April Wrap Up

These are the books I read in April.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I will have a review of this up on my blog soon as well as a review of the Netflix series.

By Your Side by Kasie West. This was a cute YA read about a high school girl who gets stuck in a library for the weekend. At first she thinks she’s alone but soon finds out that a boy she knows from school, who doesn’t have the best reputation, is also stuck there.  This was definitely very predictable but still a quick and easy read. It was cute and well worth the time.

Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn. I am going to have a review of this up as soon as I read the second book.

Fairest by Marissa Meyer. This is a prequel to The Lunar Chronicles about Queen Levana. I enjoyed it and liked getting to know more about why Queen Levana is the way she is but it definitely didn’t make me like her any better. Sometimes I felt sorry for her and then she would do something that just made it so hard to feel bad and you just wanted her to go away.

Caraval by Stephenie Garber. This YA novel I haven’t finished yet. I’m writing this a couple days before the end of April but I will definitely finish it soon.

Losing It, Faking It and Finding it by Cora Carmack. This is a New Adult trilogy that follows college kids as they graduate and make it in the real world while also finding love. Each book follows a different pair but they are companion novels and you hear from some of the same characters throughout the series.

Keeping Her and Seeking Her by Cora Carmack. These are novellas. Keeping Her takes place after Losing It and Seeking Her is part of Finding It, but told from the man’s perspective.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston. I received this ARC from Netgalley but didn’t get around to reading it until after it came out. It’s a retelling of Cinderella told in modern day. I will have a review up soon.

Those are the books that I read. I really enjoyed them all and can’t wait to see what May brings me.

Keep reading…Lola

HUGE March/April Book Haul

These are all of the books that I got in March and April. March was my birthday month so I treated myself and of course got books for gifts and gift cards. I got some kindle books and received a few books from Netgalley. I got my subscription boxes as well. There are a lot of books here so I’m not going to go into detail about any of them just give the title and author. Some I’m sure will have reviews coming up sometime in the future and of course you can always look up the synopsis on Goodreads. After this haul I am going on a book buying ban. (I NEED TO) I am not going to buy any more books until I have read forty books off my shelves. I am not going to include e-books just the ones that I have in physical form. I am also excluding my book subscription boxes because those are both prepaid.

Book Outlet: I made 4 or 5 different purchases!

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Behind Closed Doors by B.A Paris

The Boleyn Inheritance, The taming Of The Queen and The Queen’s Fool by Philippa Gregory

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Grimm’s Fairy Tales Puffin Classics edition

Survivor’s Titanic: April 1912 by Kathleen Duey & Karen A. Bale

The Here And Now by Ann Brashares

The Devil’s Queen by Jeanne Kalogridis

The 5th wave & The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Fairest and Stars Above by Marissa Meyer (I have a spoiler free blog and a spoiler blog posted for The Lunar Chronicles)

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Graphic Novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, Andrzej Klimowski & Danusia Schejbal

The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

Rump by Liesl Shurtliff

The Body In The Woods & Blood Will Tell by April Henry

The Memoirs Of Mary Queen Of Scots by Carolly Erickson

Reign: The Prophecy by Lily Blake

The Constant Princess, The Virgin’s Lover, The Other Queen & The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

Rapunzel by Miles Kelly

Rapunzel A Fairy Tale Adventure by Giada Francia

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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher ( I will have a spoiler free review coming up soon)

The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Aladdin And Other Tales From The Arabian Nights by N.J. Dawood

Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Full Moon Kisses, Magic Of The Moonlight & Once In A Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber

Death Comes To Pemberley by P.D. James

Cloaked, A Kiss In Time & Mirrored by Alex Flinn

Amazon:

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

By Your Side by Kasie West

Bewitching by Alex Flinn

The Twilight Graphic Novel Volume Two by Stephanie Meyer & Young Kim

Life And Death by Stephanie Meyer

Wires & Nerve & Heartless by Marissa Meyer

The Art Of Tangled by Jeff Kurtti (I LOVE this book)

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The Last Star by Rick Yancey

Winter by Marissa Meyer

Barnes & Noble:

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Tangled The Story Of Rapunzel by Disney Press

Beheld, Diva & Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn

Thriftbooks.com & Dollar Tree:

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Shopaholic To The Rescue, Shopaholic To The Stars, Mini Shopaholic & Shopaholic Ties The Knot by Sophie Kinsella

The Boy In The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Ravencliffe by Carol Goodman

Book Of The Month & BookCase.Club: I skipped April’s BOTM

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Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller

Blythewood by Carol Goodman

Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Proxy by Alex London

ZOM-B Chronicles Book 1-3 by Darren Shan

Kindle & Netgalley:

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Losing It, Faking It, Finding it, Keeping Her & Seeking Her by Cora Carmack

A Shroud Of Tattered Sails by Scott William Carter

Geekerella by Ashley Poston (I will have a spoiler free review up soon)

The House by Simon Lelic

If The Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss (Spoiler free review coming soon)

Those are ALL of the books I bought in March and April. I need this book buying ban!

