BookTube-A-Thon 2017 Wrap Up

BookTube-A-Thon is over *cries*. It was a great time and I got to read a couple really wonderful books. I’m so glad I got the chance to participate again this year, and I hope I’ll be able to do this read-a-thon next year.

This year I read – drumroll please – two books. Well… actually… it’s more like two and a half books but I’ll explain later. I know it’s less than the four that I read last year but I am working this year and it was a special weekend at my job which meant I spent more time there than usual. Regardless, the two books that I did were great.

Before I get into the books, let’s check out the stats

Number of books completed: 2

Total Number of page reads: 750

Challenges completed:
– Read a book with a person on the cover
– Finish a book in one day
– Read about a character that is very different from you

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BookTube-A-Thon 2017 Overzealous TBR

Y’all, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve written a blog post. And, naturally, when I do get back to blogging, my first post is a day late. I’m really sorry to have missed so much time but I had an awesome trip in Kenya.

But I’m back and it’s time for one of my favorite read-a-thons of the year: BookTube-A-Thon! If you don’t know, BookTube-A-Thon is a week long read-a-thon that started yesterday and ends on Sunday the 30th at 11:59 pm. The main goal is to read as many books as you can in seven days but there are also challenges that you can complete, if you wanna. These are this year’s challenges:

  1. Read a book with a person on the cover
  2. Read a hyped book
  3. Finish a book in one day
  4. Read about a character that is very different from you
  5. Finish a book completely outdoors
  6. Read a book you bought because of the cover
  7. Read seven books.

So here is my TBR. It’s a mix of ARCs and other published books I got during the RT Booklovers Convention back in May.

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Tag: Mid Year Book Freak Out

Yay tags! It’s been a few months since my last. And this one seemed especially appropriate because of last week’s 2017 checkup post. Special thanks to Shouni @ Through the Book Portal for tagging me! If you’re not reading her blog, you’re definitely not doing life right. So go check her out. But first, the tag.

BEST BOOKS YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2017?

BEST SEQUEL OF 2017 SO FAR

23766634The third in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas, no question.

First and foremost, it’s the only sequel I’ve read thus far.

Second, it’s Sarah J. Maas and I adore her.

And third, there was so much depth to every character in this book and so many surprises. 

All around, one of my favorite reads so far. And definitely my favorite sequel.

NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT YOU WANT TO

Can I cheat? I’m going to cheat because I have three for this question.

Almost a month ago now, I had the pleasure of meeting Renée Ahdieh and Julie Murphy at the RT Booklover’s Convention which was held in Atlanta this year. Both of them were absolutely amazing people. It was an amazing convention and I’m working on getting some amazing pictures of the books I picked up so I can write a post about it.

Regardless, both of them were amazing and they told me about their up coming books and I fell in love. I already love Ahdieh because of The Wrath and the Dawn (which I loved). And I think I’m going to like Flame in the Mist even more. Although I’ve had Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy on my list for a while, I’m definitely more interested in reading Ramona Blue.

To Catch A Killer by Sheryl Scarborough hasn’t been on my TBR for very long but the premise sounds amazing. Basically a girl trying to find her mother and her biology teacher’s killer. Sounds pretty interesting, if you ask me.  Continue reading “Tag: Mid Year Book Freak Out”

The 2017 New Year Checkup

Y’all, I had completely forgotten that we already halfway into 2017. This year feels like it’s flying and I’ve been loving it. My first year at college was absolutely wonderful, I made some really amazing friends, and so many other things. And right now, we’re going to see just how much work I’ve done towards my 2017 resolutions.

Read 50 Books

I don’t really want to talk about this goal. Like, it’s so bad that I’d rather pretend that this isn’t an actual goal of mine. We can pretend that I never said this, right? No? … Fine.

I’ve actually only read 10 books this year. *Hides in shame*

I know, I know, I should be at about 22 books (according to Goodreads). But in my defense, I have been reading a lot of comics through Line Webtoons. Most of them aren’t completed but I like to think it still counts. And I’ve gone through a ton of Wattpad stories which also aren’t counted by Goodreads but I still feel should count in my list. If we are counting these, I’ve read/ am currently reading 28 books and that’s pretty great.

