March 2017 TBR

Hey, guys! I usually read a lot more than this in a month, and I probably will read this plus some but, I live in literal spring break hell. Which means March is the busiest time of the year for me. I’ll probably be working overtime and I don’t wlant to stress myself out that much.

For audiobooks, I’m planning on finishing City of Bones by Cassandra Clare and I’m not sure if I’m going to move on to City of Ashes or listen to Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman.

Okay, it’s currently February 27th and I’m working on Now I Rise by Kiersten White. I’ll probably finish it tomorrow but Lifeblood by Gena Showalter and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and Daughter of a Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller all come out tomorrow. I have them preordered so they are all for sure on my TBR for March.

Due to the back and forth to work, everything else will be read on my kindle this month which is great for me because it’s also how I listen to Audible. I need to finish Rose Blood Rebellion so I can put my review up for it but everything else is kind of up in the air. I just looked in my kindle and I need to finish Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, I want to do a Beauty and Beast book (I have so many options but it’s one of my favorite Disney movies so I’m open to suggestions!) and I also have Long May She Reign  by Rhiannon Thomas. Everything else that I read will probably be the attitude of “What am I in the mood for right now?” Type deal because with everything else that she going on in my life this coming month, I ain’t about to add even more stress to it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Anonymous Bookaholic Tag

So, I’m having an allergic reaction and I’m on Benadryl and nausea medicine. Obviously, this is stopping ,e from being able to concentrate on my book that I’m reading so I thought I would do this instead!
What do you like about buying new books?

Most of my books from amazon preorders that I will order months ahead of time, and I’ll forget about it until they show up at my house and it’s a really nice surprise. Or a present from me to me.

How often do you buy new books?

It depends on the time of year. Sometimes I’ll go a few weeks without buying any, but then there are times where I will get 4 or 5 in a day.

Bookstore or online book shopping-which do you prefer?

Usually online. In my town, I only have one bookstore that could be better stocked. Although, every time I go out of town and I find a Barnes and Noble I will always stop!

 Do you have a favorite book shop?

Yes, I do! Malaprop’s in Asheville, North Carolina. I’m about to move there soon and I’m so excited to get to visit more often. But here’s the website to it. Malaprops

Do you preorder books?

Yes, I do! I usually preorder from amazon, and I’ll get the lowest price from the date I preorder to when they ship it to me. I love that!

Do you have a monthly book buying limit?

No, I don’t. I’m an adult without many bills. If I want a book, I will buy it. 🙂

Book buying bans- are they something for you? 

Nope, see above. 🙂

How big is your wishlist?

Pretty big, but it’s mainly unreleased preorders. 

Which three books from your wishlist do you wish to own now?

Hahahahaha okay, here we go.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

Now I rise by Kierstin White!

We Can Be Mended | A Divergent Series Epilogue | Veronica Roth | Reaction


Let me give you some back story on how I feel about this series first. 

Okay, so when Divergent came out I did most of my reading with a kindle, and I remember reading Allegiant on my kindle at my now ex boyfriends house in the living room. When a certain event happened, I threw my kindle. At a brick fireplace. Kindle did not survive. This kind of ruined the entire series for me, so when I heard that Carve the Mark had a preorder incentive that happened to be an epilogue for Divergent I signed up. I got my copy about an hour ago.and when I saw what it was I was excited, and then I got nervous. I was expecting for a preorder incentive this thing to be, I don’t know, I just expected more don’t get me wrong, this is better than nothing but I feel that this would have been better served on lets say.. a tumblr post or something of that nature. 

This thing is a grand total of 32 pages, and excuse my southern language, but it was literally just enough to piss you off. It read like a weird fanfiction where one of the characters was just completely okay with Four having the attitude of “Well, if I can have Tris because she’s dead, you’ll do.” Seriously. Have some standards. I just didn’t like where the epilogue went. 


One thing that really irked me was the author explaining that she left part of the story untold and made it seem like she wrote this for herself years ago. No, lets face it. You wrote this so more people would preorder Carve the Mark, don’t even go there. 

In other words: I am super disappointed in this, but I think I’m still going to hold on to it for a little while. But SERIOUSLY. Don’t even tease me like that if you’re not going to deliver. 

#booksfortrade

This is my personal experience with the book community and the trade hashtag on twitter. I will not be mentioning any names, but I used to be proud to consider myself apart of a community that was accepting and stood up for was right and stood up against bullying. But, I feel as though I was incorrect in my feelings. If I don’t make sense in this post, please find it in your heart to forgive me. It’s 2 AM I’ve been crying since midnight and I’m on more anti-anxiety drugs than a person my size should be on.

