Weekly Update: I got the flu and almost died… and those two things are only mostly related

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Hey guys!

So as you can probably tell from the title of this post, my week has been one of cough syrup and trying not to die. But before I get into that, let me tell you about all the reading I’ve managed to do!

Books I’ve read in the last week!

Seeing as I was sick, I spent a lot of time in Heath Services (the nurses office) instead of going to classes. Which meant a lot of time to read. So between sleeping and trying not to feel like I was burning alive, I read. A lot.

By Your Side by Kasie West: This was the only book I read this week that wasn’t a re-read. I honestly didn’t like it that much (I rated it 3 stars on Goodreads), and hopefully I’ll be able to sit down and write a review of it soon!

A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger: I loved this book just as much as I did the first time! I love Keplinger’s writing! (review here)Ruby Red (trilogy) by Kerstin Gier: I remembered loving these books, but reading them again made me love them so much more! This series is really a masterpiece! If you are looking for something to read, please please please consider these books!! (reviews: Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue, Emerald Green) Currently Reading!

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas: I am slowly making my way through this beast of a book, and (like my other re-reads) loving it!! I can’t wait to finish this one and finally write a review for it! Then finally read Tower of Dawn!!

Run by Kody Keplinger: I’m only a few pages into this one, and I think I may just start it from the beginning. I haven’t really had time to get into this one, but I’m hoping that I love it just as much as Keplinger’s other books!

How I almost died:

Alrighty. So here’s how it happened:

I started feeling sick on Wednesday. As in chills, nausea, fatigue, muscle weakness… the works. I went to the nurse at the end of the day and she told me to lie down and take it easy. But Wednesday is game day and I wanted to at least go to the wrestling match and support my team. So she let me go on the condition that I didn’t wrestle.

When I got back, I was feeling pretty rough. I did my homework and went to bed and I had to take like 30 cough drops to make my throat feel okay enough to let me fall asleep.The fire alarm went off at 12:30 in the morning.And guess who didn’t wake up?

Me.

I slept through 10 minutes of the fire alarm.

Then woke up to my phone ringing ON VIBRATE. Because apparently my brain thinks my vibrating phone is more important than the fire alarm.

Turns out, it was one of the dorm parents calling me to see where I was, and the conversation went something like this:

Dorm Parent: Emma, you need to get out of the dorm.

Me (still super groggy and hasn’t realized that alarm is going off): Why?

DP: The fire alarm is going off.

Me (still not registering that the beeping is, in fact, the fire alarm): No it’s not.

DP: Emma! Get out of the building!

Me (finally hearing the alarm): Ahh! Coming!

So I slid out of bed and pulled on my boots and wrapped myself in a blanket. Then, right as I was opening my door, a security officer was coming in to get me. He kind of looked at me like “how do you not wake up to a blaring alarm?” (good question dude) and then I walked downstairs. There were firemen on the first floor and it smelled like smoke. One of the firemen looked at me and went:

What are you doing?

And then I just kind of went:

I didn’t wake up.

And hurried out of the dorm feeling stupid and sick and tired and trying not to cry. So basically, if there had been a real fire instead of one of the washing machines starting to smoke (actually it might have caught fire… I’m not super clear on what actually happened), I probably would be dead. In my defense though, the fire alarm in the dorm sounds like a super loud microwave beeping and not like an actual fire alarm. So it’s not my fault that my sick brain didn’t think it was worth waking up for. Right? What else has been going on with me?

Besides missing two days of school and pretty much sleeping all weekend, I haven’t been up to much.

But I do have one bit of good news….

I GOT INTO MY FIRST COLLEGE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Honestly the weight off my shoulders with that one letter was something that I don’t even know how to begin to describe. I was just such an amazing feeling.

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What have you been reading? Have you ever almost-died? Are you too a victim of flu season? Do you have any good news to share? Let me know in the comments below!!

Thanks for reading!

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Hiatus Mini Reviews

Before the New Year™ officially begins, I thought I’d do some mini reviews of the books I’ve read while on hiatus (not that I’m off my semi-hiatus, but I’m gonna try to post regularly again, and see how it goes). 

I read 4 new books (not including my assigned books for school, but I’m not going to review those) which I’m going to be reviewing. I re-read books 1-4 of the Throne of Glass series (reviews: 1,2,3,4), and will post my reviews for Empire of Storms and The Assassin’s Blade when I re-read them (then Tower of Dawn when I finally read that!). I also re-read Beyond the Rising Tide, which was as amazing as the first time (find my review here). I read My Lady Jane, and you can read my review for that here, along with why it did not live up to the hype.

