BDAY BOOK HAUL!

Hello internet!! (#DanHowellvibesmuch??) A few days ago it was my birthday and I got a few new books! Well actually I got a gift card and chose half of them myself although CLOSE ENOUGH! I almost did a video instead but the camera memory is full (or something) but I hope you like the pictures! I gave them all relatively summery themes.

*Click on the titles to learn more about the book if interested.

*No bragging intended

*All photos belong to btweenthepages.com

 

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// This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp //

I found out about this book through my lit teacher, who actually said she disliked it; contrarily it is a number one New York Times bestseller which is insane. With this in mind, I googled it and I think it seems like a book I would REALLY be interested in. The cover is pretty cool, but the book itself must be pretty heartbreaking given it’s narrated from several different students during a school shooting.

 

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// Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow //

I quite frankly have no idea what this is about, but it has a really unique cover. I MIGHT bring up the state of the cover for every picture…) All I know is that there’s another depressed teen as the main character. WELL THE BOOKS I BUY ARE ALL JUST SO…ENLIGHTENING. It’s not too hard to decipher that, with one look at the title, *google searches synopsis* and YEP it’s seems to be nothing more than that. Crossing my fingers that the writing is amazing. I think that the potential for that quality is definitely there.

 

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// The Circle by Dave Eggers //

Thank GOODNESS I didn’t go see the movie! This book wasn’t too high on my tbr but since I own it now, reading it will be inevitable of course! It’s definitely a very futuristic kind of book, and I always enjoy those really. I am super glad that the movie is starring Emma Watson though; it’ll make seeing the book come to life very enjoyable!!

 

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// A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Mass //

ACOMAF is totally great so far; in fact so GREAT that I decided that I need to have the next book for right when I finish!! ACOMAF is going like this so far: Hey I’m Feyre who’s now a High Lord and I have no idea what I’m doing with my powers. Or my life. OH MY GOD I CAN’T STAY WITH THIS JERK FOR ETERNITY. *flees to Rhysand* Muchhhh better. This guy has wings, which means open rooms, which means I feel FREE! Much much better. For convenience we might as well fall in love. IN ALL SERIOUSNESS THOUGH IT ACTUALLY IS AMAZING XD.

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// Bombshell by Rowan Maness //

My best friend got me this, and she warned me that I’d think it would sound cheesy but I think it actually sounds GREAT. I’ve never heard of it before but I seriously LOVEEEE THE COVER SO MUCH. I CAN’T EVEN. Anyways, I was looking at it on the Barnes and Noble website when I NOTICED something. It says “MTV’s Catfish meets We Were Liars...” I had a huge fangirling moment when I read that. So it’s pretty much like a 50% version ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOK; or I’m HOPING so, at least.

 

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// City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson //

Is it bad that I JUST noticed that there’s a face on the cover?? WHAT IT’S HARDER TO TELL IN REAL LIFE. Kind of. Okay not really I guess. I honestly have NO IDEA what this book is about, but it seems like it’s not YA, so TECHNICALLY that means I’m off the hook for not recognizing it lol. The writing seems good, and I’m crossing my fingers that I won’t get lost reading this. Yeah um I get lost in plots very easily. In other words YA is my forever true love!! (NO THERE IS STILL HOPE)

Have YOU read any of these books/are they on your tbr?

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Are Audio Books CHEATING?

*mentally prepare yourself for a short BUT PASSIONATE rant about a very unpopular opinion* 

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Hello lovelies! (I always have to say hi and rant about my problems first tho DUH) So I suppose I’m in the mood to rant and I’ve been itching to write all day, although unfortunately I was stuck watching a lacrosse game all day. *no comment on how bored, hot, and hungry that made me* (THE WORST COMBO.) And remember that everything I say is just MY OPINION, so please don’t be offended if you like audiobooks, I don’t mean to offend your preferences.

