It’s been a long time coming since I’ve seen your face… LIFE UPDATE!! (spoiler alert: I got a dog!!!)

Challenge: name the song from the title in the comments!!

Hey guys! Long time no write. As you’ve probably noticed, I tend to go on sudden hiatuses only to resurface a few months later trying to get back into the swing of things. So here we go again.

In all truthfulness, I’m really not going to be around for the next three weeks. I’m taking an accelerated EMT course, which means that I will have absolutely no time for anything in the next three weeks except for sleeping, eating, and STUDYING LIKE HELL (also going to classes from 8-5 every day an hour away from my house…. so yeah).

Anyway, I just wanted to check in and let you know that I have not forgotten you lovely people! I also have read a whole bunch of books that I promise I’ll review as soon as my course is over and I have some time to breathe.

Also!!!!! In some other exciting news!!!!

I got a dog!!!!

His name is Rossi (criminal minds anyone?) and he’s perfect and I love him so much. Here are some pictures of the little cheese doodle:

He is 4 years old and the sweetest thing on this planet! He loves playing fetch and sticking his head out of the car window. We’ve been having so much fun together and he fell asleep with his head in my lap today and it made me die from cuteness overload!

Anyway, I also decided to start a YouTube channel because I decided to take a gap year (woah, I know right?) before going to college which is where all of this EMT stuff comes in. I’m going to be an EMT this year as I try to figure out what I want to do with my life. YAYYYYYYY

So, if you want to check out my YouTube channel it would mean the world to me! I’ll embed my first (and only) two videos below! And although I haven’t talked about books yet, there will definitely be a bunch of videos about books in there eventually.

Seeing as I have this crazy course coming up, I won’t have time to blog hop for the next three weeks, that being said, I will definitely be going on a blog hopping spree when it is over, so please leave me links in the comments! I want to know what all of you have been up to while I’ve been missing!

Thanks for reading!

 

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That awkward moment when a movie is better than the book…

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Books are always better than the movies… or are they?

This week in my ethics class we are learning about categorical imperatives… AKA something that is always true, in like, every circumstance imaginable. And of course, me being obsessed with books and all, thought “oh! Like how movies are always better than the books!”

But that got me thinking…

Yeah, sure. There are some AWFUL book to movie adaptations (Percy Jackson I’m looking at you), but there actually have been some adaptations that I’ve enjoyed more than the book.

So categorical imperative this is not.

But… how can a movie ever compare to the book?!?!

Honestly, this is a question I ask myself after watching every single awful adaptation out there. Right after I ask myself “why did I think this was going to be any better than the million other awful adaptations I’ve forced myself to sit through?”

But, surprisingly, it is possible. There are a few I can think of, but the one example that stands out most in my mind is Me Before You by JoJo Moyes.

Don’t get my wrong: I didn’t have a problem with the book. I actually ended up giving it five stars (check out my review here), but the movie was just better.

The movie had everything I needed from the story. I don’t feel like it missed anything or changed anything. And, I got to look at Sam Claflin’s beautiful face for two hours… which definitely didn’t hurt.

To break it down: I feel like the movie gave me the same story and a better experience.

<big?I cried when I watched the movie (all three times), but not when I read the book. And I cry at everything. So what does that tell you?

What makes a movie better than the book it was based off of?

Honestly this can come down to a number of factors.

1. Watching the movie before reading the book.

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I actually watched the first Percy Jackson movie before reading the books and liked it. Then I read the books, fell in love with them, re-watched the movie and saw what an awful adaptation it really is.mortal_instruments_city_of_bones_ver11_xlg

Another version of this however: I watched the City of Bones movie before reading the book. I really liked the movie and have actually seen it more than once (yeah yeah I know that a lot of people don’t like it… but let me live, okay?) but when I tried to read the first book I actually kind of hated it and couldn’t get into it at all. And while I was reading, I kept comparing what was happening in the book to what happened in the movie and found myself thinking “no, that’s not right” even though the book came first…

2. The movie containing the same story but better.

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I think this happens when a movie is able to take the essentials from the book and use the visual/audio aspects of movies along with the story to deliver a seriously amazing masterpiece.

