Bookish Book Lover Tag

Finally! I’m doing my first book tag ever!

This has been a long time coming and I have a whole list of book tags that I, eventually, want to get to. Book tags seem like so much fun. I want to be part of it!

I wasn’t tagged by anyone to do this, but I’m not going to let that stop me. You shouldn’t either.

This tag was created by Shantelle @shantellemaryh and the rules are: use the original banner, answer the questions, use book covers, and tag your friends!

crooked kingdomWhat book are you currently reading?

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.

Can you say Inej Ghafa? I’m in love with these characters, and this world! I’m trying to take my time because I never want it to end.

 

a-child-called-itWhat’s the last book you finished?

A Child Called “It” by Dave Pelzer

This book hit me hard. It was difficult to read, especially since I work in child care.

Favorite book you read this year?

Could this be a more difficult question? Probably not!

Can that be my answer? No…

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, and The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh…

You really couldn’t expect me to pick just one of those…

What genre have you read most this year?

I’d say fantasy. Young adult fantasy.

What genre do you want to read more of?

Historical fiction, contemporary…and is graphic novels a genre?

How many books have you read this year, and what’s your goal?

I’ve read 24 of 40 books this year! My goal might change though. I’ve read a lot more the last few months than I did in the first half of the year.

isleWhat’s the last book you bought?

The Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz.

I have a slight (enormous) Disney obsession, and an obsession with decedents of original characters.

What book are you saving up to buy next?

What book am I NOT saving up to buy next would be an easier question…

The Sculptor by Scott McCloud, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Walk the Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, and many more.

How many books did you check out on your last library visit?

I have 8 books checked out from the library right now…as if I don’t have 40 books sitting on my TBR shelf already.

What’s a book you can’t wait to read?

A Monster calls by Patrick Ness (which is on my TBR for October) and The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (I can’t wait until November!).

What series would you recommend to everyone?

Should I go with the obvious answer of Harry Potter? Or something new?

How about both.

Obviously Harry Potter.

Less obviously (but still pretty obvious) the Six of Crows duology and The Queen of the Tearling trilogy.

Who’s an author you’re hoping writes more?

I hope Erika Johansen will write more in the world of The Queen of the Tearling even after the third book comes out in November. I also want more from Annie Barrows, she wrote The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and I adored that book. She has one other book I haven’t read yet, but really want to. I need more.

What series’ coming conclusion makes you sad?

Six of Crows! This gang can’t leave me…I haven’t spent enough time with them yet!

The Queen of the Tearling. I love the world, characters, and plot…I’m not ready for it to end in November.

What books are on your wish-list?

So, so many.

Right now the one’s I want, but don’t want to buy for myself include:

The Muse by Jessie Burton and Splintered by A.G. Howard

I’m sure there are more that I haven’t thought about…

First book tag done and I’m not sure if I used enough book covers. If you want to do it, consider yourself tagged!

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#ReadThemAllThon Wrap-up

My first ever reading challenge has come to an end!

I’m very happy to have participated in this challenge. Even though I didn’t reach my goal, I read a lot of good books and put a dent in my TBR!

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My goal for this Read-a-Thon was to read 8 books, each following the rules of one of the challenges and earning me a gym badge and combat power points for the Pokemon I chose.

In the end, I completed 5 out of the 8 challenges…which I’m pretty happy about since my list was entirely over-ambitious.

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Book Choice: The Raven Boys by Maggie SteifvaterCover_ravenboys_300

Status: Completed August 30th

Pages: 409

Thoughts: I don’t currently have a full review posted on this book. I’m not sure if I’ll post one but it wouldn’t count anyway. Just know that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I gave it a 4/5 Stars and I can’t wait to continue with this series!

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Book Choice: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera9781616956776-400x600

Status: Completed August 15th

Pages: 300

Thoughts: This book hit me so hard. It was the perfect mix of incredible happiness and the deepest, darkest sadness. I cried so much. So much. I gave this book a 5/5 Stars and I would read anything Adam Silvera created. I have a full review of it posted!

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911Xmhn9+rLBook Choice: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne

Status: Completed August 16th

Pages: 327

Thoughts: This was hyped before it was even contemplated by J.K. Rowling. I didn’t find it fantastic, not anything compared to the 7 book series. It’s something completely separate for me. My advice: go into it with an open mind. I gave this playwright a 3.5/5 Stars. My full review is posted!