During the school year I stared at the poster a lot that was hung up on the wall in of the school library. It read, “Audio books are not cheating.” and when I thought about it a for 1 second I had decided…THEY DO NOT.  Now I have no clue how many of you will agree/disagree with this opinion but let me explain!

AUDIO BOOKS

There is no other form of books besides:

a) the ebook: a book on a screen

b) the book book: a book with actual real live pages and the whole shebang!

You see, a BOOK is meant to be able to be READ or else it’s not a book, right? And then the word audio means transmitted sound…soooo audio books are books being read to you; or for you, I dare say.

THEY’RE LIKE CHEATING

I mean, you do inevitably benefit slightly from them, by learning new vocabulary, but audio books are really just the equivalent to listening to the radio. You’re not READING it using your EYES (Or fingers for braille! Speaking of which, if people have disabilities that make them unable to read than it is fair to call it not cheating for these people.) you’re listening to the book with your EARS. THE LAST TIME I CHECKED EARS CAN’T READ.

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NOT MY PERSONAL PREFERENCE

I often reread certain paragraphs, pages, or even CHAPTERS to be quite honest, especially when I forget to read that certain book for a while. This is rather difficult to do on the little audio thingie! But most importantly, I SPACE OUT SO EASILY. I’ll just be having a just DANDY day reading my stupid little audio book while staring at a wall and then all of a sudden I miss an entire chapter…And if you’re listening to them on your phone it makes you look SUPER antisocial.

Also though, you just don’t get the FULL EXPERIENCE of reading a book. For example, the satisfying motion of turning a page, as well as the SMELL of the book, (thats not weird right??) and feeling accomplished to see that thick pile of pages you’ve read! SO:

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MY LIT TEACHER ALWAYS TOLD US TO REMEMBER COUNTERCLAIMS.

Audio books truly are an easy way to read, especially if you need to get something else done in your day at the same time (Go multitasking!). But really most of my classmates use them because they are simply lazy and complain about how much they hate reading blablablablabla. BUT ANYWAYS BACK TO THAT COUNTER CLAIM, if you love audio books just BECAUSE they are awesome and your true love than you go listen to those audio books and enjoy them! (and maybe you should’ve skipped over this entire post) In my opinion, audio books are good for multitasking, but AGAIN I like to chill out when I read. Although I am not an adult with adult responsibilities that may take up my normal reading time.

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XX, SARAH

Creating My Own Fictional Life…

Hello lovely readers! So today I have this post that was SUPER fun to make! (*SIGH* IT’S ALL JUST A TEMPTATION. JUST KIDDING I SWEAR.) Yep, so it’s Saturday (well when I’m writing this) and I’ve been thinking of all these great blog post ideas I have planned for you all (I wish I could say y’all but I don’t think I can pull it off EXCEPT this is internet life and I can be anyone I wanna be. Whoop whoop.) Y’ALL. Getting back to the *amazing* posts I have planned: I NEED A PLANNER for my blog posts. I would feel so…organized (when you can tell someone is obviously not). AND all of the characters I choose would be if I HAD to because I really wouldn’t replace them with the people in my REAL life!!

Oh yes, and while I was scavenging the internet for fan art of Jules, I found THIS. I CAN’T BREATHE AH AH CARA WOULD BE PERFECT. LIKE HONESTLY CAN’T YOU SEE IT??!

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WHO WOULD BE YOUR…

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This is the hardest one to choose because parents are almost ALWAYS the problem in YA fiction.

But regardless if I had to choose I would probably pick Rosa and Hans Hubermann from The Book Thief. I know they look like grandparents in this picture, but besides the hair it portrays them pretty accurately and cute. Rosa is kinda all ‘tough love’ throughout the book and by the end I liked her, but I loved Hans all the way.

