mind but If you were in a book club imagine how much fun it would be to have someone to talk to about all you’ve just read.

People have different ways of avoiding the dreaded “reading slump” what’s yours? Do you have some magical secret you’d love to share? I’m all ears!

 

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday!

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

This weeks topic is Books I Disliked/Hated but Am Really Glad I Read (maybe just for bragging rights).

I have to start out with I DO NOT HATE ANY BOOK. I may not favor some over the other’s but “hate” is a strong word and author’s heart and souls goes into these books so I respect that. This list is just book’s that just didn’t do anything for me. I read them yayyy and that’s it. No book daze afterwards or anything and some I’m just glad I’m done with and never have to touch again.

1.Mister Tender’s Girl by Carter Wilson

2.The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M O’Brien

3.The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

4. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

5. Paper Towns by John Green

6.I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak

7.The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

8. A Million Little Pieces by James Frey 

9. Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

10. Sharp Object by Gillian Flynn

Book Reviews

A Book Review: In Honor by Jessi Kirby

12049227Honor receives her brother’s last letter from Iraq three days after learning that he died, and opens it the day his fellow Marines lay the flag over his casket. Its contents are a complete shock: concert tickets to see Kyra Kelly, her favorite pop star and Finn’s celebrity crush. In his letter, he jokingly charged Honor with the task of telling Kyra Kelly that he was in love with her.

Grief-stricken and determined to grant Finn’s last request, she rushes to leave immediately. But she only gets as far as the driveway before running into Rusty, Finn’s best friend since third grade and his polar opposite. She hasn’t seen him in ages, thanks to a falling out between the two guys, but Rusty is much the same as Honor remembers him: arrogant, stubborn . . . and ruggedly good-looking. Neither one is what the other would ever look for in a road trip partner, but the two of them set off together, on a voyage that makes sense only because it doesn’t. Along the way, they find small and sometimes surprising ways to ease their shared loss and honor Finn–but when shocking truths are revealed at the end of the road, will either of them be able to cope with the consequences?


“I can’t promise the universe is gonna tell you what to do with your life up there. But if you can keep quiet and listen close enough, for long enough, it may whisper something you need to hear.”

I honestly enjoyed this book, I thought it was a quick read and kept my attention fairly well. I also really enjoyed it because the over all book was about being where you are meant to be even if you don’t think the path your taking currently in life is the right one, you are where you are suppose to be. Everything happens for a reason and though we don’t know the reason we will eventually discover it with time. I’m just so in love and awe with this entire thinking and theory.

I think I need to read more books like that, I know nobody really knows the true meaning of life but I feel the thinking that everything suppose to happen for a reason calms the mind of wonder and anxiety.

RATING: 3.5/5

Book Reviews

A Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

32313894“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.


“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”

When I originally decided I wanted to read this book I wasn’t sure how the topic was going to be handled and presented for the audience to read. I was for sure this was just going to be a story about someone being unlawfully shot and everyone would be upset and that would be that but I feel like it was so much more than that. This story of Khalil’s death was more of a story to help everyone understand from multiple points of view.

I tend to avoid books with real life situations and problems because I read to escape the real world but this book proved that every once in a while you do need that  little bit of reality to help you understand the actual world you’re living in and to understand.

I recommend this to young adults, adults and those who are non fictions that need a little help dipping and exploring into the fiction world.

RATING: 4/5

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday!

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

This weeks topic is Books With My Favorite Color On the Cover (or In the Title) I honestly have a few “favorite” colors, but I’m going to pick a a color that I been gravitating towards more lately and that is the color PURPLE!

  1. Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
  2. Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
  3. The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
  4. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
  5. The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron 
  6. This Girl by Colleen Hoover
  7. Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
  8. Replica by Lauren Oliver
  9. Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry
  10. The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
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My Saturday: Just A Random Thought

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I work in an office and spend about 90% of my day in meetings. I can’t help thinking about a variety things at the wrong time. The other day I was thinking about if I could meet one author who would I choose? This is a hard one. I don’t want to be so cliche but I would defiantly would love to meet Nicholas Sparks.

Why? Nicholas Sparks has been such a successful male author who focuses on romance. With the men I have dated in the past and the man I am married to today, I feel like I have never met a man with a romance connection as deeply as Nicholas Sparks. He may not be a romantic in his personal life but I have to say I’m so curious and interested in him because he writes such wonderful romance which then are later turned into wonderful movies.

