end of the year book tag

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I can’t believe that in two months, it will be the start of 2018. That’s insane! I feel like 2017 just started, even though a lot has changed in my life since last January.

Reading wise, I have read a total of 60 books so far (meaning I surpassed my goal). I finished the hardest year of high school in June and started my senior year of high school this past September. Although 2017 was a year of growth for me as a person, 2018 will be a year of great change that I am really looking forward to!

Let’s get into this tag now, that was originally created by Ariel Bissett on Youtube!

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

I am currently reading The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider, On Writing by Stephen King, and Eighteen Years by Madisen Kuhn. Those are the only books that I started and have yet to finish, and all other books I started this year I either finished or I DNF’d and don’t plan on finishing. I can’t start a book without finishing it, with the exception of two DNFs this year.

Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

The books I have been reading recently really aren’t autumnal but I do plan on re-reading To Kill A Mockingbird soon which kind of gives me darker vibes because it does deal with some heavier issues.

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Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

Many of the new releases I was excited for have already come out, and I am trying to start a book buying ban so I won’t be starting anymore new releases for a while. I have heard good things about Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi, which comes out this month, but I need to read Furthermore first.

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

Besides the books I am currently reading, I still want to read We Are The Ants, 1984, and Looking for Alaska. Hopefully I will actually get to those, but my TBR list keeps growing and it can get a bit overwhelming. Plus, I have so many unread books sitting on my shelf, so the mood I’m in really depends on which book I choose to read next.

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Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?

We Are The Ants has a lot of potential if I get to it, because I have heard many amazing reviews on it. I have high hopes for it.

Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?

Sort of. I have already decided that my goal will be 60 books, which is only 10 more than this years goal. I don’t want to be too ambitious since I will be transitioning into college and I am working a lot more now.

xx, Jess

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october wrap up and november tbr

Before I start, I just want to say thank you for 400 followers! It means so much to me 🙂

October was a pretty good reading month for me considering I have school and finished all of my college applications! I hope that November can be just as successful, if not even more. I read 5 books, making my total for the year 59.

October Wrap Up

  • Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo: The ending was really good but didn’t fully make up for the rest of the book. The beginning was extremely slow and I could barely make it through. I didn’t want to DNF it though because I enjoyed the new Wonder Woman movie so much. Unfortunately, I did like the movie a lot more than the book. I think it needed a faster pace since it is a superhero book.
    • rating: 3/5 stars
  • Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia: I initially had some trouble getting into this book and liking the characters, but within a few chapters, I was so drawn. It was the perfect book to read during October because it is about a murder. It was so intense and thrilling. I loved trying to figure out who the killer was. I definitely want to pick up more books like this one.
    • rating: 5/5 stars
  • Turtles All The Way Down by John Green: I had already posted my review on this book which you can read here. I absolutely loved it. That is all I have left to say.
    • rating: 5/5 stars
  • As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner: I read this book for school so I had a lot of discussions on it in class. Talking about it did help with my enjoyment of it because otherwise I would have been completely lost. You really need to pay attention while reading this book because the chapters are just so strange and confusing.
    • rating: 3/5 stars
  • A List of Cages by Robin Roe: It took a while for me to get used to the two different characters and their point of views, but I ended up really enjoying this book. I had been anticipating reading it for so long and I am glad I was finally able to read it. The ending was sad, heart-wrenching, and beautiful.
    • rating: 4/5 stars

I am proud of the books I read this month, because they were books I really wanted to read. 3 of the books I read were on my October TBR, so I am glad I got those out of my list. Now onto my TBR for November!

November TBR:

I don’t want to put too many books on my TBR this month because I have been finding it hard to pick up books that I assign myself to read. I am a mood reader, so I really have to be interested in a book during a certain time to fully enjoy it. However, I have started a couple of books for this month, and have one more that I hope to finish.

