Wednesday, August 31, 2016

August||| A month in review

































Hello, friends! 

It's the last day of the month so you know what time it is. 

Also, where did the summer go?! I'm starting school in less than a week... 

Remember my July review post...



Yeah I didn't get tons of stuff done xD



Excuse me while I'm over here crying because BACK TO SCHOOL.

But in all realness I don't hate school. I just don't like the getting up at five in the morning... and the school work... and the having to actually participate in class.
Okay maybe I don't like school that much haha.


But speaking of school...

This month I participated in band camp since I'm in my school's marching band. (I actually spent 86 hours at band camp *sweats profusely*.) But I won't go into too much detail since I already talked about it in my last post, The balancing act+ a reading update. (Go check that post out if you want to know more :)

I also just got back from Pennsylvania last night! Me and my lovely mom wanted to take a small trip so we went to Laurel Caverns. And GUYS the cave was so pretty!! I'm sad we didn't get to go spelunking there but I'm glad I got the opportunity to tour the caverns nonetheless. 
I did take some pictures but I' not sure they get across how beautiful the cave actually was...


The lowest point of the cavern is 47 stories down from sea level, I believe. 

On the trip to Pennsylvania I found a place that sold books pretty much immediately because #priorities amiright?

These books that this place sold were pretty much brand new and they were so cheap. SO. CHEAP. As in I found a brand new hardcover of The Bane Chronicles for $1.99. 
I couldn't resist the deals and I may or may not have gotten a book or two... or four.


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I 100% felt the need to include the clock and the HP shirt because... reasons.

(I got the shirt and the clock from Kohl's... last week, I believe. The clock being a prop for Instagram a way to ensure I get up on school morning's.)

All the book's I got this month were bargain deals. (I couldn't help myself.)


Actually me when I find bargain deals online

Books pictured include:

~Across the Universe by: Beth Revis
~Shadow Kiss by: Richelle Mead
~Out of the Easy by: Ruta Sepetys
~Black City by: Elizabeth Richards
~Night Film by: Marisha Pessl

Side note: Is it just me or do you not hate the new Vampire Academy covers? I like how they're more simplistic than the original's (and they're also slightly less cringe-worthy.)

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Because of the two weeks of band camp I wasn't feeling very motivated to post this month. I got up a total of five posts, not including this one.










I read very little blog posts this month, since I was so busy. But I did just read a post from Cait @ Paperfury and it was hilarious and so so relatable, as always. 

"10 (TOTALLY LEGIT, TRUST ME NOW) REQUIREMENTS OF BEING A #BOOKBLOGGER"


If you haven't already read the post then I highly suggest that you go do that!


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This month I wasn't very active on Twitter *cry* but I was pretty active on Instagram!

I was working on brightening my feed up, this month. My pictures are still a little more washed out when it comes to color but they aren't AS dull anymore.



I also entered into a crap ton of rep searches this month (and didn't become a rep for anyone xD) But it's okay. You'll never know if you don't try, right? 



This month I only read 3 books. But I enjoyed all three of them so at least I have that!

I read:

Torn by: Jennifer L. Armentrout aka Queen JLA

Stone Cold Touch (also by Queen JLA)

The Sleeper and the Spindle  by: Neil Gaiman & Chris Riddell

I have rating's and mini-review's for all three of these books up on my Goodreads!



If you made it to the end of this post then I bestow upon you an endless supply of cookies!






Did you get lot's read this month?
Are you going back to school or are you already back to school?

Thanks for reading and have an amazing day!
=D




Monday, August 29, 2016

Let's talk||| The balancing act + a reading update (JLA is my queen edition)



Hello, friends!

So it's been a while...

I believe the last time I posted was either the first or second week of August. Now I'm here and it's almost the end of August and I'm going back to school in less than two weeks *cringes*

I have more of a fun post coming up soon but right now I just wanted to sit down and... talk.

Part of the title of this post is "The balancing act" aka something I suck at. There are some bloggers that can take five AP classes and schedule blog posts for everyday of the week for the next month. Spoiler alert: I'm not one of those people. I'm a huge procrastinator, but I'm working on stopping my procrastinator ways.

Anyways, I got side-tracked.

So where have I been?

Well, I've been at band camp. (No it's not an overnight thing it just sucked the life out of me and I couldn't bring myself to post xD.) 

If you've ever gone to band camp, or really if you play any sport that requires you to train before school starts, you know how tiring it can be.

Hours upon hours of physical exertion isn't really my thing. But to be honest, I didn't hate it. I love the whole atmosphere that comes with being part of the marching band. And band camp got me outside... yes I really wasn't going outside that often because I struggle but that's besides the point.

