Bookish Tag: Mid-Year Book Freak Out


Best book you’ve read so far in 2017?

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Best sequel you’ve read so far?

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New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?Saenz(teloml)

Most anticipated release for second half of 2017?

Biggest disappointment?

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Biggest surprise?

McMonus (ofil)

Favorite new author?

Newest fictional crush?

Book that made you cry?

bardugo(ck) (I didn’t actually cry however I was close)

Book that made you happy?

Favorite book to movie adaption you saw this year?

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Favorite review you’ve written this year?

I really liked my One of Us is Lying review even if it seems pretty rambling lol.

Most beautiful book you brought so far this year?

sanderson (mb)

What book do you need to read by the end of the year?

To dang many to be absolute truthful

So yeah I did a tag and so glad you read and see the few books that’s I’ve read.

Audiobook Review: The Graveyard Book


Author: Neil Gaiman

Narrators: Neil Gaiman, Derek Jacobi, Robert Madge, Clare Corbett, Miriam Margoyles, Andrew Scott, Julian Rhind-Tutt

Length: 8 hrs & 24 mins.

Rating: 4/5

Nobody (Bod) Owen  as a toddler has been raised by ghost after his real family was killed. With the killer is still looking for Bod lucky enough he is protected by his guardian Silas.  This book is Bod journey from toddler to 15 and I loved every second of it. pretty much him growing up and showing stages of his childhood that we all faced at one point.

I loved Bod because he loved to learn by any source. It being from books or by stories he’s always eager to listen and learn. He was such a sweet boy who tries to helpful and respectable to those living or dead. To see him grow up and make friends, go to school, get in trouble was just heart warming to see. Also he has a stubborn and fearless side that makes me want to root for him and call him brave.

Silas is a character that I loved for never sugar coating anything when it comes to Bod.  His role in Bod life is to be able to keep the boy feed since he was the only one who could leave the graveyard. Which made me question what exactly Silas was. Because I don’t think he was a ghost, but he’s lived for a long time. Anyway I still loved him and how he let Bod learn from his mistake while being still being close enough to protect him.

I think my favorite part was having a full cast along with music. It was just plan fun to hear everyone have their own voice with ascents and other things to make the sound unique. So I wasn’t confused. Plus usually I don’t like music with audio’s because it sometimes bugs me. However in
this book it was used to transition from end of chapter to the next one. So it actually helped to tell me when the new one begin.

One thing I didn’t like was the Jack and the reason behind Bod’s families death. It just felt like a easy out and no real explanation of who they really were. Also I knew who was who when Jack and Bod meet up after 13 years of hiding. The whole finally lets say battle scene was pretty cool though how Bod used his years in the graveyard to great use.

I still fully enjoyed this book and happy that I finally got to it. If I had to recommend the book or audiobook I have to say audio with the full cast. Because I believe it brings more fun to the story while we reading through Bod’s childhood. Either way if your a fan or just starting with his work I totally think you should give this a try.

Audible Review: One of Us is Lying


Author: Karen M. McMonus

Narrators: Kim Mai Guest, MacLead Andrews, Shannon McManus, Robbie Daymond

Length: 10 hours & 43 minutes

Rating: 5/5

I didn’t expect much of this book for the fact that its set in a high school. However I was totally into this story from start to finish.We have the breakfast club in the year 2017 and instead of a couple hours having fun in the library they have to deal with a murder they were witness to. So Addy, Bronwyn, Nate, Cooper, and Simon are in dentation that none them believe they deserve. During the time the teacher leaves Simon ends up with what seemed liked a accidental death. But, when it comes out that Simon’s death wasn’t accidently and that he had dirt that he was going to spill about the others starts a investigation in all their lives.

When I first heard the premise I had the question how the heck does one person die in dentation and no one knows what happened. Well I got that solved for me  pretty quickly and have to say it was smart way to get it done. Especially if you want to frame the other people in the room.

The other breakfast clubbers I enjoyed especially with each of them getting their own narrators. At first I’ll admit I didn’t know who was who but as the story continued I feel for each character in their own special way. Addy who was pretty much a arm accessory for her jock of a boyfriend grew the most for me. For after all the dirt came out (which of course it did their in high school) Addy went from the top to the bottom real fast. Yes she cried for the lost however she bounced back like a boss, and showed her more independent side. I love how Bronwyn became a little detective, and how she used all her smarts to figure out who really did Simon in. Cooper is the all American good boy who tries to please everyone and I just love how southern he is. I kind of guessed what his secret is and I was more than okay with it. Then we have our bad guy Nate who has a hard life and doesn’t care about much. However as the book process you see that he isn’t as hard as he means himself to be. I think he’s just precious. Each of them grew throughout the book and am glad they didn’t take what was happening laying down.

When you found out the whys and motto I didn’t expect, and the other twist behind everything took me by surprise as well. Though it does make sense for how the character acted. However I never expected that or how it got all wrap up. But I loved it all and so glad how it ended.

Also there is a romance between two of the four which I simply loved through out because it started slow and steady until the end and I loved every minute of it. And can I say I cared for some of the parents, but loved their siblings. For though some of the parents were understanding yet gave them a hard time. The siblings where always supportive of their older sibling.