  1. On Writing by Stephen King: NaNoWriMo definitely inspired me to pick this book up. I have been meaning to read it for MONTHS, but I never had the chance. I finally picked it up from my library, and I hope to finish it soon. Although I am not writing a book for NaNo, I decided to start outlining a novel that I will write eventually. This book will hopefully give me some good tips in preparation to write.
  2. Beyond the First Draft- The Art of Fiction by John Casey: This is also another writing book. I had originally seen it in either a blog post or youtube video and decided to pick it up along with my Stephen King book. I haven’t started it yet, but I plan on reading it after On Writing.
  3. The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider: I bought this book a couple of months ago and I recently started reading it. It is pretty short and shouldn’t take me too long to finish. I hope to be done with it in the next few days!

 

 

books i will probably never read tag!

A really hyped book that you’re not interested in reading

I was super interested in these books a few years ago, but I kept putting them off. Now that I have grown up, I don’t think these books will be as interesting to me and I won’t relate to them as much. I have a little regret about not reading these when I was in my prime fangirling phase, because I don’t think I will ever read these now.

A series you won’t start/won’t be finishing

Passenger was such a boring book to me. I could barely get through it, and although there was a cliffhanger at the end, I don’t see myself ever picking up the next book. Red Queen was alright, but just too slow for me. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped, and I don’t really want to read the rest.

A classic you’re just not interested in

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I honestly don’t know much about this book but it has never appealed to me and I really don’t see myself ever picking this up on my own.

A genre you never read

I don’t read a lot of historical fiction I realized, because I tend to lean towards books that are set in modern times. I am not a history person in general, so I don’t pick these books up often. I also don’t read a lot of Non-fiction, but I am hoping to start reading some more!

A book on your shelves you’ll probably never read

I bought both of these without realizing they aren’t the first books of the series. I haven’t had the desire to buy the rest of the series of either of these books, so I probably won’t be getting to them anytime soon (if ever).

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What are some books you probably won’t read? Let me know in the comments!

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books that changed my life

Over the years, I have read many books on so many different topics. A few of them even changed my views on the world completely.

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee:

This was one of the few books that I had to read in school and actually enjoyed. In fact, I loved it. It is now my all time favorite book ever (except I still don’t own it so I need to go buy it very, very soon). It deals with topics such as race, social norms, and maturity. It definitely is a must read for everyone.

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone:

This is my second favorite book of all time. I enjoyed it so much because I could relate to it on a really deep level. The main character suffers from OCD and she also enjoys writing. Since I could connect to it, it left such a deep impact on me. I plan on re-reading this book as soon as I catch up on my TBR pile. The ending left such a deep scar on me emotionally, and it really shocked me.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins:

I am almost positive that all of you have read this book, watched the movies, or at least heard of it. The reason I like it so much is because I read it in a time of my life where I wasn’t very interested in anything. I was very sad, I didn’t focus on school, and I disconnected myself from a lot of people. When I heard about this book, I was so excited to read it and I couldn’t stop talking about it for days. I even convinced my cousin and friends to read it. It was something that I focused my time with and fell in love with, after a long time of being stuck in a weird place.

Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour:

This book didn’t necessarily change my life, but it did change my perspective. I gained a new respect for the film industry, and I enjoyed learning about the different fields in film making. A couple of years ago, film was something that I was really interested in, and this book made me regain that initial love. I raved about this book for weeks after reading it because I loved it so much.

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the guilty reader tag

Recently I have seen tons of Youtube Videos doing this tag and I definitely wanted to give it a shot. The answers are so funny and interesting to see! Let’s get to the questions 🙂

Have you ever re-gifted a book that you’ve been given?
I don’t think I ever have. I honestly don’t really ask for books specifically for my birthday or Christmas, so I don’t receive that many. I usually just get gift cards to Barnes and Noble, so it is books I actually want.

Have you ever said you’ve read a book when you haven’t?
Yes, I’ve done it a lot of times. At school I tell my teachers I read the books they assign but usually Sparknotes does the trick.

Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?
I just checked all the book I own and no I don’t own any that I borrowed but never gave back and I can’t remember a time where I did.

Have you ever read a series out of order?
No, I can’t imagine that. I would be too confused and way too focused on the fact that I haven’t read the other books to fully enjoy the one in front of me. I did accidentally buy the 2nd book of a series twice without noticing until I was at home, but that’s different.

Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?
Probably, but not on purpose. Sometimes a friend will tell me they don’t care or that they want to hear the ending so I’ll tell them. I would never purposely spoil it though.

Have you ever doggy eared a book?
No, because I am always too afraid to, but I think I want to start. The end result looks so cool and I don’t want to be super careful of all my books. I would rather have them look worn and actually read.

Have you ever told someone you don’t own a book when you do?
I don’t think I have. I don’t have any books I am ashamed to own or anything. I don’t see any reason for lying about this.

Have you ever told someone you haven’t read a book when you have?
I don’t think I have ever done this either. I am usually proud to have read any book that other people are talking about.

Have you every skipped a chapter or a section of a book?
Jane Eyre. I had to read it this month for summer reading but the middle was getting really boring. I just skipped multiple paragraphs.

Have you ever bad mouthed a book you actually liked?
Yes. I enjoyed Twilight when I read it in like 5th grade but when everyone started to hate on it, I did, too. I think that’s one of the only times though.

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Bookworm Pet Peeves

If you are anything like me and carry a book around with you everywhere you go, I’m sure that this list of pet peeves will make you cringe. Let me know which one you relate to most in the comments!

  1. Stickers on books
    This is my number one pet peeve ever. Who thought it would be a good idea to put stickers on books? Especially when they are hard to come off or leave the glue residue. It makes me so mad.
  2. People who try to talk to you while reading
    When other people listen to music with headphones on, I don’t disturb them. So why do people think it’s ok to bother me when I’m in the middle of a sentence? My sister does this to me the most.
  3. When someone asks “why do you even like to read”
    I need it to live and breathe. The real question is why don’t you read? Reading is an escape for me and it has helped me cope with hard times. That’s why.
  4. When you have to wait a year for the next book of a series to come out.
    *cough cough* To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before *cough cough*
  5. Someone who says they liked the movie better
    I BET YOU DIDN’T EVEN READ THE BOOK!!
  6. Spoilers
    The absolute worst. At least put a warning before you tell someone the ending of a book or movie. It’s just cruel.
  7. Having a friend that doesn’t like your favorite book
    I actually consider not being friends with them anymore. It takes everything in me not to scream at them.
  8. When people ask to borrow your books
    I hate this so so much because I have very little trust in people. But at the same time, I can’t say no because I want them to experience the love I have for the book. I am so afraid that they will ruin it or not give it back though. This one is a huge struggle.
  9. Being judged for not going out so you can read
    I usually have to come up with an excuse, so the only person who judges me is my sister. But it’s worth it.
  10. Books you don’t like that end in cliffhangers
    I hate when I’m reading a book that I didn’t enjoy at all has a crazy ending that has me so SHOOK that I need to read the next one. I need to know what happens next but I don’t want to suffer through another 300 pages of boring writing to find out.

Have anything to add to the list? Let me know in the comments!

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Read Dog Book Subscription Unboxing!

This post is SUPER exciting because it is actually in collaboration with Read Dog! They are a monthly book subscription box where you get to fill out a form describing what type of books you read! They send you a book they think you will like based on the response.

The contents of my box are…
1. 2 notecards explaining the theme of the box and some of the contents.
2. I also got a little read dog sticker which will be super cute to put in my journal!
3. There were 2 charms included- a puzzle piece and a blue stone. They look really cute and I will probably put them on a necklace chain.
4. A bookmark came with it as well, with the definition of sonder, which is actually the theme.
5. There was also a white grape tea (and directions with how to use it) which I am so so happy about. I absolutely love tea, and this one sounds so good.
6. There is also a little painting included which is beautiful.
7. The last thing besides the book is some puzzle pieces. If you read the card it comes with, it says that sonder is the realization that everyone around us has their own story. The puzzle pieces remind us that we are part of a whole, not the entire story.

 

As for the book, I received Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia.

