Reader Problems Tag

This is a bit of an older tag, but I have seen it many times both on Booktube and on WordPress, so I really wanted to add to it! This is a bit of a longer tag, so let’s just get straight into it!

You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

I am a huge mood reader, so I would first look at the books I own and pick one based off of its genre, the cover, or just how much I want to read it! It honestly really just depends on what I’m feeling haha

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

I used to be completely committed and I would finish a book no matter what. Now, if I am not enjoying a book, I quit. I don’t usually get 1/2 through it though, I stop much earlier.

The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

I definitely try to catch up. If I am behind, the entire month of December I am basically spending all of my time reading. Like, actually. It’s all I do.

The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

This actually does not bother me that much. First off, I do not read/own a lot of series because I prefer standalones or duologies/trilogies. Second, I think it’s kind of interesting to have mismatching covers, even though I know almost everyone else in the book community would hate this!

Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

I typically turn to Goodreads and try to find other reviewers with similar opinions to mine! I try to comment on their reviews so that we can talk about it together! Otherwise, I sometimes come across booktubers with similar taste to mine and if they talk about the book I hated, I comment on their videos!

You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

This has actually happened to me at school when I was in 8th grade reading TFIOS. Yes, that book made me cry. I was in class with some friends though so they just let me pour my emotions out with no judgement. If I happened to be alone, I would hold in the tears until I got home.

A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!?

I never really re-read the first book, I usually just read a synopsis and hope that is enough information to start the second book. Usually, I begin to regain some memory of the previous book as I read the next.

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You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

People don’t typically ask to borrow my books because I don’t talk about them that often. I only lend out books to people I trust, though. If someone I didn’t trust were to ask me, I would probably just say I don’t own it, or that they should just get it from the library because it’s an important book to me. (Lying is bad, I know. But when it comes to my books I gotta do it)

You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

I don’t try to force myself to read if I am really not in the mood. I just slowly get back into reading usually by picking up a fluffy contemporary, or something super light/short! The only type of slump I force myself to get over is a writing slump, because that is something I lack motivation for quite frequently because I get stuck or frustrated. However, a reading slump is nothing I need to focus on immediately, and I just go with the flow.

There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

Currently, I am on a book buying ban because I don’t have a job and I am starting college in the fall, so a girls gotta save money. BUT, when I do have some cash, I usually buy 2-3 books (at the very most 4) in one Barnes and Noble run.

After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

Right now, they are probably sitting on my shelves for at least a month before I get to them. Usually so much longer. I have 3 shelves in my room dedicated to books I haven’t read yet, so that gives you a bit of a picture. It’s a really big struggle.

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That’s it for the tag! I tag all of you to do it (if you want!) because it was super fun. Let me know if you agree with any of my answers down in the comments below :)

Xo, Jess

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paperback vs hardcover | discussion

This is a topic that is debated by bookworms daily. Do you take the convenience of paperbacks over the sturdiness of hardcovers? Do you prefer the feeling of a hardcover in your hand versus a flimsy paperback?

For me personally, I prefer paperbacks. The majority of my book collection is paperbacks because they fit so much better in my hand. I also really like the look of them better. I feel like more people like hardcovers because the covers tend to be nicer, but that is the opposite case for me.

I made a pros and cons list for both book styles, and I tried to avoid any bias towards paperbacks (but I’m sorry if it didn’t work).

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Pros:

  • Cheaper: this is such an important point because paperbacks are significantly cheaper than hardcovers when you go into a bookstore, so not everyone can afford hardcovers.
  •  Lighter: These are much easier for travel because you can carry them in a backpack or purse without much of a hassle.
  • More Comfortable: This is sort of a weird pro, and some people may disagree, but I find paperbacks much easier to hold while reading. They don’t start to hurt my hands, and they fit my hand so much better. I can read these for a longer time than I can a hardcover.

Cons:

  • You have to wait to buy them: The paperback always comes out months after the hardcover is published, so if you are waiting for a new release, you can only buy the hardcover.
  • They get damaged more easily: Yes, they are flimsy. The cover can bend and fold much easier than a hardcover. It is easy to rip them when putting them in a bag. While they might be lighter to hold, they will most likely be bent in the process. (Solution: using a book sleeve!)

