Tuesday, February 28, 2017

My Favorite BookTube Channels, Part 2

my favorite booktube channels part 2

After posting My Favorite BookTube Channels, I received a number of really awesome recommendations. (Thanks again everyone!)

In this edition, I will be talking about five more channels that I really enjoy. And again, these are not the only channels that I subscribe to. Perhaps I will do a part three sometime in the future! 😀

Monday, February 27, 2017

[Book Review] Revenants: The Odyssey Home by Scott Kauffman

Revenants: The Odyssey Home by Scott Kauffman book review

Historical fiction isn't one of my favorite genres, but I do enjoy it every now and again. While this book sure had its sad moments, it was also a delight to read! I loved so many of the characters and the pacing of the storyline was just right! This book makes me want to venture deeper into the HF genre to find more gems like this one.

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

[Book Blogger Hop] February 24th- March 2nd


Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another. 

This Week's Question:
How do you feel about books with multiple narrators?

Saturday, February 25, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] Voltron: Legendary Defender, Volume 1

Graphic Novel Review of Voltron: Legendary Defender, Volume 1

When I saw this graphic novel in the store, I let out an involuntary cheer and immediately began to tear up out of excitement. Ridiculous? Absolutely. But I just could not contain my excitement. I mean... I even took a selfie with the book as soon as I got to my car and immediately sent it to my boyfriend.

Selfie with Voltron graphic novel

Friday, February 24, 2017

TBR Takedown, 2017 #2

TBR takedown summary

Phew, it's only February and I've already completed my second TBR takedown of the year!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

[Book Tag] The Book Courtship Tag

the courtship book tag

This tag was originally created by BookTuber Hi I Love Books. And I was tagged by my bookish buddy, Heather of Heather's Reading Hideaway!

In honor of my boyfriend and my third anniversary today, I thought I'd give this post a go!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

[Top 5 Wednesday] Books To Get You Out Of A Reading Slump

Top 5 Wednesday Books To Get You Out Of A Reading Slump

When I’m feeling a little slumpish, I usually like to either switch things up or just read a short book.

When I switch things up, I like to listen to an audiobook or read a graphic novel. Click here to check out some of my favorite “non-written” books.

But other times, I have found that reading short books will usually snap me out of it. In this post, I will share five of my favorite short (page-wise or simply quick-to-read) books.

Top Five Wednesday is hosted by Thoughts on Tomes. For those of you that are interested in taking part, check out the Goodreads group here: Top 5 Wednesday.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

[Top 10 Tuesday] Books I Enjoyed More Than Anticipated

Top 10 Tuesday Books I Enjoyed More Than Anticipated

I'll add books to my TBR list for a number of random reasons. However, when I finally get around to reading most of these books, I have totally forgotten why I wanted to read them in the first place! Because of this, I go into most books semi-blind. Of course there are also plenty of times that I go into a book after I have hyped it up only to be let down, while in other situations the book totally lived up to the expectations that I had for it!

In this situation, I will be discussing books that I enjoyed a lot more than I had originally anticipated.

Monday, February 20, 2017

February Romance Reads

February Romance Reads

I really struggle with the genre of romance.

There are a few romance tropes that I really enjoy, but there are far more that I absolutely cannot stand. So actually finding a romance that I can say I really enjoyed has been very difficult.

In honor of February (the month of my boyfriend and my dateaversary, Valentines day, and our anniversary), I made an effort to read a few romances.

Overall, I had reasonable success. But there were two books that I just could not force myself to finish.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

[Book Review] Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman

Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman book review

If you are picking up this book only because you love this show, I think you are probably going to be disappointed.

This is a memoir, not a work of fiction. So while there are some bits of dialogue, the majority is just blocks of narrational text. And of course, everything is based solely from Piper's point of view because it is her memoir.

I'm not a huge memoir fan, but I did enjoy this book!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

[Book Blogger Hop] February 17th-23rd


Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another. This is my first time taking part and I cannot wait to check out the other responses! 

This Week's Question:
Can you read and watch TV or listen to the radio at the same time? 

Friday, February 17, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg

The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg book review

Looking for a fun graphic novel with strong female characters? Give this one a read!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

[Book Review] The Dry by Jane Harper

the dry by jane harper book review

The Dry was an absolutely incredible debut novel from Jane Harper. It was dark, it was thrilling, and it was incredibly hard to put down!

After reading this book, I have realized that I really need some more crime mysteries in my life! If you have any recommendations of that genre, please send them my way!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

[Top 5 Wednesday] Favorite Non-Written Novels

top 5 wednesday favorite non-written books

Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday!

Top Five Wednesday is hosted by Thoughts on Tomes. For those of you that are interested in taking part, check out the Goodreads group here: Top 5 Wednesday.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

[Top 10 Tuesday] Romance Tropes That I Enjoy

top 10 tuesday romance tropes I enjoy

Oh, romance tropes... There are SO many that I am incredibly sick of. The first, of course, is the love triangle. I also cannot stand any romance trop where lying, cheating, poor treatment, or any other negative thing is the main focus. I mean, just think about the typical “jerk” in YA. This person is so horrible to the main character, but for some reason they keep ending up together. I’m sorry, but what?! What is this teaching teen readers?

