Top 5 Tuesday

For this Tuesday the discussion is a cover theme freebie. I have decided to show my top ten spring/summer covers. I did five rather than ten because I couldn’t find anymore I wanted to add. If you want to learn more about top ten Tuesday, head over to The Broke and the Bookish!

Top Five Spring Covers

  1. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
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  3. This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian TamakiImage result for summer book covers
  4. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

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4. Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

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5. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Marson

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Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. If you want to participate choose a random book from your TBR and show it off! Make sure to give Lauren’s page a visit and link back to her blog.

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Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out. When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

I have heard endless things about this serious and Laini Taylor as an author in general. Many people only have amazing things to say about Laini and I couldn’t be more excited to start reading some of her books. Have you read anything by Laini Taylor? If you have, I’d love to hear your thoughts on her as an author.

What’s on the top of your TBR?

Thanks for reading! -Catherine 🙂

April Wrap Up

I read ten books this month which is pretty good for me considering I’ve been in a bad reading slump the last few months. I feel like next month won’t be as good because I have exams the next two weeks.

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The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

My rating: ★★★★☆

Took me a little bit of time to get into this but I ended up loving it and I’m so attached to all of the characters.

Here is the link for my full review: https://bookwonderlandweb.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/the-darkest-minds-by-alexandra-bracken/

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Fairest of All by Serena Valentino

My rating: ★★★★☆

This was a super quick read that I decided to pick up after Darkest Minds so I wouldn’t  be in a slump. I ended up really enjoying this because it was very similar to the original story and I appreciated the dark aspects of it.

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Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

My rating: ★★★★☆

This is the first Gillian Flynn book I have ever read and I enjoyed it! The beginning was really great but I felt like I lost a bit interest towards the end.

 

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An Elegy for September by John Nicholas

My rating: ★★☆☆☆

I don’t really have much to say about this one. I picked it up at a used book store and didn’t know anything about it going into it. I feel like the story was all over the place and at times it got annoying to keep track on what the narrator was talking about. This was pretty a book about the his love life with random nature scenes thrown into it.

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All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

My rating: ★★★★☆

This book really threw me into a whirlwind of emotions. Overall it is a beautiful book that teaches so many valuable lessons. Also, there is a movie coming out next year!

Check out my full review: https://bookwonderlandweb.wordpress.com/2017/04/12/all-the-bright-places-by-jennifer-niven/

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Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

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Once again a bit slow at the beginning but had so much action that it hurt me to take off half a star.

Check out my full review here https://bookwonderlandweb.wordpress.com/2017/04/15/never-fade-by-alexandra-bracken/

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The Beast Within by Serena Valentino

My rating: ★★★★☆

Really fun sequel to the series even though I think I preferred the first book a bit more. I might do a review for all three books in the series once I am finished so keep and eye out for that!

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That Summer by Sarah Dessen

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This is Sarah Dessen’s first novel and I plan on reading all of her works in publication order. I couldn’t be more excited to continue to her next book.

Check out my full review!! https://bookwonderlandweb.wordpress.com/2017/04/23/that-summer-by-sarah-dessen/

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The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

My rating: ★★★★☆

This is the first ever audiobook I ever listened too! The narrator was a bit irritating but i overall enjoyed this book. I will mostly likely post a full review on this as well!

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Secret Vampire by L.J. Smith

My rating: ★★★★☆

This is the first book in the Night World series and I absolutely loved it. It is a quick read that consists of all things supernatural from vampires and werewolves to witches and psychics. It also has tons of contemporary notes in it that make it even better. I am reading the second book in this series now, let me know if you want full reviews on any of them!

What are some of your favorite books you read in April?

Thanks for reading! -Catherine 🙂

Book Blogger Hop

Question of the Week

How many books have you re-read? If you have re-read books, please tell us the book’s title and why you re-read it. (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

Answer

I know this is crazy to some, but I am not a fan of re-reading books. It never appealed to me to read a novel I have already read no matter how much I loved it. The only books I have every re-read are some in the Harry Potter series a few years back mainly because took a break in the middle of the series and when I went back to it I decided to just start over. A lot of my favorite books I have read in the last year or two so maybe my opinion will change given time.

