Help Me Pick My Vacation Reads! | June 2016

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Hi guys! So, if you have been following this blog for a while, you may know that I’m a competitive swimmer and absolutely love the water. Because of this, my parents decided to get me something swimming-related for my birthday way back in December – tickets for the Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Nebraska!

If you don’t know too much about swimming, the Olympic Swim Trials spans over an 8-day period and is the most competitive swim meet in the world. It is also one of the most exciting and emotional sports events in the world because it’s the moment that decides whether or not thousands of swimmers will become an Olympian for the rest of their lives.

I have tickets to go see the first four days of this meet, which means that I have a few hours each day between prelims and finals to hang out and go to tourist attractions around the city. And when I say “hanging out,” you probably already know that I mean reading!

Yesterday, I went on a library spree and I’m very pleased with the books I checked out! However, I did pick up a pretty large number of books (10 to be exact, but I’ve already read 2), so I need your guys’ help picking out the four books I should take.

Anyway, on to the book haul!


Book Haul

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Have you guys read any of the books I listed above? What did you think? Which books do you think I should bring on my trip?

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Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon Is FINALLY Here! (This Weekend, That Is…)

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Hi guys! I hope you’re all having a lovely day. ❤

The Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon is an event that I’ve really been looking forward to ever since participating in it last October and loving it. If you’re not familiar with this read-a-thon, it’s basically a 24-hour period in which you try to read as many books as you can. Participants update their reading progress on their blog, Instagram, Goodreads, or pretty much any other kind of social media. It’s a really fun experience because a) it’s the perfect excuse to spend an entire day reading, and b) people from all over the world are also participating in the read-a-thon and it’s really cool to be able to interact with them and cheer them on. There’s also writing prompts/challenges and prizes given out at every hour! If you’re interested in signing up, check out the website here. 

My Goals!

  • When I did this read-a-thon last year, I only managed to get 8 hours in because I had a swim meet that morning. Unfortunately, I’m also having a swim meet this weekend, so I’m aiming for around 8 hours again.
  • Last year I managed to read 2 books within the 8-hour period, but they were both 500+ paged novels. (I know, what on earth was I thinking?) Anyway, this year I’m going to aim for 2 smaller-sized books to give myself a little leeway and make sure I don’t feel too pressurized.

Book Haul!

I went on a book buying ban 3 months ago, so this was my first purchase since, like….December? And it was with a gift card, so does that count? My real motivation for going on my book ban was that I wanted to save up to buy ALL THE BOOKS at Yallwest (WHICH IS HAPPENING IN LIKE A WEEK YAYAYAYAY), and I have to say that I’m pretty proud of myself for sticking to it for such a long time! (Sometimes it’s kind of sad how excited I get over the most ridiculous things…. #bookwormproblems)

Anyway, I received these beauties in the mail today, and I’m absolutely ECSTATIC to read all of them!

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ALL THE RAGE by Courtney Summers | DREAMOLOGY by Lucy Keating | THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern | FORBIDDEN by Tabitha Suzuma | HOW TO LOVE by Katie Cotugno


Are you participating in the read-a-thon this weekend? What are you planning to read? Have you read any of the books I mentioned in my book haul, and if so, what did you think? I’d love to hear from you in the comments! 🙂

 

Book Haul! // January 2016

Hi guys! I know I’ve been kind of absent on the blogosphere lately, but I was hoping to make it up to you guys with this post. I hope you are all having a lovely Friday evening! January is almost over….seriously, guys, where has the time gone?! This month was a good month for me in terms of saving money, but I unfortunately didn’t acquire as many books as I normally do. I guess that’s kind of a good thing, but my obviously-not-full-enough shelves say otherwise…..anyway, I hope you enjoy!

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The Shining by Stephan King // The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton // Cinder by Marissa Meyer // Scarlet by Marissa Meyer // Cress by Marissa Meyer

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GUYS, I’M FINALLY READING A STEPHEN KING BOOK. And guys, I’m also terrified. AND I HAVEN’T EVEN STARTED IT YET. I’ve never read any adult horror, so I figured I should start with the best of the best, right???

