November Book Haul

These are the books that I picked up in November (All before black Friday when I did some damage). I also included subscription books as well.


Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor and Reality Boy by A.S. King. I talked about these in my November book subscription unboxing. The Juror by George Dawes Green and Yesterday’s Sun by Amanda Brooke. I also talked about these in my November book subscription unboxing blog.

Someone like you by Sarah Dessen, The Forest Of Hands And Teeth by Carrie Ryan, Pocahontas by Victoria Garrett Jones and Hans Christian Anderson’s Fairy Tales. 

Kindle:

I also got some books on my Kindle including a couple of Christmas reads.

A Christmas Gift by Stella Wilkinson, Rival by Avery Hastings, Wax by Gina Damico, One Day More by Aprilynne Pike and Checking It Twice by Melissa L. Webb.

I have already read some of these since buying them and I can’t wait to read the rest of them. I think in December I’m going to be all about the Christmas books though!

Keep reading…Lola

 

Reread, Rewrite, Burn

So because I had so much fun doing the Kiss, Marry, Cliff book tag, I wanted to do this tag too. For this tag you choose which book you want to reread, which book you would like to rewrite and which book you would burn. I don’t agree with burning books (unless it’s a life or death freeze to death moment), so I will just donate mine! I did the same thing with the book titles that I did with the characters in the last tag.

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Elixir by Hilary Duff~ REREAD. I chose to reread this one because it was the only choice left.

The Pact by Jodi Picoult~ REWRITE. I would like to rewrite this one because although I loved the book, I would like to change a few things. I have a review of this on my blog where I talk about what I would change.

Whitefern by V.C. Andrews~ BURN. This was written by Andrews ghost writer and I just didn’t care for a lot of the storyline at all. I also have a review of this book on my blog as well.

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The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks~ REREAD. This was the obvious choice. My all time favorite book and I could reread it every month if I didn’t have such a big TBR!

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks~ REWRITE. I chose to rewrite this only because I love Nicholas Sparks and couldn’t get rid of any of his books.

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne~ BURN. I’m burning this because it was the last choice. I really did enjoy this classic though and it is on my list of books that I want to reread. (I just realized I used Scarlet instead of The Scarlet Letter)

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Cress by Marissa Meyer~ REREAD. I love the Lunar Chronicles so I would reread this. I have a couple of reviews on my blog about the series if you want to learn more.

The Mind Readers by Lori Brighton~ REWRITE. I want to rewrite this series only to make the books a little longer.

Confessions Of A Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella~ BURN. I chose to burn this because sometimes Becky got on my nerves.

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Carrie by Stephen King~ REREAD. I would reread Carrie because I love Stephen King.

The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch~ REWRITE. I loved this novel but I would rewrite it so that I could give it a different ending. I have a blog post review of this where I go into more detail about that.

Paper Towns by John Green~ BURN. I chose to burn this only because it wasn’t my favorite John Green novel.

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Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie~ REREAD. I would reread Peter Pan because it’s a classic.

Feuds by Avery Hastings~ REWRITE. I chose to rewrite this only because I just read it not too long ago.

Flowers In The Attic by V.C. Andrews~ BURN. I also recently reread this series so I chose to burn it because it was the only choice left.

 

That’s the Reread, Rewrite, Burn tag. This one was fun as well and again I tag everyone who wants to do it too.

Keep reading…Lola

Gilmore Girls Book Tag!

In honor of the Gilmore Girls revival coming to Netflix on November 25th, I thought that I would do the Gilmore Girls book tag. I love Gilmore Girls and I love book tags so this is perfect for me. I found the tag on YouTube’s PUNKSANDPAPERBACKS channel.

1. Lorelai~ A character with a witty or sarcastic sense of humor.

I chose Thorne from Cress by Marissa Meyer because I just love his sense of humor and how he always tries to make a joke even in the worst situation.

2. Rory~ Your favorite classic.

This is hands down To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I love this book and can read it over and over again.

3. Luke~ A book you secretly love but are afraid to admit.

I definitely jumped on the Twilight bandwagon back in the day and I did enjoy all of the books.

4. Lane~ A musical character.

For this question I chose Bird from Wildflower by Alecia Whitaker. She sings and plays guitar and was part of her family’s band.

5. Dean~ Your first love book.

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks is definitely my go to first love book.

