October Wrap-Up and Haul!

Well.

This is embarrassing.

This is going to be a really short blog post, guys, because I read a grand total of ONE book this month.

Just one.

One whole book.

So needless to say, I will not be doing a favorites post for this month, because everything would have to be for Scarlet and that would not be fun for you guys to read. So Scarlet will by default go on my shortlist for favorite book of 2016, but I will not make a favorites post for this month.

Let’s get started with my one book that I read in October and one book that I bought!


BOOKS I READ

1.) Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #2

Rating: 3 stars

Time I Read: 26 days

Synopsis: Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Read my review here.


BOOKS I BOUGHT

1.) Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

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Series: N/A

Length: 400 pages

Have I Read It: No

First Date Book Tag!

Hello, readers!

Happy Thursday!

While I was looking around for a tag to do today, I came across this really cute one and thought I would give it a go!

So, without further ado, here is the first date book tag!

Let’s get started!


1. The awkward first date: A book where something felt off. It wasn’t a bad book, but lacked that spark for you.

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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I liked this book, but it just didn’t hook me and at some places it felt awkward. I gave it four stars on Goodreads, though.

2. The cheap first date: A book that turned out less than you expected.

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Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I expected so much more from this book, but it just fell flat for me.

3. Well-prepared first date: A book that was better than expected.

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins! I didn’t have high expectations for this book when I first read it, and now it’s one of my favorite series!

4. Hot, but dumb: A pretty book, but not so hot on the inside.

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How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff. I love the cover of this book, but the inside just could not capture my attention.

5. Blind date: A book you picked up without knowing anything about it.

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The Last Good Day of the Year by Jessica Warman!

6. Speed dating: A book you read super fast.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John TIffany, Jack Thorne, and J.K. Rowling! I read this one in less than a day.

7. The rebound: A book that you read too soon after a book hangover and it kind of ruined it for you.

I don’t have one!

8. Overly enthusiastic date: A book that felt like it was trying too hard.

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A Million Suns by Beth Revis! I really liked this book, but it did seem like it was trying a little too hard to keep up with the first book in the series.

9. The perfect first date: A book that did everything right for you.

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Surprise, surprise, it’s Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. I promise one day I’ll stop using this book for everything, but today is not that day.

10. Humiliating first date: Book you’re embarrassed to admit you liked.

I don’t have one!


And that’s it for the first date book tag!

See you next Tuesday for another post!

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer Review!

DISCLAIMER: This is the second book in the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer. It may contain spoilers. So, spoiler warning for everything past this point! Read at your own risk!

Started: September 23, 2016

Finished: October 18, 2016

Rating: 3 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.


I really wish I could have gotten this book done faster.

I loved Cinder when I read it earlier in September, and I picked this one up pretty much immediately after so I could read it.

I’m a little disappointed in this one compared to Cinder.

Cinder was such a quick read for me because I was completely immersed in the world, and the characters were spectacular. In this one, I wasn’t as completely enthralled with the story. The plot seemed a little convoluted (maybe that’s just because it’s the second book in a series and it has to establish the plot for the other books), and the characters seemed a little lackluster.

For me, this plot was confusing. It took me forever to get through it because it just wasn’t catching my attention, and what did catch my attention was confusing. I wish it had been a little easier to understand so that I could get a little more excited about reading it.

The story wasn’t that exciting to me. It seemed very basic and filler, and I found myself more interested in Cinder and Thorne’s plotline than Scarlet and Wolf’s plotline. This book definitely just seemed like it was there to progress the plot from Cinder to the next book Cress. I’m excited to read Cress so that maybe the plot can start feeling a bit more action-filled again.

These characters didn’t really help the plot, except for one.

Scarlet and Wolf were very basic characters to me, and in Scarlet’s case, just plain unlikable. I didn’t like Scarlet. I didn’t like their chapters, and I found myself constantly just trying to get through them to get back to Cinder and Thorne. Wolf was more likable, but I don’t really feel any great connection to him either.

The best part of this book is by far Carswell Thorne. I loved him, I loved everything about him. He’s exactly my type of character, and I can’t wait to learn more about him in the next two books.

Overall, Scarlet just wasn’t my cup of tea like Cinder was, but it’s not going to stop me from reading the rest of the series. I plan to pick up Cress as soon as I can make it to a bookstore!


NEXT READ: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Reader Problems Book Tag!

Hello, readers!

Happy Tuesday!

For today’s post, I thought I would tell you a little bit about reader problems.

We all have reader problems. From reading slumps (which I’m in a pretty bad one right now) to not knowing which book to read, they happen all the time.

So this book tag is all about reader problems!

Let’s get started!


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

Tbh, this number isn’t even that unrealistic.

I typically decide to read either the book that I bought first while reading my current read, or whatever book has been sitting on my TBR list the longest. Right now, I haven’t made it far enough through my recent purchases to go for the one that been on my TBR the longest (sorry, The Host, I’ll get to you someday!).

