Friday, November 24, 2017

Book Blogger Hop: Bookstore vs Department Store!

 What's your immediate feeling when entering a bookstore, as compared to how you feel when entering a department store. 

Well, when I enter a department store I kind of feel intimidated.For the most part, I tend to gravitate to the same things and people keep hoping I will go a different route and it's so much pressure lol But I mostly feel the same way when I enter a bookstore. There's so many choices and I never decide until the very end EXACTLY what I want to buy. 

.......Unless I go in to the bookstore with a specific book in mind. Then I go in and get out before getting anything else lmao

How do you feel when going in a bookstore?
How do you feel when going in a department store?

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate!

I'll be with the family today, so I'll be back to the regular scheduled program tomrrow! 
Have a great day y'all!

Now tell me, what bookish things are you thankful for?

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Hidden Pieces by Paula Stokes

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what we're waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for! It's hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!

Hidden Pieces

     Embry Woods has secrets. Small ones about her past. Bigger ones about her relationship with town hero Luke and her feelings for someone new. But the biggest secret she carries with her is about what happened that night at the Sea Cliff Inn. The fire. The homeless guy. Everyone thinks Embry is a hero, too, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
     Embry thinks she’ll have to take the secret to her grave, until she receives an anonymous note—someone else knows the truth. Next comes a series of threatening messages, asking Embry to make impossible choices, forcing her to put her loved ones at risk. Someone is playing a high stakes game where no one in Embry’s life is safe. And their last move is murder...

Published by: HarperTeen
Expected Publication: May 1, 2018

Why I'm Waiting: First of all, I LOVE Paula Stokes. And this just sounds amazing. Just like with This is How it Happened and Girl Against the Universe, I will probably read this in one sitting. I don't think I've ever read something so dark from her, but I'm excited for the challenge!  

What are you waiting on this week?
Will you be waiting on this one with me?

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Top Ten Books I'm Thankful for!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the BookishEach week we will post a new Top Ten list . Everyone is welcome to join. 

This week's topic is:
Happy Thanksgiving week to those in the USA!
Top Ten Books I'm Thankful for!

The Hate U GiveDear Martin
Little & LionMy Heart and Other Black Holes
Turtles All the Way DownBad Romance
Goodbye DaysThe Serpent King
Alex, ApproximatelyRamona Blue

What books are you thankful for?

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Stacking the Shelves and the Weekly Wrap-Up! #244

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what all we borrowed, bought, and received for review. It's hosted over at Tynga's Reviews.

From Netgalley: 
American Panda#Prettyboy Must Die

From Edelweiss:
Before I Let GoFuryborn (The Empirium Trilogy, #1)

From the library:
Here We Are Now

For Review: 
Children of Blood and Bone

From Books for Trade: 
Reign of the Fallen

This week was pretty awesome for me! I definitely cannot complain about any of the books I got. I'm so excited for them ALL!!!! 

The Weekly Wrap-Up!

Wednesday 11/15/17: Waiting on Wednesday: Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
Thursday 11/16/2017:  The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine
Friday 11/17/17: Book Blogger Hop: Author Only Thanksgiving Party
 Saturday 11/1/17:  Justice League Movie Review

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We had our last session of Book Buddies today and it was definitely bittersweet! (A program where teen volunteers are paired with little kids to help them with reading!) I got a gift from one of the little buddies too. (No I did not cry.... Much. lmao) 

This week I spoke with about 514 kids at a school outreach. They were all so amazing! I bought them bookmarks that they could color and they were all so in love with them! They wanted to take a selfie with them smh lol 

And last but not least, hands down the BEST BLOGGER PACKAGE I've ever gotten. This thing is a BEAUTY and I cannot wait to get started on it! Thank you for one of my most anticipated reads of 2018 Fierce Reads! You have NO idea what it means to this diverse blogger!

What went on at your blog this week?