Are you a fan of re-reading books?

Thanks for reading! -Catherine 🙂

Top 5 Wednesday

This week for Top 5 Wednesday I will be mentioning authors that I have only read a book or a few from and I can’t wait to read more by them.

1. Sarah Dessen

I have great so many great things about Sarah Dessen and many have said she is their favorite contemporary author. I am a huge fan of this genre and I plan on reading all of her novels in publication order. I read That Summer and I can’t wait to continue this journey.

2. Maggie Steifvater

Most of you probably know that The Raven Boys is one of my favorite series of all time. Maggie Steifvater creates a new world with amazing descriptions and assembles complex characters that are impossible to not fall in love with. I am so excited to explore her other works!

3. Jandy Nelson

Jandy Nelson only has two novels out and I have read both of them. I’ll Give You the Sun is the first novel I read by her and after finishing it she instantly became one of my favorite authors. Her writing style is so beautiful and she just has a way to male a story feel so special to anyone reading it. She is releasing Fall Boys & Dizzy in Paradise this year and I couldn’t be more excited to read it.

4. Alexandra Bracken

I have read the first two novels in the Darkest Minds series and I am so excited to read the final novel. The series pulled me in immediately with its unique concept and complex characters. Bracken is another author who know how to make a character that you can’t help but love and worry for. I am so pumped for the next series of hers I pick up.

5. Gillian Flynn

I think almost everyone has heard of Gone Girl whether its the book or the movie. I personally have not read or seen them but I have read Darkest Places and I really enjoyed it. Weird and twisted novels are one of my favorites to read and Flynn’s books hit the spot.  I can’t wait to read Gone Girl and all of her other works.

Do you agree with my top 5 picks? What are some author’s you need to read more by?

Thanks for reading! -Catherine 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday

For this Tuesday I will be listing my top ten things that make me instantly NOT want to read a book. If you want to learn more about top ten Tuesday, head over to The Broke and the Bookish!

Top Ten Things that Make me Instantly NOT Want to Read a Book

10. Horror- I have never been into scaring myself to the point where I can’t sleep. I love a good thriller especially psychological ones but horrors go a bit too far for me because I get scared at the slightest things.

9. Short Stories- Once in awhile I’ll give a hyped up short story a read but overall I try to avoid them. I like to get invested in different worlds and characters and I find this hard to do in only a few pages of writing.

8. Classics- I know so many people live for classics and have read hundreds of them but I find it so hard to enjoy it. I have attempted numerous times to pick up books by authors such as the Bronte sisters but I find it incredibly hard to finish the novel and actually have fun while doing so.

7. Poetry- Trust me, I want to love poetry, I really do, but I just can’t do it. I don’t find it enjoying to try and determine what the author is trying to say and I’d much rather be reading a fantasy novel.

6. Motherhood- This is something that I don’t feel the need to read about. Maybe that’ll change once I’m at that point in my life my perspective will change but I do not enjoy reading about women in their middle age taking care of children.

5. Ebooks- I have so many issues with ebooks. I understand that they are cheaper a lot of the time and much easier to travel with but I prefer paper copies 100%. Ebooks bother my vision so much and there’s something about holding a paper book and flipping the pages that I adore.

4. Westerners- I have never liked reading about cowboys in the wild west no matter how modernized the author has made it. It is not enjoyable to me at all and I’d much rather not even attempt to read in that genre.

3. Self Help- There isn’t much to say about this genre of novels for me. I read because love to drown myself in new worlds and escape my own life for a bit and that’s not possible when reading books in genres that are designed to make me think about myself and my own life.

2. Autobiographies/Biographies- Reading about other people’s lives never entertained me at the slightest. I despise history and I feel that this genre is too close to my history classes. autobiographies tend to be too exaggerated and biographies can be straight up boring most of the time.

1. Zombies- I can’t find any enjoyment in zombie books and movies. I adore all other supernaturals like vampires and werewolves but zombies make no sense to me.

What are somethings that make you not want to read a book?

Thanks for Reading! -Catherine 🙂

Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. If you want to participate choose a random book from your TBR and show it off! Make sure to give Lauren’s page a visit and link back to her blog.

