My Weekly Update Week: 1

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We got through another week, happy Sunday! I don’t know about anyone else, but I really need a long weekend soon! This is just a weekly post that I’m starting that has this weeks book info all in one little post so let’s get into it!

Life Update:

I don’t know about everyone else, but this week in classes has really been making me stressed, I feel like I constantly have homework that is never ending and everything is so hard. Hopefully it will all work out in the long run and it’ll all be worth it!

I also feel like I’ve been slowly getting out of my reading slump! I just got done reading an arc by Jennifer L. Armentrout (a review will be out in October 😉 ) and I couldn’t put it down! I was reading it walking to classes, before I went to bed, while I was eating dinner, It was so good!

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This Weeks Blog Posts:

1.) King Lear by: Shakespeare Review (click here to read)

2.) Tag Tuesday Get to Know Me (click here to read)

3.) Blog Interview opportunity (click here to read)

Be sure to check out any of those posts if you haven’t read them and are interested!

This Week in Bookstagram:

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On the topic of Bookstagram posts, I’m conflicted. I love books and I love talking about them, and I have a Tumblr (pugs-n-books) that I have lots of fun on. I also have a Bookstagram, but I feel like it’s constant maintenance and work to keep it up, and my pictures are never the best. I just don’t have as much fun with that as I do with my other socials. Should I delete my Bookstagram and make a Twitter? I’ve  seen so many bloggers on Twitter that I want to talk to from a business standpoint and I don’t want to do it off my personal. Is it easier or more fun? Let me know below.

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Books That I Have Read This Week:

I started reading I’ll Give You the Sun By: Jandy Nelson this week! And this is what my copy looks like!

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I hope you all have enjoyed your week and that this week is full of positive thoughts and vibes!

Thank you so much for reading!

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King Lear By: Shakespeare Review

Welcome back to another review! Today I’m talking about King Lear, which is a Shakespeare play. I had to read this for one of my English classes that I’m taking this fall so I thought, why not review it? So here we are, and lets get right into it!

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Author: Shakespeare

Pages: 316 (the translation I read)

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

“Who is it that can tell me who I am?”

So I’ve read some Shakespeare in my time, I’ve read Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, The Tempest, and King Lear. If I had to rate these on a scale it would go:
1.) Hamlet

2.) The Tempest

3.) Macbeth

4.) King Lear

5.) Romeo and Juliet

I’ve also only read his tragedies other than The Tempest now that I look at it. I’m not going to lie, I went into the class thinking I would hate it because it would be so boring and a waste of my time, but I did actually end up enjoying it. I did find some parts of the story really funny and I found myself enjoying it more as it went on. I still found a lot of it annoying and some parts made literally no sense, but I have read worse by him.

For starters, none of this would have happened if Lear decided to not give up his throne. Literally not a single bad thing would have happened if he kept being king, and maybe bad stuff would have happened if he died or something? I don’t know, I found his character to be annoying the whole time, and I understand that there is this deep philosophical reasoning for his character being the way he was and there’s a million theories about Lear out there. I just didn’t like him, even when he was supposed to have this whole “redeeming moment” at the end of the play,  I just didn’t care what happened to him.

I also didn’t like it Edmund at allllllllll, I straight up hated him from the first second that he was introduced I was so annoyed. Everything that he said or thought about made me roll my eyes so severely. I do want to give Shakespeare a round of applause for writing characters that I hate so much. I also thought that the story seemed rushed at parts?? Maybe that was just me, and I do understand it’s a play, but for some reason I thought this play was longer?

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I did like a few things though, I LOVED Cordelia, she was only in this play for like 14 seconds, but every time she spoke I was living for it. I loved when Lear asked how much his daughters love him and she literally replied with “nothing” which was an exact quote from her! I also love when she found out how petty her sisters were being she brought a whole army from France to fight them.