So, without any further ado, here we go!


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180 Seconds by Jessica Park

My Rating: ♥♥♥

180 Seconds was a really good book. It follows Allison, a girl who is more than a little closed off from the world, and Esben, who is super outgoing and a social-media celeb. The meet when Allison is roped into a social experiment that Esben is doing, where they basically just keep eye-contact for 180 seconds.
The emotions in this book were raw and relatable, and I even got a little misty eyed at parts. Although the plot and outcome of the book were predictable, I really didn’t mind at all. I knew what I was getting into when I picked up this book, and it gave me exactly what I expected.
Although the main characters (Allison and Esben) were very nuanced, the rest of the characters did feel a bit two-dimensional, which made the whole book a teensy bit less enjoyable, but for the most part I didn’t mind.
Overall I’d say this book is worth the read, especially if you like this kind of story.


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Room by Emma Donoghue

My Rating: ♥♥♥

I watched the movie Room before I read the book (I know, I know, I should have read the book first), but honestly reading the book and watching the movie were two completely different experiences. For one, I sobbed throughout the entire movie (both my first time watching it and then when I watched it again after finishing the book), and I only got a little misty eyed once during the book.
The book definitely went into more detail (and had some plot points that the movie skipped) and gave an even more in-depth view into Jack’s mind and how he dealt with the events that took place. That being said, it gave the book more of a juvenile voice which could be a little annoying and confusing at times.
Do I think the book was worth the read? Yes.
That being said, in this case I do think it’s okay to skip the book and just see the movie.


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City of Thieves by David Benioff

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥

City of Thieves was a whirlwind from beginning to end. It follows Lev and Kolya, two war prisoners and strangers to each other, who are given the task of finding eggs during the Nazis siege of Leningrad in exchange for their lives. As they embark on this seemingly impossible journey, they have some crazy adventures and build a friendship.
This book was really interesting, and I found myself unable to put it down. It was pretty crude (which fit in with the setting, but was a little over-the-top at points), but also had some heartfelt moments.
This was the first real war story I read (I’ve read one since), and I was actually surprised by how much I liked it. I would recommend this to anyone who likes war stories, or anyone who wants to try reading one.


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In 27 Days by Alison Gervais

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥

In 27 Days was a complete cover buy for me. I hadn’t seen the book or author anywhere before, and I knew nothing about the story. That being said, I have read Wattpad books before, and I have never been let down by one that has made it through the publishing process.
In 27 Days did not disappoint.
The concept behind this story is a girl is given a chance to go back in time by 27 days to save a boy who has committed suicide. She doesn’t know him that well, but decides to take the deal anyway and try to save his life.
The story itself is pretty predictable (even the ending, which really tried to be surprising), but it was really cute and such a feel good story. The characters were likable and the story was compelling. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a fast, fun book to read!


Thanks for reading! Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments below!

Award Time!! The Blogger Recognition Award (x3), The Sunshine Blogger Award (x2), and the Awesome Blogger Award!

Guy’s I’m feeling the love!!! I am seriously overwhelmed by the award nominations I have been receiving recently, and I can’t thank you guys (other bloggers and readers) for supporting me and Keystroke Blog!

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This post is probably going to be a little longer than usual (considering I’m putting 3 different awards in it) but bear with me! I’ll try to make this as fun as possible. Let’s get started!!

The Blogger Recognition Award

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I was nominated for this by Jordan @ The Heart of a Book Blogger , Lauren @ Comma Hangover, and by Darque Dreamer Reads. They are all such amazing bloggers and I definitely suggest checking them out if you don’t follow them already!

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Write a post to show your award
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  • Select a few other bloggers you want to give this award to

How my blog was started:

I’ve always loved to read and write. About two years ago I stumbled onto a book blog while looking for some recommendations, and immediately fell in love with the community and the idea of being able to share my love for books with other people.

About a week later, Keystroke Blog was up and running!

Advice for new bloggers:

Interact with the community!!!

That is the most important thing you can do. That is why we are all here: to share our love for books. The more you put yourself out there with your commenting and blog hopping and social media, the more connections you will be able to make, and the larger presence you will have in the community!

I nominate:

The Sunshine Blogger Award

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Sarah @ The Clever Reader  and Sydney @ Sydney’s Shelves nominated me for this one!! Both of their blogs are amazing, and I love reading their posts (you will too!! Go check them out!!).

