Marry, Date, Deny

So, I asked several times for book characters from you guys and never got any replies besides the lovely Jessica (go check her out, I love her). I didn’t say what they were going to be for but I was hoping for more suggestions. I ended up just writing down first characters that popped into my head. That consisted mainly of Twilight characters. There are a few other characters but don’t be surprised by all the Twilight.

I plan on doing the You’re Not Good Enough Book Tag pretty soon so tell me some character suggestions. And I may do this again. Let me know if you would like me to do themed ones, like characters from Harry Potter, only fantasy characters, only characters I hate, only characters I like, etc. Let me know any post suggestions you’d like also!

Now, let’s get on with this. Today, I’m doing the Marry, Date, Deny (kinda) tag. Let me know if you agree with some of my answers!

Round 1:
Thomas Cresswell from the Stalking Jack the Ripper series
Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter series
Audrey Rose from the Stalking Jack the Ripper series

Oh man. This is a tough one. Of course, only I could manage to get two characters from the same book in the first round.

I’d have to say: Marry Thomas, Date Audrey, and Deny Ron

Sorry Ron! I love Thomas so much. I’m only denying you because you and Hermoine are adorable. Is that a good excuse?

Round 2:
Feyre from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series
Harry Potter from the Harry Potter series
Bella from the Twilight Saga

This was easy: Marry Feyre, Date Harry, and Deny Bella

I do not like Bella. She always got all of the guys! And was just an annoying character. I’ve realized this after I was over the whole craze, though.

Round 3:
Amren from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series
Jacob from the Twilight Saga
Alice from the Twilight Saga

This was is so difficult! Oh man. I think I’ve decided and I’ll explain more after.

Marry Amren, Date Alice, Deny Jacob

I know, I know! I’m Team Jacob. The reason I’m denying him in this case is because, well, he’s a creep. No spoilers in case anyone is going to read this but hey. I loved Alice and I love Amren. She’s getting on my nerves a bit but I think she’d make a good wife. Alice would just know what’s going to happen and that would ruin all the surprises.

Round 4:
Tohru from Fruits Basket
Jest from Heartless
Rhysand from the A Court of Thorns and Roses

I knew as soon as I got Jest that the last would be Rhys.

Marry Rhys, Date Jest, Deny Tohru

I loved Rhys from his first appearance in ACOTAR. He popped up and I was like “I’m going to love this guy. He better be in more of the book.” And well, Jest. Can’t say no to him!

Round 5:
Draco from the Harry Potter series
Hermoine from the Harry Potter series
Mor from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series

Not much to say here. I just chose this because, well, you’ll see.

Marry Mor, Date Hermoine, Deny Draco

I’m just going to end this here. Short and sweet post. I kept putting off doing this post until I realized at 7am that I had to write this because it had to go up at 12pm. So, here it is. I hope you enjoyed! I also realized that there weren’t a ton of Twilight characters. Hm.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Top 5 Minor Characters

*Top 5 Wednesday is run by Top 5 Wednesday was created by Thoughts on Tomes and Ginger Reads Lainey. You can see the GoodReads page here.*

This week’s T5W is about our top 5 favorite minor characters. I am writing this post later that I had originally planned because I had to think about this one. Minor characters seem to always be so under written. I had a couple pop into my mind right away but I’ll mention those two last! I’m also going to try really hard to stay away from Harry Potter but it’s currently 5:20pm and I have to get in a shower at 7pm for work. So, if you read about a Harry Potter character, then you know I made it to 6:30 without being able to think of anyone else.

I’d like to start off with one that I think would have been a popular answer a while ago but may not be mentioned as much now. That would be Alice from the Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer. She was always my favorite. I haven’t read the books since I was a very young teen but I was obsessed. So obsessed, that I was roleplaying on Myspace in the Twilight world. But Alice was one of my favorite side characters. I also loved the whole wolf pack but I’ll just mention Alice here. Werewolves were always better than vampires in my eyes. #TeamJacobForLife

(P.s. ignore my tattered copies of these books. They’ve been used until their death, eaten by dogs, and torn by my son)

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The next side character I’d like to mention is the Mad Hatter specifically from Heartless by Marissa Meyer. He was such a well built character that I couldn’t help but love him. I enjoyed the Alice in Wonderland Johnny Depp movies and loved Mad Hatter there. This just amplified it.