I did find myself laughing at things, and I felt sad at others, and overall I did think it was fun and super easy to read. I enjoyed most of he characters, and I found that this play had a deep meaning to everything. I really enjoy that in his tragedies he gets into some really dark conversations, especially when you think about the time period that these were being written and performed in. And knowing meeeee this play (and most of his plays) have the most beautiful quotes ever and I love a lot of them.

Overall, in my personal opinion I found this to be one of my least favorite plays by him, but I did enjoy it for the smaller things and I did like it more than I thought I would. And I just think that it’s SO ridiculous that Cordelia wasn’t in it more because I LOVE her character!!

Thank you so much for reading, and let me know what you think below!

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Tag Tuesday!

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It’s a new week and I’m back at it with the tag posts! I haven’t done this one yet and I haven’t been tagged but it looked interesting so let’s get right into it!

The Rules:

1.) Thank the person that nominated you and leave a link to their blog (I wasn’t tagged)

2.) Answer the 10 questions asked on this post

3.) I saw this post on Ally Writes Things!

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TOP 3 BOOK PET PEEVES 

1.) Girl on girl hate: I am so sick of reading YA and girl characters are constantly being sneaky, yelling at other girls for no reason, degrading each other, etc. We can all support each other and talk about what’s wrong with each other instead of plastering text messages on a locker or something.

2.) When they do a cover change in a middle of a series: Please stop doing this! I can own 3 books in a six book series and they decide ti completely revamp the whole series by book 4 and then none of my books match and it give me such a headache! To tie into that, the ugly book covers from like the mid 2000’s where all YA covers had a girl in a ballgown dress on the cover in black and white, if that happens then yes, please revamp lol.

3.) You’re not like other girls: I talk about this so often! Please I beg you, stop putting this line in YA books when the guy is talking to a girl and he gives her all these sweet compliments and then a “you’re not like other girls.” What is wrong with being other girls? There’s nothing wrong with having the same interests as others. Idk I always found it obnoxious and weird and I hate it.

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FAVORITE READING SPOT: I like to read in quiet places like a library, and I hate reading in my bed because I can never focus enough to read. I would say my most favorite spot is lounging on my boyfriend reading while he plays a game because it’s super comforting.

TOP 3 READING CONFESSIONS 

1.) Sometimes when I read a book and it’s just pages and pages of a character thinking and not doing anything or talking to anyone I will skip pages. I know the horror!

2.) Just because I didn’t like a book for certain reasons does not mean I will attack someone else for liking them. Like just because someone likes Twilight when I think they’re stupid does not give you the right to send hate to that person, they’re just enjoying books like the rest of us!!! And that goes for all books.

3.) This is more of a personal problem, but I hate when I buy a fantasy book and I find out when I finish it I have to wait a year for the next one, and another year for the next one, but I just want to read it immediately! Does anyone else have this problem where they read books so fast and then they have to wait so long for the next one?

 

LAST TIME I CRIED DURING A BOOK: I cannot remember a time when I actually cried while reading a book, I think the last was the first time I read ACOWAR and every time after it by Sarah J. Maas. The ending had me so shook and I thought my favorite character died just like that and I remember I just kept ugly crying because I was so mad!

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NUMBER OF BOOKS ON MY BEDSIDE TABLE: On I believe, It’s a Jandy Nelson book but I forgot which one!

FAVORITE READING SNACK: Goldfish are so easy to snack on while reading and they don’t leave stains on my hand like chips do!

3 BOOKS I WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANYONE:

1.) The Acotar series by Sarah J. Maas

2.) 11/22/63 by Stephen King

3.) Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

 

HOW MUCH TO BOOKS MEAN TO ME:

Books have helped shaped me as a person, I love them and they are incredibly important to me and mean more than I could describe to a normal person.

BIGGEST READING SECRET:

I am the HUGEST fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux series! I know so many people think it’s cringy and awful but I am literally obsessed with it.