Looking back I wouldn't have spent my last two weeks any differently =D


Also, I've definitely gotten hooked on Hamilton.... again. I've been re-listening to the soundtrack on Spotify. I think that my favorite song from the album is Satisfied at the moment but I also really like Burn because HER VOICE. I think it's just so lyrically beautiful and there's so much heart in the song ... I JUST CAN'T.




Reading update:

So I was really hooked on Every Last Breath by: Jennifer L. Armentrout at the beginning of the month (as in I got over half way through it in one sitting.) But now it's almost September and I haven't picked it up in a while and I've kind of lost interest :\ 
JLA really is my queen but this series just... isn't my cup of tea.

However, I am also reading Torn by: Jennifer L. Armentrout and I'm really enjoying it. It's a little bit on the steamier side (since it's part NA romance) but I'm enjoying it nonetheless.

I'm also trying to make my way through The Reader by: Traci Chee! GUYS the set-up for this book is just the coolest. I highly suggest getting it when it releases next month!


(Pssst there's also words by the page numbers that form a sentence!!!)

Today I'm heading off to Pennsylvania to go caving. Which, fun fact, is something I LOVE to do. 

(I'm also going to pretend that I'm "going under the mountain" when I go into the cave... because I can xD 
Maybe I'll find Rhysand *looks into distance longingly*.)

*sees bat*

Me: "Rhysand. RHYSAND IS THAT YOU." 


(Sorry you had to witness my outburst of ACOMAF fangirling.)





I hope the rest of your summer is absolutely fabulous!

Thanks for reading and have a great day!
=D



Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Review(s)||| Sanctum & Catacomb by: Madeleine Roux (Asylum books 2&3)


Sanctum and Catacomb are the final two books in Madeleine Roux's Asylum trilogy. 
Before we get into the individual reviews I want to clarify a few things...

1. Even though these aren't the first books in the trilogy, the reviews will be spoiler free. Think of these reviews as a kind of... help. They may help you decide whether you want to continue the trilogy/start the trilogy.

2. I'm only giving y'all mini-reviews. I tend to like to write longer reviews but I've decided to shorten the reviews for these books up.

3. Just kidding there is no #3. Let's get into le' reviews, shall we?









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I originally believed this trilogy was made up of companion novels, but it isn't. So... Sanctum was a continuation of the first book, Asylum (P.s if you want to read my spoiler free review of Asylum you can click here!)
I wasn't the biggest fan of Asylum. I really just though it was an okay book. BUT something I really loved about it was the creepy pictures. The creepy pictures were also what I really loved about Sanctum. I didn't find the story to be scary, or even remotely creepy, but the pictures definitely creeped me out.


I'm sorry but an image of a masked face staring through a window creeps me out. Yes, I'm scared fairly easily if you were wondering haha.

Sadly, the story just didn't do much for me. That doesn't mean that you won't enjoy it, though!










                         
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I think Catacomb was either my favorite or second favorite out of the three books. There was a road trip aspect, which I'm generally always down for. I also liked how in this one the pictures were more... a part of the story line. Not that they weren't before. But in Catacomb there were pictures that the characters themselves were "taking"/experiencing. 
Something about it just felt more interactive, to me.

Though, towards the end the plot kind of went up into the air.  It just kind of felt like the story went strange places. There were also issues from the previous books that weren't resolved or touched upon in the conclusion. (And not in a creepy, let the reader make up what ended up happening, sort of way.) Which was kind of strange.





Overall the series was just kind of... odd. I was never scared when I was reading, but maybe a little creeped out. 
I'd still recommend the series to horror chickens, such as myself, that want to dip their toe into the genre but are too afraid to.
By all means, the book weren't horrible. I don't regret reading them at all. They were fun, quick reads, and if you have any interest in the series whatsoever then just go for it!




Have you read this series? If so, what did you think?
Have a lovely day and thanks for reading!
=D

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday... So it's been a little while

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine!


Hello, everyone! It's been quite a while since I've participated in this meme but I'm happy to be back. There's many, many, many books that I'm excited to read that are releasing this fall. BUT I'm only going to share one with you guys today.

But what is this magical book?

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~Why am I excited?~

First off, though I'm not sure this book is considered to be historical fiction, I love books set in different time periods. Second of all, I've never read a book based off the Ripper murders so this should be interesting...
Also, let's take a moment to admire the cover.



There's also the fact that Kerri is a fabulously amazing human. (I Promise you want to follow her on all the things.)
Stalking Jack the Ripper releases September 20th of this year! But if you're REALLY excited for it, like myself, PhantomRin did some glorious fan art for the book that may hold you over until release date ;) 
View it here!



Are you excited for Stalking Jack the Ripper?

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!
=D


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

TTT ||| Ten Books You'd get IMMEDIATELY if a magical being gave you a fully loaded Gift Card

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.



Could it be? Is this a.... TTT post?!?!