 

 

 

 

18166936.jpgThe Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

I’ve heard a lot of great things about this book, so I was super excited when I bought it earlier this month. I started reading it and got a decent amount of the way through it…..but honestly, I found it really boring. The first half of the book is purely Ava’s family history, and it’s reeeeeaaaally slow-moving. Normally I’m okay with reading slower-paced books, but this one honestly more like homework than reading for pleasure. I’m definitely not giving up on it yet because the writing is gorgeous and the story has some great potential, but as a mood-reader, I need to be in the right mindset to read certain books. Currently I’m in the mood for really fast-paced and exciting stories, so I don’t think I’ll be getting back to this one anytime soon.

11235712.jpgCinder by Marissa Meyer- 4 Stars

I loved this one! Definitely lived up to the hype. While Kai definitely bugged me at some times and a few parts left me super confused, I have no complaints beyond that. The writing style was gorgeous, the world-building complex and on-point, and I absolutely loved Cinder’s character. I kind of want to be a cyborg when I grow up now.

 

 

 

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Wow, this book completely surpassed my expectations! Somehow the plot managed to be even more exciting and fascinating than Cinder, and it kept me guessing the entire time. I absolutely adored the way Meyer encorporates the fairy tale aspects in each of her books- I will definitely be reading many more fairy tale retellings in the future! My favorite part of this book, however, was definitely the characters. I loved Scarlet with her fierce protectiveness and stubbornness and determination, and I loved Wolf even more!

 

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I’m currently reading this, and I’m enjoying it so far! I can already tell Cress and I are going to get along. And seriously, bonus points on that gorgeous cover! I WANT HAIR LIKE THAT, PLEASE AND THANK YOU.

 

 

 

 

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SO, I GOT TO 5. I’m pretty proud of myself considering my severe issue with self-control when it comes to bookstores, and I’m overall pretty happy with these titles.

So, which one of these books (or of the ones I haven’t read, at least) do you recommend me reading first? Which is your favorite book in the Lunar Chronicles? Oh, and does anyone want to bet how long I can last while reading The Shining without peeing myself? Please, let me know everything in the comments!

Bookish Problems & A Measly Library Haul

Guys, I think the library hates me. No joke.

A few days ago, I visited my local library in hopes of getting a gigantic haul of books. Maybe start a few well-known series, maybe cross out a couple books on my ever-growing TBR list. So, first, I made my way over to the Shatter Me trilogy, because I’ve heard really good things about it and I wanted to start the series. And this is what happened:

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THEY HAD THE OTHER TWO BOOKS IN THE SERIES EXCEPT FOR THE ONE I WANTED. It made me really sad. BUT I RECOVERED, LIKE THE STRONG (and possibly insane) BOOKWORM I AM. It wasn’t the first time this has ever happened to me, after all. Not by a long shot.

Then, I walked over to the Maggie Stiefvater section so I could get the next book in the Shiver series. THEN, THIS HAPPENED:

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It happened again. They had EVERY SINGLE ONE of Maggie Stiefvater’s books (there were more on the shelves, but the picture cut them off.) , except for the one I wanted. AND IT TOTALLY WASN’T LIKE SHIVER WASN’T MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR OR ANYTHING. No, I’ll just sit here and sob in a corner after getting my heart crushed by Shiver, when I obviously won’t be reading the next book any time soon.

So then, I decided that I was tired of missing out on all the popular series everyone talks about all the time. THE ONE TIME I DECIDED TO PUT EFFORT INTO READING ALL THOSE POPULAR FANTASY SERIES, THEY DON’T HAVE THE ONE I’M LOOKING FOR. I totally get that libraries don’t always have the books you want to read, but what’s really frustrating is when they have all- or most- of the rest of the books in the series, but not the one you’re looking for.

So then, this happened:

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(Can you tell I’m getting frustrated yet? I want to start this series so bad!)

And this:

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(I’m tired of hearing how much everyone loves Jace or Jem or Will or whoever else is in this series that I don’t know about. I NEED TO EXPERIENCE IT FOR MYSELF.)

