Month: August 2016

Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Will Never Read

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created be gingerreadslainey on YouTube, but it is now managed by Thoughts on Tomes. The Goodreads group page can be found here.

I don’t know exactly how to go about this list. On one hand, I’m excited because there is a long list of books that I don’t plan on reading. On the other, I really don’t want people to be offended because I never plan on reading what could possibly be their favorite book, so please keep in mind that everyone has their own taste in what they like and do not like to read.

With that said, I would also like to put a disclaimer on this. I will probably never read these. Never say never. Let’s get to it!

Passion by Lauren Kate

Passion

At one point in my life, I owned this one. It’s the third book in the Fallen series, and I actually unhauled it. I have zero interest in continuing with the series because I can’t even remember what happened in the second book. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 2016 Book Haul

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I’m back with what will probably be my last book haul for a while. I’ve been getting quite a few books lately, and now that I’m back at college, I’m going to take a step back from purchasing books when I have so much to read for my courses. (But I bet we all say that, so who knows.)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (The Illustrated Edition)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone illustrated edition

I have been itching to get this one for a while now. It’s absolutely gorgeous, and I cannot wait to reread the series in these editions. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Steps to Tackle a Reading Slump

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Like most readers out there, I detest the moments when I am not in the mood for reading. Funnily enough, I’m actually writing this post to avoid reading, but that’s more because the Olympic trials are on than that the book I’m reading isn’t grabbing my attention.

Reading slump

Personally, I don’t suffer generally from what the majority define as a reading slump. Actually, what normally happens is that I make excuses about how busy I get and that college is getting in the way of reading. Yeah, those are pretty pathetic reasons, but life happens. When I am truly not in the mood for reading though, I typically follow the advice that I will give you in a second. This post was inspired by the fact that someone asked me for advice for the slump that they were going through, and I thought that perhaps we could all gain something by me putting my thoughts on this topic to paper. Obviously, this is not the scientific method, so if these ideas don’t work for you, I’m sorry. Truthfully, while there are tips and tricks to getting out of slumps, they are a part of life, and they are completely okay. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell

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Unhooked

Were I you… I’d not put my trust in stories. They tend to pass off lies as the truth and hide the truth in their lies.

Everybody who knows me or reads this blog knows that I have a passion for Peter Pan. (And if you don’t, welcome to the blog, my friend.) Anyway, this is a grand retelling of Peter Pan, and I ate it up greedily. I was completely sucked into the world, and I was not released until I finished the final page. It definitely satisfied my craving for some magic in Neverland.

So, a synopsis before we get into the meat of my review: Unhooked follows a girl by the name of Gwen. All her life, Gwen has been moved over and over again by her mother who believes that monsters are chasing after them. Gwen dismisses her mother’s worries, and after another move to a new location, Gwen and her best friend are kidnapped away to Neverland by those said monsters. From there, she struggles to hold on to her memories as Neverland calls her to forget, but what she wants is to find a way home. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite First Sentences

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created be gingerreadslainey on YouTube, but it is now managed by Thoughts on Tomes. The Goodreads group page can be found here.

Okay, can I just first say that I absolutely love this topic? The first sentence of a book is so important. It is your first exposure to the author’s writing in a novel, the characters, and the setting. I want it to pack a punch and peak my interest to make me want to keep reading—not that I’ve ever wanted to put down a book after reading the first line, but you know what I mean. While I was picking out these books, I actually went through and read the first sentence of every single book that I own that I have read, so this is actually completely accurate. I don’t think I have mentioned most of these books on my blog before, but incidentally, all of these books got a high rating from me. So, are you ready?

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield

The night before Amelia Anne Richardson bled her life away on a parched dirt road outside of town, I bled out my dignity in the back of a pickup truck under a starpricked sky. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard

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A Stolen Life

With my writings, I hope to convey that you can endure tough situations and survive. Not just survive, but be okay even on the inside, too. I’m not sure how I did endure all that I did. I ask myself less and less every day. I used to think maybe the one reading this would find the answer for me, but I am beginning to think that I have secretly known all along.

A Stolen Life is going to be really complicated for me to explain my thoughts on because it is a true story, a memoir. More than that, the story is tragic, and how could I possibly critique the beautiful survivor who so bravely put her abuse out there? So, first and foremost, I want to say that this is a review of the book, not the person.

Secondly, before I begin actually reviewing/reflecting over this memoir, I want to put a warning on this post. If you are sensitive to the topics of abuse, sexual abuse, mental manipulation, rape, and/or abduction, I would not recommend this book for you, and in fact, I would not recommend continuing to read this review. With that warning out there, let’s continue on to my thoughts. Read the rest of this entry »

The Olympics Book Tag

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Olympics

In the spirit of the phenomenal athletes working their hardest in Brazil, I thought I would do The Olympics Book Tag! I absolutely adore the Olympics, both the summer and the winter games. Obviously, the summer games are currently going on for the next week or so, and I encourage you all to at least watch one of the events because personally, I just find it all so impressive.

Jordyn at jordzthebibliophile created this tag, and you can find the original here. I wasn’t tagged, but I’m not going to let that stop me. So, let’s get to it! Read the rest of this entry »