6. Sookie~ A book you devoured.

For this question I had to choose another Nicholas Sparks novel. This one is At First Sight and it was the first book in a long time that I read in one day and it stayed with me for days after.

7. Jess~ A book you love that gets the most hate.

For this one I went for the obvious, Fifty Shades Of Grey by E.L. James. I don’t think this is one of the best written novels out there but it was a guilty pleasure read for me and I did like them.

8. Miss Patty~ A book that was ruined by the hype.

I chose A Game Of Thrones by George R.R. Martin for this question because although I love the T.V show I have heard that the books are so different but everyone is always talking about how great they are. Knowing that they are different from the T.V. show kind of makes me not really want to read them.

9. Emily Gilmore~ Expensive book.

I usually buy my books on Book Outlet or Goodwill so I don’t really have any expensive books but I looked at my bookshelf and the most expensive book I bought full price was Breaking Dawn and it was $22.99.

10. Paris~ An uptight character.

I had a hard time coming up with an answer for this question. I ended up having to go all the way back in the day and I decided to go with Mia’s grandmother in The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot. She is just stuck in her ways and doesn’t really like change.

That’s the Gilmore Girls book tag. I tag anyone who wants to do it. Have fun!

Keep reading…Lola

Kiss, Marry, Cliff

I have been seeing this book tag on YouTube a lot and it looked like so much fun so I decided to do a blog post for the Kiss, Marry, Cliff Book Tag. The way I did it was I wrote down random character names from my book shelf and then put them in a bowl and pulled out three slips of paper and decided which one I would kiss, which one I would marry and which one I would push-off a cliff. I did this five times.

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Cole ~ The Feuds by Avery Hastings. KISS. I just really want to kiss Cole.

Reed ~ The Hazards Of Skinny Dipping by Alyssa Rose Ivy. MARRY. I would want to marry a man like Reed because he is so caring and passionate.

Garik ~ Virtue Falls by Christina Dodd. CLIFF. I chose to push Garik off a cliff only because I would really like to kiss Cole LOL.

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Noah ~ The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. KISS. I only chose to kiss Noah because I wanted to do something a little different this time!

Chase ~ The Hazards Of Sex On The Beach. MARRY. I would totally marry Chase. I think he is so romantic and he loves with everything he has and fights for what he wants.

Conner ~ The Rules Of Summer by Joanna Philbin. CLIFF. I’m going to push Conner off a cliff because I didn’t like his character for most of Since Last Summer.

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Jonathon ~ Wrecked by Elle Casey. KISS. I want to kiss him because he is the nerd type but I bet he would surprise everyone and be an amazing kisser!

Wolf ~ Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. MARRY. Scarlet is my favorite Lunar Chronicles book and Scarlet and Wolf are my favorite couple. I want to marry Wolf!!!

Landon ~ A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks. CLIFF. I’m just going to Cliff Landon because he wasn’t so nice to Jamie in the beginning.

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Kevin ~ Wrecked by Elle Casey. KISS. Again, I just think he would be an amazing kisser!

Jacin ~ Winter by Marissa Meyer. MARRY. I would marry him because he would keep me safe.

Alexander ~ Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber. CLIFF. He’s a vampire and sleeps during the day so I would have to keep that schedule too and I’m not too fond of that.

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Evan ~ The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. KISS. I keep thinking about the actor that played Evan in the movie and I really want to kiss him!

Micah ~ Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter Series by Laurell K. Hamilton. MARRY. I love this character. He is so open-minded and romantic. I could definitely see myself marrying someone like him.

Lewis ~ The Mind Readers by Lori Brighton. CLIFF. This choice was just a matter of him being the last one in the group. HAHA!

That’s the Kiss, Marry, Cliff book tag. It was so much fun and I want to tag anyone who wants to do it!

Keep reading…Lola

Book Subscription Unboxing

Todays blog is my book subscription unboxing. I decided to put them both together from now on instead of doing two separate blog posts.


And The Story Begins ~ Adult Fiction Box

Yesterday’s Sun by Amanda Brooke ~ This is an adult novel about newlyweds who move into their dream home and while renovating, find the missing top to the moondial in their garden. One night under the full moon, it reveals the future…where her husband is taking care of their (future) baby daughter alone.

The Juror by George Dawes Green ~ This is an adult novel that revolves around a single mother who is summoned for jury duty. One day a mob mastermind, known as “The Teacher” promises her that her son will be safe, she will no longer struggle in her career as a sculptor, and her friends will stay alive, if she says not guilty.