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Now, hear me out on this next one. Let me explain before you rip my throat out. Hailey from The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Now, I absolutely HATE her character. But, she was so well developed. Her character is so common in the real world. I’m not going to explain why but if you’ve read this book then you understand. I love how well thought out she was. Great job, Angie Thomas. Great job. P.s. If you haven’t read this book. Read it. No ifs ands or buts about it. Just read it.

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The second to last character I would like to mention is from Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. I’m not silent about my love for this book and I’m greatly looking forward to the second book in this series (I think it’s going to be a trilogy), Hunting Prince Dracula. But the character I would like to mention is Audrey Rose’s cousin. I can’t think of her name right now. But with Audrey Rose trying to do what she loves in a world that doesn’t think she should be more than just a pretty item to look at, her cousin is supportive of her. Her cousin doesn’t want to do anything but just be a woman who goes to the tea parties. But that doesn’t stop her from supporting Audrey Rose. Which is awesome. All of the reviews seem to overlook her, though.

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The last person I would like to mention is the entire minor character cast from the whole ACOTAR series. All of these characters seem to be so well built and thought out. There’s so much backstory behind all of them and you can tell that Sarah J Maas worked very hard on building this world and expressing how hard she did work on it. I love when every character is as thought out as these ones are. And even if you originally think they aren’t, later in the series, that may change. I’m almost halfway through ACOWAR and I’m loving that I’m still learning new things about character that were just glossed over in the previous books.

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Well, that’s about it! I managed to get through without mentioning Harry Potter so special shoutout to the Harry Potter minor characters!

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Who is your favorite minor character in a book?

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Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

*This tag was created by The Book Archer. You can watch their video here.*

**I wasn’t tagged for this, but I wanted to do it! **

 A Popular Book/Series You Didn’t Like

I am going to have to go with the Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I just did not like this series. I thought the first one was okay and the style was interesting. But by the time I got to the second, the hype of the style was over and the second seemed too repetitive and I was just over it. I have come to realize since that I don’t like sci-fi that much so that could have a lot to do with it.

A Popular Book or Series That Everyone Seems To Hate But You Love

Hm. This one was a tough one for me to think about. I haven’t read a lot of books that people have hated. I’d probably have to say The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkins. I only read the first book and I definitely enjoyed it. Everyone else seems to hate it, but I found it interesting. I’m still debating if I want to finish the series or not though.

A Love Triangle Where The Main Character Ended Up With The Person You Did NOT Want Them To End Up With or An OTP That You Don’t Like

I really wanted to say ACOTAR but if you’ve read the whole series, you’d know that not true. So I looked at my shelves and decided to go with Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I’m sure if you’ve read it or know anything about Alice in Wonderland, you’d know why. But no spoilers!

A Popular Book Genre You Barely Reach For

I decided to change this up a bit and just go with one that I don’t enjoy. I’ve read several these past few months and I’ve come to decide that I dislike science fiction. I thought after reading Cinder that I didn’t mind sci-fi. Then I read Illuminae and Gemina and I didn’t really enjoy those. Now I’m reading a science fiction ARC and I’m not enjoying it as much as I could be. So no more sci-fi for me.

A Popular or Beloved Character That You Don’t Like

Oh man. I was going to hold off on doing this tag because I wasn’t sure what to choose for a lot of these answers, but I watched the original video recently and I had a ton of ideas. Now I’m drawing a blank again. I decided to go with Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. Spoiler-ish following. I’d like to specify this is for ACOTAR. Everyone seemed to love Tamlin in the first book but I just didn’t. He was driving me nuts. I didn’t expect what happened to happen but I just didn’t like him from the beginning. I wanted to so bad but I knew as soon as Rhys popped up that I would love him. I always go for the bad boy, what can I say.