Here is the Goodreads synopsis:
Hattie Hoffman has spent her whole life playing many parts: the good student, the good daughter, the good girlfriend. But Hattie wants something more, something bigger, and ultimately something that turns out to be exceedingly dangerous. When she’s found brutally stabbed to death, the tragedy rips right through the fabric of her small-town community.

It soon comes to light that Hattie was engaged in a highly compromising and potentially explosive secret online relationship. The question is: Did anyone else know? And to what lengths might they have gone to end it? Hattie’s boyfriend seems distraught over her death, but had he fallen so deeply in love with her that she had become an obsession? Or did Hattie’s impulsive, daredevil nature simply put her in the wrong place at the wrong time, leading her to a violent death at the hands of a stranger?
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If you want to purchase your own Read Dog box, click here! Thank you so much to Read Dog for sponsoring this post. I can not wait to read the book 🙂

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The Book Blogger Insider Tag

I saw Marie over on Drizzle and Hurricane Books do this tag and I loved it. I am a nosy person, so naturally I was curious about her answers to these questions, and I wanted to do it myself.

Rules:
– Answer the questions
– Credit the creator: Camryn- The Writing Crafter
– Tag 5 people

  1. Where do you typically write your blog posts?
    Usually at my desk in my room. I have everything that I need right in front of me and it’s not too cluttered. If I am feeling a little lazy, I go to my bed instead. But, I feel and think better at a desk.
  2. How long does it generally take you to write a book review?
    It typically takes me about an hour to write one. This is because I re-read a synopsis of the book, plan out what I want to write and include, and then I begin actually writing. I edit the post right after usually, because it doesn’t always make sense right away. Sometimes my words get jumbled up as I’m spilling them onto the page, so editing can take 1/2 an hour, give or take.
  3. When did you start your book blog?
    Ok it’s time to get a bit technical. I began my blog almost 2 years ago, but it was mainly fashion and beauty. I only began book blogging about 3 months ago. I have been reading for as long as I can remember, though.
  4. What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?
    The worst thing about having a book blog is that my urge to buy new books is never ending. I see bloggers raving about a book, so I feel like I need it. I spend way too much money on books now.
  5. What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?
    The community. Everyone is so nice and welcoming.
  6. What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?
    Probably the “My Life In Books Tag.” I enjoyed picking out the books and putting thought into my answers. And the photography was fun, too.
  7. What is your favorite type of blog post to write?
    This is hard because I don’t write the same type of blog post very often. I think my favorite is writing a monthly TBR because I like to set goals for myself. This keeps me on track and gives me something to follow.
  8. When do you typically write?
    I typically write in the morning. On the weekends when I wake up, I try to start on blog posts as early as possible because that is when I have the most lighting (for photography) and I generate the best ideas. I rarely write a full blog post late at night, but if I get a random spark of inspiration, I could be up until 3 am writing.
  9. Do you review every book you read?
    No, definitely not. I would not have time to do that, and some books just aren’t worth reviewing. This does not mean that the book is bad, just that it has probably been out a long time and many reviews have already been written. Or the book just hasn’t affected me enough to want to write about it.
  10. How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of tea/coffee? With Netflix? Cuddled with your pet?
    I can not have the distraction of Netflix, but I sometimes like to have music playing. I almost always have some tea and a little snack with me.
  11. When do you write your book reviews? Right after reading the book? Two weeks after finishing the book?
    I try to write them right when I finish so that it is still fresh in my mind. But, I do take notes on the books I plan to review, so sometimes I don’t get around to it for a week and can still talk about everything I wanted to.
  12. How often do you post?
    I try to post every three days. Sometimes my schedule is too busy though, so I only get one post up in a week.

I tag anyone who wants to do this! I know that tagging someone makes them feel forced to do it, so this is up to you.

XO, Jessica

April Wrap Up and May TBR

I read a total of 8 books in April, which is surprising because it felt like a busy month.