Why, yes. Yes it is my friends.

I haven't done a TTT post in a little while. Well, more like a few months. But I'm back today because the topic was just too good to pass up.

Just think.

What if some magical human came up to you on the street and offered you a Gift Card that had ALL THE MONEY. Money that could be spent on books. Alllll the books.

(Okay a stranger offering you what may or may not be a gift card is kind of shady, but just go with it, alright?)

So you get said gift card and you immediately go to the internet, because the bookish people know best. You take to  Twitter and you conduct a poll because who can make their own book buying decisions?!?!

After 24 hours the poll is done, and your bookish fate has been decided. 





You go to Amazon/book depository/book website and you find your book (So exciting!!!) 

Then it's time to:


BUT WAIT.

You can get 10 books. TEN BOOKS.

If I was in this situation my cart would probably look like this:





~This Savage Song by: Victoria Schwab
~Poison Study by: Maria V. Snyder
~Empire of Storms by: Sarah J Maas
~Strange the Dreamer by: Laini Taylor
~Windwitch by: Susan Dennard
~The Raven King by: Maggie Stiefvater
~Blue Lily, Lily Blue by: Maggie Stiefvater
~The Dream Thieves by: Maggie Stiefvater
~The Raven Boys by: Maggie Stiefvater
~Nevernight by: Jay Kristoff


I tell myself that I don't need UK edition books because they aren't the right size and I usually have to convert euros. BUT somehow they always show up in my cart. Whoops..?


Yes. If I had all the money I would buy all these books. But I don't by any means so... the library it is. (I also have a ton of books that I do own that I haven't read so I guess I should probably focus on those xD)



What books do you want ASAP?

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!
=D


Monday, August 1, 2016

July||| A month in review


{Ignore the fact that I got carried away with the fonts.}

I've never done one of these monthly wrap- up thingies before. So I figured that maybe I should start...?

These posts will allow me to put my monthly book haul and wrap-up in a single post. They will also allow me to share what I did during the month.

So without further ado let's get into July's monthly review!

>>>I participated in the Biannual Bibliothon towards the beginning of the month and I was able to get four books read. FOUR. I also participated in the Booktubeathon, which was a few weeks ago, but I didn't read much. I, sadly, wasn't feeling as enthusiastic about the booktubeathon this year as I have in past years. Despite this I still was able to read two books.
This month I read a grand total of books!!!

I haven't been the best at reading this year, so getting nine books read feels AMAZING. I'm almost through all of my ARCs *cheers*

What books did I read, you may ask?

Not pictured: Tell the wind and Fire/// The Scorpio Races


~It Get's Worse by: Shane dawson {4/5}
~Catacomb by: Madeleine Roux {3.5/5}
~Sanctum by: Madeleine Roux {3/5}
~The Darkest Minds by: Alexandra Bracken {4.5/5}
~Whisper to Me by: Nick Lake {4/5}
~The Assassin's Blade by: Sarah J Mass {5/5}
~The Museum of Heartbreak by: Meg Leder {4/5}
~Tell the Wind and Fire by: Sarah Rees Brennan {3.5/5}
~The Scorpio Races by: Maggie Stiefvater {4/5}

I'll have my thoughts on the readathon books up soon, hopefully. (I don't want to spam everyone with reviews so there will be some reviews combined to form one post.)
Overall I'd say my reading month has been pretty successful!




This month I got a grand total of 7 books. {For under $40, too!} 
I went to Half Price Books for the first time EVER and got six out of the seven books. My experience was AMAZING and I'll hopefully be able to go back soon. (If only there was a HPB in my state.)  *le sigh*

I got:
{I also ordered a few books but they aren't here yet}

I've already read It Gets Worse and I really enjoyed it! 
On the right side of the picture are the books I got from Half Price Books. Burn for Burn and Die For Me were both 3 dollars (how can I pass that up?!?!) All the other books were under 10 dollars. Once I started putting books in my basket I couldn't stop. I... I went a little book crazy.






In the month of July I didn't post... that much. I believe I only got four posts in *cringes* The majority of my posts were reviews.






I'd also like to start sharing my favorite post(s) from the month. I read and ended up really loving this post from Jess of Princessica of Books.

The post is titled: "What Matters Most: # of books, pages, or quality?" and you can view it here! I 10/10 recommend checking it out!

Like I mentioned before, I participated in the Booktubeathon. Which means that I also participated in a few of the Instagram challenges. My favorite picture that I did had to be this one, though.





I think that's about all for this post! I didn't do much this month but I'm hoping to get tons of stuff done before I go back to school.

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!
=D


Review|| A Court of Wings and Ruin (and lot's of cringe) by: Sarah J Maas

I don't usually like to review sequels because then the review can't truly be spoiler free (which is a huge bummer). BUT I ha...