This happened to me with both Me Before You (as mentioned above) and Room by Emma Donoghue.

3. The movie takes the idea of the book but delivers a completely different story (which it pulls off brilliantly)

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A movie adaptation that does this is Nerve by Jeanne Ryan. The story line in the movie and the book are completely different, yet follow the same characters in the same high-stakes competition. Yeah, of course there are some similar scenes, but for the most part the stories follow their own path. And while I did love the book, the movie was a bit more entertaining.

Talk to me:

What other reasons could a movie be better than the book? What movies did you enjoy more than the book? Let me know in the comments below!

My January TBR!

Hey guys! So I’m still over here trying to process how it is 2018?!?!? It doesn’t feel real yet.

Anyway, it’s been a week, and the only thing I have read so far is the prologue of Empire of Storms. So, I decided to make a TBR for January that will hopefully motivate me to want to read more!

My TBR is going to be pretty short, mostly because school is starting up again and I sadly won’t have that much time to actually sit down and read. So here we go (titles will be links to Goodreads)!

January TBR:

1. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas28260587

This book is a re-read for me. I re-read books 1-4 in December, and this is the last one before finally getting to Tower of Dawn (which I haven’t read yet at all!). I know I am going to love this one, and this time when I finish it I’ll actually write a review! Hehe.

2. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas31450852

I’ve heard this book surpassed a lot of people’s expectations, so I’m pretty excited to start it! Hopefully I’ll love it as much as I love the other Throne of Glass books!

3. Run by Kody Keplinger23613983

I actually started this book already, but I’m only about 15 pages in, so I’m not really sure what to think of it yet. I loved both The D.U.F.F. and A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Keplinger, so I’m hoping to love this one too!

4. Frostblood by Elly Blake27827203

I don’t know if I am going to have time to get to this one, but I hope I do. It’s been sitting on my shelf for a long while now, and I’ve heard it’s really good from a lot of people, so I’m pretty excited for it!

 

 

Talk to me!

What is on your January TBR? Have you read any of the books I plan on reading? Let me know in the comments below!

I Had the Worst Travel Experience Ever and Now I Feel Like a Failure.

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Hey guys. So yesterday I flew from my grandparent’s house in Florida back up to my school in Massachusetts. I fly all the time. I’ve literally been taking solo trips four or five times a year for the last six years, and I’ve never had a problem.

But for some ungodly reason everything decided to go wrong for me yesterday.
To start off the day, my alarm didn’t go off. I usually always wake up before my alarm on travel days, so when I opened my eyes, I thought that was the case. Then I looked at my watch.

I woke up two hours after I was supposed to and that meant that I didn’t even have enough time to get to the airport before the gate for my flight closed.

I still rushed to change and throw the rest of my stuff into my already overstuffed backpack, then I ran and woke my brother up because he was driving me to the airport.
About 10 minutes into the drive, I realized that I forgot my water bottle and hair ties at my grandparent’s house. I wasn’t too upset about that, but as someone who is usually very organized, it made me feel like crap. And that feeling was only made worse when my grandma called to say goodbye. I told her that I overslept and she just said “Well that’s what you get for sleeping in.”

Do you think I wanted to sleep in?!?!?! Um hello I feel awful already!?!?!
Anyway, so I finally get to the airport and it is packed . I waited in line for an hour to see what I should do, and when I finally get up, the lady puts me on standby for a flight yesterday afternoon and guarantees me a spot on the flight out the next morning.
So I go through security and sit at the gate from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., when they said they would be able to tell me if I can go on the standby flight.

Then they tell me that I won’t know if I can go on the standby flight until after boarding is over . And, to make everything even better, the flight was delayed from 4 to 6 .

So I sat on down and waiting until boarding, and finally they called up the last boarding group, then they closed the gate.

Naturally I started stressing out, because they didn’t call anybody on standby. So I had just sat in the airport all day for no reason.

