Biannual Bibliothon Summer 2016 TBR!

Heeeeellllo Bookish people! I am sorry for my hiatus, my life was all over the place, but I am back! I will be on vacation from the 1st-9th of July, but hopefully I will be able to have content scheduled for that time frame! Anyways, today I will be talking about my TBR for the summer 2016 edition of the Biannual Bibliothon! This readathon is my all time favorite. So let us begin!

Challenge 1: The Group Read.

Every round there is a group read, and this time it is…. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson!

The unexpected Everything

As you may know, I have only read Second Chance Summer by her and I am OBSESSED. So I am more than excited to read this one. It follows a girl who thinks she has her whole summer planned out. She plans on going to camp and just having fun (but also being productive), but her dad who is a big politician ends up in some scandal, so everything comes tumbling down. Excited to read it!

Challenge 2: Wildcard.

My free choice book of the readathon is going to be Amulet Vol. 2.

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I also read the first edition in the graphic novel series in May. I mostly chose this book because I needed something that will be an easy read. This follows a girl and her brother. The girl finds out she is the “stonekeeper” and must save this universe she did not even know existed. Sorry, I probably butchered that explanation.

I also will be reading Sanctum by Madeleine Roux.

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I had to double up for one of the challenges, so I decided to read 2 choice reads. I was not a fan of the first book in this series… AT ALL, but I decided to give this one a chance.

Challenge 3: Read a book with your favorite “creature”.

Instead of picking my favorite, I decided to go with a popular creature I have note read a book about before, that being vampire. For this I chose Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.

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This series is SOOOOO popular, and I have yet to begin reading it. I am not sure on what the plot actually is, but I guess I will find out soon.

Challenge 4 and 5: Read a format that is different from what you usually read/Read one of the hosts picks.

I decided to double up on these challenges because I wanted to I guess. My pick was More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. I will be listening to the audiobook.

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I already own the audio for this book, so to save money I doubled up. I have no clue what this is about, but I hear about it so much and have not heard a bad review so I am excited. I also know it deals with a gay male character, which I have not read much about.

Challenge 6: Read a book that you have been putting off.

I could have chosen so many books for this challenge, but I went with The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

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I love love love John Green, and have yet to read his most known book. The reasoning behind this is that I was spoiled, so I put it off ever since. I will be reading this one… Hopefully 😉

Challenge 7: Read a book by an author you have never read before. 

I will be read Summer Days and Summer Nights a short story collection by popular YA authors edited by Stephanie Perkins.

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The reason I chose this is because I have not read a full length novel by ANY of the authors who wrote for this book. Also, I read My True Love Gave to Me for the last Bibliothon so I felt this was fitting.

There it is, my TBR for the 4th round of the Biannual Bibliothon.

Host Youtube Links-

Kelly: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8M6…
Brittni: https://www.youtube.com/user/Brittnif…
Emma: https://www.youtube.com/user/emmmabooks
Selena: https://www.youtube.com/user/OHxXxSNAP13
Sierra: https://www.youtube.com/user/TooBrook…
Kassie: https://www.youtube.com/user/MissSass…
Red: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS4Y…
Meagan: https://www.youtube.com/user/megnkells
Momo: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheBookt…

I will still have a relatively ambitious TBR because I NEED TO CATCH UP ON READING. Anyways, let me know if you are participating in this summers Biannual Bibliothon below!

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Sorry for the week of inactivity… I have been caught up with school and finals. I will be back within the next couple days!

Spring 2016 Wrap-Up and Top 5 Reads!

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Spring is typically a busy season for me. Between my job, school (especially finals towards the end), and just my personal life, it is definitely difficult to find time to read. Today I will be talking about all of the books I read in March, April, and May. Each book will be announced with only the star rating I gave it. At the end I will talk about my favorite 5 books I read in the spring season.

March

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling.

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5/5 Stars.


Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon.

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3.25/5 Stars.

Review


And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.

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4.5/5 Stars.


Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

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1.75/5 Stars.


The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey.

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3.75/5 Stars.


Doubt, Vol. 2 by Yoshiki Tonogai.

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3.5/5 Stars.


April

The Walking Dead, Vol. 25: No Turning Back by Robert Kirkman.

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4/5 Stars.


We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.

We Were Liars

5/5 Stars.

Review


American Housewife by Helen Ellis.

American Housewife

3/5 Stars.


Amulet Vol. 1: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi.

Amulet Vol 1

4/5 Stars.


Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

5/5 Stars.

Review


Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell.

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4.25/5 Stars.

Review


The Never-Open Desert Diner by James Anderson.

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4.5/5 Stars.

Review


May

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson.

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5/5 Stars.

Review


Selp-Helf by Miranda Sings.

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4/5 Stars.


The Grownup by Gillian Flynn.

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2.75/5 Stars.

Review


Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

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4/5 Stars.


Slasher Girls and Monster Boys edited by April Genevieve Tucholke.

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4/5 Stars.




Those are all of the books I read within the past 3 months! Below will be my top 5 books from the season. They are not in any particular order.

1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

J. K. Rowling

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This was a rather obvious choice. I am a Harry Potter virgin, so this was my first read through. This book was AMAZING. It was not as great as the first book, but it was super close. I loved the development of the characters, and a better look into the past of Voldemort. Not much to say about a book everyone has read….

2. We Were Liars.

E. Lockhart

We Were Liars

I went into this book knowing absolutely nothing, so I am going to not talk about the plot and leave that to you. This book shattered me… It shocked me… It made me cry and laugh… it did everything, plus some! I was expecting to find this book mediocre, but between the characters and plot, it sold me.

3. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief.

Rick Riordan.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Oh look, another series Jake hasn’t read even though it has been popular for 200 years! I went into this book knowing I was going to love it, and walked out completely wrong. I did not love it, I was completely obsessed! Mythology, Greek especially, has always been one of those topics that fascinated me (Every one of my pets for the past 5 years have been named after a God/Goddess/Creature from mythology). Since reading this, I have only completed Sea of Monsters, so I still have ways to go.

4. The Never-Open Desert Diner.

James Anderson

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I received a copy of this for review expecting a nice read. I did not expect such a complex mystery, some of the most unique characters ever, and a compelling story overall. This book delivered. It follows a truck driver. He sticks to the usual route, and delivers packages all day every day. He then finds a beautiful woman playing a Cello in an abandoned house… his world will never be the same after that. I recommend you read this book IMMEDIATELY. No regret will follow.

5. Second Chance Summer.

Morgan Matson

Second chance summer

Here it is, my favorite book from the spring season… maybe even the year so far! This novel was amazing in every expressible way. It did something most books fail to do… make me cry. This follows Taylor, a girl who always runs away from her problems. Her father is diagnosed with cancer, and for the first time in her life she has to face her problems. Morgan Matson was a new to me author, but after reading this book she is a new favorite, and I want to read ALL OF HER BOOKS. Beautiful and perfect for summer.

That is it! All of the books I have read the past 3 months, and which of those were my favorites. Have you read any of these? What did you think?

 

Tag Tuesday: Currently Reading Tag.

Hello bookish people! This is my fourth addition to my Tag Tuesday series! This is June 7th, 2016’s installation, and for today I will be doing the Currently Reading Tag! This tag is rather wordy and is made more so to show what kind of reader I am! Let’s begin!

1. How many books do you read at a time?

I try to read 2 books at a time, but sometimes I will read up to 3! I can not stick to one book for some odd reason, or else I will begin to get bored. If the book is good enough though, I can power through! (Example, Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson). This is just including physical copies, not audio books!

2. If you are reading more than 1 book at a time, how do you decide to switch from one book to another?

This question is fairly simple, I just switch to reading the other book when I feel like its necessary. I don’t really have a solid answer for this question because my reasoning can range from being bored with the current book to just being to excited about another one.

3. Do you ever switch bookmarks part way through a book?

No, I stick to the same bookmark throughout the whole book.

4. Where do you keep books that you are currently reading?

I actually keep the books that I am reading at the moment anywhere. If I am in the family room, it goes on the side table. If in my room, it goes on my shelf. This is how it goes for every room of my home.

5. What type of day do you spend the most time reading?

This is another question I do not really have an answer for. I read about the same amount no matter what the day is, but I usually spend the most time reading when I do not have work, school, or plans. This is pretty rare, though. I know this is not really like a “type” of day, such as a rainy day, but I mean it works! 😛

6. How long do you typically read for in one sitting?

This question is unanswerable for me because I can read for 5 minutes to 5 hours.

7. Do you read hardcovers with the dust jacket on or off?

Off.If I was to keep it on, something would happen to it and I would be forever sad. Off.

8. Which position do you mainly use to read?

I am usually either sitting or laying on my side while reading a book. It is rare, but I will lay n my back if necessary.