If I were to ask my husband to write me a paragraph with romance in it he would tell me no because he doesn’t know how, so it’s like that part of his life is not available to share to the world or to be expressed. I know men are out there that have words run deeper than the ocean in romance but I’m yet to meet one so I’m very curious of Nicholas Sparks and would one day love to meet him.

If you could meet any author in the world dead or alive, who would you choose and why?

Book Reviews

A Book Review: A Wrinkle in Time By Madeleine L’Engle

159069Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg’s father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

“We can’t take any credit for our talents. It’s how we use them that counts.”

A Wrinkle in Time has always been a book I’ve wanted to read but didn’t have time to get around to until recently. I saw the new movie came out and of course I want to see it but I MUST read the book first.

I thought this was overall a fun little book that would more so appeal to children. I held my attention quite well for the type of book it was which is saying a lot because sci-fi/fantasy/classics don’t hold my attention that well, but this did! The characters where semi “likeable” and the writing did wonders of putting extravagant images into my head.

I defiantly am glad I read it prior to the movie, I can’t wait to compare characters in the book to the movie and get a glimpse of the “IT”. I’ll be holding on to this copy though for a long time, I have 3 sons myself and I feel like this is just a must on the bookshelf for a kid.

I recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a good classic, interested in sci-fi books and children who needs a good chapter book.

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Build Your #TBR Bookshelf!

Winter Book Sale

A personal challenge for me being a bookworm is trying to find books I actually want to read. It can ultimately be a time consuming process that feels as frequent as doing a load of laundry.

There’s a couple of ways  I find the books I want to read. One popular way is by suggestions and honestly I don’t have many friends that read and if they do read we are from completely different worlds of what we like. So I have compiled a list of ways not only do I find books to find but also books that have not been released yet!

  • Pinterest – Pinterest  is probably one of the top places I go to see what’s on everyone’s reading list. I will literally search for reading lists, TBR lists, new books in that year then I save them to a board and later investigate through GoodReads which books I want to read and add them to my shelf.
  • Instagram – I love seeing books, stacked, shelved or whatever I love to see a load of books in pictures and honestly Instagram is the holy grail of great book pics. I go on here hashtag #tbr, #bookhaul #summerreading #2018readinglist etc…. and I will screenshot books that look interesting! This is also a great way to find people to book Instagram accounts and following other bookworms.
  • GoodReads – Now I mentioned above that my friends that do read a lot of the times  don’t share the same book passions as me. Sometimes rarely they do but there’s other ways to use GoodReads to your advantage. For one, use GoodReads by adding and rating books then check out the Recommendations section and based off of what you’ve read and liked they will give you feedback. Now this isn’t the only way, check out GoodReads Lists, find some major bookworms on there like your favorite Book YouTubers and Book Instagram accounts. Following this bookworms with mass followers is where I get my ideas for books that haven’t came out yet. They usually receive ARC’s so I like to see what they have to say prior to the book actually releasing.
  • Author Fan Pages On Facebook – I’m a CoHort…. which in translation means a huge fan of Colleen Hoover, CoHort’s unite on Colleen Hoover’s Facebook Group Fan Page. There we find out books that wont be coming out for another 6 months or more. I love Colleen Hoover and I love that group! Great group of people!
  • Buzzfeeds Page Turners Group on Facebook – This has been the coolest way to not only get book ideas but experience other bookish conversations. Everyone’s asking for suggestions, others are posting book hauls and some are  reviewing. This is probably my favorite book group I’m part of. I honestly have received so many reading ideas from this Facebook group.
  • Grocery Store – I do not have a bookstore in a 20 mile radius of my house, I’ve painfully accepted it so when I’m at my local Sam’s Club I check out the books. Currently, my TBR book pile is growing so so much I cant even keep up with the huge pile of books taking over my house so when I’m at the store and on a time crunch I look at the books that seem interesting and If I think I might want to add it to my list I snap a picture of it so I can add it to GoodReads later when I’m at home. If I just can’t wait and the price is right I go ahead and just grab a copy but a lot of times you will see me in a time crunch snapping pictures of books I want to add to my TBR list on Goodreads.

