Unexpected Hiatus

I wanted to make a quick post to apologize for the lack of activity on my blog this last week or so. I recently started college and things have been quite busy to say the least! I unfortunately haven’t had a lot of time for blogging or even reading. I haven’t read a single page in 9 days!! I can’t remember the last time I’ve gone this long without reading. I really hope I’m able to be more active with my blogging and reading once I adjust to my new schedule.

Thanks for being understanding and you’ll hopefully be hearing from me again soon! ūüôā

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Friday Finds #13

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm where you spotlight books that you’ve recently added to your To Be Read list. Here are all the books I’ve added to my TBR on Goodreads in the past two weeks!


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What books have you added to your TBR recently? Do we share any of the same books? Comment down below or link me to your Friday Finds post!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #12

It's Monday What Are You Reading

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey where you share what you read in the past week, what you hope to read this week, and anything else in between!


Between¬†Monday, August 10 and now, I’ve completed the following:

Origin

  • Origin by Jessica Khoury – 2.5 or 3 stars

After reading 5 books last week for Booktube-A-Thon, I decided to take it easy this week so that’s why I ended up only finishing one¬†book. I would have liked to finish at least one more but that’s okay! This coming week and the next will be busy ones for me so I hope I’m able to get a good amount of reading done!

I started but didn’t finish:

Crown of Midnight

I started this one really late on Sunday night so I’m not that far into the book yet; I believe I’m on page 45 or so. I’m going to be continuing it today. I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens next in the series!

What I want to read next:

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These two books are ones that I really want to get to before the end of the month. I received Sacrificed for review and the¬†synopsis sounds¬†super intriguing.¬†I’m looking forward to reading it!¬†As for Heir of Fire, I plan on reading it sometime after finishing Crown of Midnight. I need to be caught up with the series by the time the fourth book comes out on September 1st!


Have you read any good books recently? What do you plan on reading next? Let me know in the comments!

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The Nostalgic Book Review Tag

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The Nostalgic Book Review Tag is a unique tag¬†created by CW @ Read, Think, Ponder. For this tag, you have to write a review for a book that you read at least 3 years ago. I wasn’t tagged by anyone but it looked like a lot of fun and I wanted to give it a go! For more information, check out the original post here.

There are three separate parts to the tag:

  1. The summary¬†‚ÄstTell us a little bit about the book and approximately when you read it.¬†Write a summary of the book you are reviewing without looking up anything about the book (whether it be from Google, Goodreads, or the book itself).
  2. The thoughts¬†‚Äď Share your thoughts on your chosen book.¬†Reflect and talk about what you thought of the book back¬†then.
  3. The epilogue¬†‚Äď Now go and look up the actual summary of the book. See what things you remembered correctly and which things you didn’t.

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Perfect Chemistry

Publication: December 23, 2008 by Walker Childrens

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 359

Series: Perfect Chemistry book #1

Read first: Approximately 5 years ago

Goodreads | B&N | Amazon | Book Depository

Summary

Perfect Chemistry is about two teenagers named Alex and Britney who are total opposites from one another. Alex is the bad boy type from the “bad side” of town and Britney is the rich girl who’s supposedly “perfect”. Against their wishes, they end up as partners for a school project for chemistry class.¬†Throughout the novel, they begin to realize that even though they have their differences, they also have a lot in common. They essentially go from driving each other crazy to being crazy for one another.


My Thoughts

WARNING: There is a spoiler in this section.¬†It is written in white text¬†and will not be seen if you don’t highlight the area specified. If you’re reading on mobile, the spoilers might still show up so proceed with caution.

I remember absolutely loving this book. I thought the romance was amazing and exciting. I enjoyed the characters, their back stories, and their interactions with one another. My best friend and I totally gushed¬†over¬†Alex and wished he was a real guy ‚Äď not a fictional character. Not only did I love the main characters, I remember loving one of Alex’s friends… whose name I’m drawing a blank on. I do know it started with a P. Maybe Pablo? Paolo? I also remember being shocked by the events near the end of the book.

For more spoilery details on what these events were, highlight the white space below to read it:

Alex’s friend Pablo/Paolo/Some P Name gets shot and killed near the end of the book. It took me by surprise and really made me sad because I liked his character a lot! I remember clearly that my best friend called me late at night after finishing the book and yelled at me because I didn’t warn her that he died.¬†Her reaction was pretty hilarious!

This is pretty much all I can remember about the book since I read it a really long time ago. I think I got the general gist of it down, but let’s see how well I did!


Epilogue

Goodreads summary:

When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created “perfect” life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she’s worked so hard for – her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect. Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.

