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Help! Which Book Subscription Box?

Hey, what’s up fellow bookworms? Let’s discuss BOOK SUBSCRIPTION BOXES! I’ve been pondering whether or not to sign up for them, but before I do, I wanted other book lover’s opinions.

therightbrand1I’ll basically read any YA book you hand me, haha. Not that I limit myself to reading nothing other than this genre, but I generally prefer it. Almost all subscription boxes either are young adult or young adult is one of the options, so this hasn’t been hard to find.

therightbrand2Subscription boxes are *pretty* expensive, we all must admit. Although the thrill of a new book along with fun bookish items delivered to your doorstep every month, is definitely worth it. I’ve found that the prices can range from around 20-40 dollars, but usually hang at thirty. I’ve been looking for something that is under thirty,  that doesn’t only come with a book.
therightbrandThere are seriously so many brands to pick from! I read everyone’s unboxing posts all the time; I love learning about a new book sub brand, and the contents. I’ve found that Uppercase is twenty three USD per a box, and comes with a signed novel plus 1-2 bookish items…I’ve found this has been the best deal so far!

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Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

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Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publication date: 12/03/2013

Pages: 368

“The Lemony Snicket author convincingly inhabits the mind of Min, a teenage girl reeling from her first heartbreak. This poignant, bittersweet novel centers on a box of objects infused with memories of her brief, unforgettable love.”

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This is the box, Ed.

Inside is everything.

Two bottle caps,

a movie ticket from Greta in the Wild,

a note from you,

a box of matches,

your protractor,

Joan’s book,

the stolen sugar,

a toy truck,

those ugly earrings,

a comb from the motel,

and the rest of it.

This is it, Ed.

The whole story of why we broke up.

The thing is with your heart’s desire is that your heart doesn’t even know what it desires until it turns up. -Daniel Handler, Why We Broke Up

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For the record, I’ve never been very interested in contemporary novels (unless it’s Morgan Matson). But even Matson’s books aren’t solely romance; they’re focused around family and friendships also. When it’s not, things just gets tiring for me…I reached about three quarters through until I skipped to read one of the last chapters (I know, awful). On the contrary, Handler’s writing itself is some of the best I’ve ever found in a young adult novel, but the topic just wasn’t in my interest.

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I didn’t find Min very likable at all; Ed, and Al (her best friend) were okay, but everyone else in the book was basically just a major side character. Of course, because Min is narrating the story about every item in the box, the book is generally very focused around those three characters, which makes sense I guess. Besides that, the whole box idea is really unique and wonderful, and so was the artwork; those things were basically what motivated me to pick up Why We Broke Up. As Asia @LostArtofReading put it..I think it might’ve been me, not the book this time.

♥ Share your opinion on the novel ♥

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Let’s welcome this new blogger

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Hey awesome readers! I’m feeling so off track lately; I have so many books to review, but have been avoiding doing so with tags, and whatever….But hey, I’ll be releasing the review for the Printz award winning novel Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler on Valentines Day!

Without further ado let me introduce you to my best friend Kimberly’s new writing blog!

As I said before, she will be publishing her own short stories, as well as writing tips. Given she just started the blog a couple days ago, there isn’t a whole lot of content on it yet, although it’s not completely empty, so she’d appreciate it so much if you checked it out. (Remember when we first started our blogs, and how excited we’d be when we received some of our first likes or followers?!) Okay so that may have been sort of a guilt trip there, but I do have a valid point :))

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So dear readers, please help give her blog a little jump start by CLICKING THE BUTTON above! P.S. I’d like to give a shout out to Emily @TheIslandofMe for checking out The Writing Recipes a couple days ago…Thank you!

Would you ever start a writing blog like Kimberly’s? Pssst! 10% off everything @Barnes & Noble…

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The Mortal Instruments: TV Series (season 2 review)

Hello to all of you readers! Today we’re discussing the Shadowhunters (Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare) television series because…season two has been released! Being a huge fan of the book series, last year I had decided to try the show, and ended up enjoying it. There is a movie based on the first book, City of Bones, although I personally prefer the show.

If you have not yet read Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, I highly recommend you do. Considering? Check out our review here.

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The improvement in the show compared to season 1 is incredible! I have to confess that I did get pretty bored during season 1, but the new episodes are way more action packed. The characters’ personalities are more clearly identified now that you’ve got used to them, so the story gets more into depth now.