 

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Pros:

  • Last longer: Hardcovers can typically last longer because they are more durable. They won’t get damages as easily, and the cover won’t bend.
  • Prettier: Everyone always tends to love the cover on the hardcover much more than the paperback. Plus, there is the inside cover under the dust jacket which can also be very pretty. (However, there are many cases where I prefer a paperback edition over the hardcover)
  • You can lend it without worry: With the hardcover edition of the book, you can lend it to friends or family without that worry of the cover being damaged. It can be tossed around because it is much sturdier.

Cons:

  • Expensive: This is the opposite of my pro for paperbacks, but it is a super valid point. Hardcovers are very expensive, especially when buying them new. You can buy two paperbacks for the price of one hardcover, which makes them less appealing for me.
  • Difficult to travel with: Some hardcovers are very big and bulky, so travel is not easy. They rarely fit in my bag, and when they do, they are super heavy.

 

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Alright, so overall the two book types are pretty even when looking at the lists. It ultimately comes down to which one you like better for yourself! I prefer paperbacks because I take care of my books and they don’t get worn down easily. However, I can understand why many people would opt for the hardcovers because of how beautiful they are!

Let me know down below which one you prefer, because I really am curious.

Xo, Jessica

 

5 Star book predictions !

I have been seeing a lot of people doing this post recently and I figured I should join in on the fun! I have over 60 books that I own but haven’t read yet, so I chose 6 of these that I really think will be 5 star ratings for me! I based this off of their descriptions, the genre, and the hype around them.

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

There is so much hype around this book, especially because of the movie that just came out. I can really see myself loving this book because it is contemporary and features many aspects of a book that I really like! This is also high on my priority list of books to read!

From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan

I honestly do not know much about this book at all, but one of my favorite booktubers, Ariel Bissett, has hyped this author up a lot. I actually won this book from a giveaway she was doing on her Instagram for it. I like her taste in books, so I am hoping this is another recommendation I end up loving.

By Your Side by Kasie West

This is another book that I believe will be a 5 star for me because of Laura (another booktuber). I think me and her have almost the same exact taste in books, and she recently posted a March TBR and she read a lot of Kasie West books in it! By Your Side is the only one I own right now, but I really feel like I will love it!

We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han

I am the biggest Jenny Han fan ever. I give basically all of her books 5 star ratings, and this is the last book in her Summer trilogy, so I have really high expectations. I loved the first two books, and my hope is that this one really ends the trilogy well.

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

I just read an e-ARC of Jenn Bennett’s newest novel, but before that I had never gotten around to reading any of her other books! I loved the book I read, and I am dying to get to another one. I have a feeling that she is going to become one of my newest favorite authors!

Beholding Bee by Kimberly Fusco

I bought this book so long ago from Bookoutlet because the description really interested me. From seeing other ratings on Goodreads, I really think I will love it! It is not a typical book that I would read, but it seems super interesting, so I am dying to get to it.

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Have you read any of these books before? Let me know in the comments what you thought of them!

Xo, Jess

April TBR

March was a long month. I’m hoping April just flies by though because I am so excited for everything I have planned in May. But, for now, here is my TBR for April (it’s a little late, I know).

We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

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I have been reading this for a long time now but the book is just so long, it’s hard to get through! Plus, I am not really loving it, so that makes reading it even harder. However, I do know there is a lot of hype surrounding it, and I am already 1/2 way through, so I want to finish it.

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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This is my book club book for this month, so I know I will definitely get to it! I am almost done with my required reading for the week, and by the time this goes up, I am sure I will have finished the first 5 chapters! If you are interested in joining the book club, check out my post here!

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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If you have read a few of my past posts, you will know that this is my all time favorite book in the entire world. I have read it twice, and now that I own my own copy, I wanted to read it for a third time to annotate it. I am 1/4 of the way through, and I really hope to finish it within the next week or so!

The New Neighbors by Simon Lelic

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I got an advanced copy of this book but I didn’t realize it was coming out so soon (April 10th). I am going to get onto reading this right after I finish writing this blog post. I am pretty sure it is a murder mystery novel, so I am excited to get into it!

The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky by Jana Casale

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This is another ARC that I was given, and I have also not gotten around to it yet and it comes out April 17th. These next few weeks are going to drive me crazy with release dates, but I am very determined to finish!

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What’s on your TBR for the month? Be sure to let me know down below!

Xo, Jess

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett | review

*I was provided an e-ARC of this book by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Hello everyone! I am back with a new review for you guys today! Happy release day to Jenn Bennett! Make sure to go pick up a copy of this book today because it was amazing and I highly recommend it! But, let’s get into the review :)

Goodreads Synopsis: 
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?