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Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer. This is the twelfth expedition. Their group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself. They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding—but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them, and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another, that change everything.

This is a book I recently picked up that was recommended to me by my sister. I have never heard of this trilogy beforehand which is surprising because it sounds amazing. I’m a big fan of creep sci-fi novels and this seems to be a mix of both. It is really hard to come across a novel that incorporates unknown life forms in a mature way and I will be extremely pleased if this one does.

Have any of you read this book? What’s on the top of your TBR?

Thanks for reading! -Catherine 🙂

That Summer by Sarah Dessen

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For fifteen-year-old Haven, life is changing too quickly. She’s nearly six feet tall, her father is getting remarried, and her sister—the always perfect Ashley—is planning a wedding of her own. Haven wishes things could just go back to the way they were. Then an old boyfriend of Ashley’s reenters the picture, and through him, Haven sees the past for what it really was, and comes to grips with the future.

I picked up this book while reading The Darkest Minds series in order to prevent a book slump and give my mind a break from fantasy. Surprisingly enough I have never read anything by Sarah Dessen before this book. I’ve been hearing all of the hype behind her newest release and I thought what better way to get into Dessen’s world than reading every single one of her books in publication order; that is exactly what I plan to do.

I’m a huge sucker for contemporary books especially once the warmer weather starts coming around. Although this wasn’t the best read it was still a fun one that I was able to speed right through. The first three quarters of the novel were rather slow with no big events occurring the entire time which is why I took off 1.5 stars. It felt rather redundant and nothing exciting occurred.

Once the last quarter came into play it was like the entire book crossed a threshold into a much deeper feel that contained a lot more meaning. The novel does a great job in expressing how important it is do not dwell on frustrating or melancholy situations and rather enjoy the good times and move on to let yourself live. There is also a great amount of stress on the relationship between sisters which really warmed my heart.

Overall this was a quick and entertaining and I can’t wait to get deeper into Dessen’s writing.

Have you read this book or anything else by Sarah Dessen? If you have read this book, what is your opinion on Gwendolyn’s role in the book?

Thanks for reading! -Catherine 🙂

 

Book Blogger Hop


Book Blogger Hop

Question of the Week

Would you stop reading a book if an element of the plot strongly clashed with your personal beliefs, or would you continue reading until you finished finished the book? (Submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

Answer

I have personally run into this situation a few times when reading novels that I either didn’t know much about or picked up at a used book shop since they are usually titles I haven’t heard of. I have never not finished a novel because no matter what the issue is since I always hope there will be a change by the end or I possibly misinterpreted something; this is not always the case. I can’t just stop reading a book because I always find myself feeling guilty no matter how awful it is. I’m relatively fair when judging a novel and trying to find any possible good aspects within it while reflecting on them. When there are strong clashes with my beliefs I just remind myself that not everything thinks the same way as me and believes in the same things I do.

Top 5 Wednesday

This week for Top 5 Wednesday I will talk about my favorite LGBTQ+ novels. I have not many books in this category which is why I only list twi that I actually wanted to discuss. I would really love some suggestions because I would love to read more!

Favorite LGBTQ+ Reads

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My first pick is The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I absolutely adore this book for more reasons than one. I gave every book in this series five stars mainly because Goodreads doesn’t let me add any more. This is an amazing story of a group of friends going against powers much greater than themselves. Plot aside, relationships are key in this novel which is why it is one of my picks. The relationship between Adam and Ronan is so innocent and pure and proves two opposites can be soul mates. It’s so beautiful to watch this relationship flourish throughout the four books as they begin to accept themselves and their emotions.

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I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson is another five star booked that I fell in love with instantly. Jandy Nelson’s writing is so beautiful and descriptive that gives life to the story. The book tells the story oh Jude and Noah who are twins and the book jumps from a young age when they are very close to them being teenagers and no longer talking and we begin to learn what led to these events. Although sibling connection is a strong theme in this novel, there is also a relationship between the twins and their neighbor Brian. Noah and Brian’s relationship is something that stood out to me from the start. The shifts in time periods allow us to learn how Noah developed to accepting himself and goes against criticisms.

What are your favorite LGBTQ+ novels?

Thanks for reading! -Catherine 🙂