Well this is a short list of where I get ideas of books to read, maybe I’ll do a part 2 for more advance ways. Do you have any suggestions? I would absolutely love to hear them!!!

Book Gifts, New & Noteworthy

Bookish Gifts: For the Mother Bookworm (Mother’s Day Edition)

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, May 13th to be exact. Do you have a mom thats a bookworm at heart? 💜 I found 5 nifty gift ideas for the book loving mom.

Remember you might be the reason your mother reads! 😃

  1.  welovetocreate personalized book mark – $11.52  – I’m a mom and I can honestly say that I will book mark a book with about anything laying around me, If I had this adorable personalized book mark I know for sure I would love to see my children’s smiling faces every time I opened a book!
  2. Hot Topic Once Upon a Time Book Cross Body Bag – $27.92 – Okay, I admit as a mom I need a bit bigger purse than the one shown but I can’t help it! This is super adorable and actually perfect for those rare days you get to venture out to the bookstore or convention…alone…without children…. have you heard of such a thing? Because I haven’t. hehe I’m totally just kidding I occasionally enjoy childless trips to the bathroom until I see the hand reach under the door and those rare moments are like *poof* gone.
  3. Majestic Forest Bookends- $65.00 – These are just to cute, if this was at Target, it would be one of those items that would magically find its way into my cart and my husband would argue about my life choices but in the end it would make my bookshelf look like the magical place it truly is.
  4. Book Lovers Casual Shoes – $39.99 – I have never seen such a crazy and wildly fun pair of shoes but long and behold right in the wonderful world of Google this beauty appeared. It may be “wild” for some, but if you’re as die hard as myself these are my book convention, festival, use book store dream shoes. I would wear these puppies to every book event around the town and I’m not even kidding.
  5. RedCloudStudio Custom Seal Embosser – $45.00 – Stop. If have a collection of beloved books at home, look no further because you can brand your books with your name. This is adorable and I feel would make such a beautiful addition to any home library. Plus, if you’re one to lend out books this would be a great way to let friends know that they have your beloved, precious, don’t you eat around or dog ear my book….book. If you get what I’m saying….
Book Hauls, New & Noteworthy

Half Price Books Clearance Sale: HUGE Book Haul!

Last week I mentioned I attended the my local Annual Half Price Clearance Book Sale. I spent 2 hours there, bought 30 books and spent a total of $59 on books ( I bought a few other things as well but this amount was purely on books).

After I got over my laziness I finally took my haul out of the box so I could take a proper photo to show the world, I’m not 100% sure if anybody really cares about my book haul however I know I LOVE looking at hauls just like a little kid likes to watch other kids unwrap presents on YouTube. I will randomly hashtag book hauls or search book hauls on YouTube and watch endless videos just to gain ideas on what books I want to put on my GoodReads “to-read” list.

Okay, enough with the chit chat, that’s not what you came to see, you came to see the goods, the good stuff, the book haul pictures so here we go…… Continue reading “Half Price Books Clearance Sale: HUGE Book Haul!”

Book Reviews

A Book Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

dimpleDimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?
Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.
The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?
Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

He already knew the first time he saw Dimple’s picture that their story would become a sort of legend

I thought this was a super cute book! Dimple and Rishi were extremely likeable characters and I was totally caught up in their story and traditions. I’m going to be honest I was totally rooting for them to get together!

The entire time I wanted to yell at my book to tell Dimple how good of a guy Rishi is and she should go after him before someone else does.

The over all story line was very unique, I never read a book quite like this one and would love to read another one from Sandhya Menon, she does have another one coming out in late May and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

I recommend this book to young adults readers who might like a little romance and a little bit of computer talk.

RATING: 5/5

 

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Frequently Used Words in Young Adult Titles: Heart

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

This weeks topic is Frequently Used Words In [Insert Genre/Age Group] Titles so this week I chose Frequently Used Words In Young Adult Titles. And my frequently word I’m focusing on this time is the word “heart/hearts.

  1. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
  2. Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby
  3. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
  4. Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
  5. The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler
  6. Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West
  7. Kaleidoscope Hearts by Claire Contreras
  8. The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder
  9. That Thing We Call a Heart by Sheba Karim
  10. The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee
Anticipated Book Releases, New & Noteworthy

My Most Anticipated of May 2018

I love looking ahead at the next month to see which new releases will be happening and then keeping those books on my radar to read.

