Reading Challenge Results: July

These are the books that I read in July. I had an amazing reading month and I finished up the Popsugar 2016 Reading Challenge as well.

Wildflower by Drew Barrymore. I have a review of this book coming up soon. This was a free read.
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This is a reading challenge book for the topic book that I haven’t read since high school.

Green River Killer by Jeff Jensen and Jonathan Case. This is a reading challenge book for the topic graphic novel.

Whitefern by V.C. Andrews. This is also a reading challenge book for the topic book that was released this year. I have a review of this book up if you want to check that out. This novel came out July 26th but I got an ARC from Netgalley.

The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch. This was a free read and also an ARC that I got from Netgalley. It will be released on October 11th. I also have a review for this book up as well.

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. This is a reading challenge book for the topic family recommended. I had never read it before and everyone knows that I love Peter Pan and Tinkerbell.

I also finished up the Lunar Chronicles. I read Cress, Winter and Stars Above which is a short story collection. All of these are by Marissa Meyer and I have a review coming up soon on my blog as well as a spoiler blog about my thoughts on the use of original fairy tale themes within the series. Cress and Stars Above were free reads and Winter finished up my reading challenge by being a book with more than 600 pages.

I also finished up the Vampire Journals series by reading the Vampire Legacies quartet. These are all by Morgan Rice and they were free reads. The books include Resurrected, Craved, Fated and Obsessed.

I finished up the month by reading the Hazards series by Alyssa Rose Ivy. These books were all free reads. The books include The Hazards Of Skinny Dipping, The Hazards Of A One Night Stand, The Hazards of Sex On The Beach, The Hazards Of Mistletoe and The Hazards Of Sleeping With A Friend. These books focus on the male and female couple but also bring in characters from the other books. You can read them in order as a series or as stand alones.

I read a total of 18 books this month which is amazing to me. The hazards books were quick paced and shorter novels so it only took me a few hours to read each one and some of the YA books only took me a day to read as well. I loved every book I read this month and I believe I gave them all 5 stars on Goodreads except for Whitefern and Green River Killer which I gave 4 stars to.

Hope you enjoyed,

Keep reading…Lola

July Book Haul

These are some of the books that I bought in July. I bought these books at Goodwill, got them in a subscription box and was gifted one. I also got some free books on my Kindle as well. I made my first purchase on Bookoutlet.com but that’s going to be another post.


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The Young World by Chris Weitz and The Walled City by Ryan Graudin came in the July YA box. I have a blog post up if you want more info on the books or the box.

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King, A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner, Shopaholic Takes Manhattan, Shopaholic & Baby and Shopaholic & Sister all by Sophie Kinsella, Nightmare Mountain by Peg Kehret (Middle grade book)

Kindle Books 

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Heidi by Johanna Spyri, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Whitefern (ARC from Netgalley) by V.C. Andrews (Andrew Neiderman), and Sinful Cinderella by Anita Valle

Those are the books that I got this month and I’m looking forward to cracking them all open. Bookoutlet haul coming soon as well. Also I don’t leave descriptions in the hauls because I usually have quite a few but if you want to know about any book in particular you can always leave me a comment on the haul post or on Instagram. My Instagram is lolabellerussell feel free to follow me as well.

Keep reading…Lola

 

The Movie Version Review (ARC)

This is my review for The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch. I received this title from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The novel will be released on October 11, 2016.

I really enjoyed this novel. It’s different from anything else I’ve ever read. I’ve never read anything that had to do with mental illness and teenagers. On Netgalley, the synopsis says the book is about first love, first loss, and filmmaking. I was actually surprised when I read the book and found out that it was about so much more.

In the beginning of the novel, we meet Amelia and Toby. They are brother and sister, Toby is a year older. They have a really close relationship and bond over movies, even talking to each other using lines from different movies. They sometimes skip class to get high in Toby’s car. Amelia goes away for the summer for a babysitting job and meets a boy named Epstein. Upon returning home, Amelia finds that Toby no longer hangs with his friends, has sort of let himself go, and spends a lot more time alone in his room and a lot less time with her and their seven-year old twin bothers, Sam and David. One weekend Epstein visits Amelia and they, along with friends Ray (this is a girl), Muppet and Toast drink and get high in their parent’s basement apartment, where Toby starts to hallucinate and act weird. They think he’s just had too much to drink and is too high and Ray brings him to his room and stays with him to make sure he’s ok. A few weeks later, Amelia goes to visit Epstein for the weekend and after being there for a day, she gets a call from her grandmother asking her to come home because Toby is in the hospital. When she gets home, she learns that her brother had some kind of breakdown and he is eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia.

The rest of the novel focuses around Amelia and her family dealing with Toby’s diagnosis. They are all in shock and wondering how they could have missed the signs. Amelia takes it the hardest and has a hard time dealing with it, she constantly bickers with her friends and Epstein whenever they bring it up. She also spends a lot of time with her little brothers because they are so young and confused, not knowing the whole story, just that their brother is sick.

