Book Quotes

Sunday’s Are For The Words: Quote #6

“Hope is the most dangerous thing you can give someone.”. (1)

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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

New & Noteworthy

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
New & Noteworthy

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.

New & Noteworthy

Build Your #TBR Bookshelf!

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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.

 

Book Reviews

A #BookReview: One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M McManus

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On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.”


“I guess we’re almost friends now, or as friendly as you can get when you’re not one hundred percent sure the other person isn’t framing you for murder.”

This is one of those books while I thought it was slow to get started and I wasn’t always 100% eager to read BUT in the end my attention was all on this book. The slowness was discouraging to me at first and I’m not sure why, from the beginning there was enough action to keep ones attention but not mine for some reason. I actually had a hard time to figure out which one of them was lying, you think you know but in the end you have no idea. Mind = BLOWN. I am wondering if this book is going to be picked up by Netflix to be a Netflix Original or movie because it has the perfect  structure and following hype to be one.

Over all I would recommend this book for young adult, mystery and fiction lovers.

RATING: 4/5

Authors

Meeting Mary Kubica

 

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If you haven’t read The Good Girl by Mary Kubica you totally should, this book is what made me fall in love with Mary Kubica as an author. The twists and turns of novels makes me want to meet the mastermind behind it all and after reading The Good Girl two years ago I did get the opportunity to meet Mary Kubica.

I saw she was in town for the Books by the Banks festival at Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Gosh, when I found this out I was totally excited! When I first arrived I was a little sad because she wasn’t at her table but after a hour or so she returned, I believe she was on lunch but I was more than willing to wait all I needed to meet her. She was super nice, pretty and over all amazing. I wish I had some questions for her regarding The Good Girl lined up but when excitement gets the best of you sometimes all reasoning goes right out the door. While I was there I did snag a signed copy of Pretty Baby which I’m yet to read but it is sitting on my TBR shelf looking all pretty.

I hope she returns to our yearly Cincinnati book festival again soon as I would totally swing by again to snag some more books. I just can’t speak highly enough of her and her books, truly an excellent author.

Book Reviews

A Book Review: Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

MUDWhen reclusive novelist Senna Richards wakes up on her thirty-third birthday, everything has changed. Caged behind an electrical fence, locked in a house in the middle of the snow, Senna is left to decode the clues to find out why she was taken. If she wants her freedom, she has to take a close look at her past. But, her past has a heartbeat… and her kidnapper is nowhere to be found. With her survival hanging by a thread, Senna soon realizes this is a game. A dangerous one. Only the truth can set her free.

 

“What’s the difference?” I asked him. “Between the love of your life, and your soulmate?”
“One is a choice, and one is not.”

I’m kind of a huge Cohort AKA Colleen Hoover fan so when I discovered that Colleen Hoover is friendly with Tarryn Fisher I knew I needed to jump on the Tarryn Fisher bandwagon quick. I absolutely LOVED this book. Tarryn’s writing style is absolutely AMAZING, I did not expect her to have such a impact on me. I’m actually surprised it took sort of a effort to find her books, the stores around me didn’t carry them and I had to take the Amazon route to get this. I’m shocked. Her writing style is high quality, I love how she could tell such a captivating story. I thought this book was going to go slow for me but it was the complete opposite, I zipped through this in a day. Can you tell I’m just gushing all over it?

I would recommend this to romance lovers, Colleen Hoover fans, and those who like a little more to their suspense novels.

RATING: 5/5

Book Reviews

A Book Review: Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

longA cannon. A strap.
A piece. A biscuit.
A burner. A heater.
A chopper. A gat.
A hammer
A tool
for RULE

Or, you can call it a gun. That’s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That’s where Will’s now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother’s gun. He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who he’s after. Or does he?

As the elevator stops on the sixth floor, on comes Buck. Buck, Will finds out, is who gave Shawn the gun before Will took the gun. Buck tells Will to check that the gun is even loaded. And that’s when Will sees that one bullet is missing. And the only one who could have fired Shawn’s gun was Shawn. Huh. Will didn’t know that Shawn had ever actually used his gun. Bigger huh. BUCK IS DEAD. But Buck’s in the elevator?

Just as Will’s trying to think this through, the door to the next floor opens. A teenage girl gets on, waves away the smoke from Dead Buck’s cigarette. Will doesn’t know her, but she knew him. Knew. When they were eight. And stray bullets had cut through the playground, and Will had tried to cover her, but she was hit anyway, and so what she wants to know, on that fifth floor elevator stop, is, what if Will, Will with the gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, MISSES.

And so it goes, the whole long way down, as the elevator stops on each floor, and at each stop someone connected to his brother gets on to give Will a piece to a bigger story than the one he thinks he knows. A story that might never know an END…if WILL gets off that elevator.


THE INVENTION OF THE RULES

ain’t come from my brother, his friends, my dad, my uncle, the guys outside, the hustlers and shooters, and definitely not from me.

