Book Buddy Game

This is a version of the Booktube Besties Game created by Selena at OHxXxSNAP13 and Kelly at Kelly’s BookSpill, we have slightly tweaked it since this is obviously not a BookTube account. My lovely BFF Michelle and I really wanted to do it though, so I filmed my part for her BookTube channel MichEllisLife and she sent me photos for my blog with her answers. 

So, this is kind of a variation of The Newlywed Game where we are given 10 questions to see how well we know our Book Buddy.

Be sure to check out if she answered these questions right about me by clicking —> Michelle’s Part πŸ™‚

Just going to jump right in!

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Question 1: What is their favorite genre.

Answer: Sci Fi, without a doubt πŸ™‚

   

1/10

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Question 2: Who is their favorite male character?

Answer: Rowan from Trial by Fire (Worldwalker series)

   

1/10 (I should have know this… I seriously brain farted this one 😦

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Question 3: What book or author are you most likely to buddy read?

Answer: I think we would read anything we both have a copy of.

  

1/10 this is true but I kind of went vague with my answer.

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Question 4: What book have they read the most?

Answer: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury or Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 

   

2/10 (I’m counting this because she text me after I told her my answer and said I wasn’t wrong and that she had read Fahrenheit 451 more than once so, yeah… Still counts)
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Question 5: What is their favorite blog post  of yours?

Answer: Passenger review?  Honestly have no idea…

  

 2/10 Good choice but I am failing so bad at this game lol

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Question 6: What character annoys them the most?

Answer: Adam Parrish from The Raven Cycle.

   

2/10 well poo…

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Question 7: Who is most likely to cry?

Answer: Michelle…

   

3/10 

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Question 8: Guess how many books they own within 20.

Answer: 120

   

4/10 counting this, I was close enough…

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Question 9: What is their favorite book to movie adaptation?

Answer: The Hunger Games

   

4/10 dang it 😑

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Question 10: What is their favorite series?

Answer: Throne of Glass or Cinder.

   

5/10 whoo hoo!

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Well, I only got half… I feel really bad about a couple of them I felt like I probably should have known and just spaced… But this was still fun! I think you should try it with your book buddy now πŸ™‚ Send me a link so I can watch/read it!

I hope you enjoyed, thanks for reading!

Until next time, bye! 

  

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When life catches up to you – Discussion

I watched someone talk on Booktube about reading slumps a while back, I wish I could remember who it was but the name escapes me. She basically talked about how she didn’t really believe in reading slumps, that sometimes other things in your life just become more important. 

This made a lot of sense to me because I always love reading, but sometimes I don’t feel like doing it. I never feel like I get burned out on reading, but I sometimes take it at a much slower pace, which for me is pretty slow lol.

This is happening to me right now, I am in the middle of 2 books. My re-read of The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater and The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith. I’ve been at it for about 2 weeks now and I am not close to finishing. 

However, this last week especially has been pretty rough for me life wise. Daylight Savings Time killed me, my son doesn’t understand time so of course he was up at his regular time which was earlier for me. I had some neighbors move upstairs and they have been incredibly rude about it, choosing to move in at 2 am… Two days in a row… If you’ve ever lived in a downstairs apartment, I hope you can understand the pain. 

I also got a new video game, The Elder Scrolls Tamriel Unlimited, which has taken up a lot of my spare time… Mostly because I can play for several hours and not notice…

So, what’s the point of this blog… Mostly, I’m just saying why I have been pretty inactive in the blogging and Bookstagram department. I have just taken a minor detour in my reading. However, because of my outlook on reading slumps, and the fact that I’m still technically reading, I don’t consider myself in one.

So my question to you is this.

How do you deal with “reading slumps” and do you have other things that take precedence sometimes. What are they and how do they affect your reading schedules. Do you feel like you always get back to your “normal” reading times?

Hopefully I will be able to iron out my sleeping schedule and decide to pick up my books more often, because I do have a goal of 75 books this year lol… I’d still like to meet it 😊

Thanks for reading!

Until next time, bye πŸ˜€

April E-book read-a-thon announcement Β 

My friend Michelle and I are going to participate in the e-book read-a-thon being hosted by the Latin Lector and Bookworms Buddy!

There are 13 topics but they can be combined if you are like me and can’t read 13 books a month or if you want to go for a different one for all 13, whoo you go!

1. Read a book of a specific length – 300 or more pages

2. Read a book you got for free

3. Read a book you got on loan from your library

4. Read a book that is first in a series

5. Read a book that is a sequel

6. Read a book with a white cover – (representing diamond for the month of April)

7. Read a book that feels like Spring

8. Read a book with a first time author for you

9. Read a book that is a stand alone.

10. Read a book you have had over a year.

11. Read a book most recently downloaded

12. Read a book set in another country

13. Read a book out of your comfort zone.

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Here is my little list, the only 2 I won’t be choosing a book for are “out of my comfort zone” because I don’t really have anything I already own for that one, which also applies for the Library Book one. Because I really want to read the ones I already own 😊

  

Splintered by A.G Howard

First time reading this author

First in a series

Recently downloaded

Feels like Spring (the cover 😍)

300+ pages

  
UnEnchanted by Chanda Hahn

Free book (this one was hard, most of the free books I have, I have decided not to read)

Had over a year

  

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

Stand alone

White cover

  

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Sequel

And I’m counting this one as being in another country because I’m not sure I can read more than four books in a month lol

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So, are you participating in this? I would love to see the books you picked!
Thanks for reading πŸ˜€

Until next time, bye!

