Book Habits Book Tag

Today I’m doing the book habits book tag. This tag was created by TheBookJazz on YouTube.

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading? I like to read on my bed or the futon I have in my room. I like to be comfy when I read.

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper? Bookmark. I have tons!

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter or certain amount of pages? I need to stop when I have finished a chapter. I hate when I have to stop in the middle of a chapter.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading? Depends on when I’m reading. I always have water by me though.

5. Multitasking: music or tv while reading? Neither. I find that it’s hard to concentrate with background noise.

6. One book at a time or several at once? I usually read a physical book and an e-book.

7. Reading at home or everywhere? I read mostly at home but I love to read at the library and I read on my commute to and from work.

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head? Silently in my head.

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages? No. If I’m not into a book I will skim pages though to see if it picks up before I DNF it.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new? I try to keep my books in good condition, but I do buy used books sometimes so some of them aren’t in the best shape.

11. Do you write in your books? No. If I want to take notes for a review I use post its.

12. Who do you tag? Everyone!

So that was the book habits book tag. It was a different kind of tag but it was fun.

Keep reading…Lola

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February Subscription Boxes

These are the books that I received in book subscription boxes this month.

Book Of The Month:

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James. This follows a woman who, twenty years after her sisters death, revisits what happened the night she died and finds out that her death could be tied to the all girls boarding school she attended.

My Thrill Club:

The Hole by Hye-Young Pyun. This is described as a Korean version of Misery by Stephen King.

His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet. This is a historical thriller that is set in 19th century Scotland and explores a triple murder in a remote Scottish farming community.

The DVD for this month was The Haunted Airman. It stars Robert Pattinson.

BookCase.Club:

Jane Two by Sean Patrick Flanery. The synopsis doesn’t really give much, but by what I gather it’s a coming of age story that has drama and romance.irs also written by an actor and I’m always curious when an author releases a novel.

Magnus Chase And The Gods Of Asgard: The Sword Of Summer by Rick Riordan. This is a Walmart exclusive and contains a door hanger. This is obviously the first book in the Magnus Chase series. This is actually a book that I’m not really interested in reading. I know a lot of people love this series but it’s just not what I’m really into so I will be putting it up for a future giveaway.

Those are the books that I got and I’m most excited for The Broken Girls. I think that might be on my TBR next month.

Keep reading…Lola

The First Date Book Tag

Since Valentine’s Day is tomorrow I thought I would do the first date book tag. This is an original book tag from Katesbookdate on YouTube.

1. The awkward first date~ A book where something felt off. It wasn’t a bad book, but lacked that spark for you-

Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel. This is a Peter Pan retelling and I was so excited for it but it just lacked something for me.

2. The cheap first date~ A book that turned out less than you expected-

Whitefern by V.C. Andrews. I loved My Sweet Audrina and was so excited for this second book. Sadly, V.C. Andrews died in 1986 so a ghost writer hired by her family continued on with the story and I did not like where he went with it at all.

3. Well-prepared first date~ A book that was better than you expected-

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I was not expecting to love this series as much as I did.

4. Hot but dumb~ Pretty book, not so hot on the inside-

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. The edition I read was so pretty but I just didn’t like this book at all.
5. Blind date~ A book that you picked up not knowing anything about it-

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. I didn’t know what this book was about when I picked it up on Book Outlet but everyone was talking about it so I picked it up since it was so cheap.
6. Speed dating~ A book you read super fast-

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich. I loved this book and read it super fast.
7. The rebound~ A book you read too soon after a book hangover and it kind of ruined the book for you-

If a book sticks with me, I’m not able to pick up another book until I give myself time to get it out of my head.
8. Overly enthusiastic date~ A book that felt like it was trying too hard-

Confessions Of A Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. I like this book series but it just feels like the further into the series I get the more I feel like the author is trying to hard with Becky.
9. The perfect first date~ A book that did everything for you-

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. This is my all time favorite book. It’s just so perfect.
10. Humiliating first date~ A book you’re embarrassed to admit you liked/embarrassed to be seen reading it in public for whatever reason-

Fifty Shades Of Grey by E.L. James. This is such a controversial book series and the topic is out there but I love the series. It’s a guilty pleasure read but I never admit it to someone and would never read it in public.