I had a couple of problems with the novel. I didn’t like how Amelia dealt with her brother’s diagnosis at times. I understand that she was scared and worried, but she also at times seemed like she was disappointed in Toby and that she was ashamed of him, which I didn’t like because I felt like they had such a close relationship, she should have been a little more supportive and understanding. I feel like she didn’t want to learn about what he was going through, she just wanted him to be “normal” Toby again. I also didn’t like where her relationship with Epstein went. He tried to be supportive and even read up on schizophrenia but she just took everything so personal. I wish she would have talked to him and explained how she was feeling instead of just hanging up on him or getting upset. I also wasn’t that crazy about the ending. I wish that there was more of a conclusion. I feel like the ending was more of a maybe this is what happens instead of a this is what happens. I just hoped that there would be more closure to the stories going on I guess.

There is one thing that I want to mention. Although the book is a YA there is some profanity and use of the F bomb quite a few times. There is also some pretty graphic sex scenes for a YA book so I wouldn’t necessarily recommend a 13 or 14-year-old to read it.

All in all I really enjoyed the novel and I’m glad that I gave it a chance. I would definitely recommend the book to anyone of the proper age!. I gave it a 4.5 out of 5. That’s my review, I hope you enjoyed and pick it up when it comes out.

Keep reading…Lola

 

July BookCase.Club Unboxing

These are the books that I got in the July BookCase.Club box. This is the YA box.


The Young World by Chris Weitz

This book is about a virus that sweeps through the world, leaving only teenagers, one of which discovers a cure and then having to survive getting across the country together to save all of humanity.

The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

This book is kind of hard to summarize so I’m going to quote what the pamphlet says. “Teens are doing all they can to stay under the radar and survive until they can get out. One by one they meet each other and manage to devise a way out of this labyrinth they are forced to call home.”

Both these books sound amazing but reading the back covers, they sound a lot like the Divergent series or The 5th wave series so I’m looking forward to seeing if they are knock offs or have their own unique stories.

I have other unboxing blogs if you want to know more about this subscription service but I really have been enjoying it so far.

Keep reading…Lola

 

Whitefern Review (ARC)

This is my review for Whitefern by V.C. Andrews. It is actually written by ghost writer Andrew Neiderman. I received the Advanced Reader’s Copy from Netgalley to review. The novel will be released on July 26, 2016.

The first thing I want to say is that I’m grateful to Netgalley for allowing me an advanced copy of the novel before it is released.

The second thing I want to say before I give my review is why are books still being published with V.C. Andrews name on them? I read somewhere that her family hired him to continue but I just don’t understand it. Most of the books are new ideas and not something that was started by Andrews herself. I just think that he should release them under his own name and then just have it somewhere that he is inspired by her or something. I feel like it takes away from the work that she actually did and it’s just a way to make money off her name. I also feel like their kind of false advertising because the cover says “New York Times Best Selling Author of Flowers In The Attic”. I personally look at that as if you liked that book, you’ll like this book because it was written by her. It might just be my stupid way of thinking but that’s what it’s like for me.

So, as for the review, the novel was good. I would have liked it a lot better if it had been a stand alone book with new characters and storyline. I feel like there were too many changes between books. Some of the characters for me were almost unrecognizable. I don’t like what he did with Arden’s character and I didn’t like some of Sylvia’s storyline. It might have worked if there was a book before this one so that the change was more gradual instead of just having it there from the beginning, and then he never explains what brought the change about so it was almost like reading about two different characters in my opinion.

Some of the plot was really predictable and I wasn’t that shocked. I wish it was a little more like the first novel in the way of secrets being revealed and kind of shocking you and not really seeing something coming. There were a few things that I was a little surprised about and kind of wondered why he went in the direction that he did. I didn’t like the end at all. I started to suspect toward the end that the plot was going the way it did but I was hoping that I was going to be shocked and there was going to be this big plot twist but there wasn’t.

I gave Whitefern a 3.5 out of 5 stars. If it had been a novel on its own with different characters and a different back story, I would have loved it, but being the sequel to a book that I really enjoyed, I was left feeling really disappointed. As for recommending it to people, I say go for it. It was a good novel just not a good sequel if that makes any sense. This is only my opinion, other readers may feel like it was an amazing sequel. By all means, read it and draw your own conclusions and definitely let me know what you think.

Keep reading…Lola

Top Booktubers

Today’s blog is different from others that I have written so far. I am going to list the YouTubers/BookTubers that I enjoy watching on YouTube.

  1. Hails Hearts NYC. Hailey does reviews of YA books, she does tag videos and other bookish type videos. (She is now Hailey In Bookland)
  2. Alita Joy. She does book hauls, Q & A’s and she sings occasionally.
  3. The Book Hoarder. Dana does a lot of unboxing videos. She VLOGs as well.
  4. Super Space Chick. Kristin does monthly TBR videos as well as monthly Wrap Up videos. She loves Disney and does hauls as well.
  5. RGsDevilship. I love this girl. She has such an awesome personality and doesn’t care what people think.
  6. Katytastic. Katy has a very bubbly personality and she makes her videos so entertaining.