The Long Way Down was one of the most interesting books I’ve read. It’s not only poetry but its a story. The book is told in a series of poems that connect the entire story together as one. I loved this style of writing because it’s different and fascinating! The story line of this book was excellent, I loved the concept of the elevator stopping at every floor allowing someone connected to Will’s or his brothers life to step on, it’s like another puzzle piece stepping on to help Will re-examine his life, his actions and choices. I found it original honestly would love to see this as a movie one day.

Rating: 4/5

 

Anticipated Book Releases

My Most Anticipated Releases of April 2018

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I absolutely love to look ahead to see what books are going to be hitting shelves soon, I love knowing that books are coming before they come and even though my TBR list is very long and I have books overflowing my shelves every now and then I cave to a new book hot off the press. So without further ado, here is my 5 anticipated reads of April 2018.

Starry 1. Starry Eyes by Jenn BennettExpected Publication: April 3rd 2018.  
Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern day, Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets. But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.                                                        What could go wrong?
With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely.
And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars?

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Book Reviews

A #BookReview : A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery

MillionWhen high school senior Kelsey’s identical twin sister, Michelle, dies in a car crash, Kelsey is left without her other half. The only person who doesn’t know about the tragedy is Michelle’s boyfriend, Peter, recently deployed to Afghanistan. But when Kelsey finally connects with Peter online, she can’t bear to tell him the truth. Active duty has taken its toll, and Peter, thinking that Kelsey is Michelle, says that seeing her is the one thing keeping him alive. Caught up in the moment, Kelsey has no choice: She lets Peter believe that she is her sister.

As Kelsey keeps up the act, she crosses the line from pretend to real. Soon, Kelsey can’t deny that she’s falling, hard, for the one boy she shouldn’t want.


Kelsey’s twin Michelle is involved in a fatal accident, Kelsey tries to reach out to her boyfriend Peter who is deployed overseas in Afghanistan however failed to get the message out clear. Peter mistaken Kelsey for Michelle and from there Kelsey plays out her sisters role to protect Peter from heartache. As you can imagine this can’t end well. Sooner or Peter has to know right? Or does he?

I found this book so-so… I noticed on Goodreads they noted it was perfect for fans of Nicholas Sparks and I think that’s a wee bit far fetched. Perhaps you are a Nicholas Sparks fan and you might find this a great read but do not mistaken the writing and story to be a good as a Nicholas Sparks book in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong I absolutely loved the story line and the concept of the book however times were slower than others and it didn’t hold my attention as well as I had hoped.

I defiantly recommend this to the young adult readers, someone who likes a little teenage love and a little bit of drama.

RATING: 3.5/5

New & Noteworthy

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If there’s one thing I love it’s following people on Goodreads. I love how on Goodreads you can see what your friends have read and what they are going to read. You can see their reviews and how much they liked or disliked a book. I’m still trying to figure out how i’m going to organize my shelves (been working on this for a long time). If you’re interested to see what I’ve read and what I plan to read Click Here!

New & Noteworthy

Good Ratings & Honest Reviews

eli-francis-100644-unsplashHi, my name is Kellie and I tend to give higher ratings BUT honest ratings. Why is that?

While it would be nice to one day be an accomplished reviewer and have books sent to me to be reviewed I currently don’t have that happening. I have to pick books based on what really looks like is going to be a great book, I’ve realized life is way to short to take a chance on a crappy book so every time I buy a book I have to really ask myself… is this worth it? Because what I’m afraid of is it may not be worth it and theres millions of books out there that is worth it and I’m afraid I’m wasting my time on something not good when there’s so much more out there to explore and enjoy.

So, you might see some good ratings on here. I don’t always give them but Im careful to read books I know I’m really going to enjoy! I assure you this means I’m trying to read the best of the best. I do give honest ratings, I’m not afraid to go against the grain even on books from authors I love, if a book is really good I’m going to shout it from the roof top! And even though I may not give a great rating there doesn’t mean I wouldn’t recommend it to someone or a friend. Some books are just not my cup of tea but may be a great read for a friend.

Remember folks, life is just way to short to read a bad book. 

Book Reviews

#BookReview : Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

32320750.jpgKacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.

Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.

But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.

“Hope is the most dangerous thing you can give someone.”

I know I say this a lot, but it’s true for a lot of books I read…this book is hard to put down.  The twists and turns kept my mind occupied as to wondering what happened to Bailey and who was involved? If you like a book that keeps you guessing then this book is defiantly for you because there is no absolute way I could of predicted the ending. It’s honestly been a while since a book kept me guessing the entire time. Usually when it comes to suspense books I can create multiple scenarios in my head and go back and forth thinking about them and one of them being right at the end but not with this work of art, this one kept me guessing until the very end. There was times I “thought” I knew the answers to everything but I had no idea.

I recommend this book to the young adult crowd, the crowd looking for a book that leaves them guessing the entire time.

RATING: 5/5