Read at least 2 Classics

This is probably the one goal I’m most proud of. I finally made it through Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin! I really didn’t enjoy it but I am glad that I read it. Now I can have actual conversations about it and I won’t feel like an idiot when I do.

I’m currently reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë and I’m actually having a great time with it. I hope that I’ll finish it by the end of the month, but I’m giving myself until next month for certain. And I might even get a third classic in because I have every intention of reading The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.

Read at least 1 Book of Poetry

I haven’t actually started with this one but I think I’m going to read Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire. I’ve picked this one for several reasons, the first being that Shire has a connection to Kenya (where my family is from) and the second is that it’s short, only 37 pages. And the third is definitely because it sounds like it’s going to be about serious and thought provoking stories, rather than nature and flowers that I typically associate with poetry. I’m really looking forward to this read.  Continue reading “The 2017 New Year Checkup”

Review: The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli

The Upside of UnrequitedTitle: The Upside of Unrequited
Author:
Becky Albertalli
Publication Date: 11 April 2017
ISBN: 0062348701
Pages: 336
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Format: Softcover
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Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

Review

I absolutely adored this novel! It was so cute and sweet and real. I mean, I loved Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by the same author for a lot of the same reasons. But I think I loved this one even more (if that’s even possible).

I think I’ll have to add Becky Albertalli to my list of favorite authors. I love her writing style. It’s a wonderful blend of description, dialogue, and thoughts that gives amazing insight in to the main character. It makes for a deep and intricate character, especially because of how she integrates character thoughts so seamlessly. It makes it easy to get lost in the story because you almost become the character.

One of my favorite parts of this novel was Molly’s relationship with body image. It was never a big focus of the novel, but it greatly influenced the entire novel. As a fat girl (that’s weird to write), it was really easy to identify with a lot of the personal struggles and self esteem issues that Molly was going through. The idea of her having to “be careful” and feeling that she wasn’t good enough for her crushes was relatable. More importantly, her qualms were applicable to a lot of different situations where anyone doesn’t fit into societal norms.

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Review: Lucy in the Sky – Anonymous

Lucy in the SkyTitle: Lucy in the Sky
Author:
 Anonymous
Publication Date: 1 May 2012
ISBN: 1442451858
Pages: 288
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Format: Softcover
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The author of this diary began journaling on her sixteenth birthday. She lived in an upper middle class neighborhood in Santa Monica with her mom, dad, and Berkeley-bound older brother. She was a good girl, living a good life…but one party changed everything. One party, where she took one taste—and liked it. Really liked it.
Social drinking and drugging lead to more, faster, harder… She convinced herself that she was no different from anyone else who liked to party. But the evidence indicates otherwise: Soon she was she hanging out with an edgy crowd, blowing off school and everything she used to care about, all to find her next high.
But what goes up must come down, and everything—from her first swig, to her last breath—is chronicled in the diary she left behind.

Review

I have a feeling that this is going to be a very short review. So let’s get into it.

I had a lot of really mixed feelings about this book.

I really loved the way that the author delved deep into the experience of doing drugs. It was intense to be in a mindset that was even a little bit similar to being high or doing cocaine. As someone who’s never been high, it felt very real and very much like anecdotes from other people.

Because of these descriptions, it was a lot easier to understand why the story progressed the way she did. It’s easy to see how taking one drug can quickly lead to needing to do and take every other drug on the planet. It was a mentally invigorating (stimulating?) journey from beginning to end.

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Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeTitle: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Author:
 Mark Haddon
Publication Date: 18 May 2004
ISBN: 1400032717
Pages: 226
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Format: Softcover
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Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.

Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor’s dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favourite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally.

Review

This was an intense read that I absolutely loved.

