Rip It Or Ship It?

Today I’m doing the Rip It or Ship It tag. I’ve been seeing it around BookTube and it looks like fun. I wrote the names of ten couples from ten different books, put them in a cup and took two out at a time. I then thought about whether or not they would make a good couple. If they do, I ship them and if they don’t, I rip them. I did this for five couples. 

Autumn from By Your Side by Kasie West & Cameron from Someone Else’s Summer by Rachel Bateman. I think I SHIP these two. I love them with their partners but I also think they could work together as well. They are also around the same age and both have some things going on in their lives.

Scarlet & Wolf both from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I DID NOT do this on purpose I promise! I SHIP these two so much. Scarlet is my favorite book of the series and I’ve always loved Wolf and Scarlet best of all! This just proves that they are really meant to be 🙂

Garrick from Losing It by Cora Carmack & Anna from Someone Else’s Summer by Rachel Bateman. I am going to RIP this pair. Anna is a teenager and Garrick is teaching college. I just think the age difference is too big here.

Gia from The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West & Kyle from The Hazards Of Sleeping With A Friend by Alyssa Rose Ivy. Gia is in high school and Kyle is in college and although there isn’t much of an age difference (her bf in the beginning of the book was also in college) I just think that Gia is a bit immature for an older guy so I have to RIP these two.

Bliss from Losing It by Cora Carmack & Jackson from Finding It by Cora Carmack. I also SHIP these two. I do love Bliss with Garrick and Jackson with Kelsey but I also think that they could make it as a couple as well. I think Jackson is romantic and would be good for Bliss.

I realize I probably should have chosen more characters from different books considering that a lot show up twice. Oh well, there’s always next time!

Keep reading…Lola

May Bookcase.Club Box

These are the books that I got in the May BookCase.Club YA box.

EditSea Of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong. This is a book about twin sisters who are tasked with quieted the souls of the damned that reside in the first of the dead. I believe this is also a series. It sounds interesting and I might give it a try when I finish up some of my other series.

The Diviners by Libba Bray. This book takes place in the roaring 20s. It follows a girl who has the ability to read objects and she uses that ability to help solve a series of murders. I’ve heard about this book a lot on BookTube and wasn’t going to pick it up but now that I have it, I think I’m going to give it a chance when I’ve read some series on my shelf because if I like it then I’m going to want to reat the second book right away and I’m on a book buying ban right now.

Next month I’m getting the thriller box and I’m excited about that.

Keep reading…Lola

May Book Of The Month

Last month there weren’t any books that I was interested in and this month there were too many that I wanted. Here are the three that I chose.

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich. This is a YA novel that follows a good boy and a bad boy who are both competing to win the same girl. The losing guy has to be killed but then unexpected feelings get involved and threaten them both.

Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane. I read Shutter Island and loved it so I was excited to see Dennis Lehane as a choice this month. This is a psychological thriller and it follows Rachel who is a former journalist, who now lives as a virtual shut-in after having a mental breakdown. Now she enjoys an ideal life with her ideal husband but then one day something happens and her ideal life starts to frey.

And We’re Off by Dan Schwartz. I believe this is a YA novel. It’s about a teenage girl who is an artist and enjoys everything about the arts, just like her grandfather, who offers her an all-expenses-paid summer trip to Europe and all she has to do is create an original piece of work at every place she goes and send it back home to him. She’s in but her mother is less than thrilled and in the weeks leading up to the trip they are very disconnected with each other. When saying goodbye at the airport terminal, Alice, Nora’s mother decides to go on the trip with her.

Those are the books I got and I’m very excited to read them all. And We’re Off is going to be the perfect summer read.

Keep reading…Lola

13 Reasons Why Netflix Show Review (contains some spoilers)

13 Reasons Why is a Netflix series based on the book Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher. It follows Clay as he listens to tapes left behind by Hannah, a classmate who has committed suicide. The tapes tell the reasons that led to her decision.

I really enjoyed the book and I have a review of that up if you want to read it and it’s spoiler free.

*SPOILERS*

The Netflix show was good. There were things that I liked and things that I didn’t like, which happens with any film I’ve watched based on a book. I liked the actors, they really chose good people to play the characters and the acting was great as well. I enjoyed all the parts of the novel that they kept for the show. They did a good job of keeping the seriousness of the subject matter and I really liked the flashback’s. Those for me were the best part. I also liked some of the things they changed. I liked that Tony had a bigger role in the show and I loved the actor that portrayed him. I also enjoyed the relationship between him and Clay. I also liked seeing how everyone reacted after Hannah’s suicide, especially her parents. Another thing they changed was that Tony gave a copy of the tapes to Hannah’s parents and Clay didn’t send the tapes on, but instead gave them to the guidance counselor, Mr.Porter. This worked because they changed the order in which Clay got the tapes (he was number 9 in the novel and number 11 in the show) so Bryce was the only one who didn’t hear them. I liked this because now there is a chance for justice, a chance for the people who need to take responsibility, to pay for their actions.