My Review:

The first thing that I have to say about this book is that I love it! It was so well written and kept me interested the entire time. I really wanted to know how it was going to end and what was going to happen to the characters.

This book has so much going on but it was so amazing! I feel like there were a lot of small conflicts rather than one big one, but I loved how well they all connected to each other. It also features the friends-to-enemies-to-lovers trope, but it was done really well.

Zorie, the main character, was very oblivious/immature in the beginning which I did not really like, but by the middle of the book I think she really developed a lot. I fell in love with Zorie and Lennon, and I could not get enough of their relationship. It was so cute, and I could not wait to see where it went.

Lennon was such a great character. His personality towards the other characters was so funny because he is so sarcastic, but when it came to Zorie, he was compassionate, caring, and just so sweet.

I also really liked the setting of this book. I have gone camping quite a few times in the last year, so the struggles they had were struggles I could relate to. This made the story so much better for me. Also, I think that really added to the romance of it.

I think the synopsis does not do this book justice, because there is so much more to it than just the camping trip gone wrong aspect, but I don’t want to spoil anything.

Overall, the story was just both beautiful and heartbreaking, but the ending made my heart so happy and full.

I am definitely going to buy the finished copy of this book once I get a chance, and I can not wait to read the other Jenn Bennett book I own!

Rating: 5/5 stars!

Xo, Jess

April Book Club

If you saw my announcement post a little while ago, you would know that I am going to be hosting a monthly book club!

You guys voted, and the book we are reading this month is…

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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I am super excited to read this book, because it has been on my TBR for a while now!

Here is the schedule:

  • April 1st-7th: Chapters 1-5 (roughly 130 pages)
  • April 8th-14th: Chapters 6-10 (roughly 170 pages)
  • April 15th-21st: Chapters 11-15 (roughly 100 pages)
  • April 22nd-28th: Chapter 16-20 (roughly 120 pages)

On the 30th, I will post my review of the book.

There is also going to be a Twitter groupchat to discuss the book. If you would like to participate, leave your Twitter username down below :)

Let me know if you are going to join the book club this month!

Xo, Jess

Popular books I have no interest in reading

Before I start this post, I just want to say I am starting a monthly book club! If you are interested, click here to learn more. Also, make sure you fill out this poll so I know what books to pick!

New books are hyped every week. I add many of them to my TBR right away. But, there are some books that I see being hyped but I really don’t think I will ever read. I know people will get mad at me for some of the books on this list, but time is limited, and I need to read books I know I will like before any others.

Sorry if one of your favorite books is on here. That doesn’t mean it is a bad book, it is just not something that interests me.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

This book has been extremely hyped recently because it just came out. Personally, I don’t have the urge to read it all. The cover looks really pretty, but the story does not interest me.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

I have heard amazing things about Victoria Schwab. I definitely want to check out her Shades of Magic series ASAP, but for some reason I don’t really want to read this series. Maybe after reading a different book of hers I will change my mind.

The Raven Cycle Series by Maggie Stiefvater

As you can probably tell, there is a theme to these books. I am just not a big fan of fantasy, so this one has never been on my list. Even though a lot of the fantasy I read I enjoy, there are just some that I know I can not get into.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

This is one of the books on this list that I can actually see myself reading one day. However, that probably will not be for a long time, and only if I really feel like reading fantasy (which doesn’t happen often).

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I used to want to read this so bad. All of the book community has read it, but I never got a chance to pick it up. However, now that I am a high school senior, the concept just seems a bit too juvenile for me. I had a fangirl phase a few years ago, and I know I would have loved this book if I read it then. Now, I just feel like I won’t enjoy the book, so I don’t want to pick it up.

Warcross by Marie Lu

I am one of those people who forms my first opinion of a book based on its cover. This book’s cover just does not appeal to me, and the concept does not either. I have read one of Marie Lu’s books before, and I did not enjoy it. Therefore, I do not see myself picking this book up anytime soon.

Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Mass

The only book by SJM that I have read was A Court of Thorns and Roses. I thought it was alright, but I became aware of the problematic content in most of Mass’ books. After hearing about it, I became disinterested in anything else she has written, and I know I will not ever pick this series up.

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Well, those are all of the books I do not think I will be reading anytime soon. If you have read and enjoyed any of these books, leave a comment below. Maybe you will convince me to change my mind!

Xo, Jess

Announcement- New Monthly Book Club!

Hello everyone! I am so excited to announce that I will now be hosting a monthly book club here on Kisses From Jess!