It looks like I got the two main characters’ names right but spelled Brittany’s name wrong. Oops! There’s different ways to spell her name and I just couldn’t remember the correct one. It doesn’t say this in the summary, but I found out Alex’s friend’s name ‚Äď Paco. I knew it started with a P!

As for the plot, it looks like I got the main idea down! I did forget that Alex made a bet with his friends to get close with Brittany.¬†As for Alex being in a gang, I knew that there was something going on with a gang in the book but I didn’t think he was still affiliated with them. However, now that my memory was refreshed,¬†I clearly remember his involvement and I can’t believe I forgot!


Optional Q&A

1. Why do you think you remembered certain parts of the book, and not others?

I think I was only able to remember the main details because it’s been so long since I’ve read the book. Also, my memory can be a bit fuzzy.

2. If you read this book again, would you feel differently about it than you did before? Would you still like the book if you read it again? 

I don’t think I’d be able to enjoy it as much as I did when I was 14. My reading tastes have changed SO¬†much since then. While I still read contemporary, I tend to gravitate to fantasy a lot more these days. For the most part, I don’t really care for books that are all about the romance anymore. I’m more likely to read books that have a intricate plot and complex characters with some romance mixed in. If I had a blog or a Goodreads account when I first read this book, I probably would have given it 5 stars. If I read it again today, I don’t think I’d be giving it that high of a rating.

3. Would you reread this book?

For right now, I’d have to say no. I don’t really have any interest in rereading it at this time. I have a lot of other books that I would rather read. Maybe sometime in the future, I’ll give it another go just to see if I love it as much as I did in the past!


 I Tag:

Sorry if you’ve already done this tag or you don’t participate in tags. If I didn’t tag you, feel free to do the tag anyway! It’s a lot of fun!

The Rules:

  • Link back to Read Think Ponder‚Äôs post, so that the original rules are always accessible to anyone who is curious and wants to participate.
  • Remember: do not look up¬†your¬†book when writing its¬†Summary and Thoughts.
  • Acknowledge the person who tagged¬†you in your post.
  • Tag your friends and fellow bloggers ‚Äď it‚Äôs up to you how many!

Think about a book you’ve read and loved 3+ years ago. Do you still remember why you loved it? Do you think you’d still love it today? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Top Ten Tuesday | Most Read Authors

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish¬†in which you give ten answers to the topic for the week. To find a list of upcoming topics, go here. This week‚Äôs topic is “Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From“.¬†I had a lot of fun looking through my bookshelf and Goodreads to see how many books I’ve read by the same author. The following list shows the authors starting from the most read to the least read. I had to narrow them down and only pick ten!


1. Sara Shepard – 23 books

Sara Shepard

Sara Shepard has written¬†a lot of books¬†‚Äď and I’ve read almost all of them. I’ve read 17 books in¬†the Pretty Little Liars series¬†and all 6 books in The Lying Game series.¬†I was in my early teens when I read a majority of the books and I really loved them at the time!

Goodreads links: Pretty Little Liars (Book #1) | The Lying Game (Book #1)

2. Sarah Dessen – 12 books

Sarah Dessen

I’m pretty sure that I’ve read almost every single Sarah Dessen book! I think I started reading Dessen when I was 11 or 12. My best friend and I tore through all her books that were published at that time. We couldn’t get enough! I recently read her newest release this year and I’m so happy to say that I still love her writing! I’ll definitely be reading her future books.

Goodreads links: That Summer | Someone Like You | Keeping the Moon | Dreamland | This Lullaby | The Truth About Forever | Just Listen | Lock and Key | Along for the Ride | What Happened to Goodbye | The Moon and More | Saint Anything

3. J.K. Rowling – 11 books

J.K. Rowling

I have read all 7 books in the Harry Potter series plus the three companion novels: The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Quidditch Through the Ages, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I also read her Harvard commencement speech that was put into print form and called Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination.

Goodreads links:¬†Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Book #1)¬†| Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book #2) | Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book #3) | Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book #4) | Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book #5) | Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book #6) | Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hallows (Book #7) |¬†The Tales of Beedle the Bard | Quidditch Through the Ages | Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them |¬†Very Good Lives

4. Rick Riordan – 10 books

Rick Riordan

I’ve read two complete series by Rick Riordan and I actually just read them this year! I first read the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and then read The Heroes of Olympus series. While I really enjoyed PJO, I absolutely loved HoO. I highly recommend these books for people of all ages!

Goodreads links:¬†The Lightning Thief (Book #1) | The Sea of Monsters (Book #2) | The Titan’s Curse (Book #3) | The Battle of the Labyrinth (Book #4) | The Last Olympian (Book #5) | The Lost Hero (Book #1) | The Son of Neptune (Book #2) | The Mark of Athena (Book #3) | The House of Hades (Book #4) | The Blood of Olympus (Book #5)

5. Deb Caletti – 9 books

Deb Caletti

I primarily read these books¬†around the age of 13 or 14 and I really enjoyed them at the time. However, I read one of her more recent books last year and I didn’t really care for it. I guess my reading tastes have changed!