BookCase.Club ~ Young Adult Box (Teenage Dreams)

Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor ~ This is a young adult novel about two best friends, Zoe and Olivia, who dream of one day touring the world as prima ballerinas. Then one day Olivia gets sick and it’s more than just a cold…

Reality Boy by A.S. King ~ This young adult novel is about Gerald Faust, whose mother invited a TV reality crew into their house when he was just five years old. Twelve years later, he is haunted by his rage-filled childhood. His anger issues have resulted in violent outbursts and he has no friends. He tries to control himself but begins to feel dangerously close to snapping.

All of these books sound so interesting and I am looking forward to reading them all in the future. The book that I am the most excited for is Reality Boy because it is the only book that I have ever received in a box that I have heard about. There is one other book that I have seen on a shelf in a store but this one I have heard a lot about on YouTube and I have heard nothing but good things about it. I can’t wait!

Keep reading…Lola

How To Read More/How I read

For todays blog I decided to do something a little different. These are things that I do when I am reading and some of them help me to be able to read more books. Maybe they can help you too!

  1. The first thing I always do (if I am home) is find a comfy spot, whether it’s on my bed or my couch. I find that if I am comfortable, I will stay there and read longer and I don’t get up and move around as much.
  2. I always have a cup of tea or hot chocolate by me while I am reading. Those two things just make me feel good and I think that they go along with reading very well! Plus I don’t have to get up to go get a drink if I am thirsty.
  3. Kindle or some other reading app. I always keep my Kindle with me because if I find myself stuck somewhere or having to wait for a long period of time, I can read while I do that and in turn I get more books finished hopefully.
  4. Read in the Bath. If I feel like relaxing and soaking in the tub, I always bring a book with me. For one, I find reading very relaxing, and two if you are going to be lying or sitting there soaking in the tub, why not get some reading in as well. 🙂
  5. Anytime I travel I make sure to bring my Kindle as well as plenty of books. I like to have a backup if my Kindle ends up dying on the road.
  6. The last thing I do before I go to bed is READ. Reading before bed relaxes me and it’s my way of getting a few more pages in before I have to call it a day and start all over the next morning.

I hope these help. Let me know what you do to read more books.

Keep reading…Lola

 

Feuds/Torn Duology Review (spoiler free)

Feuds and Torn are YA dystopian novels by Avery Hastings.

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Davis is a prior, primed her whole life to be perfect. She is a dedicated ballerina who is looking to qualify for the Olympiads so that she can live up to her mother’s legacy.

Cole is a Gen also called an Imp for Imperfect. He is a rising star in the Feuds, which is an underground fighting ring in which Priors gamble on the Imps.

Davis’ father is running for political office and wants to keep Priors and Gens segregated. They do not belong together although Gens are responsible for keeping the city of Columbus clean, while they live in the Slants and don’t even have safe drinking water. Parson Abel is also running for political office. He happens to CPM of the Feuds, which are illegal and he tasks Cole with meeting Davis and taking photos of the two of them in a compromising position to discredit her father so he can win. Of course the two end up falling in love and when Davis finds out that Cole is an Imp, she is initially upset but realizes that he may be the only one who can help her when Narxis, a deadly virus starts killing Priors and they refuse to acknowledge the epidemic.

I received this in my first BookCase.Club box and didn’t really know what to expect but it turned out to be an amazing YA novel in my opinion. I thought the writing was well done and the romance wasn’t done in a corny way like some YA romances are. I felt like Davis and Cole had real relationship problems along the lines of being from opposite sides of town and trying to fit in with each other while people around them may not be supportive or welcoming. I loved the cliffhanger ending, which normally I hate, but because I knew there was another novel it just made me more excited to continue with the series.

I loved the relationship between Cole and Davis. It was sweet but intense and it made each of them think differently about themselves as well as each other. I enjoyed the friendship aspect of the story as well. The friendship between Davis and her friend Vera, The friendship between Cole and his friend Worsley as well as the relationships that Davis had with her little sister Fia and Cole had with his brother Hamilton. I only wish that they would have developed a little more throughout the novel.

Spoilers: This section contains spoilers if you haven’t read Feuds yet.

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Torn takes place where Feuds left off.

Davis is on her way to TOR-N, a Narxis research center that isn’t what it seems to be. There she meets another recovered patient named Mercer. Together they realize the wrong doings that are happening and decide that they need to escape in order to find a cure and help save their loved ones and friends.