A Popular Book Trope You Are Tired Of Seeing

I could have so many for this, but a lot I can get past. The one thing that makes me DNF books is a super controlling boyfriend in romance. You know the type I mean. The super controlling kind that will punch another guy if they look at the girl in any way. I’m sick of it. Then the girl always give in instead of countering it. And even if they do counter it, the reply is always “this is so new to me and I don’t know how to act.” No. Stop. There was one book like this recently and despite the fact she hated everything he did, she still had sex with him to “get it over with.” Come on. No. How about you don’t do that. I’m to a point where I’m ready to DNF a book at over 80%, but of how controlling the guy is. He’s completely obsessed with the girl in a very unhealthy way. I just want to enjoy a nice healthy romance.

A Popular Series That You Have No Interest In Reading

I don’t plan on finishing the Illuminae Files. I can’t really think of any other ones off the top of my head. I like to give everything a try. If it’s a sci-fi, I probably won’t pick it up.

The Saying Goes “The Book Is Always Better Than The Movie” But What Movie/TV Adaptation Do You Prefer To The Book

I’d have to say that I prefer the Gossip Girl TV show to the books. I’ve read a few of the books and I honestly can say that I don’t remember any of them and I don’t care to continue. I loved the show, though. There are several shows/movies that I’ve seen without reading the books but that’s changing now. If there’s a book version of a movie I want to see, I’ll read the book first.

I’m not going to tag anyone because I don’t know too many book bloggers just yet! So if you want to be my friend, send me a message, follow me on Twitter or Instagram, and just strike up a chat!

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Top 10 Covers On My Shelf

“Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” is the saying that absolutely no one in the world follows when it comes to books. I personally believe that if the author and publisher didn’t think to put a lot of work into the cover, then who’s to say they put a lot of work into the actual book. The cover is the first thing that people see. It’s like the attention grabbing opening to a speech or a blog post. If the opening isn’t interesting, no one is going to want to read or listen to it. They will lose intrest. If you don’t have an eye catching cover, how are people supposed to get their interest peaked? 

So I decided that today’s post will be my top 10 favorite covers that I own. This won’t be in a set order but they will be generally from my least favorite to my favorite. Let me know if you’ve read any of these books and how you felt about them (no spoilers since I haven’t read most of these and I’m sure there are people who haven’t. Let’s just get into this.

The Diabolic by SJ Kincaid

 

I absolutely fell in love with this cover the moment I saw it. It’s so beautiful with the butterfly and half of it is robotic. I can’t wait to get into this story and figure out exactly how the cover will translate into the story. I can imagine how it’s going to because of the several different things you can analyze just by looking at the cover. I’ll hopefully be adding in how the cover connects to the story in my spoiler filled reviews, when I do them.

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson 

 

You’ll see a kind of theme for a couple of these. I absolutely adore dresses on covers. I have so many different books that have dresses on the cover but I decided to only include a couple of them. This is one of them. Not to mention everything that is going on with this cover. There’s the two people in the background that I’m assuming are representing the assassin that’s supposed to be chasing her and the prince she was supposed to marry, who is also chasing her. But we don’t know which is which. I absolutely cannot wait to read this book. I know it’s a series but I have been hearing mixed reviews lately about it. So I’m going to keep an open mind when going into this.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber


I don’t really have much to say about this cover. It’s beautiful and definitely attention grabbing for me. The premise itself wasn’t something that I would have normally reached for but I ended up getting this book in OwlCrate a few months back. I’m so grateful for OwlCrate for that exactly. Almost every book that I have recieved is one that I thought was interesting but I wouldn’t have picked up on my own for whatever reason. I’ve been doing bad about reading the books I do get but that’s alright because with my haul revisits, I will be reading them finally. Maybe I’ll make a month where I read all of the OwlCrate books I got.

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson


I am so excited to read this book this summer. It’s such a summer-y book. And the cover is the same way. I mean, it’s got an ice cream truck and dogs on it. How is that not summer at it’s finest?