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Justice League: Movie Review

PG, 120 minutes
Release Date: November 17, 2017
Date Watched: November 16, 2017

    Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.(From IMDb)


     Of course we knew I was going to see this. This was my second most anticpated movie of the year. I have to say, it met all my expectations. I am pretty happy with the results.
      For this to be an origin movie, I loved that it didn't go into each character's individual back story. It leaves room for them to get their own origin story. Idk about y'all, but I am all here for an Aquaman movie. 
     WHich brings me to the next reason why I liked this one. I really thought the graphics were on point. I've been worried about it since Wonder Woman's movie because I was not a fan of the CG. But the CG in Justice League is so much better and I can't wait to see how they make it better for other movies in the future!
     I also really liked the actors. Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher both made me desperately hope that these characters get their own origin movies as well because they were perfection. Ezra Miller MADE the movie, and Ray Fisher seemed to take on Cyborg as if he was the actual real superhero. I loved seeing them altogether, but I really hope we get a glimpse of these character origin stories as well. I'm so tired of seeing the same ones (Batman and Superman for DC and The Avengers, Spiderman for Marvel) over and over. It's time to open up to some new ideas and stop repeating the old ones.
     Lastly, if you go see this in theathers, there are TWO end-credits scenes. One is really fun that those of you who read the comics might recognize, and the other is something that might hint at the future. If you want to know, email me and I'll tell you lol 
     I really enjoyed this one and I can't wait to see what else the DC universe has in store for us. Speaking of, I'm still crossing my fingers for a Teen Titan movie because WOW. It would be awesome. But since we've already met the characters grown like, I'm not sure we would get one. Maybe we can keep it as a flashback lol 
Overall, I give this

Friday, November 17, 2017

Book Blogger Hop: Author-Only Thanksgiving Party!

 If you had an author-only Thanksgiving party, who would you invite?

1. Emory Lord
2. Jennifer Armentrout
3. Marissa Meyer
4. J.K. Rowling
5. Angie Thomas
6. Nic Stone
7. Jason Reynolds
8. Leigh Bardugo
9. Heather Demetrios
10. Rick Riordan

I started with thinking I would choose 3 authors.... And then 5. And then 7. And yeah I ended with 10 and I have 3 more I'd like to add actually lol I need to start looking for a huge table I guess lmao

Who would you invite?

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine

e-Audio, 9 hours
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Read from: November 9-11, 2017
Ravenspire, #2
Source:  Library/ Overdrive
For fans of: Magic, Romance, 

     The world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of SĂșndraille’s king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence he can’t stop.
     Growing up ignored by the nobility, Ari never wanted to be a proper princess. And when Thad suddenly starts training Ari to take his place, she realizes that her brother’s ascension to the throne wasn’t fate. It was the work of a Wish Granter named Alistair Teague who tricked Thad into wishing away both the safety of his people and his soul in exchange for the crown.
     So Ari recruits the help of Thad’s enigmatic new weapons master, Sebastian Vaughn, to teach her how to fight Teague. With secret ties to Teague’s criminal empire, Sebastian might just hold the key to discovering Alistair’s weaknesses, saving Ari’s brother—and herself.
     But Teague is ruthless and more than ready to destroy anyone who dares stand in his way—and now he has his sights set on the princess. And if Ari can’t outwit him, she’ll lose Sebastian, her brother…and her soul.


     The first time I tried reading this I think I was still in school and it was just a little too slow. So, I waited until my library got it as an audiobook and OMG THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING.
     I remember being iffy because I wasn't a fan of the drug that was in the book, but had I just kept reading, I would've seen that it wasn't even a huge part of the book. Well it was, but Redwine did not make it something that completely stood out in the story. Because of that, I was able to keep listening and I actually really liked it.
     I am a huge fan of retellings, but when I heard about this one being a Rumpelstilskin retelling, I was kind of worried. I was never a fan of the original tale, but this was a bit of a darker take.And the darker it got, the more I liked it. However, I would have liked to see more of the gold in the story. There was only mention of it once, which is partly why I didn't feel like it was much of a retelling. But for the most part, I still liked it.
     There aren't many books that I find myself going back to read, but this one kept calling to me. I really enjoyed it and I can't wait to see what else happens in the next book in this series!
   Overall, I give this

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what we're waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for! It's hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!

Sea Witch

     Everyone knows what happens in the end.
    A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss.
    But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends.
    One feared, one royal, and one already dead.

     Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch. 
     A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.
     But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain. 
     The rise of Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic villainess is a heart-wrenching story of friendship, betrayal, and a girl pushed beyond her limits—to become a monster.