9. Do you take the book you are currently reading everywhere you go?

No. I will usually only take my book to school. I will also take it to the house of family members, but other than that I read at home. (Obviously I will take it if I am going to be gone for a period of time, though.)

10. How often do you update your progress of reading on Goodreads?

I usually update once a day.

 

That is it, The Currently Reading Tag! I tag anyone and everyone that would like to do this tag!

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan// *Spoiler* Review

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Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

Published by Miramax Books on April 1st, 2006.

Genre(s): Fantasy/Mythology.

My Format and Page Count: Disney Hyperion Paperback// 279 Pages.

(WARNING, this whole review will be full of spoilers, so if you have not read this book yet, CLICK OFF)

“Families are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy. Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we’re related for better or for worse…and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum.”

Summary:

The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan’s amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a “half blood” whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan’s series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment. In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book’s drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.

Review: 

Pros:

  • The Characters: Rick Riordan is one of the best authors when it comes to characters. I loved the characters that he meant for us to love, and I hated the characters that he meant for us to hate… *Glares at Tantalus*. Every character, whether major or minor, have a distinctive personality, making this series all the more interesting! I am also excited for Thalia’s entrance, which happened at the end of this book.
  • The Monsters: Mythology, Greek mythology especially, fascinates me. This series is not only interesting, but I learn about the creatures, Gods, Titans, etc in a fun, adventurous way.
  • The Plot: I enjoy the fact that every book follows the characters trying to complete a different, but important all the same, quest, but the series as a whole has the same plot. I love books that have sub-plots mixed in with the actual plot!
  • The Comedy: This book has some of the most sarcastic, snarky characters. Percy is a Demi-God, but that does not stop him from being a sarcastic teen.

Cons:

  • The Pacing: I did feel as though the beginning of the book was slow, and it took me a while to actually get into this book. Once I was in though, there was no turning back!

Overall Thoughts:

I did not enjoy this book as much as the first one, but it was definitely not too far behind. I did not really enjoy the actual quest as much, which is why I did not enjoy the book as much I guess. One of my favorite part was the sirens… it gave us insight on what Annabeth TRULY wants, and its showed how vulnerable she really is.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars.

reasoning for my Rating: The pacing in the first half was not the best. This is solely because I was comparing it to the first book, which blew me away.

 

Let me know how you feel about this series down below! Which is your favorite?

Thank you for reading!

May Wrap-Up and June TBR!

HEEEEEEEEELLO bookish people! So….. may was not a good reading month for me, but I have hopes for June, so let us get on with it!

May Wrap-Up

I only read 5 books this month. 5 books. This is nowhere near where I want to be, but it happened so there is nothing we can do about it! I am going to start each month by saying my least favorite book each month, leading up to my favorite!

My least favorite book I read this month was The Grownup by Gillian Flynn.

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I did enjoy this short story, I just felt it could have been SO MUCH BETTER. It follows a woman who works at a palm reading place which doubles as a sex business. She gets hired by a woman to “Cleanse” and check out her house, which she thinks is haunted. This was far from horrible, but it was not really anything special.

The Grownup// Review

My rating: 2.75/5 Stars.


The next book I read was technically a picture book, that being  Selp Helf by Miranda Sings.

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Although I do not watch Miranda Sings on YouTube, I thought I may enjoy this book, and BOY WAS I RIGHT. This was a hilarious book, making me laugh at least once every few pages. I think it was close to perfect, and I really hope she makes more parody books!

My Rating: 4/5 Stars.


I also read Life of Pi by Yann Martel. This was required reading, but I actually thoroughly enjoyed this novel.

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I usually am not a huge fan of the books they choose for us to read in school, but this book took me by surprise. It is definitely a book that will make you think, and what it says it will make you do has a double meaning. Yann Martel claims this book will “Make you believe in God”. The true meaning of that is not apparent until the end.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars.


Next, I read Slasher Girls and Monster Boys, edited and put together by April Genevieve Tucholke.

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This is definitely the best short story collection I have ever read. It spans over every genre of horror, and the authors selected to write for it are some of the best. Although there were a couple of stories that fell flat for me, most of them kept me on the edge of my seat, and I really enjoyed them. I also loved the fact that each was inspired by a movie, song, or book! I may do a review of this, breaking down every story. Let me know if you would be interested!

My Rating: 4.25/5 Stars.


My favorite book i read this month was………….  Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson!