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Book Choice: The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh51ZanRZ7R4L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

Status: Completed September 3rd

Pages: 388

Thoughts: I fell in love with this book from the beginning. It took me no time at all to become enthralled in the beauty and darkness that is The Wrath & the Dawn. I loved the characters, the plot, and the writing. It was an all around amazing book and I gave it 5/5 Stars. I hope to get a full review up soon just because I need to express my thoughts on this book!

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Book Choice: Outlander by Diana Gabaldonoutlander

Status: Completed August 28

Pages: 627 (might as well have been 850)

Thoughts: THIS BOOK. This book is the one that killed all of my chances at completing this Read-a-Thon…and it was beyond worth it. I adored this book. I loved the plot and the characters. Gabaldon is a fantastic writer. This romance was more than epic and I will never get over Jamie and Claire, nor do I want to. I will be reading the entire series and I don’t care that it’ll take me forever. I gave it a 4/5 Stars and can’t wait to read the next one!

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Book Choice: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwabthis_savage_song_cover

Status: Not completed by the end of the Read-a-Thon

Pages: 427

Thoughts: I didn’t finish this book in time for it to count for the Read-a-Thon. Although I could get points for the pages I did read, I’m not going to bother because I’m lazy. I enjoyed this book. I had some issues with it, but overall the good far outweighed the bad and I can’t wait for Our Dark Duet! I gave this book a 4/5 Stars (after changing my mind multiple times between 3.5 and 4).

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Book Choice: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maasacotar

Status: Not started/finished before September 4th

Pages: 416

Thoughts: I just started this book and am about 100 pages in. Enjoying it so far!

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Book Choice: The 5th Wavethe fifth wave

Status: Still chilling on my TBR shelf…

Pages: 457

Thoughts: None because I probably won’t pick this book up until October if I’m lucky.

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August Wrap-up & September TBR

The fall is coming! The fall is coming!

Can you believe it is already September? Where has this year gone?

I’m about to experience my first fall in Ohio…meaning I’m about to experience fall in all it’s glory for the first time in my 21 years of life. Florida doesn’t do seasons. I’m ready for the cool weather and all the beautiful colors!

As August is now over, I felt this is the perfect time for my first (ever) book wrap-up and TBR. Being relatively new to book blogging, I’m excited to give it a shot!

August Wrap-Up

Disclaimer: This post will contain my opinions and they are not meant to offend in any way.

That’s a Wrap!

I had a fantastic reading month (for me), thanks in large part to the #ReadThemAllThon hosted by Aentee at Read At Midnight. I finished 9 books and started a 10th!

The Selection by Kiera Cass: I gave it 3/5 Stars. I found it to be entertaining enough to keep me reading and finished it in a day. It was a quick read and especially good if you’re looking for something relatively light.

The Elite by Kiera Cass: I gave it 2/5 Stars. I had to force myself through this second installment. It started becoming incredibly repetitive to me and a lot less entertaining.

The One by Kiera Cass: This one got back up to a 3/5 Stars. It was still repetitive, maybe even more-so than the second book. But, I also thought this one gave me what I needed to be a conclusion (which is why I don’t plan on reading the other books in the series). I liked how it all wrapped up. I still feel as though these three books could have been put together into one book. There wasn’t a need for three.

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen: I gave this book 5/5 Stars. It was fantastic, one of the best fantasy novel’s I’ve read. I loved the world, and learning about the world. I loved the characters and the plot. It’s one of those books that just has everything. I would read anything set in this world.

Check out my full review!

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen: It was the perfect sequel and I rated it 5/5 Stars (higher if possible). I couldn’t put this book down. It gave me everything I wanted. It had so much world building, history, character development, and conflict that I’m amazed it could all fit into one book. Erika Johansen is by far one of my favorite authors at this point and I can’t wait until November when The Fate of the Tearling comes out!

Check out my full review!

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silver: I couldn’t give this book anything other than 5/5 Stars! Silvera had my feelings and emotions running wild from page one all the way to the last page. A book that makes you feel as much as More Happy Than Not does should not be taken lightly. It is an amazing book with incredible darkness.

Check out my full review!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, & Jack Thorne: I generously gave this script a 3.5/5 Stars. I don’t consider it cannon (at all), but I think it had entertainment value. For me, many of the characters left much to be desired. In a way some of it even unraveled the original 7 books, and I didn’t like that at all. The plot was flimsy, and couldn’t be fortified well. It’s redeeming quality for me was Draco Malfoy’s son, Scorpius. I fell in love with him, and he’s most of the reason I finished the play. All that being said, I would still see the play live if I ever could.