Published by: Katherine Tegen
Expected Publication: July 31, 2018

Why I'm Waiting: I love "villain origin" stories. Although I hate to see the bad things that happen to them, it's interesting to know what made them that way. And this is one that I haven't seen be explored, so I'm super excited to see where this one goes. 

What are you waiting on this week?
Will you be waiting on this one with me?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

TTT: Top Ten Books I Want my Future Children to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the BookishEach week we will post a new Top Ten list . Everyone is welcome to join. 

This week's topic is:
Happy Election Day! 
Top Ten Books I Want my Future Children to Read

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Long Way Down

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: If this isn't on your list, you're doing life wrong. (Ok so not really, but still lol) 

2.  Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds: I am NOT a fan of verrsee novels, but this one changed me completely. Hopefully my kids will like it just as much!

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1)

3. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan: I fell in love with mythology after reading this one. Ever since I have wanted to know and read everything I can about mythology. 

4. Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan: Refere to #3. 

Dear MartinThe Hate U Give

5. Dear Martin by Nic Stone: I don't like that I have to do it, but this is a VERY neccessary conversation that I will have to have with my children. And since Nic Stone did it so much better than me, I will most def push this into their hands!

6. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: Refer to #5 and change Nic Stone to Angie Thomas.

Into WhiteBad Romance

7. Into White by Randi Pink: I will hand them this to teach them to love the skin they're in. 

8. Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios: I need her/him to know what to look for. I really want them to know that they can come to me for anything and if they ever find themselves in this situation, I want them to know I will ALWAYS take their side. 

The Names They Gave UsGoodnight Moon

9. The Names they Gave Us by Emery Lord: I want them to be their own person and make their own choices and that is fine by me.  

10. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown: Literally the very first book I ever learned to read by myself.  I fell for this so long ago and I am positive that my kid will too! 

What About You? 

Monday, November 13, 2017

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

e-Audio, 368 pages
Release Date: September  5, 2017
Published by: HarperTeen
Read from: October 25-28, 2017
Source:  Overdrive
For fans of: Romance, Grief, Friendship, YA

     On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They're going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they're both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There's an app for that. It's called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.


     I was so super excited about this book, but it came right around the time Harvey ruined everything so I'm just now getting to it. And I'm glad I didn't leave it out. Although it completely broke me, I totally loved this book.
     I think what I loved most about this book was the plot behind it. I remember while I was listening that I was trying to think long and hard about what I would do if I knew it was my last day on Earth. I couldn't imagine having to go through any of the things that Mateo and Rufus had to go through. My heart was broken from just the synopsis. I haven't read anything like this before. I ended up really liking this fresh, heartbreaking, unique story. 
     I also really loved the characters. Both the main characters had so much growth throughout the entire book. It was mostly because of what they were going through, but who cares? They learned so much about each other and God I was so happy that they each had the other. I couldn't imagine going through that alone you know? 
     The ending broke me. Adam, I just want you to know that I finished listening to this while at work. I had the entire workroom coming to ask me if I was ok or if I needed napkins. I don't know why I do things like this to myself. (When I read The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner while driving to work... If you read it, you know why this is relevant lol) But even though the ending broke me, it was exactly what I expected. I mean it is an Adam Silvera book. 
     Lastly, I loved the way this was written. It was so different by being told by all the different POV's. They all connected in some way and I loved that. Being able to see the same story from someone else's eyes is such an interesting concept. I love being inside the other character's head to see how they view the situations! 
     This book was exactly what I needed. I loved this fresh idea and I loved seeing how Adam wrote it even more. This will undoubtedly go down as one of my favorites of the year!
Overall, I give this

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #243 & the Weekly Wrap-Up!

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what all we borrowed, bought, and received for review. It's hosted over at Tynga's Reviews.

For Review: 
Reign the Earth (The Elementae, #1)

Books for Trade: 
More Than We Can TellRenegades (Renegades, #1)

I also bought Renegades too, but I didn't feel like I needed to put it on here twice lol 

The Weekly Wrap-Up!

Tuesday 11/07/17: Top 10 Characters that would Make Great Leaders
Wednesday 11/08/17: Waiting on Wednesday: Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Thursday 11/09/2017:  Shadowhouse Fall by Daniel Jose Older
Friday 11/10/17: Book Blogger Hop: Favorite Part of Blogging
 Saturday 11/11/17:  No Post

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