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This book is SO GOOD. I did not expect to enjoy this book anywhere near how much I did, and I am happy to hear this is a lot of people’s least favorite Morgan Matson book because IT IS STILL SO GOOD. I wrote a full review which I will link below!

Second Chance Summer// Review

My Rating: 5/5 Stars no doubt.


June TBR

Last month I ended up not getting to any of the books on my TBR.. Actually I did start one, but did not finish….. anyways, let’s get to my June TBR. Also, ITS MY BIRTHDAY MONTH AYAYAYAY.

1. The Last Star by Rick Yancey.

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I did start this book in May, but I am taking my time with it because it is the end to one of my favorite series. I will FOR SURE finish this book in the month of June. This is also completing my May TBR Jar challenge of finishing a series.

2. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.

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I have been reading this book since early February, so I think it is about time to finish and move on with my life. Damn.

3. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin.

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This is my book clubs pick of the month for June. It follows a girl who enters a motorcycle race with one goal in mind… To win and kill Hitler. I think the concept is very intriguing, and I can not wait to get to it this month.

4. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.

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The movie is coming out Friday, so I would like to finish this book at some point during this month so I can watch the movie. I honestly have no clue on the plot though.

5. Everland by Wendy Spinale.

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My June TBR Jar challenge is to read a new release, and this is what I am choosing to fulfill that requirement! I am not sure on what it is about, so I am excited to go into this book clueless!

6. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson.

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This is probably the book I am most excited to read, since I loved Second Chance Summer so much. This got so much buzz, so i will definitely be reading this VERY VERY soon!

7. These Heroic, Happy Dead by Luke Mogelson.

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I actually have to read this book for review. It is a short story collection, all following some type of military troop.  am excited to get to it and will post a review ASAP!

8. Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan.

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I loved the first book in the series, so I don’t know why I didn’t read this last month. I am excited to continue.

So there you have it, all the books I have read in May, and plan to read in June! Which books would you like to see me review? Let me know down below!

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp// Review

This is where it ends

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Published by Sourcebooks Fire on January 5th, 2016.

Genre(s): Contemporary/ Dark fiction.

My Format and Page Count: Hardcover// 285 Pages.

Buy This is Where it Ends on Amazon!

“I didn’t need to die for him to kill me.”

***NON-SPOILER SECTION***

I read this book because it was the YA Book Clubs book of the month!

Summary:

10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity High School finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m. The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03 a.m. The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05 a.m. Someone starts shooting.

Told from four different perspectives over the span of fifty-four harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

My Review:

Pros:

  • The Concept: School shootings are a very major problem in the world, especially the USA. I am glad that Marieke took on such a strong problem. I have not read any books that take place in the midst of a school shooting, so I definitely thought this was a unique and great book.
  • The Diversity: This book featured a cast of diverse characters spanning from white, black, LGBT, you name it this book had it. 
  • The Perspective: The narrative switched between four characters, 2 that are inside the gymnasium while the shooting is happening, and 2 who are not. They are all very different characters with some type of connection to the shooter, so it all adds up by the end. 
  • The Format: This story features tweets, texts, emails, and even articles! I loved how at the end of each chapter it would have something new, it kept me interested!

Cons:

  • The Characters: I understand that this book was mostly focused on the shooting, but the characters still fell flat. I do think that you really got to know their past throughout which was nice, but them as characters I feel never really got built onto. For the most part they left the shooting as the same person they were before.
  • Some Choices: I am not sure how to explain this, but I feel like a lot of the things that went down in this book were unrealistic or selfish. Their choice making skills were NOT on point. 😉

Overall Thoughts on the Book:

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and appreciated the topic Marieke chose to take on. Although I feel like the characters could have been expanded on, that is really the only criticism I have, and I will definitely read anything she puts out in the future.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars.

Reason for my Rating: I rated this book 1 star short of 5 for two reasons. Characters and their choices/reactions throughout. 

***SPOILER SECTION***

There is really only one thing I will be talking about in this section, and that is character deaths.

The only main male character, Tomas, is killed, and I feel like that is one of the best choices made in this book since it further expands the character of his sister. I do think his death was predictable, and I definitely saw it coming, but it still impacted me the same way as it would expecting it or not.

Another part that really got to me was when the boy was tweeting/texting his crush/bf? It was really sad seeing his reaction before and after realizing he was gone. The sister scene also was very sad.

I don’t really think there is much more to say about this book other than I highly recommend it!

What did you think of Marieke Nijkamp’s debut novel, This is Where it Ends? Let me know below!