But then they did start calling standby. Because apparently they do that after they close the gate. So thanks so much to the airport staff for telling me that before hand, one of the 5 times I went up to the gate to ask about how standby works.

Luckily I get on the plane, and I had an emergency row seat so I had a big more leg room which was nice. I listened to a comedy podcast for the 3 hour flight, and I thought my bad luck was over.

I get off the plane and meet up with my car service that was taking me back to school. The lady was really nice and we chatted the whole ride back and I stopped to get some dinner.

When I got back to my dorm I said hi to my friends and took a shower then went to lie down and listen to some music before bed. But my earphones were missing. And I was trying to remember where I put them. Then I remembered that I put them in my wallet.

So yeah. I lost my wallet.

I knew I had to have forgotten it in the car (cause, you know, I bought food on the drive back), and I went to call the car driver, but she had already called me. She found my wallet, and she is going to try to get it back to me today.

Only today there is 8 inches of snow on the ground. So no school, but also no wallet. And my stress/anxiety levels are through the roof. And I feel like such an idiot for forgetting my wallet.

So yeah. Yesterday was really sucky and I cried a lot. I cried all morning in the airport because I felt like such a failure for missing my flight. Then I cried for a while when I realized I lost my wallet.

Hopefully I’ll get my wallet back today and I can put yesterday behind me for good.

Have any of you ever had a bad travel day? Or just some day that seems to go wrong at every turn? Because right now I feel like this is a sign about how the rest of the year is gonna go, and I really need someone to tell me that it’s gonna get better.

*UPDATE*

Thank you guys so much for all the nice comments! It has really made me feel so much better.

Also I got my wallet back!!! The woman who drove me to school from the airport braved the bad weather today to bring it back to me. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to her! She really is an amazing woman!

My Year in Books – 2017

Hey guys! I got the idea for this post over at Kyera’s Library and it looked so fun that I just had to do it! Be sure to go check Kyera out as well!!

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Totals:

I read 29,841 pages over 83 books!


Longest Book:

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Winter by Marissa Meyer @ 827 pages


Shortest Book:

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The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Stetson @ 16 pages


Most Popular Book:

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: Read by 665,791 other people


Least Popular Book:

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Beyond the Rising Tide by Sarah Beard: Read by 200 other people

Guys! This book is so good! How have more people not read it!?!?!? I literally just re-read it because it is so good.


My Average Rating:

3.53 out of 5

I had the most 4 star reviews, but otherwise my ratings were pretty well spread out.


Highest Rated on Goodreads:

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Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas with an average of 4.60/5


First Review of the Year:

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The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan


Books I’ve Read This Year:

I’m definitely missing some in there… but that’s most of them.


What books have you read this year? Have we read any of the same ones? What were your favorites and least favorites? Let me know in the comments below!

My Top 5 2017 Releases

Screenshot (40)Hey guys! Yet another year is coming to an end. Can you believe it? It feels like 2017 has flown by (not that I’m complaining). 2018 will hopefully be a great year, and I can’t wait to see what it has in store.

Anyway, with the end of the year fast approaching, I thought it would be fun to talk about my favorite 2017 releases.

There were So Many Good Books this year, but I’m going to showcase my top five, and hopefully convince you guys to read some of these amazing books.

My Top 5 2017 Releases:

5. Little Monsters by Kara Tomas32320750

Most likely to: twist your mind into knots

Little Monsters was such a surprise. I’m not usually one for dark, twisty mysteries, but this one swept me away. I was guessing the whole time.

The character development and plot was amazing. It was so complex and intriguing!

Read my full review here.

4. The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski27258139

Most likely to: make you scared of the forest

The Wood was so dark and gorgeous. I fell in love with the characters so quickly.

This one also had some surprises, and the ending left me wanting more.

Chelsea: if you are reading this, will there be a follow up? Please?

Read my full review here.

3. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett30313265

Most likely to: make you swoon

I love a good mistaken-identity book, and this one certainly didn’t disappoint.