Goodreads links: The Queen of Everything | Honey, Baby, Sweetheart | Wild Roses | The Nature of Jade | The Fortunes of Indigo Skye | The Secret Life of Prince Charming | The Six Rules of Maybe | Stay | The Last Forever

6. Nicholas Sparks – 8 books

I was a big fan of Nicholas Sparks books (and their movies) a few years ago. That being said, I have read quite a few of his books. However, I haven’t seen or read any of his most recent movies or novels. I eventually want to though!

Goodreads links: The Notebook | A Walk to Remember | A Bend in the Road | The Wedding | Dear John | The Lucky One | The Last Song | Safe Haven

7. Jennifer L. Armentrout – 6 books (+1 novella)

Jennifer L. Armentrout

I read the entire Lux series last October and I loved it! It was a super fun series; one I’d like to reread in the future. I also read the novella that is part of this series, Shadows. In addition to that, I¬†read her standalone novel, Don’t Look Back,¬†in October 2014 and enjoyed it as well!

Goodreads links:¬†Obsidian (Book #1)¬†| Onyx (Book #2) | Opal (Book #3) | Origin (Book #4) | Opposition (Book #5) |¬†Shadows¬†(Book #0.5) | Don’t Look Back¬†

8. Morgan Matson / Katie Finn – 6 books

Morgan Matson

I decided to include Morgan Matson and Katie Finn together since they’re technically the same person (Katie Finn is Morgan Matson’s pen name). I read the Top 8 series by Katie Finn back before Morgan Matson had any books published. I didn’t realize they were the same person until after I read some¬†of Morgan Matson’s books!

Goodreads links: Top 8 ¬†(Book #1) | What’s Your Status? (Book #2) | Unfriended (Book #3) | Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour¬†| Second Chance Summer | Since You’ve Been Gone

9. Stephenie Meyer – 5 books

Stephenie Meyer

I read and was obsessed with Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga back when I was 12 or so. I went through a stage where I was super into vampires. So of course, I read and watched all the movies. Looking back, the series wasn’t the greatest but I really enjoyed it at the time. In May of 2014 I read Meyer’s adult novel, The Host, which was so much better than Twilight in my opinion. I really, really enjoyed it!

Goodreads links: Twilight (Book #1) | New Moon (Book #2) | Eclipse (Book #3) | Breaking Dawn (Book #4) | The Host

10. Simone Elkeles – 5 books

Simone Elkeles

I read the first two books in the Perfect Chemistry series¬†probably when I was around 13 or 14 and¬†the Leaving Paradise duology around the same time. More recently, I read Better Than Perfect (originally called Wild Cards) and I didn’t like it at all.¬†I guess that’s more evidence towards how much my reading tastes have changed over the years.

Goodreads links: Perfect Chemistry (Book #1) | Rules of Attraction (Book #2) | Leaving Paradise (Book #1) | Return to Paradise (Book #2) | Better Than Perfect


What authors have you read the most books by? Let me know in the comments or link me to your TTT post!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #11

It's Monday What Are You Reading

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey where you share what you read in the past week, what you hope to read this week, and anything else in between! Since I missed last week, this post will discuss what I read in the last two weeks.


Between Monday, July 27th and Monday, August 3rd I completed the following books:

Last 3 reads (35)

  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – 4/5 stars
  • The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton – 3/5 stars
  • The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare – 4/5 stars

I usually only read 2 books a week so I was super glad I was able to finish 3! Throne of Glass was a reread for me and I enjoyed it as much as I did the first time around. I’m looking forward to reading books 2 and 3 hopefully this month before book 4 comes out in September! The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender was definitely very strange. I’m not quite sure how I felt about the book so that’s why I gave it a rating that’s somewhere in the middle. The Iron Trial was surprisingly really good! I’d been hearing not-so-great things about it ‚Ästmostly people saying it was a Harry Potter copy cat. While there were some similarities, I don’t think the two novels have that much in common. I really enjoyed the plot and the characters are ones I think I can come to love. I’m looking forward to the sequel’s release in September!

Between Monday, August 3rd and now, I’ve completed the following books:

BTAT Wrap Up

This past week was Booktube-A-Thon and I ended up reading a lot of books! I’m so proud of myself for reading as much as I did. For more on the books I read check out my read-a-thon wrap up here and my daily updates here.

What I want to read next:

I have numerous books checked out from the library plus I really want to read Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas before Queen of Shadows is released on September 1st. I also have a book for review that I need to get to soon. That being said, I’m not quite sure what I’ll be reading next!


