Books I Did Not Finish

If you check my book reviews, a lot of them seem to be overwhelmingly positive.  That is only because when I don’t like a book, I don’t finish it.  All of my 1 Star and 2 Star ratings are most likely from books I’ve given up on.  This year, I did not finish (DNF) the fewest amount of books. What a win! I’ll share with you what those books are and I’ll also add in two books I DNF’d last year because I think those will especially shock some people.

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Book Review: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

518zN4ZSZiL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores, (Goodreads).

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How To Make Time To Read

When I am doing anything, I will mostly likely have a book in my hand, or at least very close by.  The reaction I get to this most of the time is that people love that I read so much and wish they could read as much as I did.  When I ask why they don’t they always tell me that they don’t have time.  I understand that everyone’s schedule is different and we all have responsibilities or other ways we spend our free time, but if you are someone who enjoys books and really wants to read, then you should!  Here are some tips that I thought of to get you started.

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Two Decades Late to the Party! Harry Potter Series Review and The Ultimate Harry Potter Tag

harry-potter-series-usOrphan Harry learns he is a wizard on his 11th birthday when Hagrid escorts him to magic-teaching Hogwarts School. As a baby, his mother’s love protected him and vanquished the villain Voldemort, leaving the child famous as “The Boy who Lived”. With his friends Hermione and Ron, Harry has to defeat the returned “He Who Must Not Be Named” (Goodreads).

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Rant: Am I Reading Poetry Right?

This is another mini rant about my struggles with the particular genre of poetry.  I am always down to read new things but for years I have always felt a little out of place with poetry.  It is such an abstract form of writing that’s interpretations are subjective to the reader… but with all of this freedom, I always seem to ask myself: Am I reading poetry right?

One of my most recent poetry purchases was The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace.  I don’t normally look at the reviews on Goodreads before reading a book but I did for this and I was surprised to see a lot of negative reviews. The main gripe with Amanda Lovelace’s collection of poetry was that her formatting and spacing of her stanzas was considered “not real poetry.”

The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace

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Sunshine Blogger Award

I was nominated by Justine @ Milkz’ Bookshelf to do the Sunshine Blogger Award.  As a new blog this is my first time being tagged in anything and I am so excited! Thank you so much! 🙂

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.


The Rules

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you by linking their blog.

2. Answer the questions.

3. Nominate 11 blogs with 11 questions.

4. List the rules as well as display the Sunshine Award Logo on your post.

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Book Review: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

61SB-c0mHGL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy (Goodreads).

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July Book Haul (#PrimeDay, Book Outlet, B&N Sale, and More!)

Ever since I unhauled and reorganized my bookshelf, I made sure there was a ton of room on my shelves to add more books.  It is actually very out of character for me to buy a lot of books in such a short amount of time, but the month of July was full of opportunities for me to get my hands on some new books! There was a Fourth of July sale at Barnes & Noble, Amazon Prime Day and a bunch more times when I picked up some books to add to my shelf.  I must admit, after my last trip to the bookstore, I did promise myself that I wouldn’t buy anymore books for the rest of the year. This means there won’t be another book haul for a while but I am very excited to get into all of these books! Let’s see what I got!


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Book Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

1014081215My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster, (Goodreads).

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