Keep reading…Lola

 

 

25 Bookish Facts

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I’ve been seeing a lot of these going around on blogs and on BookTube so I decided to give it a try. Here are 25 Bookish facts about me…

  1. I prefer paperbacks to hardcover and only buy mass market if it’s the only option because I don’t like them at all.
  2. I have a Kindle that I read on a lot but I prefer a physical book.
  3. I always read multiple books at once. One physical book that I can flip through and one e-book. Sometimes I’ll read a third book that’s either part of a series that I’m reading or if I’m reading a longer book that I want to take breaks from.
  4. I love collecting bookmarks and always use a different one for each new book I start.
  5. I don’t care about the size of the books on my shelf, so I can have a big book next to a small book but I must have them all lined up perfectly on my shelf.
  6. I don’t like reading books without a dust jacket but I hate when the dust jacket moves so I always tape down the dust jackets.
  7. I’ve only read one audio book. Anna Karenina and it was because I did not like it at all and had a hard time getting through it.
  8. I still visit the library regularly, even though I have a ton of books that I haven’t read on my shelves.
  9. I have a bad obsession with book OTPs.
  10. I am addicted to Goodreads.
  11. Bookoutlet is by far my favorite place to buy books.
  12. I love when a book has an unexpected ending.
  13. I love horror movies more than anything, but I haven’t read very many horror novels.
  14. I like to read the book before I watch the movie because If I watch the movie first, those are how I see the characters that I’m reading about.
  15. I love the Game Of Thrones T.V. show but I have no interest in reading the books.
  16. I have NEVER read Harry Potter. (Although maybe one day…)
  17. I rearrange my bookshelves way too often.
  18. My favorite author growing up was Caroline B. Cooney and I spent an entire summer reading only her books.
  19. I love fairy tale retellings.
  20. I own all of Nicholas Sparks’ books including the movie tie in versions.
  21. I own three copies of The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. (I would not be against adding more either!)
  22. I hate when a book had no synopsis.
  23. I hate love triangles because I can usually figure out who will be the final two right off.
  24. The only signed book I have is Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.
  25. I love going to thrift stores for cheap books.

Those are some book facts about me. Hope you enjoyed. What are some of yours?

Keep reading…Lola

Goodreads Tag

I recently came across this Goodreads tag and thought I would give it a go. I love tags, I think they are so much fun to do. The original tag was created by Spiral Bookmark on YouTube.

  1. Last book marked as ‘read’~ Losing It by Cora Carmack.
  2. What are you currently reading?~ Keeping her by Cora Carmack.
  3. Last book marked ‘TBR’~ The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel.
  4. What book do you plan to read next?~ Breathing Underwater by Alex flinn.
  5. Do you use the 5 star rating?~ Yes.
  6. Are you doing the reading challenge?~ Yes. I want to read at least 75 books.
  7. Do you have a wish list?~ On Amazon yes.
  8. What book do you plan to buy next?~ I’m going on a no buy for a while after my MASSIVE March book haul! (Blog post to come) No books except my subscription boxes because those are prepaid.
  9. Do you have any favorite quotes? I have quite a few. Would you like to share a few? “And though she be but little, she is fierce.” ~Shakespeare  “She believed she could, so she did.” ~R.S. Grey  “I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough. ” ~The Notebook
  10. Who are your favorite authors? Nicholas Sparks, Caroline B. Cooney, V.C. Andrews, Laurell K. Hamilton, Ruth Ware to name a few.
  11. Have you joined any groups? The Book Cult, Austentatious Book Club and No Judgement Book Club.
  12. Is there a question you want to add to the list? Not at the moment.

    I tag everyone who wants to do the tag. Have fun!

    Keep reading…Lola

    April Bookcase.Club Unboxing

    These are the books that I received in the Bookcase.Club box for April. This is also the YA box.

    Proxy by Alex London. This is a sci-fi dystopian YA novel. There are rich people and there are poor people living in extreme poverty. There is a system in place where a rich person will pay for a poor persons essential needs, in return they become their proxy. The proxy takes all punishment that the rich person should receive whether it be organ donation, beating, prison, etc. The protagonist is also gay which I am excited about because I don’t think I’ve read anything with a gay character. There is also a sequel called Guardian.