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions your nominator has given you.
  • Nominate a few other people and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  • List the rules and display the award

Sarah’s questions for me:

1. What is your favorite cover so far this year?

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Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel! I’m also just dying to read this book in general. It sounds SO GOOD!!! (check it out on goodreads here)

2. Do you enjoy Audiobooks or Physical/eBooks better?

I like Audiobooks and Physical books, but not eBooks. Something about reading on a screen just really bugs me. I need to either hold a physical book in my hands or listen to it.

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3. What is your 2017 reading goal?

My goodreads goal was to read one book a week, so 52 books this year. But I’m already at 71 books, and half way though another 2, so at this point I don’t really have any goals.

4. What is your favorite genre of YA?

Probably fantasy. But it’s really hard to choose because I like so many different genres!!!!

5. If you could live in a book world which one would it be?

There are so many but I feel like I wouldn’t last a day in any of them. I’d be the body that the characters stumble on.

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Although I have to admit that being able to use magic would be awesome. Sooooo… anywhere with a lot of magic and not a lot of people trying to kill me?

6. Who’s your book boyfriend/girlfriend?

Cas from Anna Dressed in Blood!! I love him!!!

7. What is your favorite mystical creature?

GAHHHHH there are so many amazing ones though!!!!

I like Fae, but also they are kind of terrifying. Honestly I think I’m going to go with whatever Betty was in the Percy Jackson books (some kind of mythical sea-cow?). Oooh oooh or the sea-horse things that Percy rides in the water.

Okay really any of the nice creatures from Percy Jackson. Or a nice dragon.

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8. If you could meet any author who would it be?

Just one? Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Kendare Blake? Sarah J. Maas? Jared Reck? Sarah Beard? Laura Silverman? Rick Riordan?

There are just too many amazing authors out there for me to pick one!

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9. What is your anticipated read for the rest of this year?

Kind of answered this one above… but it’s totally Black Bird of the Gallows!

10. If you could have any power what would it be and why?

Uhhhhhh probably the ability to fly. That would be super awesome!

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11. What book in the Harry Potter series is your favorite?

So many hard questions!!

Probably the first one, because it is the book that started it all!!

Sydney’s questions for me:

1. What are some of your favorite movies?

Just Go With It, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and A New Hope.

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2. Do you watch adult cartoons? If so, what are some of your favorites?

Not regularly, but I love Archer!!

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3. What is a weird bookish habit you have?

I have a hard time reading when other people are in the room (with the exception of my immediate family). I don’t know why… but I do.

4. How do you keep track of your thoughts when reading a book? Like for reviews and such.

I don’t really do anything special. I just finish a book and then write the review!

5. Do you have bookish merch? What are some of your favorite shops? And do you use the stuff you buy?

I don’t buy a lot of merch, but when I do, it’s off Etsy!!

6. Favorite beverage. For reading or for just life?

Pina Colada when I’m on the beach or by the pool (to sip while reading a book, of course).

Coffee in the morning because I would probably die at this point without it (also while reading a book).

Water always because water is life.

7. What distracts you the most from reading?

When other people are around. I always feel like I’m being watched….

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Or when I have my phone near me.

8.  Best book you read in the past three months?

Ahhh that’s a hard one because I’ve read so many amazing books!!

But I did just read the Throne of Glass Series and they were all five star reads for me, so probably those (I can’t choose one of them though!).

9. What are some of your favorite foods/meals?

My all-time favorite food is Pizza Potatoes. Basically it’s baked or mashed potatoes with red sauce and cheese on it.

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10. What are some fictional characters you wish you were friends with?

Another super hard question!!!

I actually made a list of characters that I would want to be best friends with, so you can see that here if you want! My answers are probably still the same.

11. What are 5 things you are grateful for?

  1. My brothers
  2. My best friend
  3. Books and authors
  4. The book blogging community
  5. Everyone who reads my blog!

I nominate:

I actually nominated a bunch of people for this quite recently, so I’m not going to nominate any more… but you can check out those nominations here!

The Awesome Blogger Award

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I was nominated for this last award by Aria @ Snow White Hates Apples! Her blog is yet another that I love, and like the others, you should totally check it out!

The reason for this award:

This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Include the reason behind the award.
  • Answer the questions your nominator gave you.
  • Nominate some awesome bloggers.
  • Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer.

The questions for me:

1. Favorite quote from a book?

The world will be saved and remade by the dreamers – Sarah J. Maas

I actually just got a tote bag from Society6 with this quote on it! Check out the artwork here!

