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Books I Brought With Me to College

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I brought a handful or so of books with me to college. Will I even touch them? I have no idea. I’ve been favoring audiobooks lately because the only thing that I legitimately read are textbooks. Yes, it’s a sad thing, but if you’re curious about which books I brought with me to college, stay tuned.

For the most part, these are books that I could theoretically fly through, so you won’t find any hardcore fantasy here.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Beauty and the Beast retelling with faeries, so I’m told. I’ve been aching to read this one for a while. I got about 20 pages in before having to stop because college got in the way. Read the rest of this entry »

On Audiobooks: Yes Please by Amy Poehler

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yes-please

Saying “yes” doesn’t mean I don’t know how to say no, and saying “please” doesn’t mean I am waiting for permission.

Story

Yes Please is Amy Poehler’s autobiography, which compiles a mixture of actual advice, anecdotes, and general hilarity. I laughed out loud multiple times in the course of this book, so I view it as a success. It was a wonderful opportunity to get a glimpse inside of her head. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: As You Wish by Cary Elwes

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As You Wish

You have breakfast, lunch, and dinner with your coworkers, and in the evening you gather together over coffee or a drink and rehash the highs and lows of the day while getting to know one another. It can be an intense, almost claustrophobic environment. But with the right group of people, and the right director, it can also be the adventure of a lifetime. And so it was with The Princess Bride.

When I was a young girl, I was first introduced to the movie The Princess Bride and then the novel however many years later. Regardless, both have now been a part of my life for years, and they are both very dear to my heart. You could say that I am essentially the perfect audience for this book. With that said, I’m heavily biased towards this beautiful, wonderful book. 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 »

July 2016 Book Haul

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I didn’t get too carried away this month, but I’m very excited about my selection. Now, this may be my last book haul for a while because I have a huge stack of books to get through, and to be honest, I’m starting to get intimidated by my looming TBR (to-be-read) pile.

Here we go!

Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell

Unhooked

This one is another Peter Pan retelling, so I obviously had to get my hands on it. It follows a girl named Gwen, who has been told all her life by her crazy mother about a magical place, but perhaps, her mother isn’t so crazy after all. When Gwen and her friend are kidnapped away to Neverland, she tries to hang on to her memories, but she has to choose who to trust. The pirate or the fairytale hero? Read the rest of this entry »

June 2016 Book Haul

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More accurately, this is a cumulative haul for the past several months. I am very excited about these books. So much so that I’m having a hard time deciding what to read next, but that seems to always be an issue with book lovers.

Here we go!

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You

Right now, this book is extraordinarily popular. It was released as a movie in early June, and if I want to see it in theaters, I need to finish this book soon. I’m actually currently reading this one. For the most part, I went into this one blind. I don’t know a whole lot about it except it is about a woman caring for a disabled man, and then, romance happens? I’m not sure; we’ll see. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Required Reading

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created be gingerreadslainey on YouTube. The Goodreads group page can be found here.

Funnily enough, English was actually my least favorite subject in high school. While I have always loved reading, I hated being told what to read. For the most part, I actually read all of the books that I was supposed to read for class. There were only two that I never completed and still haven’t. Shhhh, don’t tell my past teachers. Anyway, I’d say that most of the books that I read for required reading I reasonably liked, but I wouldn’t consider them to be amazing. However, the ones that made it onto this list are novels that I genuinely enjoyed.

1.The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

I read this book the same year that the movie was released, and I absolutely loved both. This was one of the first books that I read during high school that I really enjoyed. In fact, I even had my dad read it so that we could compare thoughts on both the movie and the book.

2. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Brave New World

This is the second classical dystopian that I’ve read, and between this and 1984, I prefer this one. I like the satirical elements and just the different ways in which you can think about the novel. Read the rest of this entry »