Those are the six BookTubers that I watch most often. Definitely go and check them all out.

Keep reading…Lola

Authors I Want To Read More Of

These are six authors that I want to read more of and also a genre that I would like to get into more.

  1. Stephen King ~ I have read Carrie and I have seen many of his movies so I really want to read some more of his books.
  2. Dennis Lehane ~ I have read Shudder Island and love it. I also have a review up. I am looking forward to reading more.
  3. Nora Roberts ~ I have read a couple of Nora’s books and I have seen a bunch of her movies and loved them so I really want to read more books especially the ones that go along with the movies.
  4. Sara Gruen ~ I have read Water For Elephants and thought that it was fantastic so I really want to read more.
  5. Jodi Picoult ~ I had Jodi on my list of authors I want to read but forgot that I have actually read My Sister’s Keeper but I am still looking forward to reading more of her.
  6. John Green ~ I have read Paper Towns and The Fault In Our Stars and I really want to read the rest of his novels.

I also want to read more graphic novels. I have read two of them so far and really would like to get more into this genre.

So those are the authors that I want to read more of and I am looking forward to getting to them in the future.

Keep reading…Lola

July TBR

Here are all the books that I am hoping to read in July.

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Cress and Stars Above by Marissa Meyer. These are both free reads.

Winter by Marissa Meyer is for the reading challenge. This is a book with more than 600 pages.

Wildflower by Drew Barrymore. This is a free read and one that I have been trying to get my hands on for months and it was finally available at the library so it will definitely get read very soon.

To Kill A Mockingbird. This is a re-read for me and also part of the reading challenge. This is going to be a book that I haven’t read since high school.

Craved and Fated by Morgan Rice. These are both free reads and I am looking forward to continuing on with this series.

Green River Killer by Jeff Jensen and Jonathan Case. This is a book for the reading challenge. It is going to be the graphic novel that I am going to read.

I am excited to read all of these books. What’s on your July TBR?

Keep reading…Lola

June Book Haul

These are the books I got in June. Some I got at Goodwill, some I bought on my kindle and the others were either gifts or from BookCase.Club.


Resurrected, Craved, Fated and Obsessed all by Morgan Rice, Reckless by Elle Casey and Garden Of Shadows by V.C. Andrews.

Cujo and Four Past Midnight by Stephen King, Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, Matilda by Roald Dahl, Confessions Of A Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella, Just Listen by Sarah Dessen, The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants 1-3 by Ann Brashares, 4 Blondes by Candace Bushnell, The Stranger by Caroline B. Cooney, Mommywood by Tori Spelling, Still Alice by Lisa Genova, and Green River Killer by Jeff Hensen and Jonathan Case.

BookCase.Club June Box:

Wildflower by Alecia Whitaker and The Prince Of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson.

Those are all the books I acquired in the month of June and I look forward to reading them all in the coming months.

Keep reading…Lola

Reading Challenge: June Results

These are the books that I read in the month of June. Some were for the PopSugar Reading Challenge and others were for free reading. I had a pretty good reading month and read some very good books.

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Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee. This was a free read and it was very good. I do have to say that I enjoyed To Kill A Mockingbird more but this was a good sequel and worth a try.

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lyn Anderson. This was also a free read and a very enjoyable retelling of Tiger Lily from Peter Pan. I initially thought that it was a retelling of Tinkerbell but it is actually told from her point of view. I really thought it was an interesting retelling.

Seeds of Yesterday by V.C. Andrews. This was a free read as well as a reread for me. I really love The Flowers In The Attic series and will be doing a review when I read the prequel in the next few months.

Rules Of Summer by Joanna Philbin. This is a book I read for the reading challenge for a book that takes place during the summer. This is also a book that I got in a BookCase.Club box. It was a really good YA novel that was a quick summer read. A review is coming up soon.

Why Men Love Bitches by Sherry Argov. This was also part of the reading challenge. I chose this book for a self-improvement book. It was a good read. Really funny at times and gives you a lot to think about in the process.

Wrecked by Elle Casey. This was a free read and I only read it because I was looking for a book to read on my kindle on my commute to work. This book was free so I got it and surprisingly really enjoyed it. It’s a sweet YA novel and it went along rather quickly.

Reckless by Elle Casey. This is the last book I read in June and it was a free read. Reckless is the sequel to Wrecked. I loved the first book so much I went ahead and bought the sequel for $5 as soon as I was done with the first one. Really nice conclusion. A review will be coming for these two books as well.

I read a total of seven books. Two of them were from the reading challenge and the other five were free reads. The only two books that I didn’t read from my June TBR were Ariel by Grace Tiffany because I just couldn’t get into it so I stopped reading it and Cress by Marissa Meyer because I wasn’t able to get it from the library until the second to the last day of June.

So that is what I read in June. I really liked all of the books that I read and I think I gave them all 5 stars on Goodreads. Definitely go check them out if you haven’t already.

Keep reading…Lola