    The ZOM-B Chronicles by Darren Shan. This is a YA book that is actually the first three novels in the ZOM-B series. It includescribes ZOM-B, ZOM-B Underground ZOM-B City. The story is about a zombie apocalypse and is told by one of the victims. From what I can see there are 12 books in the series as well as a short story or some sort of companion story for book 7. I’m really looking forward to reading this series.

    Those are the books that I got and I am so excited for both of them.

    Keep reading…Lola

    I Found You Spoiler Free Book Review

    I Found You by Lisa Jewell is an adult mystery thriller. It follows a single mother named Alice, a newlywed named Lily, and a man who has no memory of who he is. There are also flashbacks of something that happened twenty-three years prior.

    Alice Lake is a single mother who finds a man sitting by her house. He tells her he doesn’t know his name or remember anything about his life.  It’s raining and he has no jacket, and against her better judgement she invites him to stay the night in the studio room she has in her backyard.

    Elsewhere in London, Lily Monrose is a newlywed who has only been married for three weeks when her husband fails to come home from work. She calls the police and soon finds out that her husband never existed.

    Twenty-three years earlier,  seventeen-year old Gray and fifteen-year old Kirsty are enjoying their summer vacation with their parents. One day while they are at the beach they meet Mark, a nineteen-year old boy who is staying with his aunt at her vacation home. He takes an instant liking to Kirsty and invites them all to dinner.

    Throughout the book, the mysterious man who Alice calls “Frank” begins to remember and tries to piece things together with the help of Alice. Lily tries to figure out who she married and what happened to him with the help of one of his friends. Also the story from twenty-three years ago begins to unravel. Eventually all the secrets are revealed and every character is connected in some way.

    I thought the book started out slow and was worried that it was going to be added to my (short) DNF list but then it really picked up and I could not put it down.

    First I’ll start with the things that I didn’t like. At times I thought that Alice was annoying. She has three kids by three different men and says that she makes bad choices and always falls for the wrong men but then she invites a complete stranger into her home and into her children’s lives. I found myself yelling at her in my head “what are you doing? Maybe he’s lying about not being able to remember. Maybe he’s a serial killer. Are you crazy?” Then there were other times where I thought she’s been unlucky in love and she’s probably lonely and just wants to find the one. I also really disliked how easy it was for Gray and Kirsty’s parents to let their daughter go on a date with an older boy. She was 15 and he was 19 which isn’t that big of a difference but when one is an adult and the other is a minor, that’s just creepy. Also, they meet Mark in the morning at the beach and then they go and have dinner with him that evening. I just thought that was a little odd.

    I really enjoyed the characters for the most part though. I thought each of them were different and brought something new to the story as a whole. I loved the mystery and suspense. Like I said before it had a slow start but once it picked up it was amazing and I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to know what happened next. I was also happy with the ending. There was a time early on in the book when I thought I knew who “Frank” was and that was my thinking throughout the book but then other things came to light and I started to realize that I was wrong. I definitely guessed who he was but not as soon as I thought which I liked. I loved how Lily and Frank’s story connected with Gray and Kirsty’s and how everything came together in the end. It was a very satisfying conclusion.

    I gave I Found You 4 stars on Goodreads and yes I would recommend it, you just need to get through the slow beginning but I promise you it is so worth it.

    Keep reading…Lola

    Also…

    I received this book from Netgalley and if you read my March Wrap Up blog there was some confusion on when it is being released. Netgalley said one date and Amazon said another and then Goodreads said another. I did some more research and the book was actually released in Great Britain in 2016 by Century and will be released for the first time in paperback by Arrow Books in 2017. I believe the release date for that is April 25th.

    Behind Her Eyes Spoiler Free Book Review

    Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough is an adult psychological thriller.

    The novel starts with divorced, single mother Louise finding out that David, the handsome stranger she made out with in a bar is her new boss, and that he is married to a woman named Adele. 

    One day after dropping her son off at school she runs into a woman who falls down. She helps her up and realizes it’s David’s wife. The women talk for a couple minutes and Louise tells her she works for her husband, and Adele asks her out for tea. At first reluctant, Louise agrees and a friendship begins to develop, but Adele doesn’t want David to know.

    Eventually things turn dark. David starts to look like a controlling husband and Adele seems frightened of him. As Louise becomes more involved in their marriage, more secrets come to light and Louise begins to realize that all may not be as it appears.

    First off, I thought this book was amazing. It was different from anything I’ve read before.