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

I’ve only given up on one book in my entire life and it was Artemis Fowl when I was in like sixth grade. I have a very serious rule for myself that if I start something, I have to finish it. That goes for everything from writing to TV shows to books. Even if I absolutely hate a book, I will finish it. There are several books that I’ve started but not finished yet, but I fully intend to finish them. Even my two least favorite books of all time (Pride & Prejudice and Before I Fall) I finished in full. So I would be committed to finishing a book, even if I’m just not loving it.

3. 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?

Listen…I’ve had a Goodreads account for three years. Each of those three years, I have set my Goodreads goal to fifty books. Do you know how many times I’ve reached that goal? Zero. I try my hardest to meet it every year, but I never quite make it. This year, I might try to read some manga to get those last few in before the end of year, but I don’t have high hopes for making this year either. So no, I don’t usually try to catch up.

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

I don’t really care about covers all the much, so I’m just fine with it!

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

Ahem, Pride & Prejudice, anyone? Everyone loves it, I hate it, and I don’t really share my feelings with anyone in my real life, so I just rant about on social media to strangers on the internet!

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

I literally just cry. Crying in public isn’t exactly a new thing for me, so I just let the tears fall. If anyone asks, it’s chance to tell them about the book!

7. 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?

Definitely! I love rereading books! I did it so often that I kind of implemented a rule that this year would be the year I don’t reread any books, and I’ve made it so often. But I can’t wait to start rereading all of my favorites again and catch up on some series.

8. You do not want anyone borrowing your books. How do you politely tell them no when they ask?

Everyone knows how crazy I am when it comes to keeping track of my books. I keep a spreadsheet, and all of my books are stamped in two different places with my name. I’ll let people borrow most of my books, but some of them are a definite no and some books I have a personal copy and a borrowing copy. But most people just don’t bother asking anymore, so I don’t really have to tell anyone no.

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

Usually I would juts reread something I love, and then go back to new books. This year, I’ve kind of just struggled through any books that I just didn’t feel like reading at that moment.

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

I buy all my auto-buy authors (I just bought Jennifer Niven’s new book even though I had hardly any money in my bank account lol). And then I’ll probably buy like 7-8 new releases throughout the year.

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

Only about a month!


And that’s it for my reader problems book tag!

See you on Thursday for another post!

 

Makeup Book Tag!

Hello, readers!

So I’m really trying to get used to a schedule on this blog, but it hasn’t really worked so far. I’m going to try harder to get used to putting a post out every Tuesday and Thursday!

Today I’ll be doing the makeup book tag!

I love makeup, and I love books, so what better way to combine the two?

Let’s get started!


1. FOUNDATION: Pick your favorite book that is the first book in a series

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It’s got to be Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater!

2. EYESHADOW: Pick a book that has your favorite colors on the cover

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Boys R Us by Lisi Harrison! (Side note: Do you know how hard it is to find a cover with pin and yellow on it?

3. EYELINER: Pick a dark and mysterious book

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The Last Good Day of the Year by Jessica Warman!

4. MASCARA: Pick a long book

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Guys, this is my go-to long book so it’s probably expected. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling!

5. BLUSH: Pick a book that had some cringe-worthy romance

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You know why. You know why.

6. LIPSTICK: Your favorite book kiss

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I won’t say who it is because of spoilers, but it’s definitely in this book.

7. FINISHING POWDER: Pick your favorite book that is the last book in a series

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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins!


And that’s it for the makeup book tag! I hope you all enjoyed it, and I’ll be back on Tuesday with another bookish post.

See you then!

October TBR!

Hello, readers!

Today’s the day to tell you what I plan to read in the month of October!

I will admit that I’m in a bit of a reading slump right now, so I probably won’t get through all four of the books on this list, but I’m going to try!

Let’s get started!


1. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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Synopsis: Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

2. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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Synopsis: As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

3. Althea & Oliver by Cristina Morcano

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Synopsis: Althea Carter and Oliver McKinley have been best friends since they were six. Now, as their junior year of high school comes to a close, Althea has begun to want something more. Oliver simply wants life to go back to normal, but when he wakes up one morning with no memory of the past three weeks, he can’t deny any longer that something is seriously wrong with him. Then Althea makes the worst decision ever, and her relationship with Oliver is shattered. When he leaves town for a clinical study in New York, she drives up the coast after him, determined to make up for what she’s done.

4. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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Synopsis: Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?


Thanks for reading!

See you on Tuesday for another post!

September Book Favorites 2016!

Hello, readers!

I read five books in the month of September, so let’s get started with my monthly favorites!

As usual, I will tell you my favorite character, cover, title, story, and overall favorite book of September!

Let’s get started!


1. Favorite character

Prince Kai from Cinder by Marissa Meyer!

2. Favorite cover

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The Cellar by Natasha Preston!

3. Favorite title

Dreaming of Antigone by Robin Bridges!

4. Favorite story

The Last Good Day of the Year by Jessica Warman!

5. Favorite book

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The Last Good Day of the Year by Jessica Warman!


Come back tomorrow for my October TBR!

See you then!