Cole meanwhile has been in hiding since faking his death, and after learning that Gens can compete against Priors for the first time in the Olympiads, decides to take on his friend’s identity in order to compete and win the prize money in order to give his mother and brother a better life and to save Davis.

I loved that this novel had more action in it than the first one. This novel also had a couple of little surprises that I wasn’t expecting but that I really enjoyed. There was a lot less romance in this book than the first, but without giving away any spoilers, I am happy about that. I liked the additions of new characters Mercer and Mari. Mercer helped Davis in so many ways and made her realize how she felt about certain things and Mari was such a good friend to Cole and without her, he may not have been able to train so quickly and efficiently for the Olympiads.

I think that this novel is the perfect conclusion to the series. All the loose ends were tied up from the first novel and all questions were answered. I feel like the ending was complete and well written. It was very satisfying but I am going to miss Davis and Cole very much. I gave both novels in the duology 5 stars on Goodreads and highly recommend it to anyone who loves YA or just a quick and easy read.

Keep reading…Lola

November TBR

These are the books that I want to read in November. I only chose four this month because I am really busy at work during the winter and our winter starts November 1st so I don’t know how much reading I will be able to get done but these are the books that I am looking most forward to reading.

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In A Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware ~ This novel is about a group of friends who go to a cabin for the weekend to have a hen party for one of the women and then people end up disappearing. I know that I said in my October wrap up that I thought I was over the mystery/thrillers but I have been wanting to read this book for a while so I am.

Torn by Avery Hastings ~ This is the second and final book in the Feuds duology and I am so excited to see how this story concludes.

Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike ~ This is a young adult novel about a girl who has died but comes back as a ghost that only a new student can see and she asks for his help in returning everything that she stole while she was alive. (I used the Last Leaves Falling in the picture without realizing it!)

Two By Two by Nicholas Sparks ~ This is Nicholas Sparks’ new novel and I am so excited to read it. It’s about a man who finds himself without a job, his wife has left him and he has a 6-year-old daughter that he now has to care for on his own.

Those are the books I want to read this month. What’s on your November TBR?

Keep reading…Lola

October Wrap Up

October was a pretty good reading month for me considering I didn’t start reading until the 6th or 7th. The last book I read in September was The Last Leaves Falling and it was one of those books that I just couldn’t stop thinking about so it was hard for me to switch gears and start something new. These are the books that I did read and I read all of the ones on my TBR except for Tribute by Nora Roberts. For some reason toward the end of the month I just couldn’t read it. It wasn’t because the book wasn’t good, I only got 6 pages in, I think I just read so many mystery/thrillers that I was just not into it at the end of the month.

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Cujo by Stephen King ~ I really enjoyed this but I was disappointed with the ending. I have seen the movie a bunch of times but the ending is different so I was actually shocked by the ending of the novel. I gave Cujo 3 stars on Goodreads.

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King ~ I am really starting to enjoy Stephen King as an author and this book is actually my favorite out of the three that I have read so far, including Carrie. I initially thought that it was going to be boring because how good is a book about a 9-year-old lost in the woods alone?, but I was pleasantly surprised. I gave this novel 5 stars.

Virtue Falls by Christina Dodd ~ I really liked this murder mystery. I read this book pretty quickly because I had a hard time putting it down. I received this book in a BookCase.Club box. It’s about a woman who returns home to get to know her ailing father, who has been in prison for 23 years for the murder of her mother, only to find out that he didn’t commit the murder and now this person is after her. I gave this 5 stars as well.

The Killing Game by Iris Johansen ~ I loved the movie when I watched it and the book is ten times better! I love the whole idea of a forensic sculptor, I think it’s so amazing what they can do. Of course I knew who the murderer was because I had seen the movie, but I think that had I not, I would have been surprised by the killers identity. 5 stars for this read.

I also read The Mind Thieves, The Mind Games and The  Mind Keepers by Lori Brighton. These are the second, third and fourth books in the Mind Readers series. It’s a young adult series about a teenage girl who can read minds. She meets a boy who can also read minds and goes away with him to train with other mind readers and throughout the series she learns family secrets and that not everyone wants mind readers to exist. This was a fun and quick series that I definitely recommend.  I gave each of these novels 5 stars as well.

Those are the books I read in October. Hello November!

Keep reading…Lola