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Gemina is included in this also and I’m sure that the third one will be just the same. I did not like these books very much at all. If you follow me on GoodReads, you probably knew that. I’m just not a fan. I thought I liked Science Fiction but I’ve come to realize that I don’t. But this cover is beautiful. And the cover naked is even better. I love that it’s all covered and when you take off the cover, it’s just files on the naked cover. It’s gorgeous.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo


I don’t own Six of Crows yet or I would include that in this also. I absolutely love this cover. I love that the crow fades into the city. It’s beautiful and so well thought out. And the edges are just perfect. Six of Crows has black and Crooked Kingdom has red. It’s beautiful. 

Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco


These next few are all jumbled. I absolutely adore this cover. It’s prefect. And Hunting Prince Dracula (which comes out Sept 2017) is just as beautiful. If anyone wants to send me the ARC of that, I wouldn’t even be mad. SJTR was so perfect and it’s the book that got me back into reading YA. I thought that I’d be more adult if I read “adult” books. Because of this, I wasn’t enjoying reading so I barely ever did it. I decided to grab this book because, well, how can you say no to a book based on Jack the Ripper. Well, I adored this book. It shocked me at the end. I just can’t wait to read Hunting Prince Dracula.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater


I actually got this book from a Summer Secret Santa kind of thing. A bunch of us from Instagram got together and we ended up sending each other books! I got this one from the lovely JL! Check out her Instagram here! At first glance, this was just a normal average cover for me. But the more I looked at it, the more I realized. This cover is so well done and I’m so glad I got it to add to my collection. Thank you so much JL.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas


This entire series is beautiful. The books look gorgeous together and the stories inside match. I love this series and I can’t wait to get through the rest of ACOWAR. I love love love these covers.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer


I absolutely adore this cover but I chose this as my first one because of the OwlCrate exclusive cover. They changed it to black on white instead of red on black. It’s gorgeous. I absolutely adored this story and I will definitely be rereading it one day so I can flag it. I hadn’t flagged books when I read this one but since I started, it’s made things a ton easier and I actually tend to remember things about stories more.

And that’s it! I love these covers so much. I don’t have a favorite theme of covers, if that makes sense. I love simplistic covers and I love very intricite, meaningful covers. I do think that publishers should make more of a big deal about the covers because, no matter how much we shouldn’t, everyone judges books by their covers. What are some of your favorite covers?

Happy reading!

T5W: Top 5 Summer Reads

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Thoughts on Tomes and Ginger Reads Lainey. You can see the GoodReads page here.

I haven’t done a Top 5 Wednesday in  a while so I figured I would do this one. This week’s is Top 5 Summer Reads. It was easy enough and I had a lot I would like to talk about. I’m going to cheat on some of them and mention an author but that’s okay!

 So, let’s start out with one of those. I think that any Morgan Matson book would fit for the summer. Every one of her books seems to be such summer reads. I have only read one completely through, but I loved it.

I definitely think that the Selection series is another one that is such a summer read. I haven’t read it yet, but judging by the things I’ve heard about it, I’m excited to get to it this summer.

I also would like to get around to reading To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I hear this is a a cute romance and I think romances are the best for summer.

Kasie West would be another author that any of her books would apply for this. I read The Fill-in Boyfriend and I loved it. I could see myself just laying in a hammock out in the sun reading a book like that. I’ll be doing a review on The Fill-in Boyfriend soon.

The last book I would like to mention is a new release that I was lucky enough to get an ARC of. You can read my spoiler-free review of it here. Even though this story took place during school, I still think it’d be a great summer read.

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I kind of cheated for this one, but that’s alright. I gave more authors than single books. And I also hadn’t read most of them. But I do look forward to getting into all of these books and authors. If you have any summer suggestions or think I should start with a certain book, leave me a comment below!

Happy Reading!

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Books On My Kindle

So, I was going through all the books that I had on my kindle and decided that I wanted to make a post about it. So I went through all the books I had, got rid of the books that I knew that I wouldn’t ever read and wasn’t interested in. So I narrowed it down a bit. Not too much though.

I also have a few arcs that aren’t in my Kindle app but in my Docs app so I’m going to mention those last. I don’t know what most of these are about but I will include a picture of the cover. Let’s get into the books on my kindle!

Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale
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Sisters One, Two, Three by Nancy Star
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Kissing the Enemy (Scandals and Spies Book 1) by Leighann Dobbs and Harmony Williams
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Alexandra (Regency Chase Brides Book 1) by Lauren Royal and Devon Royal
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Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim
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World After (Penryn and the End of Days Series Book 2) by Susan Ee
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Highland Surrender by Tracy Brogan
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Sweet as Sin (Bad Habit Book 1) by JT Geissinger
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Love’s Rhythm (Heart of Fame) by Lexxie Couper
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Cinder and Ella by Kelly Oram
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Guardian (The Guardian Series Book 1) by AJ Messenger
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More Than This (More Than This Series Book 1) by Jay McLean
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Captivate (A Submerged Sun Series Book 1) by  Vanessa Garden
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Kingdom Collection: Books 1-3 (Kingdom Series) by Marie Hall
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Bouncy Tires (Blaze and the Monster Machines) by Nickelodeon Publishing
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Tales of Tinfoil: Stories of Paranoia and Conspiracy by Nick Cole (Anthology)
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What Doesn’t Destroy Us (The Devil’s Dust Book 1) by MN Forgy
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The Wedding Trap (Second Service Book 1) by Adrienne Bell
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ARCS

All The Stars Left Behind by Ashley Graham (Releasing June 6)
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Coming Up For Air by Miranda Kenneally (Releasing July 4th)
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It Had to Be You by Lizzy Charles (Releasing May 15th)
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Prophecy Awakened (Prime Awakened Series) by Tamar Sloan (Released April 25th)
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I’ve come to realize that a lot of my books are romances. I think almost all are. But that’s okay. I don’t read from my Kindle often and I think it’s good to use it for things that are quick and easy reads. And I’ve realized I like them for arcs also. It’s easy to take notes and highlight stuff without ruining the book. I’m hoping to get to these ARCs sooner rather than later. I put reviews up on the Saturday or Monday before it’s release.

Do you like reading from a Kindle/Nook? If so, what types of books do you usually read on them?

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Spoiler-Free Review: It Had To Be You by Lizzy Charles

**I was lucky enough to get an e-arc of this book by NetGalley and the publisher for my honest review**

Alright. First, let’s get into the breakdown before sharing my thoughts.

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Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: N/A
Page Count: 184
Bought/Borrowed/Received From: NetGally and Entangled Publishing
Pub Date: May 15th, 2017
Form: eBook/ARC
Plot Rating: 4/5
Characters Rating: 4/5
Ease of Reading Rating: 5/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Recommend To: Anyone who wants a nice and easy romance
Quote: “Babe, visualize where you want this story to end, not where you fear it will go.” – Edel’s Dad

This book follows Edelweiss, a girl who is going to her first ever high school. She’s always been homeschooled and spent her life travelling the world. She wanted to get the “full high school experience” before she goes to college. She even makes a list of things she wants to accomplish before she graduates. But what she didn’t expect was that she would have to sneak into an assembly with the most popular boy at the school.

This story also follows James, a football player with a strict military official for a father. This prankster is to the point where his father is ready to pull him from the boarding school he’s going to, which would ruin any chance he has of going to West Point like he wants. All of a sudden, the answer is in front of him, asking to be her fake boyfriend.

Edel’s father is the US Embassador and friends of James’s father. And James’s father wouldn’t take the chance of pulling James from the school knowing that he’s dating the Embassador’s daughter.

I didn’t think I would enjoy this book very much. I thought that it was going to be a cliche romance that I was just going to get annoyed with. And it definitely was a cliche romance. But I adored that portion of it. I saw someone’s review and they said that the side characters weren’t very fleshed out. I personally slightly disagree. You got to know some of the side characters pretty well. But that’s not the point of the story. The point of the story was to focus on Edel’s relationship with James and I adored that fact.

I enjoyed the refreshing character that Edel was. She owns up to her mistakes and doesn’t blame them on others. She’s a strong female character, in my opinion. She doesn’t depend on James to fix all of her issues.