A few days ago. I traded an arc of wintersong for a barnes and noble edition of Empire of Storms. I have a small collection of copies of this book, you see. I was excited that I finally found this edition because there isn’t a barnes and noble near me. Lets fast forward to Monday. I got the book in the mail, and I’m not even kidding. This book, it looks like it’s from the 80s. It’s literally missing pages. I messaged the person I traded with. She apologized and I tried to figure out what to do from there. After 72 hours of no response, I decided I would just move on from this thing. I blocked this person so I would not make another trade with her again, and posted a picture of my book stating my disappointment in the trade. I did not mention any username publically. After this was when I started being accused of being a bully and it was stated my book to her was in even worse condition. I happened to have the tracking number so I looked it up. It hadn’t even been delievered at this time. So how would she know my book was more damaged than hers? I decided to post a screenshot of my tracking so it would have a time and date stamp at this time. Anyways, this person started messaging people telling them how horrible of a person I am. I really do try to be nice to everyone. No matter what. I guess it’s a southern thing? I don’t know. But, I was upset. She was dming people and publically posting my twitter profile. Someone asked me who it was I decided at this moment, I no longer cared about the other persons feelings. After all, they no longer cared about mine. Around this time I made a video comparing the copy of Empire of Storms I got from the #booksoftrade to one that was similar that I already owned.

Anyways, serveral hours later I started getting all these DMs about how I’m a bully and how excatly I needed to go kill myself. I decided for my personal mental health I would delete these tweets in question and put my profile on private until this blew over in a few days. Cool right? 

Not so fast. 

It seems like you guys don’t have just a beef with me, but with anyone whom I have ever known in the entire being of my existant. You’re yelling at people I didn’t really start talking to until yesterday, I’m pretty sure that some of you guys may actually know more about me than I do. 

I know (so far) of at least three of you who found my mother on facebook and messaged her these threats. I can usually handle this. But not right now. I’m pretty sure you guys all have your minds made up about me, but my Mom has her first chemo treatment tomorrow. Now tell me, does she really need to be reading threatening messages about her daughter 12 hours before? (Spoiler alert: no) So while yes, I did do things that were completely wrong, I have attempted to fix them. Telling me how I should go kill myself, and telling my mother how I should kill myself is completely uncalled for. I may have deserved to have been called out but no one (not even Voldemort) deserves this. I was so proud of this community that was supposed to be so loving and accepting, but right now..right now I have never been disappointed. The community I have grown to love wouldn’t be threatening people for just having a mere association with me. I don’t get it, but it seems like you’re mind is made up, and I already know there is nothing I can do that will be able to change that.

I have been called every name in the book and accused of doing things that I didn’t do. Example: I didn’t post anyones address or phone number. Well. I take that back. Someone told me they were going to call my local police department so I went ahead and saved her the google search and gave it to her (I have it memorized due to the nature of my job). That was before the constant threats. I will usually admit when i do something wrong. (If you can’t tell, that’s what I’m trying to do here), but I am not the only guilty party here.  

ANYWAYS, Due to this, I may continue to post my thoughts on books (it’s something that I enjoy doing, I don’t have a  lot of real life hobbies outside my farm) but I do believe I’m doing to remove myself for the most part from the book community on twitter. I have a few friends that I will keep in touch with but NO ONE deserves this. It makes you just as bad as you think I am. I promise you, I’m not actually a terrible person or a bully. Or at least I don’t try to be. I guess what I’m trying to say is that we’re all human. We all make mistakes, but you shouldn’t be attacked for making a mistake, because that’s part of what makes us all human. Maybe one day I will comfortable enough to rejoin the book community but I don’t see it happening for a while. 

Thanks for taking the time out actual reading to read this! ❤

Prisoner of Ice and Snow | Ruth Lauren | ARC Review

Release Date: April 5, 2017

Okay, so this is a book that I had the pleasure of reading at work. I read it rather quickly, but it was so much fun! I really enjoyed the 2 hours that it took me to read it, but this was the first middle grade novel that I have read in a long time. Like. Years. I’ve been trying to get out of just reading YA all the time and this is just something that I picked up to get me started.

The characters in this book were fantastic! A+! 

Okay, so this book is marketed as Prison Break and Frozen goodness. I happen to love both of these things.. a lot. Basically.. The two main characters in this are twins. Valor and Sasha. Sasha goes to this child prison so Valor does something that gets her sent there, and they have an epic plan to break out. This idea is fantastic! I loved it! Only problem that I have is that this book spent way more time on characters personality than it did on the actual plot. Which is okay for a middle grade book. If you pick this up (which you should because it’s just a bucket load of fun!) you need to know that. 