This is Karen M. McManus debut novel and I will be reading more of her books in the future if she keeps writing like this. So I highly recommend this for young adult reader who like a bit of mystery to there stories. The friendship and sibling love is really big in these book with a dash of a sweet romance. So please read and let me know what you think.

Overdue Book Haul


So like my wrap ups for the months I’ve been behind on book hauls. Probably because am supposed to be on a book buying ban, but am to much of a nerd to not keep buying them. And this isn’t even showing my kindle books.

PROTOSTAR & SUPERNOVA by Braxton A. Cosby I got for free from the author for an honest review. Which makes me feel bad that I haven’t finished either.

GLIDED CAGE by Vic James I won thanks to a goodreads giveaway which was a totally surprise to achieve in the mail.

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The next three picture are from two different book outlet orders. 17 hardbacks along with 5 paperback. I have only read Gemina and me wanting an actually copy of the book.

So here is my overdue book haul and more will be coming soon because I love buying books even if I don’t read them right away.

Audible Review: The Deal


Author: Elle Kennedy

Series: off campus-1

Format: audible

Narrators: Lorelei Avalon

Length: 12hrs/56mins

Genre: New Adult

Rating: 5/5

Summary:

Garrett and Hannah started with them both needing  help in an area that the other is better at. Garrett’s being passing a class so he can stay on the hockey team. While Hannah needs help talking to a guy she really likes. Though Hannah is very relentless to add another something on her plate she agrees to go along with it. Which during these study session and binge watching a tv series they started to be a bit more.
I loved how the development in their relationship wasn’t rushed and was realistic in the stuff that happens. Garrett though being a jock was really smart especially when it came to history. All he wants is to play professionally hockey and get out the shadow of his fathers. Hannah on the other hand moved across the states to escape her past and to forget. She is a music major who has to get ready for a showcase were she partnered up with an impossible partner. These two hard headed of course butt heads and bring sarcasm and humor to everything. Which of course just made me laugh more at their antics. Just watching all the back and forth to becoming an actually couples was fun to listen to with popcorn.
The friendship in these was also so good. I loved Garrett’s roommate’s and how they bring in their two cents into everything. Each guy has their role in the house that makes everything work and become the best friends. Seeing all the friends blended with each other so good like it was like that the entire time.

One negative is that their was only one narrator doing the whole thing. Not saying that the narrator was bad but a male voice would have separated everyone out more.

This book was just a lot of fun to listen to for the whole 12 hours and 41 minutes.  Narrator brought a lot to the story that kept me want to listen to what this characters are up to. I will say if you enjoyed the Pucked series by Helena Hunting you will enjoy this book. Because it reminds me of the humor, friendship, my love for hockey, and the relationships themselves so much. Which is probably why I continued with this series right away.

Currently Doing a Month Long Read-A-Thon


Am doing the @emjiathon which is hosted by Dylan the Reader on twitter. There are 25 challenges and you only have to finish 4. Each challenge have’s a emoji connected to it and its pretty easy to put any book in each.

Challenges:

  1. read a book about marginalized groups.-Status Update by Annabeth Albert
  2. read a book that was gifted to you.
  3. read a romance/contemporary.
  4. read a book that makes you happy just thinking about it.-Shacking Up by Helena Hunting
  5. read a thriller/horror. You
  6. read a futuristic/sci-fi book. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
  7. freebie! read any book.
  8. read a 2016-17 release.
  9. read a cry-worthy book.
  10. read a book you’ve been anticipating.-
  11. read a book in under 24 hours.
  12. read a book you’ve seen everywhere.
  13. buddy read a book.
  14. read a book that takes place in a different country than your own.
  15. read a book that’s sure to make you laugh until you cry.
  16. read a book that you’re annoyed at yourself because you haven’t read it yet.-Monster of Men by Patrick Ness
  17. read a expensive book.
  18. read a book without hype.
  19. read a book that you’ve had forever, and if you don’t like it or don’t read it, time to tell it peace out.
  20. read a book that features an animal or has a animal on the cover.-
  21. read a book that features music.
  22. read a book that features religious diversity.
  23. read a book about a current event.-The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
  24. read a book that’s like candy to you (a guilty pleasure).-Dating You Hating You by Christina Lauren

As of today I have finished 2 book and DNFed one book. Its a slow process of picking something that goes with each challenge plus my reading mood. Don’t know how many I’ll actually get through but at least am reading.

I do need help with a cry-worthy book. I don’t easy cry in books have only done so reading 5 books. So I need recommendation of a book that will make a non-crier cry if that makes any sense. Thanks if you can help me out.

Also let me know if your doing the read-a-thon because I enjoy being noisy. 🙂

The Wrap Ups I’ve Not Been Doing For the Past 3 Months.


Am not going to do this by month rather what the star ranking I gave them. So please enjoy this list of books that I have read for the past 3 months.

2 stars

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3 stars

4 stars

5 stars

total book count: 28

formats:

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kindle w/ audible-5

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Now to write reviews. I believe I’ve written a couple for the books above but not many. So I need to get my butt in gear and just do it. 🙂