25 Bookish Facts tag

I don’t know the original info for is for this tag, I was given the impression that the original is no longer on YouTube but if you know where I can find it, let me know and I’ll link it here 🙂

I wasn’t tagged by anyone to do this but it looked like fun when Michelle from MichEllisLife did it so I decided to also.

25 Bookish Facts about me 🙂

1. I can usually only read one chapter at a time, even if it’s good and I want to know what happens. Unless I’m on a reading schedule for a buddy read or something, I can rarely force myself to read more than one.

2. The first author I ever met was Brandon Mull and I was super nervous, he was very nice though.

3. Through our love of books, I met my book/life BFF, Michelle and she’s awesome… It sucks we no longer live close to each other.

4. I attended my first book festival, YALLfest, with Michelle in November and I’m hooked, I want to go to all of them!

5. While walking around during Yallfest, we passed Soman Chainani 3 times… Ironically, his was one of the books I didn’t bring due to not having space in my suitcase so I never actually got to speak to him.

6. My book collection has grown considerably in the last 2 years, and I am now on a semi ban because I am so bad at reading books I own.

7. My TBR is out of control, between my ebooks and physical books, I have over 180 books that I own and haven’t read.

8. The first book we read in my very first book club (started by Michelle) was The Maze Runner by James Dashner, I was the only one who loved it and I devoured the whole series.

9. I hated The Scorch Trials movie and I’m still mad about the huge plot re-write of the story… Don’t even get me started.

10. The only movie I loved better than the book was The Devil Wears Prada, Meryl Streep makes Miranda Priestly amazing.

11. I love middle grade books.

12. I started in the book community with Bookstagram, I love photography so that is the perfect thing for me.

13. I love Funko Pops and I wish they would make more bookish ones.

14. I am slowly accumulating classics even though I’ve only read 3 in my whole life.

15. I love magnetic bookmarks more than regular paper ones.

16. I only finished the Harry Potter series last year, I had only read the first 4 in my childhood and never got around to picking them back up until then.

17. My husband bought me a bouquet of roses made from old book pages instead of just regular flowers.

18. I have worked in 2 libraries and they were my favorite jobs besides being a mommy.

19. I am usually in the middle of 2 or 3 books at a time, sometimes it’s a book and an audiobook but I have been known to pick up several physical or ebooks at the same time.

20. I may own a couple One Direction books…

21. I may also own several Monkees books…

22. I may have also at one time, but no longer, owned a few books about Orlando Bloom.

23. When I was younger and first became a Monkees fan I wrote semi fan fiction about them, nothing dirty, but I was part of a group of fans who had a special community… And I’m not telling you what it is because I’m pretty sure it’s still on the internet somewhere lol.

24. Disney’s version of Peter Pan is still my favorite.

25. I converted my non-reader husband this year to love books, he didn’t even see it coming lol.

So yeah, there’s some fun facts about me. Sorry I haven’t been posting anything lately, I had some family visiting this month and it’s just been crazy. But I’m hoping to have some stuff up soon, I have a few books to review and also our Raven Cycle Read Along starts next month so yay!

Thanks for reading!

Until next time, bye 😀

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The Steep and Thorny Way review

  
The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5 stars

Release date: March 8th, 2016

Historical fiction, paranormal, retelling, LGBTQ+

Synopsis: 

Hanalee, the daughter of an African American man and a white woman in the 1920’s confronts the man believed to have killed her father only to find out that he has another theory about how her father died. She searches for answers from the people closest to her, including her father, whos spirit still lingers in town.

Thoughts (No spoilers)

I first have to say that this is described as being a retelling of Hamlet by Shakespere, but never having personally read that, I cannot say wether or not it was true to that idea.

I didn’t enjoy this one as much as her first 2 YA novels, but I still really enjoyed it.

Hanalee was such an interesting character to me, she was strong and knew what she wanted, refusing to let people sway her without proof of what they were telling her. 

I wish there had been a little more about Joe, I think he would have an interesting story to tell also, he seemed like the kind of guy who would be very misunderstood and I feel like he got kind of a raw deal. 

I thought that some of the things that happened were kind of fast, the story really didn’t have a lot of time to develop, I wish it had been longer and maybe there could have been a little more back story and some more character development with a few of the others… Like I understand that Fleur is her best friend and she’s super loyal but I feel like their interactions were so quick and it was like I, as the reader, was the new kid listening to them chat and feeling like an outsider because they’ve know each other so long. There wasn’t any room for bonding with any character besides Hanalee and she was even a little distant and cookie cutter at times.

I thought the plot was interesting, I really was sucked into needed to know what was going to happen next and the history of the time was cool. It was kind of refreshing to read a book set in the 20’s that didn’t focus on the flapper crowd. The Ku Klux Klan isn’t a subject I’ve read much about but I think that something Cat Winters does well is researching her history and I love that she adds photos from the time in her books. The action scenes were on point, I didn’t have a hard time keeping up with what was happening.

I would probably buy this one to add to my Cat Winters YA collection, she’s a wonderful writer and I think she’s 3 for 3 with me for his one.

I would recommend this to anyone who loves historical fiction, with a little paranormal thrown in. Also, someone who likes a little mystery might enjoy this also 😀

Big thanks to NetGalley and Abrams Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this ARC, I was so very excited.

Thanks for reading

Until next time, bye! 😀

Raven Cycle Read Along and Prize Drawing

   
Hello! I’m so excited to post this, Michelle from MichEllisLife and I are hosting a read along for this fabulous series in March to prepare for the release of The Raven King in April!

We are also hosting a drawing with our Goodreads readers with prizes!

This is the master post with all the information 😀

Raven Cycle Read Along Goodreads Group – This is where we can discuss the books as we read them, or if you’ve already read them and just want to talk about it, we have spoiler ok zones!

Michelle’s information:

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Jody’s information:

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Contest rules

Originally we had planned a photo contest with prizes on Instagram but after this week, we only received one entry. 

So we decided that we would move the contest to Goodreads because we wanted to reward the people reading with us!
Unfortunately it is US only, due to shipping costs.

If you would like to enter, join us on the Goodreads Group and put your name on the list.
You must be 18 or older or have parental permission because we will need your address to mail prizes.

Because we did have one entry for the first part of the contest, we did go ahead and choose that entry as the winner for the candle but you can still have a chance of winning our remaining prizes!

The Dream Thieves – March 7-13

Drawing on the 13th

Prize – Raven Boys Mug from Evie Seo

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Blue Lily Lily Blue – March 14 -20

Drawing on the 20th

Prize – Spirit Seekers bookmark set from Happy Hello Art

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Final prize – A mini art print of the drawing of the boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Drawing on the 21st