3/5 stars

Janurary Reading Wrap Up!

I managed to read a total of 13 books in Janurary! I usually do a lot more, but life got in the way and Glass Sword put me in a terrible reading slump, which I might have put it down before I even managed to hit 50 percent. Not sure if I’m going to go back to it, which sucks because I managed to snag a signed copy. 

Anyways, here we are in the order I read them!

Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
This is the sequel to Illuminae, which I also loved and became obsessed with. Don’t want to get too much into detail because of spoilers, (obviously) but solid 5 stars. I loved the artwork in both of these books!

Bright Side (Bright Side #1) by Kim Holden
This one was a mistake. I like to go into my new adult books blind but now I’m scared to pick another one up! This book was FANTASTIC but due to somethings that are currently going on in my life, this hit a little too close to home. I do however plan on picking the sequel, Gus, up eventually. 5 stars

Ivory and Bone (Ivory and Bone #1) by Julie Eshbaugh
I used my December audible credit for this and it was..just okay. It took a while for me to get into it because of the second person perscpective and I felt a little creeped out when I was driving to work with Kol saying things like “You did this, I did that, then you did this” It’s a prehistoric romance, and I did enjoy it, so I will be picking the next one up..in book form. 3.5 stars.

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
This was a freebie from my book of the month club subscription. I read it in one sitting in an afternoon that I ended up having to call out of work because of a allergic reaction. Benadryl’d up me enjoyed but wants to know when she’s going to come out with another damn book! Come on now! I’m not a patient person! 4 stars.

Wayfarer (Passenger #2) by Alexandra Bracken
This book was one that I waited ten million forevers to come out! I read the first book, which started me off on this whole Alexandra Bracken kick, but I really enjoyed it. I loved how everything wrapped up well, it just made my heart smile. Alsooo, amazon let me down with my preorder so I ended up going to Target on release day to get a signed copy and now I have two copies of the same book, but this one is just so pretty, I really don’t mind. 5 stars.

Prisoner of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren
I read this in a two hour time slot at work.  It was the first middle grade that I’ve read in a while. I really enjoyed it for what it was. However, I am upset because I traded my copy on the #booksfortrade hashtag on twitter, and I guess a postal service worker wanted it too, because it an empty envelope was delieverd to the girl that I was trading with. 3.5 stars.

Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms #1) by Erin Summerill
Super don’t want to ruin this one, but I really enjoyed this one. I kept hearing that it was a Robin Hood retelling from somewhere, but it’s not. Don’t let that disappoint you! It’s still really good. I am really looking forward to the sequel after that ending. 4 stars.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
One of the things that I’m trying to do this  year is read more adult books. Book of the Month is helping with that goal and this one of the books I added on to my subscription. I LOVED this book. I’ve read on goodreads where people were saying that they guessed the ending before page 100, but I must be an idiot because I didn’t see that ending coming at all! 3.5 stars

Windwitch (The Witchlands #2) by Susan Dennard
I think I might have screamed when I finally got this one in my hands. Take that back. I did scream a very happy fangirl scream. Just assume I loved it, because I did. 5 stars.

The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass #0.1-0.5) by Sarah J Maas
This was the audiobook I started after Ivory and Bone and I loved it. However when certian things happened, I might have walked into work crying because my heart was broken. Yes, I’m pretty sure my coworkers judged me more than a little bit. 5 stars.

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
I already have a blog post on this one, but hello! I loved it! 5 stars.

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
I’m going to suggest and demand that you go into this blind except the fact that this book begins with the line of “This is how I kill someone” I’m not sure how this one flew under my radar but I am super happy that I finally picked it up because I really enjoyed it. 4 stars.

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir
I started this on audiobook, and I did enjoy what I did listen to. However, I can read a lot faster than the audiobook can read to me at, and I was addicted to the story, so I picked it up in ebook format and flew through it. I loved it. I loved it enough that I already bought and read A Torch Against the Night. 5 stars.

History is All You Left Me | Adam Silvera

Goodreads Synopsis: 
When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.

I just loved this book so much! I don’t know how many times I started crying while reading this. I loved Griffin and I felt so bad for him and Jackson through out the entire book. One thing that I really loved was how Adam didn’t paint Theo as this all amazing person that never did anything wrong. 

I also loved how easy it would have been to make Griffin and Jackson fall in love but this book did NOT take that route. Which I loved.

All in all, I would recommend this one, but watch out, it will make you want to build a puzzle!