A PICTURE OF MY BOOKSHELVES:

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Here’s  a current low quality picture of what it looks like at the moment!

That’s all for today, thank you so much for reading!

 

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What Posts Are Coming This Week + Blog Interview Opportunity

I finally have written out for my blog posts for the week!

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So just to let you know what is to come this week:

Tomorrow: A tag Tuesday post (I have yet to figure out which one yet!)

Wednesday: King Lear review

Friday: Top 5 favorite Friday (this week is contemporary)

Sunday: This weeks wrap up

 

So be on the look out for all of those posts! I am tired of never uploading as often as I would like because I procrastinate. This website is important to me so I want to be able to post on it as much as I would like because I was previously afraid that I was posting too much (which sounds ridiculous I know lol).

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Now for the fun part. I’ve been wanting to do a book blog interview for the longest time! Basically I interview a fellow book blogger because I feel like I don’t know enough people in the community so I want to get to know people better. I also don’t have the largest following, but I want to give others the chance to have a spot on my blog to promote their own. I just think it’s important that as a community we support one another!

So if you are interested in being interviewed for my blog, just let me know below saying you are interested and why, and I will pick one person and then contact you with some questions, you can send me a picture of yourself and what your blog is like etc.

So just leave a comment below and let me know if you are interested!

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Goodreads: Brie Garbin

Green Borders: Off a free downloadable site from Pinterest

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My Most Anticipated Fall 2018 Reads

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Today we’re talking about what books I’m most excited for this fall! I’m a very happy person because SOOOO many good books are all coming out weeks within each other and I know that my reading slump will disappear quickly because I’m obviously going to read them all at once. These are in no particular order other than the first one I will mention.

1.) Kingdom of Ash by: Sarah J. Maas

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So this is the final book in the Throne of Glass series. When I tell you guys how excited I am for this book I TRULY MEAN IT. I swear I have been counting down the days until I can physically have this book in my hand, and then I can read all 1,000 pages over night and then re-read it and cry a bunch. I truly am so excited about this book I may pass out!!! It’s the conclusion to this series, on Sarah’s Instagram she said it’s 1,000 pages and I know that not every character can live, it won’t be realistic, so someone will die and ya girl is not ready and I need this book now. I won’t leave a synopsis for this one in case others haven;t read the books yet because it does have spoilers in it. BUT I AM SO E X C I T E D.

Release date: October 23rd

2.) Kiss Me in Paris By: Katharine Rider

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This book is essentially about our main character Serena and she’s visiting Paris and has her whole trip planned out down to what pictures she’s going to take. She runs into a french student named Jean-Luc and he’s just trying to pass his photography class. Then romance ensues as they argue a ton, do cute dates, and everything in between.

Does this sound like the most groundbreaking YA novel ever? No. But you know what I do love? A good contemporary stand alone romance, especially in the fall time.

Release date: September 4th, 2018

 

3.) Nightingale By: Amy Lukavics

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So I would try and describe the synopsis to you guys, but it’s so odd and vague and there’s no way that I can do it justice so I’m just going to leave the Goodreads synopsis here:

At seventeen, June Hardie is everything a young woman in 1951 shouldn’t be—independent, rebellious, a dreamer. June longs to travel, to attend college and to write the dark science fiction stories that consume her waking hours. But her parents only care about making June a better young woman. Her mother grooms her to be a perfect little homemaker while her father pushes her to marry his business partner’s domineering son. When June resists, her whole world is shattered—suburbia isn’t the only prison for different women…

June’s parents commit her to Burrow Place Asylum, aka the Institution. With its sickening conditions, terrifying staff and brutal “medical treatments,” the Institution preys on June’s darkest secrets and deepest fears. And she’s not alone. The Institution terrorizes June’s fragile roommate, Eleanor, and the other women locked away within its crumbling walls. Those who dare speak up disappear…or worse. Trapped between a gruesome reality and increasingly sinister hallucinations, June isn’t sure where her nightmares end and real life begins. But she does know one thing: in order to survive, she must destroy the Institution before it finally claims them all.