Have you read any good books recently? What do you plan on reading next? Let me know in the comments!

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Booktube-A-Thon 2015 | Wrap Up

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From Monday, August 3rd to Sunday, August 9th I participated in Booktube-A-Thon¬†‚Äď a week long read-a-thon hosted by Ariel Bissett on Youtube. I had such a fun time¬†reading and also participating in the sprints that were being held by the various hosts¬†on Twitter. Even though I didn’t complete all the challenges, I am still super happy with what I managed to read during the week! I’ll definitely be participating in Booktube-A-Thon the next time it’s being held!


Books Finished

BTAT Wrap Up

I’m so proud of myself for finishing¬†5 books in one week!! Usually it’s a miracle if I’m able to complete 3. My favorite book of these 5 would have to be The Heart of Betrayal. It was such a fantastic sequel and, in my opinion, even better than the first book. My least favorite book I read was A Study in Scarlet. I used it for the challenge “finish a book without letting go of it” and since it was only 115 pages, I thought it’d be a breeze. However, the font size was tiny and it ended up taking me forever to finish it. I had to eat, drink, and even use the bathroom while holding on to the book! Not a very fun time.

Total Read: 5 books / 1,446 pages


Challenges Completed

  1. Read a book with blue on the cover ‚Äď Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan
  2. Read a book by an author who shares the same first letter of your last name ‚Äď A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
  3. Read someone else’s favorite book ‚Äď The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  4. Read the last book you acquired ‚Äď El Deafo by Cece Bell
  5. Finish a book without letting go of it ‚Äď A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. Read a book you really want to read ‚Äď The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

I’m so proud of myself for completing 6 of the 7 challenges!! The only one I didn’t do was to read 7 books¬†because there was no way that was going to happen.


 Daily Updates

Instead of including my daily updates in my wrap up, I created a separate post dedicated to them. If you’re interested, check them out by clicking here.


If you participated in Booktube-A-Thon, how did you do? Did you complete all the challenges? Let me know in the comments or link me to your wrap up!

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Stacking The Shelves #7

Stacking The Shelves Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga‚Äôs Reviews¬†where you¬†share the books you’ve¬†added to your shelves recently. This can include¬†books that you‚Äôve bought, borrowed, or received as gifts/for review, whether they be physical books or eBooks.


For Review

Sacrificed

I was sent an eBook copy of this book for review and I’m planning to read it sometime this month.¬†It sounds really interesting so I hope I end up liking it!

Bought

STS

This week I visited a discount outlet that has a HUGE¬†selection of books for really cheap. I ended up getting the two books above in hardcover and looking brand new for only $1.99 each! That’s such an amazing deal!! I’ll definitely be going back to that store soon.

Library Books

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This week (like pretty much every week) I visited my local library and picked up some books. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to finish all of these books before they’re due back, but I’m going to try! I already read The Heart of Betrayal¬†and I really, really enjoyed it. What a fantastic sequel!


What books have you added to your shelves recently? Which book are you most excited to read? Let me know in the comments or link me to your Stacking The Shelves post!

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Friday Finds #12

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm where you spotlight books that you’ve recently added to your To Be Read list. Here are all the books I’ve added to my TBR on Goodreads this week!


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What books have you added to your TBR recently? Do we share any of the same books? Comment down below or link me to your Friday Finds post!

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Waiting on Wednesday #3

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Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by¬†Breaking The Spine¬†where you share one book that hasn’t been published yet that you’re really looking forward to. I haven’t participated in this meme for a really long time (about 3 months)¬†so I’m excited to jump back in!


Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Illuminae

Publication Date: October 20, 2015

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Series: The Illuminae Files #1

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 608

Pre-order: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository

Synopsis:¬†This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing¬†she’d¬†have to do.¬†This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival¬†mega corporations¬†are at war over a planet that‚Äôs little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the¬†universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra‚ÄĒwho are barely even talking to each other‚ÄĒare forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what‚Äôs really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents‚ÄĒincluding emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more‚ÄĒIlluminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.


Why I’m Excited

I really love when books deviate from the norm in the way the story is told. Based on the synopsis, I think I’m really going to enjoy this book. It looks like the authors are going to incorporate some really cool things like medical reports, military files, interviews, schematics, etc. to help tell their story.

I’m so jealous of those who have received ARCs of this book and have gotten the chance to read it. I’ve heard such amazing things from reviewers so far and it’s making me want the book even more! I’ve entered so many giveaways it’s kind of ridiculous. That being said, if you have an extra copy you don’t know what to do with, hit me up. ūüėČ


What’s one book you absolutely can’t wait for? Let me know in the comments or link me to your Waiting on Wednesday post!

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