There looks to be quite a few good looking books coming out in May so this will be so hard to choose which Top 5 I anticipate the most but here we go!

love1. Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch – Expected Release Date: May 8th 2018 Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding, and hoping she can stop thinking about the one horrible thing she did that left her miserable and heartbroken—and threatens her future. But her brother, Ian, isn’t about to let her forget, and his constant needling leads to arguments and even a fistfight between the two once inseparable siblings. Miserable, Addie can’t wait to visit her friend in Italy and leave her brother—and her problems—behind.
So when Addie discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library, she’s able to finally escape her anxious mind and Ian’s criticism.
And then their travel plans change. Suddenly Addie finds herself on a whirlwind tour of the Emerald Isle, trapped in the world’s smallest vehicle with Ian and his admittedly cute, Irish-accented friend Rowan. As the trio journeys over breathtaking green hills, past countless castles, and through a number of fairy-tale forests, Addie hopes her guidebook will heal not only her broken heart, but also her shattered relationship with her brother.
That is if they don’t get completely lost along the way.

Continue reading “My Most Anticipated of May 2018”

New & Noteworthy

I Went to Half Price Books Clearance Sale & it was awesome!

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I attended the Half Price Clearance Sale this past weekend for the first time ever and was very impressed with the set up of everything. I spent exactly 2 hours (and could of spent more if they weren’t closing for the night) and ended up with so many books (i’ll make a separate book haul post once I get a chance to take a pic of them all!).

Some things I want to point out about this event is:

  • They have shopping carts and baskets!!! This is so flipping amazing that they provided carts and baskets. I was walking in there with a book bag completely thinking this was a traditional book event that I needed to figure out how to haul my own load around so this was just such a pleasant and unexpected surprise!
  • The long is super long but because they have mastered this event it went super fast. When my husband and I saw the line we were saying ‘ugh’ we just spent 2 hours bent over looking at books and we’re so tired and now we are going to be in this line for another hour but honestly it went so fast we weren’t even in line for 5 minutes, they have 2 people at the register. I person counting your books and the other ringing you up. So super fast and they had boxes ready for the big hauls.
  • They provided maps!
  • Everything was spacious and easy to get to, aisles were not cramped.
  • Everything was organized.
  • There was always someone restocking books on tables, tons of employee help.
  • While majority was $2.00 there was alot of books that were less!
  • They provided coupons for your next purchase at a Half Price Books store!
Book Reviews

A Book Review: Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

 emmyEmmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.

She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.

Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart.

He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?

Readers who love Sarah Dessen will tear through these pages with hearts in throats as Emmy and Oliver struggle to face the messy, confusing consequences of Oliver’s father’s crime. Full of romance, coming-of-age emotion, and heartache, these two equally compelling characters create an unforgettable story.


Love isn’t something you say, it’s something you do.

Where do I begin? Emmy & Oliver is a story about a boy and a girl who are not only neighbors but best friends since they were little, sadly when they are 7 years old Oliver goes missing, he’s kidnapped by his own father and nobody knows if he’s dead or alive but Emmy never lost hope, in fact she thought about him every day and even held on to a private note they shared the day he went missing. Fast forward 10 years and the phone call finally comes, they found Oliver across country alive in New York and they are bringing him home to California. This book is about the hardships of starting a new life three times over, creating friendships with the ones you left 10 years prior and finally falling in love with the girl next door.

Even with all the seriousness, this book was freaking hilarious, I caught myself chuckling randomly and now have a new insult word to use on family and friends. I recommend this book for people who will openly accept the new word douchecanoe and i do not recommend this if young adult romances and struggles are just not your thing, oh and you refuse to read books with simple and beautiful covers. (that should be a crime, just saying….)

RATING: 4/5

New & Noteworthy

What do I do with my books when I’m done?

breather-196128-unsplashPeople always ask me the same question over and over regarding my heaping piles of books, what do I do with them when I’m done? Do I sell them? Do I keep them? Do I donate them?

The answer is quite complicated, I do alot of stuff with my books depending on the book itself. I haven’t “sold” a book yet but it may be a possibly option in the future to contribute to my book obsession.