Overall, I loved this book. I read it in one night. I would recommend it if you’re in the mood for an easy romance. It’s funny but also has it’s serious moments. I was frustrated at points but in the best way! I believe that this book is only going to be for purchase through eReaders, though. Let me know if you’re going to check this out or any other books that you think are quick easy romance reads that I would enjoy!

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Book Buddyathon Wrap Up

It is currently 1pm. I am posting this so much later than I normally do. I planned on writing this yesterday but then I just decided to sleep. So I’m going to get to this.

If you want to read what my TBR was, you can read it here. Now let’s get into it!

I did this readathon with Jessica over at JessicaMarie493 (go check her out, I love her)! I read 3 books during this readathon.

The first book that I finished was Orange Vol 2 by Ichigo Takano. I read the first volume sometime earlier this year. I absolutely loved this book. I didn’t finish the little bit at the end. I finished the story of Orange but they added in a few chapters of another manga created by Ichigo Takano. I loved the ending of Orange but I do wish that there was a bit more. I would have liked to see a tiny bit more after the ending.

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The next book that I finished was the entire JiuJiu series by Touya Tobina. It was okay in my opinion. The majority of the story was nothing special and the ending, to me, was not at all what I wanted. It ended up feeling rushed and you were left with more questions than answers.

The last book that I read and my absolute favorite read of this month was The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This book was spectacular. It was so well written. The amount of thought that went into this book was shown throughout all of it. The topic that this book surrounds is so heavy yet somehow Angie Thomas managed to make it into a story that not only made me cry but made me laugh, love, and rethink everything. I highly highly recommend for everyone to read this book. I will be doing a full, spoiler free and spoiler, review for this book soon.

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So, out of the three books that I read, I managed to get all but one of the challenges.

Buddy read a book: The Hate U Give
Read a book that is your buddy’s favorite color: Orange
Read a book that starts with your buddy’s first initial: JiuJiu
Read a book that you wanted to read: The Hate U Give and Orange

The challenge that I didn’t hit was the “choose three books and read the one your buddy chooses.” I got Blindsided by Priscilla Cummings for this one but I just haven’t finished it yet.

I’m going to be strictly reading after I finish a couple more posts so I may manage to finish it before the night is over. I wasn’t too sure when this readathon ended so I’m just going to give myself until 11:59pm to finish this book. After that, I will be picking up the ARC that I started reading and getting to at least halfway. I will then be reading The Fill-in Boyfriend by Kasie West. This was the book for the buddy read group that I’m in on Facebook and I haven’t gotten to it yet.

Have you read any of the books that I read for this readathon? If so, what were your spoiler-free thoughts?

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Bookshelf Tour (May 2017)

This post took me forever to get around to doing. I was even about to put it off longer as I was editing the pictures. But I’m just going to do it and get it over with. I hope you all enjoy. (Everything will be listen from left to right)

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To start out, I have my Funkos on my top two shelves.

The first shelf: Abu from Aladdin Drobz, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Beast from Beauty and the Beast, Tenth Doctor from Doctor Who with his hand, Tenth Doctor Regeneration from Doctor Who, Weeping Angel from Doctor Who. I also have a ACOMAF print, two candles, and a calendar (which has the wrong month) all from OwlCrate.

On the second shelf: Black and white Daryl from The Walking Dead, Daryl from The Walking Dead, Stormtrooper (I have no clue, it’s my husbands), Surfer Batman, Vin Diesel (as his character in Fast and the Furious, my mom got me this)

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First shelf: Chessur from Alice in Wonderland, Tina from Fantastic Beast, The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling, (on top) Hagrid, Harry, and Ron from Harry Potter, TBR Jar

Second Shelf: Kaecilius from Doctor Strange, Doctor Strange from Doctor Strange, The Ancient One from Doctor Strange, Bulma from Dragonball Z, Krillin from Dragonball Z, Trunks from Dragonball Z.