My favorite part of this book was definitely the perspective. From what I could gather, Christopher had autism. And this mental disability created a perspective was absolutely fascinating. I have a deep fascination with how other peoples’ brains take in information and what their though processes are. This book really delved deep into one person’s version of autism. It was clear that Haddon had taken the time to do some deep research on how their brain’s functions – specifically because he has worked with people with autism when he was younger.

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Review: Runaway – Wendelin Van Draanen

RunawayTitle: Runaway
Author:
 Wendelin Van Draanen
Publication Date: 12 September 2006
ISBN: 0375835229
Pages: 245
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Format: Softcover
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Holly is in her fifth foster home in two years and she’s had enough. She’s run away before and always been caught quickly. But she’s older and wiser now–she’s twelve–and this time she gets away clean.

Through tough and tender and angry and funny journal entries, Holly spills out her story. We travel with her across the country–hopping trains, scamming food, sleeping in parks or homeless encampments. And we also travel with her across the gaping holes in her heart–as she finally comes to terms with her mother’s addiction and death.

Review

Y’all, I hope I’m not the only one to realize that a book is part of a spin-off series that you already know and love way after you’ve started reading the book. Right?

Seriously, I was a quarter of the way through before I realized it was by the author of one of my favorite series. And I was half-way through the book before I realized that there was a major connection between the two. Sometimes this girl just isn’t as smart as she claims to be.

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Review: Habibi – Craig Thompson

HabibiTitle: Habibi
Author:
Craig Thompson
Publication Date: 20 September 2011
ISBN: 0375424148
Pages: 672
Genre: Graphic Novel
Format: Hardcover
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Sprawling across an epic landscape of deserts, harems, and modern industrial clutter, Habibi tells the tale of Dodola and Zam, refugee child slaves bound to each other by chance, by circumstance, and by the love that grows between them. We follow them as their lives unfold together and apart; as they struggle to make a place for themselves in a world (not unlike our own) fueled by fear, lust, and greed; and as they discover the extraordinary depth—and frailty—of their connection.

At once contemporary and timeless, Habibi gives us a love story of astounding resonance: a parable about our relationship to the natural world, the cultural divide between the first and third worlds, the common heritage of Christianity and Islam, and, most potently, the magic of storytelling.

Review

Y’all, I have finally read a graphic novel! And I have to say, I have … conflicted feelings about this one.

First, because it’s a graphic novel, I have to talk about the artistry. It was gorgeous! Every single page had so much detail and it was clear that a lot of thought had gone into the work. From what I’ve read (both Goodreads reviews and other research) the intention was Orientalism which I know literally nothing about. Thus my untrained eye argues that the artistry was by far the most gorgeous thing I’ve ever seen.

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Review: Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

Pride and PrejudiceTitle: Pride and Prejudice
Author:
 Jane Austen
Publication Date: 28 January 1813
ISBN: 0679783261
Pages: 279
Genre: Historical Fiction
Format: Softcover
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What’s a girl to do?

Scatterbrained, social climbing Mrs. Bennet makes one demand of her five daughters.

Marry. Marry well. Marry RICH.

But sweet Jane is hopelessly in love with Mr. Bingley, who doesn’t seem to notice. Flighty Lydia wants a man–any man–preferably one in uniform. Kitty just wants to have fun. Shy Mary has her nose in a book. And Elizabeth–brilliant, stubborn, independent Lizzy–refuses the advances of the most “marriageable” man in town–haughty, handsome, wealthy Mr. Darcy.

Mrs. Bennet’s in hysterics, Mr. Bennet’s in his study, Lydia’s eloped with a soldier and Jane’s heart may well be broken. Will any of the Bennet girls find true love and fortune?

Review

As you guys know by now, I’ve been reading this book for literal months and it’s given me a lot of stress. So I’m honestly so incredibly grateful to be done with this novel.

Let’s start with what I actually joined. The plot of about 60 pages towards the middle/end of the book was truly incredible. It was fast paced, in comparison to everything else, there was character development that hadn’t been present throughout the rest of the book. It was fascinating and is one of the reasons I didn’t give up.

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