The book club will begin on April 1st, and there will be a new book every month. I will give a breakdown of what page/chapter everyone should get to every week, and I will create a Twitter groupchat with everyone who wants to participate in order to discuss it! I made a twitter specifically for this blog, so be sure to follow me on there so I can add you!

I will also write a post at the end of the month to discuss my thoughts of the book we just read, and I will announce the next month’s book.

But for now, I created a poll for everyone to vote on so that I can see what genre and book you guys would like to read! You can click here to take the poll. 

More info will come when I announce April’s book.

I hope you guys are just as excited for this as I am! Leave me a comment below to let me know if you will participate :)

Xo, Jess

Wonder Week Read-a-thon TBR!

I love read-a-thons! They are a great way to get yourself to read more books, and it can be so fun to interact with others who are participating! Today I am going to show you my TBR for wonder week read-a-thon hosted by Rimpys Reads! Go check out her post if you want to participate :)

The read-a-thon takes place from March 18th-25th, and the goal is to read 5 books. There is a bingo card included that lists all of the challenges, so the goal is to complete a line of challenges in any direction (like bingo).

Here are the challenges I am doing:

Fantasy- The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

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I own the audiobook of this novel and I have been dying to read it since I saw Hailey (from Haileyinbookland) talk about it in a youtube video! I think including an audiobook in a read-a-thon is a really good idea because I can get through it quickly.

Mystery- The House by Christina Lauren

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I have been loving mystery/thriller books recently, so I knew I wanted to include this challenge in my TBR. I have heard some good things about this book, so I want to read it ASAP. It is definitely more of a horror book, but it could be classified as mystery so I will include it anyways (shh).

Pick Your Own- The Universe of Us by Lang Leav

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I haven’t read a lot of poetry recently, and since this is the only un-read poetry collection I own, I decided I wanted to pick it up! Plus, poetry is quick to read.

500 Pages- The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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I don’t know if I will be able to finish this book during the one week this takes place (along with 4 other books), but I am going to try my best. Everyone in the book community raves about Morgan Matson, so I know I definitely need to pick up at least one of her books! I really hope I enjoy it.

Re-read- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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I have been planning on re-reading this book for months. I wanted to annotate it now that I own a copy, so hopefully I finally get to it!

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That is it for this TBR! Let me know if you are going to participate in this read-a-thon, and let me know what books you are going to read!

Xo, Jess

Goodreads Book Tag!

Hello everyone! It’s finally March. That is insane! February went by so fast and so much had happened during that month. But it was time for a fresh start.

Today, I have a book tag to start the month off with. I saw this tag on Abigail’s Books, and I really liked the idea!

What was the last book you marked as read?

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It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han! I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to finish the last book in the trilogy!

What are you currently reading?

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We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson and Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall. Both books are ones that have been hyped for a long time in this community so I am finally getting around to them!

What book(s) do you plant to read next?

The House by Christina Lauren and We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han. Like I mentioned before, I really want to finish this Jenny Han trilogy, so I will definitely be picking up that book soon. As for The House, I have recently discovered a love for thrillers/mystery novels, so I want to read this soon!

Do you use the star rating system?

Yes, I do. I think it is a great way to keep track of books, and especially as a book reviewer, it really comes in handy to summarize your thoughts. I do wish you could give 1/2 stars though!

Are you doing a 2018 reading challenge?

Sort of. I have my goal set to 1 because I don’t want to focus on the quantity of books I read this year. Reading became a competition for me, so this year I am just focusing on quality.

Do you have a wishlist?

Yes! I am always hoping to get my hands on books so when I am at a bookstore, this helps me decide what to buy next. Otherwise I would get distracted by so many other books!

What book do you plan to buy next?

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I really want to buy Gemina soon because I read Illuminae so long ago and I loved it. Plus, with Obsidio coming out this month, I would love to be able to read that soon as well.

Do you have any favorite quotes?

I have a few favorite quotes from so many books! The recent one that comes to mind is from The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas:

“Brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared, Starr,” she says. “It means you go on even though you’re scared. And you’re doing that.”

Have you joined any groups?

I have joined a few, but I don’t really contribute anything to them. I would love to get more involved once I find a group I really like!

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Leave me a link to your post if you’ve done this tag before! I would love to check it out :)

Also!!

I am looking for someone to host either a read-a-thon with me, or a monthly book club! If you are interested, please leave a comment down below, or DM me on Twitter!

Thanks for reading!

Xo, Jessica