A lot of them I do keep mostly autographed copies that I collect from authors. But sometimes there’s book’s I don’t love as much that do need to go because I need to make room for my other books that I enjoy more. So what do I do with those?

Well that involves a story, I work in a office and years ago one of my co-workers asked me if I wanted some books she read. If course i said YES! I asked her if she wanted them back when I was done with them and she said no, please pass them on to anyone who would enjoy reading them. This completely sparked happiness in me big time! If we gave a book we read and enjoyed to another person and they passed it on and then that person passed it on then this book would of gotten some massive love.

So after she explained to me I continued the tradition, I would get a book read it and pass it on, while the book made me extremely happy to read and was a great story I didn’t feel the need to keep it and so I gave it to someone else who might be able to enjoy it just as much and then they can pass it on.

So I keep some and pass some on.

Book Reviews

A Book Review: Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

5714189_orig1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life—someone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart.

At Finn’s funeral, June notices a strange man lingering just beyond the crowd. A few days later, she receives a package in the mail. Inside is a beautiful teapot she recognizes from Finn’s apartment, and a note from Toby, the stranger, asking for an opportunity to meet. As the two begin to spend time together, June realizes she’s not the only one who misses Finn, and if she can bring herself to trust this unexpected friend, he just might be the one she needs the most.


That’s the secret. If you always make sure you’re exactly the person you hoped to be, if you always make sure you know only the very best people, then you won’t care if you die tomorrow.

This is the first book I’ve read on the topic of AIDS, I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about it. Any topic of disease, illness, cancer, death and dying is hard for me to read. I’ve personally known someone who lost the fight to AIDS so I didn’t know what my feelings were going to be when I started this book but I decided to jump right in.

It’s the late 80’s, June is 14 years old, she has uncle named Finn that means the world to her, she loves how he understands and respects her, treats her like a best friend and after all he is her god father. News comes that Finn has AIDS and is dying. June is heartbroken the day she received the news that her uncle has passed, however on the day of the funeral she discovers someone she’s never known about, Finn’s partner Toby. Everyone is quick to point fingers as to whose to blame for Finn’s death however June gives Toby a chance, a chance to be friends and to learn and honor Finn by telling each other stories. It’s very difficult for me to explain what this book is about, you just have to read it and feel it. Tell the Wolves I’m Home is a story of acceptance and recovery.

I recommend this book to those who like a good heart felt tale or whose lives have been touched in similar way.

RATING: 5/5

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday!

TTT-Big2Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

This weeks topic is Freebie (create your own topic), so the topic I’ve come up with for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten Self Help Books I Would Love To Read, and the reason I chose this as my Top Ten Tuesday is because I LOVE fiction so venturing out into a new category of book is a huge deal for me so I figured why not?

These books I’ve had my eye on for awhile so I just need to jump in and get started!

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Book Reviews

A Book Review: Mister Tender’s Girl by Carter Wilson

35023989How far are you willing to go for Mister Tender?

At fourteen, Alice Hill was viciously attacked by two of her classmates and left to die. The teens claim she was a sacrifice for a man called Mister Tender, but that could never be true: Mister Tender doesn’t exist. His sinister character is pop-culture fiction, created by Alice’s own father in a series of popular graphic novels.

Over a decade later, Alice has changed her name and is trying to heal. But someone is watching her. They know more about Alice than any stranger could: her scars, her fears, and the secrets she keeps locked away. She can try to escape her past, but Mister Tender is never far behind. He will come with a smile that seduces, and a dark whisper in her ear…

Inspired by a true story, this gripping thriller plunges you into a world of haunting memories and unseen threats, leaving you guessing until the harrowing end.


There are things that stick to you…they’re like your skin. No matter how fast or far you run they accompany you. They are forever a part of you.

If you are from the United States you may of heard the news story of the two girls who lured their friend into the woods in Wisconsin and stabbed their victim 19 times to “please” Slender man… This book is that story, well kind of…it’s 1. Not a identical telling and 2. Is still fiction. But the entire time I read this I just kept thinking about how something like this happened in real life.

Even though this is a very interesting topic and relatable to real life events I figured I would enjoy reading this and honestly I’m not sure why but it just didn’t do it for me. This book has some really sky rocket reviews to but I felt disconnected from the story line,from the characters and felt like sometimes the book was just all over the place. I often found myself not wanting to pick it up and at one point was considering giving up. I’m glad I didn’t give up because the story line was interesting but there was some force behind finishing it.