Once Was A Time Review

  

Once Was a Time by Leila Sales
Star Rating ⭐️⭐️ 2/5 Stars

Release Date: April 5th, 2016

Synopsis: 2 young girls during World War 2 are separated through time travel, and one of them goes on a journey to discover what happened to her best friend while trying to navigate the new world she finds herself in.

My thoughts: 

This book was all kinds of a mess for me, the plot sounded interesting but it just didn’t deliver. 

I felt like the whole thing was too convenient and predictable, and as a middle grade lover I have read some that really can span to any age but this was not one of those. It read very middle grade and way too simple for the first half. I had a problem in that right in the middle of the book, all of a sudden 3 years have passed but Charlotte herself didn’t really change, and after that chapter there seemed to be a lot more material added that was more confusing. 

There’s a big part that goes into the physics of time travel and Stephen Hawkins’s theories etc. and I just didn’t understand how most of the book was so simple and then BAM, stuff no one really understands… 

I didn’t like Charlotte, I felt like she was so predictable and it really annoyed me how she just fell in with the mean girls and never questioned it even though she came from a time where they did things differently. I had even bigger issues with the fact that she just showed up out of nowhere and none of the adults in the book question anything!

I think the only thing I really liked was Jake, and the idea itself of the book kept me going… It wasn’t hard to read, in fact with all the questioning I did while reading, I wasn’t bored or anything. It was a very short book and that might have been the issue.

I love Leila Sales, This Song Will Save Your Life is one of my all time favorite books, but I just don’t think this one worked.

If this had been a YA book instead of middle grade, with older characters and a lot more information and character/world building, it might have worked. 

Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

If you’ve read this, I’d love to know your thoughts? 
Thanks for reading.

Until next time, bye!

Monthly recommendations – Standalones

This topic was created by Kayla from Kayla Rayne and Trina from Between Chapters and the topic for each month can be found in this Goodreads Group.

The topic for this month is Standalones

I’ve picked mostly YA books for this, but a few adult novels so I’ll start with those.

  
The Help by Kathryn Stockett

This book follows a white girl in the early 60’s who interviews a group of black maids to get their point of view on the work they do. It’s heartbreaking, hilarious, informative, and just a well rounded story. I loved the movie and then picked up the book, which was of course better, but I think it’s a must read.

  

White Oleander by Janet Fitch
A young girl has to go into foster care when her mother commits a major crime, this book follows her into several different homes and situations in the aftermath of that situation. I thought it was a facinating story and was another one that I loved the movie first and the book was even better. Such a wonderful author.

  

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
This book follows a young girl who is murdered, watching her family from heaven while they move on with life and deal with her death. I thought the story was beautiful, I loved the way the author described things and it’s one of my favorites… The movie, however, was awful.

Now on to my YA Recommendations


  

 

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This story is set during World War 2 and is told by the perspective of Death, following a girl named Liesl and the things that happen to her during the war. I think the perspective being told by Death makes this book so unique and it’s a beautiful story. If you haven’t read this, you really should.

  

Coraline by Neil Gaiman
This is about a little girl who moves into a new house and isn’t happy with her life until she finds a secret entrance to an alternative world where everything she doesn’t like about her life is the way she wants it. However, she soon learns the grass isn’t greener on the other side. I think Neil Gaiman is a fabulous storyteller, he has such a fantastic imagination and this is my favorite book of his.

  

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
I love this author, she writes such interesting historical fiction with a touch of paranormal. This is her debut book, it follows a girl in 1918 during the worst of the Spanish Flu epidemic. She also loses someone she cares a lot for which isn’t a spoiler, I promise, because the synopsis of the story is about him coming back to haunt her. It was such an interesting read and one of my favorites.

  

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
This is about 2 girls in 1959 on opposite sides of the civil war movement, it follows each of their perspectives and the struggles they have with all that is changing in their lives as well as their struggles with being attracted to girls. It’s such a facinating story and I think it was done beautifully. I think this is a must read for sure.

 

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
This is one that most people either love or hate, it follows a boy in high school who’s makes stupid videos with his one true friend and his mother forces him to spend time with a girl he was friends with in elementary school because she has cancer. It’s sarcastic and ridiculous and pretty much tears itself apart throughout the whole story. I loved it, so I would really only recommend it to people who have a dryer sense of humor and enjoy more sarcastic type characters. You can’t really take it too seriously, because it doesn’t even take itself seriously lol

  

The Walled City by Ryan Graudin
Last but not least, I chose this one because I felt it was really unique. This follows three main characters in The Walled City in China, all there for different reasons, but all three trying to escape. It’s a brutal, facinating world and the author has created characters that you really connect to and I would highly recommend it if you have thought about picking it up.

That’s it for my Monthly Recommendations. Let me know your thoughts if you’ve read any of these or are planning too. Also, if you’ve done this months recommendations, link it below or just tell me if you think you know one I would love!
Thanks for reading!

Until next time, bye πŸ˜€