  1. A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas: At first, I found this book very boring and I didn’t think I would like it, but since I was sent it on Kindle to borrow, I decided to pull through to the end. I am happy that I did because the story really picked up. I will not be finishing the series, however. Maas has a lot of problematic scenes in the third book which are offensive and hurtful. 4/5 stars
  2. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken: I did not enjoy this book at all. I also borrowed it from someone on Kindle, so I finished it. It was very slow paced, and not a lot of action happened. 3/5 stars
  3. Never, Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher: THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING. It’s a super short read, at only a little over 100 pages. There is a huge cliffhanger at the end, and I can’t wait to read parts 2 and 3. This is my 3rd Colleen Hoover book, and I plan on reading a lot more by her because I’ve loved them all. 5/5 stars
  4. Only A Kiss by Ines Bautista-Yao: This book is a cute, quick read. The writing wasn’t great, but I enjoyed the story. I only read it because I got it free on Amazon! 3/5 stars
  5. I Am More Than A Daydream by Jennae Cecelia: This is Jennae’s 3rd poetry collection, and by far my favorite! I read it in one sitting, and related to a lot of the poetry. 5/5 stars
  6. Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven: I loved this book. I read it pretty quickly, and it was really fast paced, which I liked. I loved the main characters, and the story was really empowering. 4/5 stars
  7. The Wingsnatchers by Sarah Jean Horwitz: I received an ARC of this book, and it just came out on April 25th, so I wanted to finish it before release day. It was a cute story, but definitely geared towards middle school kids. 3/5 stars
  8. Night By Elie Wiesel: This book is a true account of a Jewish man during the Holocaust. It was devastating and made me tear up, but I am glad I read it. It really opens your eyes to the horrors people faced. 5/5 stars

Now for my TBR! I don’t have a lot of books on my list, because I never stick to my TBR anyways.

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  1. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon: The movie comes out mid-May, so I definitely want to finish this book before then.
  2. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: I started this book the last week of April, but I have yet to finish it, so it is my goal to do so.
  3. Silence by Natasha Preston: I also started this a few days ago, and I am almost done. I really, really want to finish it because I accidentally read a spoiler, and now I can’t stop thinking about it!

 

Uniquely Me Tag

Hello loves! I have a tag post today that I was nominated for by Awkwardsaurus! Thank you for the tag angel 🙂 Anyways, the point of the tag is to make a list of things that are unique about you. I think the idea is really cute, so of course I wanted to do it.

The Rules:
1. Thank the person that nominated you for this tag and link to their blog (spread the love, basically).
2. Write as many things that are unique to you as possible: these can be things that you do, say, like or have that make you different to other people or let you stand out. It can be what defines you as a person, a little thing about you that is just simply you or something little known that you think makes you up as a person.
3. Nominate up to 10 bloggers or as many as you like; there isn’t a limit.
4. You can take this tag as seriously or non-seriously as you like; you can laugh whilst doing it or feel contemplative: this is about you, after all.
5. After you’ve written this and if you ever feel like there’s nothing to you but what other people have already said and done, look back to your post and remember that it isn’t true.

Here we go…

  • Many people don’t know this about me, but I actually love to write poetry. Let me know in the comments if you would like me to share some of my work.
  • I am a super organized person, besides the fact that I have messy handwriting. I’m always writing to-do lists, planning, etc.
  • I have hazel eyes, meaning that some days my eyes are brown and other days they are green. My license only says brown though because I didn’t know what the abbreviation for hazel was, and I was too afraid to ask.
  • I love love love to run and workout.
  • I am super indecisive. I change my mind constantly, but only because I have a variety of interests and want to get to all of them.
  • I love interior design and redecorating my room, and I used to do it on a monthly basis.
  • I have a strange love for mozzarella sticks. No, seriously. If I see mozzarella sticks on the menu at any restaurant, I will order them.
  • I basically have a collection of journals, and I can’t stop myself from buying more.
  • I write all over my books. I highlight, write comments, underline, circle, etc. I know most book lovers think it is a sin, but it makes books feel more unique to me 😉

That is all that I can think of right now, but I think it is a pretty good list! I actually won’t be tagging anyone specifically, because I think anyone who wants to do this tag should! Send me your links if you decide to do it yourself.

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