If you like a mystery, young adult novel with some relatable to real life story line then this book might just be right up your ally!

RATING: 2.5/5

 

Book Reviews

A Book Review: Crash by Nicole Williams

16096545Jude Ryder and Lucy Larson are this generation’s Romeo and Juliet: Explosive. Sizzling. Tragic. A steamy summer encounter with bad boy Jude means trouble for Lucy. Her sights are set on becoming a ballerina, and she won’t let anything get in her way . . . except Jude.

He’s got a rap sheet, dangerous mood swings, and a name that’s been sighed, shouted, and cursed by who knows how many girls.

Jude’s a cancer, the kind of guy who’s fated to ruin the lives of girls like Lucy—and he tells her so.

But as rumors run rampant and reputations are destroyed, Lucy’s not listening to Jude’s warning. Is tragedy waiting in the wings? This racy romance is hot, hot, hot!


It always amazes me how when we’re sure we’ve lost something for good, it winds up finding us.

When I first started reading this book I sort of rolled my eyes, here’s another bad boy meets sweet girl next door. BUT like every book with this theme I soon got into it and actually ordered the new two books in the series…shh… don’t tell my husband who is about to flip his bricks if he see’s one more Amazon Prime package arrive at my door step.

The characters were okay, not the most likable of character’s but I soon found to like them as the book went on, what aggravated me was the CONSTANT back and forth ohhh I love you oh now I hate you in this book. I can’t even count the times we went back and forth here and nobody got time for that. I feel if the author minimized the constant back and forth drama I would of enjoyed it ten times better.

I would defiantly recommend this book for the young adult, romance loving, Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire fans.

RATING: 4.5/5 

Book Reviews

A Book Review: In a Perfect World by Trish Doller

32333213Caroline Kelly is excited to be spending her summer vacation working at the local amusement park with her best friend, exploring weird Ohio with her boyfriend, and attending soccer camp with the hope she’ll be her team’s captain in the fall.

But when Caroline’s mother is hired to open an eye clinic in Cairo, Egypt, Caroline’s plans are upended. Caroline is now expected to spend her summer and her senior year in a foreign country, away from her friends, her home, and everything she’s ever known.

With this move, Caroline predicts she’ll spend her time navigating crowded streets, eating unfamiliar food, and having terrible bouts of homesickness. But when she finds instead is a culture that surprises her, a city that astounds her, and a charming, unpredictable boy who challenges everything she thought she knew about life, love, and privilege.


 

The devil does not whisper things you do not wish to hear; he tells you a beautiful story that you want to believe.

Where do I even begin with this book? I loved it, I loved the cover and feel of the book and paper material in my hands. The story even though the average bookworm might not obsessive over I throughly enjoyed. It was a book not to be rushed but taken in slowly, the theme was very interesting to me and I feel like I’ve learnt just a tiny bit of the   Egyptian culture. These type of books makes me want to read more books placed in all different parts of the world.

The characters Caroline and Adam are very likable characters who love each other however their religions make it very difficult to be together. To see the hardship a love like this has to go through makes the book. It was also a experience to get a snippet of the Egyptian culture and a peek of the Muslim religion.

I can’t wait to explore more books like this one and defiantly see what else this author has to offer!

RATING: 5/5

Book Hauls

Book Haul of the Month

 

 

30623949_10216031690491020_6484956796514467840_nOn April 5th something magical happened in the Cincinnati Eastside, we got a new Half Price Books. This is especially special for this area of Cincinnati because there is absolutely no book stores on this side of town. Years ago a Borders and Walden Books use to be the go to book stores but because those went out of business some of Cincinnatians have gone without a good old bookstore. Sure there are some around the tri state area we can travel to but if you just want to roll out of bed one morning and do a quick skip and hop to a book store when you feeling squirrely for a book this wasn’t really possible.

So I wasn’t there for the grand opening day because I was in the South of the country roaming around all last week but today I finally got over there and I present to you my latest book haul. I found this location of Half Price Books to be a tad smaller then the other Cincinnati locations but thats alright it still works in fulfilling my book store needs.