I appreciate libraries so much, and I never would have gotten into reading without them. BUT NEVER UNDERESTIMATE HOW FRUSTRATING THEY CAN BE, OKAY? Or bookstores, for that matter. This happened to me at a bookstore a couple of weeks ago, except for the fact it was ONE series and not FOUR. *sighs*

ANYWAY. I’m done with my rant now, so you can come out now, okay? I’ll play nice. I figured this would also be a good time to share my measly book haul, without further ado….

THE HAUL:

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And by measly, I don’t mean the books. I’m actually quite excited for them, in fact. By measly, I mean the size. I seriously can’t remember ever leaving the library without checking out as many books as I could carry. (True story: My record is 15. I carried them an entire block, and I only spilled them 4 times.)

  • Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson- AHHH, THE HYPE. I don’t read very many fairytale retellings, but this one actually sounds super interesting. I mean, come on: A forbidden love story? Fabulous writing? A so-called heart-crushing ending? GIVE IT TO ME NOW.
  • Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway- I’m so excited for this! I absolutely loved Audrey, Wait!, so I’m 99.98% sure I’ll love this. I’ve heard such good things about it!
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo- Confession: Don’t kill me, but….I’ve never actually read the synopsis of this one. Basically, the only thing I know about it is that it’s fantasy and it has a pretty cover. PLUS, HYPE.
  • Mosquitoland by David Arnold- Again, hype. And again, I have absolutely no idea what it’s about. Except that it’s contemporary, and that the cover is so gorgeous that I want it on my bookshelf. (Sensing a trend here?) And I think it might involve a road trip or something, based on the cover? AND I ABSOLUTELY ADORE ROAD TRIP BOOKS.

LET’S TALK. Have you ever experienced this bookish tragedy of finding exactly none of the books you wanted, even when they had EVRY SINGLE BOOK in the rest of the series? PLEASE DON’T LET ME BE THE ONLY ONE. What do you think of my library haul? Which ones should I read first?

 

 

 

Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon and Book Haul!

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Hello everyone! I hope you are all having an amazing week! ❤

Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-thon is an event I’ve been waiting for for a long time – and it’s my first ever read-a-thon! I’ve been wanting to do one for a long time, but as a new blogger, I never really found out about them before they had already started. XD

If you haven’t participated before and are wondering what it’s all about, check out the official website. Basically, the goal of the read-a-thon is for you to spend 24 hours reading, while you update your progress on Goodreads, your blog, or any other kind of social media. You can also chat with other people doing the read-a-thon, participate in challenges, and earn prizes!

My Goals!

My goal is 8 hours of reading because I’ll be at a swim meet that morning so I don’t have time to participate in the full 24 hours. Even 10 hours is probably pushing it, because I’m going to be so tired after my meet that I could quite possibly fall asleep after 30 minutes. But it’s the thought that counts, right? 😉

Anyway, the read-a-thon is taking place this Saturday, and I’m super excited! I’ll be posting updates on this blog every couple hours or so (unless I fall asleep, of course XD).

I don’t really have any goals in terms of how many books I’m going to read because I’ve never participated in a read-a-thon before and don’t have much experience with that kind of stuff. However, I just had a pretty decent-sized library and bookstore haul, so I have a lot of possibilities for books I could read. I’ve heard that it’s best to pick out short-ish and really fast-paced books in order to keep yourself interested and occupied the whole time.

Book Haul!

Purchased:

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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness // The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness // Of Monsters and Men by Patrick Ness // The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness // A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness // Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake // Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn

I’ve already read Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake and A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, and I loved both of them! I have yet to read the rest of these books I mentioned.

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Jellicoe Road by Melinda Marchetta // The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan // Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz // Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater // Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour // A Pearl In the Storm: How I Found My Heart In the Middle of the Ocean by Tori Murden McClure

What are you reading this weekend? Do you want another cheerleader during the read-a-thon? If so, leave the link to your blog or you Goodreads username below and I’ll be sure to cheer you on! Have you read any of the books I acquired in my latest book haul? Which ones would you recommend the most for the read-a-thon? I’d love to hear from you in the comments! 🙂 ❤