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!

 

 

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

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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!

Semi-Hiatus, although it breaks my heart

Hey guys!

This post is really sad for me to write. I hoped, going into this school year, that I would be able to keep up with my blog and school and sports and clubs etc., but it’s been just a week and I’m already being overwhelmed.

I have a lot of most posts (reviews, interviews, discussions, etc.) that want to post, so when I find time to sit down and write something, I will. But the reality is I probably won’t be able to do much for the next few months as school starts to ramp up again. I might be able to post once a week, but I definitely won’t be able to post every day like I was over the summer.

I really appreciate all of my readers, and I hope you stick around until I can post regularly again. And I will do my best to keep up with everybody else’s blogs if/when I have spare time.

Thank you to everybody who has been with me so far on this blogging journey and I hope I can come back and blog regularly very soon!

 

Discussion: How do we feel about movie tie-in covers? The pros and cons.

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I’ve seen some mixed feelings about movie tie-in covers. Some people love ’em, some people hate ’em, and some people just don’t care.

I’ve decided to list a few pros and cons of movie/TV tie-in covers. Also, I’d love to hear your thoughts too, so don’t forget to comment!!

The Pros:

1. They can look super awesome.

Like sometimes even better than the original cover *collective gasp*. But seriously. Take Nerve for example. The movie tie-in cover is so much better. Have you seen the original cover? I was actually so surprised by it because it looked so bad (I’m not trying to offend anyone here, I’m just sharing my honest opinion). I never would have picked it up if not for the movie tie-in cover (or if I hadn’t seen the movie before hand tbh).

Here is a side by side comparison so you can see what I’m talking about:

I mean really, which cover would you be more likely to pick up?

2. They can get people to read a book who might not usually want to read a book.

Sometimes when I drag my not-bookish friends into the book store, they see a movie tie-in cover. Then the conversation goes something like this:

Friend: Hey! I didn’t know they were writing a book about that movie?!

Me: Ummm, you know the movie is based off the book, right?

Friend: Uh, yeah, yeah, what you said. But that movie was awesome! Do you think I should read the book version?

Me: mmmm

Me: yessssssssssss

Friend: You’re right! I should totally read more! I think I’m gonna get it.

3. Sometimes you find out there is an adaptation coming because you spot the tie-in cover.22851100

This tends to happen when you pay more attention to new books coming out rather than new movies and shows.

Take The Giver for example. I probably never would have heard about the movie version (when I did) if I didn’t see the movie-tie in cover.

4. They can feature some of your favorite actors and actresses!33940357

For example: I love Nick Robinson. He is on the movie tie-in cover of Everything, Everything. Guess which edition I bought.

You guessed it! The movie tie-in version.

Although I really didn’t like the book… or the movie… so maybe that’s not the best example?

5. Sometimes they have some pictures from the movie in the middle.

I’m not really sure if this counts as a pro or a con… I guess it depends on how terrible the movie is and how much the actors actually look like the characters.

But still, I always have fun flipping through the pictures, regardless of whether I have/will read the book or watch the movie.

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The Cons:

1. They can look super terrible.

My first pro was that they can look awesome, so naturally my first con is that they can be a complete train wreck.

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For example: when they shove ever single actor in the movie onto the cover. Especially in that weird fade/layover style. Seriously?! Who designs these things?! Who thinks that that is appealing?!

Or when the tie-in cover is so far off from the feel of the book.

Great example of both of these things? The Great Gatsby tie-in cover.

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Now don’t get me wrong, I love me some Leo DiCaprio, but can you honestly tell me that this cover looks appealing? It’s certainly a cool movie poster, but it doesn’t quite cut it as a book cover for me.

2. They can feature an actor that looks NOTHING like what the character is supposed to look like.

Sometimes there are just minor differences, like the characters hair length is wrong (see: Everything, Everything’s Ollie) or they aren’t the right height.

But sometimes the differences are much worse than this. Like the (almost) entire cast of The Hunger Games. Or Cara Delevingne’s role as Margo in Paper Towns (disclaimer: I’ve seen the movie but I haven’t read the book. That being said, I still know about this and it annoys me).

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3. They can remind you of a painfully terrible movie/show that never should have existed in the first place.

LIKE THE SHADOWHUNTERS TV SHOW UGHGHGHGHGHGH

31342081Okay so I didn’t like the books, but I liked the movie (yeah, yeah, yell at me all you want. But that’s how I feel). So I figured that maybe the TV show would be more my speed too.

I WAS SOOOOO WRONG. I made it through mayyyybe one episode (I think I finished the episode?). But it was too painful and now every time I see the tie-in cover it makes my blood boil and stops me from trying to pick up the Mortal Instruments series again.

4. They can cause a book store to not carry THE REGULAR COVER THAT YOU NEED SO YOU DON’T STARE AT ACTORS YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT/LIKE WHILE READING THE BOOK

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I think the title of this one says it all.

5. The book is better than the movie. Why would you want to walk around looking at the movie cover rather than the book one?

The book is better than the movie with very few exceptions. So why would you want to be staring at not-the-actual-book-cover?

Also it annoys me so much when the movie is literally nothing like the book AT ALL and would literally never be associated with the book if not for the name of the movie and then there is still a tie-in cover.

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One good example: The Duff by Kody Keplinger.  I loved both the book and the movie (obviously the book was better though) but they were so different that I don’t really think there should be a tie-in cover.

So do we like tie-in covers?

I personally can go either way. Sometimes I love them and sometimes I hate them. There really isn’t an in between.

How do you feel about them? What are your pros and cons? Let me know in the comments!!

Thanks for reading!