This one wasn’t even on my most exciting list until recently when I read the synopsis and it has me SO intrigued. It leaves me with a lot of questions that I need and want to find out so I have to pick it up

Release date: October 1st, 2018

 

4.) Muse of Nightmares by: Laini Taylor

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This is the second book to her first one Strange the Dreamer. That was the first book I ever read by her and it had A LOT of mixed reviews. 50 percent was obsessed with it and 50 percent hated it, it was mostly the writing style is very complex to get into but I LOVED that book and it ended on the most ridiculous cliff hanger and you guys have no idea how excited I am to get this book. Here is the Goodreads synopsis:

In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.

Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice—save the woman he loves, or everyone else?—while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she’s capable of.

As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel’s near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?

Release date: October 2nd

 

5.) The Darkest Star by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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I’m just really excited for this one because I don’t really know if it’s a spinoff series, or a novella, or has nothing to do with her previous series, but I did love her Lux series a lot and knowing she’s coming out with another book in that world makes my heart SO happy!! I also for some reason really love this cover!

Here is the Goodreads synopsis:

When seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher is caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen…but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she’d only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head…

Release date: October 30th

 

So as you can see these all basically come out in October which means for that whole month I’ll just be reading a whole lot. It’s also the season for fantasies if you couldn’t tell. There are a lot more books that I’m super excited about so let me know if you want to see a part 2!

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Book to Movie Thoughts + Review!

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I know! How crazy is it that so many Young Adult novels are turning into movies and TV shows??? I’m here for it because then it get’s people out to go support the authors by buying their books and it keeps book stores open and we get to see our favorite characters come to life and it’s overall good for everyone.

Today I’m talking about the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before movie! For those of you who don’t know what book that is:

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It’s an incredible (now trilogy) YA series written by Jenny Han. This book is about Lara Jean who is essentially a quiet high school girl just living her life quietly. She has a box full of letters to “all the boys she’s loved before” whether it be someone she went to homecoming with, or someone she shouldn’t have liked like her sisters boyfriend. One day these letters are mysteriously shipped and she finds herself confused as she has to put all the pieces of her life back together. And of course in between all that she finds herself falling for someone special.

That’s just my own description, you can always look up the synopsis on Goodreads or on google in general 🙂

So even before this book became popular it was one of my favorite contemporary YA books that I read because it had all kinds of  representation in it, I thought the characters were super sweet and lovable, and every time I read the book it just left me with smiles on my face. Although this book has some cliches that I don’t like in YA books (here’s a link to YA tropes that I hate that I wrote in 2016 so it’s a little outdated but a new one is coming soon) I still found myself enjoying it. I believe that it’s because Jenny Han has this incredible talent of making everything she writes magically readable, like if she wrote a book about how to build cabinets I would still enjoy it because I love her writing.

Onto the movie now, of course there are things that don’t match the book to the movie, but I found that they were so small it didn’t even bother me in the slightest.

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And let’s not forget the incredible people playing our favorite actors. Lara Jean is played by Lana Condor, and Peter Kavinsky is played by Noah Centineo. And if I’m going to be entirely honest, I think that they played them perfectly. Everything about their performances were perfect to  the characters that I loved in the book series. They added their own little twists and I love everything about them. let’s also not forgot about how both Lara Jean’s character and Lana Condor’s fashion and personality is iconic, like she can pull anything and everything off. These two just had so much chemistry on screen and off screen, I fully support their bff status in real life it’s adorable.