Check out my full review!

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon: It received a 4/5 Star rating. It took me about 12 days to read this book, which is a lot longer than I expected it to take. The book was amazing, but it required concentration for me because of the dialect. I didn’t realize how hard it would be to read and understand 1740’s Scottish dialect! It did add something amazing to the book though. I felt enveloped by the setting. I loved the characters. Claire was so strong, but never forced herself or pretended to be something she was not. And the story was so unique and Gabaldon told it beautifully.

There may be a full review for this book coming.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater: I deliberated so much on the rating to give this book and ended up going with 4/5 Stars. I loved it. I loved every character. Blue and the raven boys are the kind of people I would have wanted to be friends with in high school. It was such a fun, exciting, and unique read. I can’t wait to read the next one!

I have a review up on Goodreads but will probably post a full review here!

September begins!

Here is my ambitious TBR for September! Only time will tell how many of these I actually read. This month I’d really like to start writing more too!

I’ve only ever heard good things about Six of Crows and now it’s on my TBR! I’m so excited to read it and finally see what all the hype is about. Hopefully before Crooked Kingdom comes out on the 27th!

These are 3 out of 4 of the books I have yet to finish for the #ReadThemAllThon…I blame Outlander and work for being behind! I’m about halfway through The Wrath and the Dawn and am absolutely loving it! I can’t wait to read This Savage Song and A Court of Thorns and Roses…can you believe I haven’t read anything by S.J. Maas? Me neither.

Next three in by TBR pile! I am incredibly excited about them. I’ve heard so many good things about these books. I absolutely love fantasy, retellings, and magic! The Name of the Wind, And I Darken, and A Darker Shade of Magic will definitely give me all of the above.

Finally, these are the last three on the list (although it’s in no particular order that I’ll be reading). I want to read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children before the movie comes out, so it’ll probably be one of the first I read. I have heard nothing bad about the Cinder, or the Lunar Chronicles, and I finally get to start it! Plus I’ve been wanting to read more retellings. Supposedly, Captive Prince is controversial in some ways…but personally I think the premise sounds interesting and I’d like to see how it goes!

There it is! Goodbye summer, hello fall!

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, & Jack Thorne

“Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.” –Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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Read: August 15-16

Pages: 328

Official Synopsis:

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Review:

3.5/5 Stars           

Simply put, Harry Potter was my childhood (as it was for a lot of people). They were the books that began my love for reading and I owe a lot to J.K. Rowling for creating the magical world full of love, friendship, growth, and facing your demons. I picked up these books in 5th grade and haven’t put them down since. When I found out she was releasing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child I was excited because I would get to revisit this world, reunite with all of my favorite characters, and meet their children.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child isn’t a novel, it’s a playwright, which does change some things. If you are reading a playwright, you aren’t getting all of the details you would normally get from a novel. The reader gets the base, the script, and you learn everything about your characters from their interactions with others and small expression blurbs. I love reading plays because they give readers the opportunity to use their imagination even more than a novel. I also like that it’s almost completely dialogue. But, this being a play, it definitely removed it from the 7 book series for me. I don’t consider it cannon, even though it is supposed to be ‘the eighth story’, it’s more like a very long epilogue with its own plot.

I enjoyed getting to know the children of original characters, and I loved them (in the end). Something I felt that, for me, brought down my overall rating of this book was that there was such a big discrepancy in characterization. For the first half of the book I constantly asked “Who is this person?” when Harry, Ron, or Hermione were speaking. They didn’t seem at all as I would imagine them turning out. I also wasn’t a huge fan of Albus’ character in the beginning. The only character I can say I loved through the whole work was Scorpius Malfoy. He was perfect and definitely redeemed the entire work for me. If I didn’t have him as a main character the book may have been put down…

This is definitely a book you need to go into with an open mind. You need to look at the facts, this is 19 years later and a lot has changed. Our heroes aren’t going to be the same people they were. But I can see why people have issues with it because I had issues with it, too. The plot wasn’t amazing, but it did keep me entertained. If you go into this book thinking you’re going to get everything you got from the original books, you’ll be disappointed. If you go in with an open-mind and separate the stories, you’ll enjoy it a lot more.

As a whole, I felt the story had good themes. It was your typical Harry Potter themes of love, friendship, expectations, and growth told in a bit of a different way. All the same, it was as exciting story and a quick read. It definitely gave me a dose of the world I miss so much, and is probably going to be a big reason why I’m going to reread them in the near future (typical).

Pokemon Update: Shinx evolved!

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