That was the first date book tag. I tag whoever wants to do it.

Keep reading…Lola

Book Review: Meet Cute by Various Authors

Meet Cute is an anthology of short stories written by various YA authors. All of the stories are about the first initial meetings of the two characters.

This book is different from any others that u have reviewed because there are many short stories. For this review I’m going to give a short synopsis, the title and author and my rating for the story. I’ll end the review with a few of my thoughts.

1. Siege Etiquette by Katie Cotugno. While hiding from the police during a house party, Hailey and Wolf end up in the bathroom together. 3 stars

2. Print Shop by Nina Lacour. Evie is working part time at a print ship. On her first day she sets up a Twitter account for the shop and receives a negative tweet from a current customer, who she goes out of her way to help. 4 stars

3. Hourglass by Ibi Zoboi. Cherish, a plus size teenager goes in search of a last minute prom dress when she meets Mamadou. 4 stars

4. Click by Katharine McGee. Alexa and Raden meet for a date after “clicking” on an app. 5 stars

5. The Intern by Sara Shepard. Clara meets a touring musician named Phineaus. 5 stars

6. Somewhere That’s Green by Meredith Russo. Nia, is a transgendered girl trying to get access to the girls bathrooms and locker room, but Lexie may be working against her. 5 stars

7. The Way We Love Here by Dhonielle Clayton. Viola and Sebastien are from the island of Meridien, where everyone who hasn’t found love, have rings on their fingers and when they only have one left, they find their love. 5 stars

8. Oomph by Emery Lord. Cassidy and Johanna meet at the airport while they are catching different flights. 5 stars

9. The Dictionary Of You And Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Moss works at the library and meets H. Smith over the phone while trying to get him to return a dictionary to the library. 5 stars

10. The Unlikely Likelihood Of Falling In Love by Jocelyn Davies. Sam uses a class project to prove that math has alot to do with finding love. 5 stars

11. 259 Million Miles by Kass Morgan. Philip and Blythe meet while they are each competing for a spot on a shuttle to Mars. 3.5 stars

12. Something Real by Julie Murphy. June goes on a reality show in order to win a date with a Dylan, a young and famous musician. 4 stars

13. Say Everything by Huntley Fitzpatrick. Emma meets Sean while she’s waiting tables at the diner. 5 stars

14. The Department Of Dead Love by Nicola Yoon. Thomas and Samantha broke up ten months ago and he isn’t able to get over it, so he goes to The Department Of Dead Love to get a relationship autopsy by a HeartWorker to see what went wrong and to get a Do Over. 5 stars

I really enjoyed these short stories. Each one was so different but they all fit together perfectly. My least favorite story was Siege Etiquette by Katie Cotugno. I’m not sure if she is the author for me. I can’t choose my favorite story but I really liked Click by Katharine McGee, The Dictionary Of You And Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Say Everything by Huntley Fitzpatrick. (Of course!)

Overall 5 star read for me and I definitely recommend it.

Keep reading…Lola

February TBR

These are the books that I’m hoping to get to in February.

The One Memory Of Flora Banks by Emily Barr. This is about a teenage girl who has no short term memory. One day she kisses her best friends boyfriend before he leaves town, and she remembers it.

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West. This is about a girl who writes lyrics on her desk one day in class and the next day finds that someone has completed those lyrics and they start a kind of pen pal relationship.

26 Kisses by Anna Michels. After her boyfriend breaks up with her, Veda decides to spend the summer kissing a different boy, one for every letter of the alphabet.