Now on to the things that I didn’t like about the show. I didn’t like much of anything that they changed to be honest. The biggest issue I had was with the second to last episode. The person who shoots himself at the end, that never happened in the book and I just didn’t really think that the change added anything to the series except the potential for a possible second season. I also didn’t like how they had Hanah kill herself. In the book she takes pills but she cuts her wrists in the show. I understand that it probably was more graphic and would have a bigger impact but I think having her take pills and then her parents walking in and finding her would have left a big enough impact. I know that just reading about her taking pills and her parents finding her was enough to tug at my heart strings and the author didn’t even go into much detail about her suicide itself. I also didn’t like what they did with the character of Justin. They made him an ass in the show but he was an even bigger ass in the book. He allowed the rape of Jessica to happen because Bryce was “working the night shift and only had a few minutes before he had to leave.” In the show he fights him off and cries and you can tell that he felt bad about it. Another issue I had was with Bruce.  Yes he was an ass and a rapist but in the show I didn’t like how they handled his scene with Hannah. In the book Bryce does things to her but she doesn’t say no. She doesn’t try to fight him off. She says on her tapes that she was using him because she needed him do she could let go of herself. She says that she didn’t say no or push his hand away. She says that she turned her head, clenched her teeth and fought back tears. She also says that he saw but he told her to relax. Reading this I interpreted it as Hannah being done with life. At this point she was done, she had given up, she just didn’t care anymore. She was numb. She didn’t want to be with Bryce but she didn’t try to stop it either because she had already made up her mind. I do think that it was sexual assault. Although she didn’t say no or try to push him away, she didn’t really respond to him in a romantic way and she was crying. He saw that and he knew that she obviously wasn’t into it, but he told her to relax and kept going anyway. In the show, it was a more graphic rape scene which I didn’t really think they needed. I know that it had a greater impact but I just didn’t really care for the scene. One other thing that I didn’t like was the role of the guidance counselor. I didn’t like his part in the novel or the show. He just basically tells her to do something about it or move on with her life. I just hope that there aren’t real school counselors that are like that because it’s not OK.

My favorite episode was definitely Clay’s tape. I loved the little bit of romance that we got between Clay and Hannah. Also I cried like a baby during this episode, especially after he finishes the tape. The part where he imagines what would have happened if he had stayed with her at the party. OMG! I cried during a couple of episodes but that one was by far the worst. 

There is a line in the novel and the show that Hannah says that stayed with me long after reading the book and watching the show and it was something like “some of you cared, but nobody cared enough.” That stayed with me. She knew that people cared about her but she felt like it wasn’t enough. She felt alone and felt like she had nobody to turn to. There is also a line in the show that I love, when Clay is talking to the counselor and he says something like “I cost a girl her life because I was too afraid to love her.” That was so heartbreaking and I really felt for him in that moment. I just fell in love with Clay right then and there.

This review is a lot longer then I intended for it to be so it am going to end it but definitely go and read the book and watch the showhole. I highly recommend them both.

Also if you or anyone you know is feeling suicidal there is help. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-8255. You can also go to their website at suicidepreventionlifeline.org where there is also an online chat option. Know that you are not alone.

Keep reading…Lola

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Th1rteen R3asons Why Spoiler Free Review

Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher is a YA novel about a teenage girl, Hannah who commits suicide and leaves behind tapes telling her reasons.

The novel opens with Clay, finding a package by his door when he gets home from school. He opens the package to find tapes, when he presses play on the first one he is shocked to find that it’s Hannah, a classmate that committed suicide a couple weeks prior. She says that the rules are to listen to them all the way through in order and then pass them on to the next person. She warns that someone else has another set and will release them in a more public way if the tapes don’t make it through each of the 13 people. Each of the tapes is dedicated to a person who lead to her decision and if you get the tapes you are one of the reasons.

I heard about this book years ago but was never thinking of reading it, then I saw the Netflix show preview and thought it looked good so I decided to pick it up and I loved it.

This book was definitely a difficult read at times, how could it not be when it’s about a teenager who kills herself? Going into it you know that she has committed suicide, but it’s hearing her reasons that really gets you.

I liked the way the book was set up. Each chapter was a side of a tape so it was like you were listening right along with Clay and finding things out at the same time as him. I found it hard to put down because I wanted to know who was next and I was anticipating Clay’s tape, as I’m sure he was.

I read some comments on Goodreads after finishing it and I found that a lot of people who didn’t care for the book were saying that it was because they had a hard time believing that Hannah would commit suicide for the reasons that she gave. I agree to an extent. One of those reasons may not be enough, but when you add all of them up, she was overwhelmed and ending her life was the only way she saw to put an end to it. At the same time, although this is a work of fiction, who are we to say that something isn’t enough to make someone commit suicide? Something that seems simple or not a big deal to one person can seem like it’s the end of the world for someone else. Some people deal with hard things differently and some people can brush stuff off easily then others and some people just get so overwhelmed and depressed that ending their life seems like it’s the only option for them.

This was sort of a hard review to write because there are things I want to talk about but they would definitely be spoilers so I’m going to end it here but I recommend people read the book. 

My next post is going to be a review of the Netflix show and if you haven’t read the book or seen the show there will be spoilers in that post if you’d rather just find stuff out before reading or watching.

Also if you or anyone you know is ever considering suicide call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Help is available 24 hours a day. You can also go online at SuicidePreventionLifeline.org where there is also an online chat option.

Keep reading…Lola


May TBR

These are the books that I want to get to in May.

Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel. This is a Peter Pan retelling and I’m so excited to read it.

Diva by Alex Flinn. This is the conclusion to the Breathing Underwater duology. 

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. I loved the movie and I can’t wait to dive into the book. It’s been a while since I read a classic so I’m excited.

The Last Star by Rick Yancey. I can not wait to finish this series. I can’t believe it has taken me so long to pick this up.

That’s what I want to read. What’s everyone else reading? 

Keep reading…Lola

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