However, I would have given season 2 a much higher rating if the show followed the book plot line better. It stays somewhat relative to it, although they definitely added a handful of new characters, and a few unfamiliar events. Overall though, they are doing a great job with season 2, and I hope they continue to produce for many more.

Have you watched yet? What are your thoughts on the show and/or book?

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Get Books Cheaper

Hey everyone! I apologize for my small break from blogging; free time seems to slip by lately.

It’s no secret that shopping for books at Barnes & Noble can sometimes get a little pricier than you had expected…despite this, we all pay the price because an addition to the shelf is always worth it. Although, keep in mind that there are other options besides the book store.

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When you visit the public library, remember to swing by the sale rack before you leave. (Also known as the collection of used library books.) Once you take off the plastic jacket, the books are usually in great condition. At my library, the price for a book ranges from free to fifty cents; um, yes please!

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Check the ‘New and Used’ choice on Barnes and Noble when you’re ordering books. My only concern is with the shipping time, considering that they come from different locations around the U.S.A. I have not personally purchased any, however I did receive The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time for my birthday (in perfect condition).

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Look out for sales on Amazon while book shopping! Usually books are the same price as Barnes and Noble on Amazon, but I have found that sometimes the prices can drop very low, especially if you look at the various sellers.

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Just A Few of My Books From These Sources:

The Selection (Selection Series #1)To Kill a MockingbirdMockingjay (Hunger Games Series #3)Catching Fire (Hunger Games Series #2)Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Total Cost: $1.50

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Celebrating the Little Things tag

Hi! Thank you @TravelingInsideBooks for tagging me. (Please go check out her blog!) I honestly don’t know why, but the theme seems to be emojis today, haha.

Who was your very first follower (if you can find them?) Tag them and give them a shout out!

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Back in June I had my very first follower, which was Senna @TheRacket-RotterChronicles! I was pretty happy…I was so amazed that someone actually wanted to read what I wrote. 🙂

What was the last milestone you reached?

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Back in the summer, I had set a goal that I visioned to accomplish by 2017. The goal was receiving over 100 followers, and it did come true, all thanks to my readers.

What was the very first post you posted on your blog? Share it with us!

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I believe it was the preset ‘Hello World‘ post, featuring my writing about how I was super new to blogging, technologically lost, etcetera.

Who was your most recent follower? Tag them and give them a shout out!

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Paper Pen Scribbles, I appreciate your follow!!

What was the last post you posted and who was the very first person who took their time to click the like button? Give them a shout out!

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My last post was a book review for It’s All Your Fault by Paul Rudnick, and the first liker was Sophia @Of Pens and Paper. Thank you Sophia!

Do you have any bloggers you’re friends with? Give them a shout out.

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None that I personally know, but I have met countless awesome bloggers across the web, it’s crazy. I did do a collab blog post with Megan @BookslayerReads awhile back. Plus my best friend has access to this blog, if she is ever is in the mood to blog about something…maybe sometime soon 🙂

Who originally created the last meme or tag you participated in? Give them a shout out!

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It was the Beauty and the Beast book tag, created by Kirsty @Kirsty and the Cat Read.

(I originally guessed at how many people I was supposed to tag, but I have figured out it is 10, so you may notice I added few people!) I tag:

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Jasmine @HowUsefulItIs

Newt @Scamander’s Suitcase

Debby @AlwaysBooking

Sophie @StarryEyedStudent

Karen @GeekSneakPeek

Birchsilver @OfPensandPaper

Alex @WhimsyPages

Emma @BooksForgetMeNot

The Orangutang Library

Bye for now!

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It’s All Your Fault by Paul Rudnick

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Pages: 304

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Released: January 26th, 2016

Praise: “Paul Rudnick makes me lie hysterical on the floor, screeching with laughter and sobbing with fury that I can’t write the way he does.” – E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars

Hey, today I will be book reviewing It’s All Your Fault by Paul Rudnick. I had randomly selected it at the public library, and especially given that it is a fairly new novel, I had never heard of it before. Despite that, I decided that it was worth a try, based on the fascinating yet hilarious cover and book sleeve blurb.

Below is the quoted book sleeve blurb in replacement of the summary I normally write, for the sake of giving away no spoilers.

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“My name is Caitlin and up until forty-eight hours ago I had never:

Tasted alcohol, kissed a boy, sang in public at the top of my lungs, kidnapped anyone or—WHAT? STOLEN A CONVERTIBLE?