Romance tends to be a genre that I avoid because of the overuse of the tropes that I cannot stand. However, I have recently made more of an effort to find romance books that feature tropes that I actually do like.

Monday, February 13, 2017

[Book Review] The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows book review

Another lovely five-star romance read for my February!

I picked this book up on a whim after hearing it discussed on a podcast, and I am so glad that I did. I really enjoyed everything about this book and would highly recommend it.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

[Book Tag] The Growing Up Book Tag

The growing up book tag

Welcome to the Growing Up book tag! This tag was created by a booktuber named Emily of Possibly Literate. To check out her original video, click here. The prompts are all about different stages of your life, which range from preschool to adulthood.

Enjoy!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

[Book Review] The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain

The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain book review

The Red Notebook was an adorable little romance. If I needed to choose one word to describe it, that word would be "charming."

I read the book in a couple of hours and I adored every second of it. This book is a great pick for anyone looking for a quick and fun romance.

Friday, February 10, 2017

[Book Review] Romeo and/or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure by Ryan North

Romeo and/or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure by Ryan North Review

This was such a fun read! I thought it was the perfect book to kick off my romance-themed February reading. If you're looking for a very sarcastic and humorous choose-your-own-adventure based on a classic, I would definitely recommend this!


Thursday, February 9, 2017

[Interactive Graphic Novel Review] The Boat, Adaptation by Matt Huynh

The Boat interactive graphic novel review

I have had this site bookmarked for years. When I finally got around to reading it, I had completely forgotten what it was about. And phew... This was an absolutely heartbreaking read, but such an important one.

The Boat is a interactive graphic novel about a Vietnamese girl named Mai who is fleeing from the Vietnam War.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

[Top 5 Wednesday] Book Trends I'm Tired Of

top 5 wednesday book trend i'm tired of

Wahoo! We've reached another Top 5 Wednesday!

Top Five Wednesday is hosted by Thoughts on Tomes. For those of you that are interested in taking part, check out the Goodreads group here: Top 5 Wednesday.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

[Bookish Discussion] Book-To-Film Adaptations

book to film adaptation book discussion

Let’s talk about book to film adaptations. The keyword here, of course, being “adaptation”. You know that a movie cannot cover every single little detail of a book (although, wouldn’t it be great if they could?!). For the sake of time, the storyline will be altered. And as a reader, it can sometimes be difficult to enjoy a movie if you have very strong feelings about the book.

I have read numerous rant posts about how “horrible” the movie was compared to the book and we've all see all the merch that states, "The Book Was Better". Of course everyone is welcome to their opinions. And I hope that those rants have been therapeutic, because sometimes there is nothing better than a good vent sesh!

However, all of these things got me wondering... What are my feelings when it comes to book to film adaptations? To summarize my thoughts, I put together this post.

Enjoy!

Monday, February 6, 2017

[Book Review] The Martian by Andy Weir

the martian by andy weir book review

WOW. This book was incredible! If I were asked to describe the book, I would say that it had a Michael Crichton storyline, a dash of Stephen King suspense, and a ton of sarcasm and humor. So clearly this book was 100% in my wheelhouse!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

[Book Tag] The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

unpopular opinions book tag

*Disclaimer*
I haven't yet seen any snarky comments on other posts like this, but just wanted to remind everyone that this is all my personal opinion. And I'm not saying anything in my list is "bad," it was all just a miss for me.

Enjoy!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] The Graveyard Book Vol. 2 by Neil Gaiman

the graveyard book graphic novel volume 2 review

I'm so happy to have gotten the chance to read volume two so quickly after reading the first. Check out my review for The Graveyard Book Vol. 1.

Friday, February 3, 2017

[Book Tag] The Peculiar Book Tag

the peculiar book tag created by jessethereader

Happy birthday Ransom Riggs!

Today is his birthday! In honor of that, I thought I would post The Peculiar Book Tag.

If you've been following me, you know that I am pretty obsessed with the Miss Peregrine's series. So of course, when I saw this tag I wanted to immediately take part!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] Growing Up In The New World Order

growing up in the new world order by tom hoover review

Full disclosure: I was provided with a free ebook copy of this graphic novel in exchange for an honest review. Thanks again, Steinbronn + Co!

[Book Review] The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

the lie tree by frances hardinge book review

When I requested this book from the library, I meant to request the illustrated version. So when the regular novel came in, I almost brought it back without reading it. However, I decided to give it a shot anyway and I am so glad that I did! I really enjoyed this book. Though I still cannot wait to check out the illustrated edition!

Enjoy!

[Top 5 Wednesday] Favorites That Aren't Books

top 5 wednesday favorites that aren't books

Here we have another Top 5 Wednesday! For those of you that are interested in taking part, check out the Goodreads group here: Top 5 Wednesday.