 2. Best plot twist(s) of all time?

Off the top of my head? Ahhhhh….

A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck

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Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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3. Favorite classic that few know about?

Ummm I don’t really read as many classics as I should, so I don’t really know any that “few” know about….

4. If you can only read poetry or plays for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

Probably plays? Idk, that’s a hard one.

5. A character the majority loves but you don’t?

I don’t know about “the majority”, but I really, really hate Jay from The Great Gatsby. I think he is just a terrible person. I did love the book though!

6. Literary trope(s) that you like best?

For some reason I really like the mistaken identities trope. If you don’t know what I mean… these books have it:

  • Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
  • Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
  • P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

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7. How do you pick your next read?

Honestly I’m a mood reader, so whatever calls to me!

8. A book character that’s the most like you?

That’s a tough one… I feel like I’m a lot like Hermione (from Harry Potter….).

9. Do you read multiple books at the same time or do you stick to one until you’re done?

I read anywhere between 2-5 books at a time. I usually read a few hard copies and work through an audiobook at the same time.

10. A book you’d like a movie/TV adaptation for?

Anna Dressed in Blood!!!! It was going to happen and then it didn’t?! Broke my heart. But maybe it’s for the best….

I nominate:

Questions for my nominees:

  1. What’s your favorite food?
  2. Do you eat while you read?
  3. Coffee or tea?
  4. Where is your favorite place to read?
  5. Do you have any pets? (If yes can you share some pictures?)
  6. Do you like hot or cold weather?
  7. What is your favorite genre of books?
  8. What is the first thing that comes to mind when I say “magic”?
  9. Dragons or Unicorns?
  10. What book do you force on anyone who listens to your opinions?

You’ve made it to the end! Yay! I had a lot of fun answering those questions, and hopefully you had some fun reading them too!

I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who follows and reads my blog. It really means the world to me!

Thanks for reading!!

 

It is finally here: The EPIC THRONE OF GLASS THEMED GIVEAWAY!!!!

I have been promising this for weeks. Needless to say, I’ve been a bit behind schedule. But it is here!!

Over the past two months, I’ve read all of the published ToG novels (The Assassin’s Blade through Empire of Storms) and loved them all! I don’t know why I waited so long to start this series.

Maybe I was afraid of the hype… who knows.

Anyway, I haven’t posted any of my reviews yet, but they will be going up soon (probably in the next week or so, but you probably know by now that I’m terrible at staying on schedule) . In the meantime, you have this awesome giveaway to enter!

Here’s what you can win:

(And please forgive my less-than-adequate photo taking skills….)

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You can win all of these goodies and a hardback of the next ToG book: Tower of Dawn!! (ToD will be ordered from Book Depository and sent directly to winner)

Let’s take a closer look at what you stand to win:

  1. IMG_3410This beautiful 18×18″ pillow from BookishStuff on Etsy! The case is super soft and the pillow is very plushy! The art on it features a Stag silhouette with a dark forest behind it, and a starry sky and a quote inside of it.  It says:

    the Stag, the Lord of the North. So the people of Terrasen will always know how to find their way home. So they can look up at the sky, no matter where they are and know Terrasen is forever with them.

  2. IMG_3412A one-of-a-kind handmade Journal from KleeTreasures on Etsy! This beautiful journal is hand painted and has a cute bookmark with a yellow star charm and a spiral of stars charm.
    The art on this journal features the Stag of Terrasen surrounded by a golden circle with a crown on top!
    It is small enough to be carried around in your purse or pocket!
    Also, this came all the way from Australia!! (I think that’s really awesome)
  3. A gorgeous metal stamped necklace from Bookish IMG_3413Adventures on Etsy! This necklace is silver colored and says:

    Fireheart

    It also has a little heart charm off to one side!
    This necklace will make such a cute accessory with any outfit!
    You can check out Bookish Adventures on Instagram here!

  4. A 13×13″ Tote Bag from Society6 (this is the only thing not donated IMG_3411for the giveaway, but when I saw it I was like “ahh this is so cute! I need to include it in the giveaway!”)
    The artwork features a gold dream catcher on a black background with stars and has the quote:

    The world will be saved and remade by the dreamers.

    Just so you know, that is my favorite quote from the books!!

  5. A Hardcover of Tower of Dawn (ordered from Book Depository, as said above)

How to win:

*This giveaway is going to be open to anywhere that book depository ships!!

To win, just enter the rafflecoper giveaway below!

Rafflecoper Giveaway

Good luck entering the giveaway!