    I also really enjoyed the dream scenes. I’ve read reviews and a lot of people seemed to really dislike the dream aspect, but I thought it was pretty clever. I loved how the whole thing played out. I liked that Adele told Louise about lucid dreaming and how it helped her with night terrors when she was younger. The whole second door in the dream was something that I didn’t expect and I really liked how that all came about.

    I loved the characters. Louise was a woman who loved her son more than anything and she was just a real woman that could be anyone in real life. She was hurt by a divorce and just wanted to be loved. David was this handsome man who worked hard and protected his wife, but also maybe had a dark side with lots of secrets. Adele was a loving wife and just wanted to make friends. She had a rough time as a teenager and had secrets of her own.

    I thought the writing was done beautifully. I really connected with the characters. I felt for them and even if they did some not so good things, I still tried to see that maybe they had a reason for it.

    And now to the most important part…THAT ENDING!

    I got this book from Book Of The Month and the judge had said something like if you think you know the ending, you don’t. I DIDN’T! Just when I thought everything came to light and that every question was answered and it was the end and time to move on…nope there was a plot twist and you get a different ending then what you thought, and man was that an ending! My jaw dropped, my mouth was wide open and the only thing I said was “what the hell just happened?”

    Amazing amazing amazing. I gave this 5 stars on Goodreads and highly recommend it.

    Keep reading…Lola

    April TBR

    These are the books that I am hoping to get to in April. After reading several adult mystery/thriller darker books last month, I decided that I was going to go with some more face paced books this month and I chose all young adult books…

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    Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn. This is about a teenager girl who is in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend.

    By Your Side by Kasie West. This is about a girl who gets locked in the library for the weekend and soon realizes that she isn’t the only one locked in. There is also a boy there who has a reputation as being the bad boy.

    Fairest by Marissa Meyer. This is the story of Queen Levana. I have been wanting to read it even though I have heard very mixed reviews about in on YouTube.

    Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. This is about a teenage girl who commits suicide and leaves behind tapes for people who had contributed to her decision. I saw the trailer for the Netflix show and it looks so good but I decided to read the book before I watch the show.

    Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I have been hearing so many incredible things about this book so I had to pick it up. It’s about this traveling game type of thing that happens once a year and the audience always takes part in it. It follows two sisters, Scarlett and Tella as they take part in the game and one of the sisters is kidnapped and the object of the game is to find her before it’s over.

    So those are the books that I am hoping to read this month and I am so excited to dive into every one of them.

    Keep reading…Lola

    March Wrap Up

    These are the books that I read in March. I had a pretty good reading month even though I was incredibly busy at work. I read seven books and a graphic novel and I loved every one of them. This month they were all 4 and 5 stars for me.

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    The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. I have a review for this book on my blog so I’m not going to go into detail about this one. I gave it 5 stars.

    The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena. I also have a review of this on my blog if you’re interested in finding out more about it. I gave it 5 stars.

    Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough. I will have a review up for this in the next week or two. I also gave this 5 stars.

    The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West. This was a cute YA book about a girl who is dumped by her boyfriend in the parking lot right before her senior prom and she ends up asking a stranger waiting in the parking lot for his sister to pretend to be her boyfriend for the night. I gave this one 4 stars because it was pretty predictable but it was a cute, face paced read.

    Janie Face To Face by Caroline B. Cooney. This is the fifth and final book in the Janie Johnson series that started with The Face On The Milk Carton. I loved this series and when I found out that she had actually written a final book, I had to pick it up. After thinking What Janie Found was the final book and that one kind of left me hanging, I was really happy with the way the series concluded and it had the perfect ending. I gave this one 5 stars.

    Wires And Nerve by Marissa Meyer. This is a graphic novel that is a companion series to The Lunar Chronicles. It picks up after Winter and follows Iko as she tries to bring all the rogue Wolf-hybrid soldiers back to Luna. There are appearances by all the characters so it was fun to see and I’m excited to see more of what happened between Winter and Stars Above. I gave this 5 stars as well.

    I Found You by Lisa Jewell. I will have a review of this book in the next couple of weeks as well. I gave it 5 stars and thought it was an amazing story. It was a bit slow starting off but then I had a hard time putting it down. I received an ARC of this from Netgalley. I am a bit confused about the publication date though because Goodreads says it’s coming out on April 25th, Netgalley says it came out on March 9th, Amazon has the hardcover preorder for April 25th and Lisa Jewell’s website doesn’t show the book at all so I’m not sure. It could be out or coming out this month!

    If The Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss. This is also an ARC that I received from Netgalley. It is being released on August 8, 2017 but I will have a review up sometime in the future.I gave this one 4 stars.

    Those are the books I read in March, I can’t wait to see what April brings…

    Keep Reading…Lola