Meet Cute. This is an anthology of short stories about two people meeting for the first time. Authors include Katie Cotugno, Nina Lacour, Huntley Fitzpatrick, Sara Shepard and Nicola Yoon, among others.

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett. This is a You’ve Got Mail retelling of sorts.

I can’t wait to jump into these this month and hopefully read some cute romances since it’s Valentine’s month.

Keep reading…Lola

January Wrap Up

I had an amazing reading month in January. It was such a great way to kick off 2018. These are the books that I read…The books that have a * are books that I read for the 2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer. Superheroes. Supervillians. Superpowers. Vengeance. Need I say more?! 5 stars

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware. This is about four childhood friends who go their separate ways only to be pulled back together 20 years later, when a secret from their past threatens their future. *This is a book from a celebrity book club

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. This follows a 13 year old boy who has to come to terms with his mother’s terminal cancer. 5 stars *This is a book about death or grief

Rapunzel And The Lost Lagoon by Leila Howland. This story takes place after Tangled the movie ends, but before the start of the TV show. Rapunzel finds a book in the castle library and when she shows Cassandra, they set off in search of the lost lagoon that is believed to be the source of all power in Corona, but up until now has only been thought of as a myth. 5 stars

Tangled Cinestory Comic by Jeremy Barlow. This is the movie Tangled in comic form. It follows the movie perfectly, including all of the songs. If you enjoyed the movie you will love this. 5 stars

Tangled: Before Ever After Cinestory Comic by Walt Disney Company. This is the movie Tangled: Before Ever After in comic form. Again this follows the movie perfectly including the songs. 5 stars

Tangled: The Series – Take On The World Cinestory Comic by Walt Disney Company. This is the comic version of the first three episodes of the TV series and it’s so great. I love the artwork in these comic versions. 5 stars

Tangled The Manga by Shiori Kanaki. This is the first true manga that I have read and I really enjoyed it. This is the manga version of the movie Tangled. It doesn’t have the songs and it differs a little from things that were said in the movie but it was still a great one. 5 stars

Golden by Cameron Dokey. This is a Rapunzel retelling and I loved it. It’s one of my favorites. 5 stars *This is your favorite prompt from 2015, 2016 or 2017. I chose 2016 and a fairytale retelling

Wires And Nerve Volume Two: Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer. I got this in the mail on the day it came out (Jan 30th) and I devoured it. I loved seeing everyone again, especially Wolf and Scarlet. Oh and IKO! 5 stars *This is a book released in 2018

A Desperate Place For Dying by Scott William Carter. This is the second book in the Garrison Gage Oregon Coast series. This one takes place a year after the first book and follows a different murder mystery. This time involving a cult and a man from Gage’s past. 5 stars *This is a book you borrowed or were given as a gift

The Lovely Wicked Rain by Scott William Carter. This is book three in the series I previously mentioned and takes place about a year after the second book. This time there has been a murder at the college Zoe goes to and the prime suspect is someone she knows. 5 stars

Darker by E.L. James. This is Fifty Shades Darker from Christian’s point of view. This is such a guilty pleasure series for me, but I think I like this version better than Ana’s point of view. 5 stars

Wounded by Laurell K. Hamilton. This is a novella in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series and It’s sort of an outtake scene from her novel Dead Ice. I think I enjoyed this novella more than the actual novel. 5 stars

I ended the month reading a few children’s picture books, just because!

Really, Rapunzel Needed A Haircut! The Story Of Rapunzel As Told By Dame Gothel by Jessica Gunderson. This was actually kind of funny and I enjoyed it. 5 stars

Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinksy. The illustrations in this book are so beautiful. 5 stars

Rapunzel Retold by John Cech. The illustrations in this book are also stunning. I love this version so much. 5 stars

5 physical books, 5 graphic novels, 4 ebooks and 3 picture books…17 books total this month and all 5 star reads! Such a good reading month for me. Hello February!

Keep reading…Lola