The giveaway ends on September 11th, 2017 and the winner will be emailed the following day!

And keep an eye out for the upcoming reviews of the Throne of Glass series!!

Thanks for reading!!

 

Down the TBR Hole #3- I am a book hoarder slowly learning to let go.

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Hey guys! I am back with the 3rd installment of Down the TBR Hole!! In our last adventure down the TBR hole, we saw a plethora of books utilizing the dead parent trope… let’s hope we don’t run into that again.

If you don’t know how this TBR cleanse works, check out my first TBR post here to see the rules.

Anywayyyyy, let’s start this cleanse!

1. Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant

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I loved the Gone series, and I’m pretty sure I added this to my TBR right after reading it.

But, re-reading the synopsis now, this book doesn’t really catch my attention. It is something that I would probably have loved 3 or 4 years ago, but it’s not something I would pick up now.

Verdict: Going
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2. The Host by Stephanie Meyer

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Did I ever want to read it? No.

Am I ever going to read it? Not likely.

So I think you guys know where this one is heading…

Verdict: Going
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3. The Guardian by Lee H. Haywood

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This is the first book I added to my TBR after I started blogging! (That I haven’t read already… just thought that was a cool little fact… hehe)

I think I added this one to my TBR because I interviewed Lee H. Haywood (check that out here). But I don’t really think I am ever going to pick this one up to read.

Verdict: Going
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4. Seer of the Souls by Susan Faw

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Not gonna lie… I completely forgot this book ever existed…

The synopsis does sound interesting, and I do love me some good fantasy…. but at the same time, I COMPLETELY FORGOT THIS BOOK EVEN EXISTED. Like seriously, I must not have been very interested in it to start. And after reading though some of the reviews, it seems like maybe this one isn’t really for me after all.

Verdict: Going
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5. Life in Reverse by Beth Michele

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Here is another example of a book that I completely forgot existed. Oops.

Also, I’m not a big fan of contemporary romance… so yeah.

What was I thinking?

Verdict: Going
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6. Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

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I actually had a physical copy of this. A hard back copy. Sitting in my room. For so long.

Then I traded it on the books for trade hashtag on twitter.

So yeah.

Verdict: Going
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7. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

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After over a year of wanting to read this book….

I FINALLY DOWNLOADED THE AUDIOBOOK!!!!

So yeah, this one is going to be read. Or listened to? Or maybe both? I do have a paperback of it as well!

Verdict: Staying
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8. Artificial by Jadah McCoy

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Okay but seriously, what is with all these books I don’t remember? I have absolutely zero recollection of this book existing. I don’t know how it ended up on my TBR….

This book does have a pretty high rating, but I don’t really think I’ll be reading any New Adult dystopia in the foreseeable future.

Verdict: Going
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9. Mer-Charmer by Amy Bearce

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This book does sound pretty interesting, but it is another one that I just don’t think I am ever going to pick up.

I love my mermaids, but I don’t think that I would enjoy this book as much as I would have a few years ago.

Verdict: Going
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10. Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn

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I actually read this book back in middle school, and recently found my copy again. I guess I was thinking about this book about a year ago too, when I added it to my TBR.

I also recently re-read Wait Till Helen Comes (see my review here), and loved revisiting Hahn’s writing!

Verdict: Staying
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And done!! Yet again I am so proud of myself! It feels so good to see that TBR number go down!

TBR stats:

Books removed today: 8
Total books removed: 19
Books left on TBR: 374

How is your TBR looking? Talk to me in the comments!!

Thanks for reading!

 

 

The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

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I’ve always loved seeing people’s answers for this tag, and now I get to do it (again*)!! The wonderful Nika @ Bookster tagged me to do the Unpopular Opinions book tag!

*(I just checked, and yes I did this a in June… but I’m excited to do it again! And I’m actually tagged for it this time! Here is the link to my first go-around if you want to check it out!)

The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

1. A popular book or book series that you didn’t like:

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2. A popular book or series that else seems to hate but you love:

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3. An OTP that you don’t like:

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Alice and Max from Dreamology.

4. A popular genre that you hardly reach for:

Contemporary

5. A popular/beloved character that you do not like:

16068905Cath from Fangirl.

6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into:

Cassandra Clare. As you can see above, I tried City of Bones and didn’t like it. After that I don’t think I’m ever going to pick up another one of her books.

7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing:

The “super clumsy” main character. It’s unrealistic, distracting, and honestly is just super annoying at this point.