Now I’m in jail and I have no idea what I’m going to tell:

The police, my parents, the mayor, all of those camera crews and everyone on Twitter.

I have just noticed that:

My nose is pierced and I have—WAIT? IS THAT A TATTOO?

I blame one person for this entire insane weekend:

My famous cousin.

Who is also my former best friend.

Who I have HATED for the past four years.

Who I miss like crazy. NO I DON’T!!!!

IT’S ALL YOUR FAULT, HELLER HARRIGAN!!!!”

-Paul Rudnick, author of It’s All Your Fault

 

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I enjoyed this more than I thought I would; I gave it such a high rating because it was generally hilarious throughout the book. The dynamic between the two main characters were the perfect mix: an uptight nerdy country girl, and a diva popstar who soaks in all the attention. It’s a fun, lighthearted book, that you’ll flip through eagerly wanting to know what drama happens to the girls next.

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Comment what you think!

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hello everyone, Happy New Year! I don’t normally write movie reviews, but let’s make an exception and talk about…Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I saw this highly anticipated film a few months ago, along with some fellow J.K. Rowling fanatics, and I had been so excited.

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A few viewers are unsatisfied with the film because it simply ‘ is not Harry Potter’; this is understandable, because after reading eight novels based on this certain character, we do tend to get quite attached (haha).  Personally, I found all the new characters very likable, plus, some of the ‘fantastic beasts’, were quite adorable.

Again, although it isn’t Harry Potter, there are many Easter eggs hidden throughout the movie, as well as a couple references to Albus Dumbledore, Hogwarts, and The Ministry of Magic. Thankfully, the film received the same rating as Deathly Hallows Part One (7.7/10) on IMDb, so a sequel is expected in the near future. Overall, I absolutely loved it and am delighted that they made this spin off movie!

Please comment with your opinion on the film!

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Winter Bookish Bingo

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Hello, today I will be discussing this winter bookish bingo that I plan to complete!

Thank you Meghan @Bookslayyerreads, where I found this bingo chart, and also thank you to Bekka @PrettyDeadlyReviews who created it. I will admit that I have started this bingo late; nevertheless I’ll still finish before the snow melts.

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Wishing you a happy winter,
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Beauty & The Beast Tag

Hey everybody! Thank you Maria @MyParisianBookshelf, for welcoming me to do this tag. If you’d like, you can too! Who else is super excited for the remaking of this movie, starring Emma Watson ?

Belle – A book you bought for it’s beautiful cover that’s just as beautiful inside.

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Certainly Between Shades of Gray,  although there are actually two different covers for this book, and you may recognize the other one, which has a leaf on it. This novel is about WW2, and is pleasantly intriguing, even for those who aren’t into the the history genre.

Beast – A book you didn’t expect much from but that pleasantly surprised you.

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Being a devoted fan of fantasy, I can easily say this is the absolute best fantasy novel I have read in all my time. I don’t particularly like any of the covers in the series, and I prefer the  more unpopular version of the covers that are decorated in feathers. Basically this book is the non-Twilight-ripoff that never existed.

Gaston – A book everyone loves that you don’t.

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Given that this was a New York Times Bestseller, and was made into a movie, it is a very popular YA book. I didn’t get through the first novel, The Maze Runner, very quickly, and I reached about halfway through the second before I stopped. It had a good idea, but I think that the writing wasn’t very captivating.

Lefou – A loyal sidekick you can’t help but love more than their counterpart.

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I preferred the main character’s (Andie) best friend, Palmer, better. I assume that this is because Palmer always had such a uplifting personality throughout the book, meanwhile Andie was partially missing this quality, due to her fairly awful childhood.

Mrs. Potts, Chip, Lumier & Cogsworth – A book that helped you through a difficult time or that taught you something valuable.

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If you ask me, this is at the height of value that I have found in a YA book. The main character, Cadence, is very wise for a young girl. She does tend to overthink a lot of stuff throughout the book, but she is generally very thoughtful. She teaches you what is essential in life, although she gets carried away thinking that the small things don’t count.

“Be Our Guest” – A fictional character you’d love to have over for dinner.

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Oh my. This probably sounds a little sad, but I am assuming I have thought about this many times before. I would probably invite Clary from the Mortal Instruments, mostly because if she were real than so would the shadowhunting world. My point is that it would be pretty cool if she could tell me about their world. Even if it may mean that ours would be overpopulated with demons someday…Wow that escalated quickly! (it’s a mortal instruments inside joke…)

Thank you,

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