This book was swoony and adorable without being too fluffy. There were definitely grittier moments, which is perfect for people like me who normally don’t love contemporary YA romance books.

Read my full review here.

2. A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck30040068

Most likely to: Reck your heart (haha see what I did there?)

THE TEARS!!!! THE HEARTBREAK!!!!

This book completely blew me out of the water. Whatever I was expecting, it certainly wasn’t that.

But MY GOSH, what a book.

Read my full review here.

1. Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer30038855

Most likely to: take a second look at the bad boy

Yet another mistaken-identity book makes it onto my list. Why? BECUASE THEY ARE SO GOOD AND THIS ONE IS AMAZING AND OH MY GOSH AHHHHHHHHHHH

I need to stop. BUT I CAN’T AHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Alright I’m really done this ti- AHHHHHHHHHHH

Read my full review here.

What were your favorite new releases in 2017? Have you read any of these?

Let me know in the comments below!

 

Since I’ve Been Gone

Hey guys!

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It’s been almost two months since I’ve had time to sit down and write a post. That’s way to long!!

Sadly I’m still super busy with school (and life in general), but I thought I’d check in and let you guys know what’s going on in my life… and what books I’ve had a chance to read in these past few months.

What’s been going on with me…

For those of you who don’t know, I am a senior in (a boarding) high school this year. That means A Lot of Stress™ and The College Process™

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Yay me.

Okay, in all honestly it’s not that bad. I’m getting really good grades, and I applied ED (early decision) to my top choice college. Now all I have to do is wait (which honestly is worse than anything else).

My school has trimesters, and the first trimester is ending tomorrow. I have my last final exam tomorrow morning (calculus… aaaahhhh), and then I have 10 days off for Thanksgiving break.

This fall I decided to play JV volleyball, and it was probably one of the best decisions I have ever made. I never played VB before, but it was so fun, and I’m so sad that it is over.

For the winter trimester I decided to try wresting. I had a couple practices this week and I am so sore that I can barely walk. But it is fun, and I’m looking forward to the upcoming season.

What I’ve been able to read…

Room by Emma Donoghue– What an emotional read! I watched the movie first, so I got all my crying (and there was considerable crying) out of the way, but the book still blew me away. I gave it four out of five hearts.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows– I was so excited to read this one because I’ve heard so many amazing things about it. Sadly, this was way over-hyped for me, and I ended up quitting at about 20%. This book just wasn’t for me.

180 Seconds by Jessica Park– Dammnnnnnnn. I didn’t really know what to expect from this one, but it definitely surprised me. There were some clichés that took away from the story IMO, but for the most part I really loved it. I gave this one four out of five hearts as well.

In 27 Days by Alison Gervais– This book was another one that was really good, but was very predictable. But it definitely was a great break to distract me from all of the school work. I also gave this one four out of five hearts.

Books I’m in the middle of now…

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab– I started this one on audiobook a while back. I really like it so far, and I think I’ll end up finishing it at some point… but I don’t know when that will be.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee– I just started this a couple days ago, and it is really good so far. I hope to tackle this huge book over Thanksgiving break!

The Breathless by Tara Goedjen– I started this book a few weeks before school started and honestly my motivation to read this book is pretty much non-existent at this point. The writing style is a little strange, and I think that’s what’s been throwing me off so much about this book so far. If I don’t pick it up again soon it’s probably going to be a DNF.

Looking forward…

Over Thanksgiving break I am going to stay with my best friend. I’m really excited to see her again! However, I have a lot of work to do over the break…

I hope to write reviews for the books I’ve read and do the tags that I have been tagged in.

I’m going to design some pages for the yearbook (I am an editor in chief this year!).

Do the homework I was assigned over the break (because apparently AP classes are allowed to do that).

Get some much needed sleep.

Eat some good food.

And then school starts up again on November 28th… which also happens to be my 18th birthday. So happy birthday to me…. 🙂

How have all of you been? What blog posts have I missed? What have you been reading? What has been going on in your lives? Let me know in the comments below!