8.  A popular series that you have no interest in reading:

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9. The saying goes “the book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or TV show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?:

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I tag:

YOUYOUYOUYOUYOUYOUYOU!!!!!!

I want to see everybody’s unpopular opinions!!!!

Thanks for reading!!

Down the TBR Hole #2- I am a book hoarder trying to let go

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I am back with the second installment of my TBR cleanse. As you can probably tell by the title, I’m kind of a book hoarder… and even hoard books that I don’t have (aka: keeping books on my TBR that I’m probably never going to read).

I’m doing my best….

Since my last post, I have added a huge number of new books to my TBR, which is super counter-productive. So, because of that, I am going to do 10 books today instead of 5.

Gotta get on top of this before I’m buried by my ever-growing TBR.

If you want to know more about how the TBR cleanse works, visit my first post here, where I included all the “rules”.

So, without further ado, let’s jump right in!

1. Die for Me by Amy Plum

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Okay so I’m pretty sure I added this book to my TBR just for the cover. I mean, look at it!! It’s gorgeous!

The plot also sounds interesting, but honestly, I don’t see myself ever reading this. I don’t think this book brings anything to the table that I haven’t seen before, over and over again.

Verdict: Going
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2. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

3682Added to my TBR on: May 9, 2013

This book sounds awesome: a Victorian boarding school, a dangerous clique of girls, and some seer powers.

Buuuttt…. honestly what is with all the dead parents? Why does it seem like every book like this one features the death of parents or just dead parents? It’s kind of getting on my nerves at this point. This book sounds good, but I don’t know if I would ever actually pick it up.

Verdict: Going
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3. The Strange Power by L. J. Smith

258468Added to my TBR on: May 9, 2013

Psychically gifted students.

Ummmm, cool? But considering I didn’t like any of the other books I read by L. J. Smith, I have no idea how this book made it on to my TBR. I’m never going to read it. It’s just not going to happen.

Verdict: Going
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4. Forgive my Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

6710476Added to my TBR on: May 9, 2013

I love mermaids. I will always love mermaids (and if I ever say I don’t… that’s how you’ll know I’ve been possessed. Get the salt). But, looking back at this book, I don’t think I’d enjoy it. It sounds really corny and way too young for me. I would probably be cringing throughout the whole book.

Not really my idea of a good read.

Verdict: Going
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5. Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson

10188580Added to my TBR on: May 9, 2013

Again with the dead parents. My gosh.

This book sounds good, I guess, but again I don’t think it’s going to bring anything that I haven’t seen before. I obviously liked/wanted to read a certain kind of book back in 2013… and I think I’ve moved on to new kinds of books. I guess I just got tired of those tropes. (But that means that this TBR cleanse is going surprisingly well!!)

Verdict: Going
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6. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

8591107Added to my TBR on: May 9, 2013

I actually really want to read this book. This is one of the only books from back in 2013 that I have actively thought about, and almost got a few times (although other books keep distracting me).

I think I will get to this book one day, and I hope I like it when I finally do.

Verdict: Staying
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7. Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

11750412Added to my TBR on: May 9, 2013

This book actually sounds really good. Basically every other day, Kali is normal, and the days in-between she is a monster hunter.

I feel like this book would be something new, but that could mean I either love it or hate it…

I don’t know if I’ll ever actually get to this book, but I think I want to keep it around for now.

Verdict: Staying
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8. Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday

10429033Added to my TBR on: May 9, 2013

Dead bodies and school drama. This really sounds like a book I would have liked 5 years ago.

But it is not 5 years ago and I am really doing my very best here. And if I’m being completely honest, I don’t think this is a book I’m ever going to realistically pick up.

Verdict: Going
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9. Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

8685644Added to my TBR on: May 9, 2013

Violet pretends to be a medium…. only she can really see ghosts, and now they wont leave her alone.

This book sounds spooky and good. I still love reading about ghosts (and have been reading a lot of ghost-centric books lately), but I don’t really think that I would enjoy this one. I don’t see myself picking it up.

Verdict: Going
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10. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

18189606Added to my TBR on: May 20, 2014 (yup, a whole year went by…)

I was watching booktube the other day and saw a review of this book. And it sounds like the kind of book I would not be able to stand.

It’s no secret that I’m really not into contemporary, and this sounds like it is literally the epitome of everything I can’t stand about contemp.

Verdict: Going
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Wow I’m actually so proud of myself right now. That was ruthless.

TBR stats:

Books removed today: 8
Total books removed: 11
Books left in TBR: 376

That felt great!! When is the last time you went through your TBR? How many books did you get rid of?