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Adhieh
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
The Elite by Kiera Cass
Marley and Me by John Grogan
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Your Heart Belongs To Me by Dean Koontz
A Feast of Crows by George RR Martin
Scarley by Marissa Meyer
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Dark Lover by JR Ward
Inferno by Dan Brown

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The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin
Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D Taylor
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson

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Altered by Jennifer Rush
Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Other Plays by Steve Martin
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E Smith
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Angry Management by Chris Crutcher
Guadalcanal Diary by Richard Tregaskis
Frostbite by Richelle Mead
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
The Arabian Nights translated by Richard Burton
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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A Game of Throne by George RR Martin
The Selection by Kiera Cass
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickins
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Screenplay by JK Rowling
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coultherst
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Doctor Who: The Twelve Doctors of Christmas by multiple authors
Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
Messenger by Lois Lowry
Son by Lois Lowry

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Alice in Wonderland by Lois Carroll
Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
Cress by Marissa Meyer
The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
Push Girl by Cheslie Hill and Jessica Love
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
All The Good Parts by Loretta Nyhan
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
The Fill-in Boyfriend by Kasie West
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Fairest by Marissa Meyer
Forgive Me Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkins
The One by Kiera Cass
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

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A Dance With Dragons by George RR Martin
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
The Heir by Kiera Cass
Death of Captain America Vol 1-3 by Ed Brubaker
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo by Ted W Lawson
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
From Potter’s Field by Patricia Cornwell
After The Woods by Kim Savage
Roseblood by AG Howard
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
The Outsiders by SE Hinton
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
Everyday by David Levithan
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

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Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King
What The Night Knows by Dean Koontz
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
Bone by Jeff Smith
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

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Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
The Diviners by Libba Bray
Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer
New Moon by Stephanie Meyer
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Staying Fat For Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
Chinese Handcuffs by Chris Chrutcher
Peter Pan by JM Barrie
The Witching Hour by Anne Rice
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Vampire Kisses Books 1-3 by Ellen Schreiber
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
The Song That Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Divergent by Veronica Roth
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

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On my top shelf is a bunch of random goodies I got from OwlCrate. The second shelf is a preview for Umberland from OwlCrate and a Funko stuffed Deadpool.

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Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
The Diabolic by SJ Kincaid
The Outsiders by SE Hinton
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
Full Metal Alchemist Vol 1 by Hiromu Arakawa
Beauty Pop Vol 2 by Kiyoko Arai
Orange The Complete Collection 1 by Ichigo Takano
Orange The Complete Collection 2 by Ichigo Takano

I hope you enjoyed this! What’s your favorite read from the books I own and which do you want to read?

Happy Reading!
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Book Buddyathon Midway Update

As you know if you read my Book Buddyathon TBR then you know that I’m participating in this with Jessica (read her TBR here). She already posted her update so I decided I should probably do mine! I’m not doing nearly as well as she is but that’s perfectly okay. I do have faith.

I have currently started and finished one book, started one, and I’m almost done with one that I started before this readathon started.

The one that I started but haven’t finished is JiuJiu. It’s not too bad of a manga but it’s not the greatest. It’s just average for me. I have a couple chapters left but as of right now, it’s a three star read for me. I should hopefully be done with this today (May 9th).

The book that I started prior to the readathon and still haven’t finished is The Hate U Give. I’m absolutely adoring this book. I haven’t wanted to put it down since I first started reading it. I can already tell you that this will be a five star read for me.

The book that I have started and have since finished is Orange Vol 2. Another five star read for me. I absolutely adored this manga. It’s so freaking adorable and I can’t handle it. I also love how scientific it got at one point. And they explained something that I have a major issue with when it comes to time travel. But I’m glad they pointed it out and explained it.

Overall, I’m not doing too well this readathon but that’s okay. I’m just going to keep reading and hope that I hit all the challenges. I have only two more books that I need to start and finish but they both are quick easy reads. Depending on how early I finish off The Hate U Give and JiuJiu, I should be able to start Blindsided before I go to sleep. It’s only 11:30am currently and this will be going up at 12. I may have lied about finishing The Hate U Give by then but there’s always a chance.

Have you read any of the three books about? Share your thoughts below (without spoilers).

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