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I think if you haven’t read the trilogy yet, you need too because they are adorable and fun to read. If you just want to watch the movie, Netflix is streaming it so you can watch it there! It’s fully worth all of your time to watch it. Even if you haven’t read the series you should go watch it anyway to support the people in it and the book community so we can get the second movie. This is the perfect type of movie to watch with the fall weather being here (at least in my state). This is also perfect to watch if you’re feeling down because everything about it from the actors/actresses, to the music, to the story, everything about it will cheer you up and make you feel lots of happiness. Go check out their Instagram’s, and talk about the movie all over social media because It deserves all the praise that it’s getting 100 percent.

Overall everything about this movie I enjoyed, I loved the books, and I love this movie and I hope that a second one happens so we can see for Lana and Noah in our lives!

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Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas review!

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Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Published: August 7th, 2018

Pages: 384

Rating: (UmmMmMMmMmMmM currently undecided)

Okay so here we are today doing another review (yayyyyyy back on schedule). I’m just really conflicted about this book because I love Sarah J. Maas with my whole existence and usually all of her books (even the not so good ones) are usually 3 stars or higher for me. This book took me SO long to read, like it basically took me the whole month of August for me because I could only read like 2 chapters in a day. So when I finish a book I almost always have a clear vision in my mind on what I want to rate it. When I finished this one I had (and still don’t) any clue on how to rate it. Like obviously it gets one extra star because I love her but I can’t decide if I think it should be rated 2 or 3 stars in my personal opinion. I think I just need a few days to think on it because I literally just finished it like 30 minutes ago and I went straight into reviewing it here.

Enough of the rant, let’s get into the book itself. I will admit that the Marvel series is 10x better than the DC universe, but I do think that the female DC “villains” are very interesting. I was very excited going into this book, but I feel like for a huge chunk of this book, it was just so slow to read about. It was setting up a lot of plot and character development which I understand, but like in her previous books (where learning the plot is interesting) learning about the plot in this book just seemed like it took forever and it wasn’t even that interesting. I also felt like she didn’t even go into detail, like the character Selina mentioned that she went to the league of assassins, but she never went into details, there were some flashbacks mentioned but I kind of wish that some of this book took place of her being in the actual school.

Then, I found Batwing SO bland, like I swear his character had the personality of a cardboard box. He did have a backstory, he served in the marines and almost lost his life and he had severe ptsd because of it. I do think that because of that, it gave him some depth, but other than that, every time he talked I was so bored. I thought that Selina had an interesting back story and I thought it was interesting how her motivation was her love for her sister and the ones she cares about and that’s why she did everything she did. I think it’s an interesting take to have for a villain.

Another complaint I had was Batwing and Catwoman’s relationship! I felt like it was so rushed and came out of nowhere? Like I swear they ate pizza once and suddenly he was kissing her and I was like oh I guess we’re doing this now. And then something else that annoys me is the cover. Like the cover is literally so annoying to look at, it looks like photo-shop and clip art. Which I guess isn’t a big deal because you can’t judge a book by it’s cover but compared to her other book covers, It’s meh.

My final complaint was the ending. It was so stereotypical and bland, I could see that ending coming from a mile a way. I felt like it was supposed to be this huge plot twist, but I predicted it from like page 30, and on top of that all was well and had this huge happy ending that is so unrealistic. And I understand it’s a book about superhero’s so it won’t be that realistic, but I just felt like this was every stereotypical ending that happens in every book.

There were some positives though, the characters referenced a Queen song while robbing a place and I thought that was funny. I also thought it was funny how Batman would literally call Batwing and be like “what the hell is going on” idk why but I found that hilarious. I also think the Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, and Cat-woman trio was such an iconic trio. Putting the 3 of them together wrecking havoc made the book iconic for that reason alone.

Overall I guess I’m just feeling meh about this book, I really don’t know how to rate it yet, and I don’t know how I felt about it as a whole. I just felt like the story was predictable and all the characters and story were meh, and I just didn’t love it. Maybe I’m just feeling disappointed because her other books are such a high standard for me and this one was average and because of that it had me disappointed. Have any of you read this yet? How did you feel about it?

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