 


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Definitely Simon Lewis. (The Mortal Instruments) He always has got Clary’s back no matter what, and has the most innocent, loyal, and friendly personality! Simon tries to do the right thing, and through all brings up Dungeons and Dragons references. *Jace is fighting demon to his death* Simon: HEY THIS IS JUST LIKE DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS. *stares in aw while Jace is slowly dying*


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Okay UM I COULDN’T FIND A SINGLE PIECE OF FANART OF JULIAN BLACKTHORN I LIKED EXCEPT FOR ALL THE ONES WITH EMMA IN IT. Not that that isn’t totally okay *rushes words* because Emma is amazing and deserves to be in the picture and GOOO JEMMA. Moving on, to be completely honest Julian is hands down the best fictional brother in YA. Do I even have to explain why? I mean, if you’ve read The Dark Artifices you KNOW. It’s so cute how he takes care of all his siblings and how much they appreciate him always being there. Ahhhh it makes me want to CRY Julian is such a good person. AND if Julian were my brother than Emma could be my SISTER-IN-LAW; (at least pray that they get married and somehow find a way to break the STUPID PARABATAI BOND) PERFECTION. But honestly I can’t decide whether I would want Julian to be my fictional brother or boyfriend…NOT BOTH BUT EW YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.


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June from the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu! If you haven’t read it, PLEASEEEE DO. It’s by far my favorite dystopian trilogy, and a must-read. The best part about the picture is that it’s drawn BY THE AUTHOR HERSELF. Pretty dang cool, right? Well anyways, June is a total genius and perfectionist, yet also has no fears in being the kick-butt dare devil she is. Scaling a sky-scraper instead of attending school? Why not.

How she uses her smarts and fire to rebel against her government is a-maz-ing. Sing it with me. Oh yeah and that guy she meets along the way…cough cough DAY. Just go read it.


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newtBOWTRUCKLE! At first it was a little hard to think of a pet because they’re usually not too important in fiction…the only pet I could think of was Buttercup (the raging katniss-hating kittycat). So I chose a creature that isn’t EXACTLY A PET but eh close enough I still want Bowtruckle. Ahhhh I love this movie so much! This picture is really making me wanting to re-watch it! Oh and by the way, SPEAKING of Fantastic Beasts; if you loved it and are a Potterhead (inevitable not to be both) than you might enjoy checking out @Scamander’s Suitcase!


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I would definitely have to choose a place from a fantasy novel, (because who doesn’t like MAGIC?) so I chose the Land of Stories because how awesome would it be to see all these fairytales come to life, except in the Chris Colfer version (which is even BETTER DUH)?! To be specific, my plan would obviously be to live in the Fairy Kingdom and become the greatest fairy of all time (I keep wanting to spell it faerie!! Hey Cassandra Clare fans…) so I could REPLACE ALEX AS FAIRY GODMOTHER. MWAHAHAHA jk Alex is was a great fairy godmother! Still haven’t read the fifth book yet guys!!

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Sarah the Unresponsible Bookworm

Okay hi what’s up guys, today I’m sharing my deepest darkest guilt: ALL THE AMAZING BOOKS I HAVE NOT READ. “FAINTING COUCH PLEASE.” What, that’s not weird that I made up an imaginary butler. Is it?? *faints dramatically* How…Sarah! I may not have a real butler now, but SOMEDAY I will along with Belle’s library. #notgonnahappen #youcanstilldream #dreamoonchild

So I plan to read these books before the end of the summer! Currently I’m reading ACOTAR which is AMAZING so far, except that I left it at my friend’s house this morning and I literally want to die. *SOB* THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US. Oh yes and I just finished All the Bright Places, so yay that was good. “We are all alone, trapped in these bodies and our own minds, and whatever company we have in this life is only fleeting and superficial.” *SOBS MULTIPLY BY TEN*  AND THEN TO MAKE EVERYTHING WORSE, my friend also decided to leave her copy of Every Last Word in my bag that I was bringing home so the temptation to read it IS UNBEARABLE AHHHH.

Disclaimer: all overviews from barnesandnoble.com.

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A Darker Shade of Magic

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

The Hate U Give

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Six of Crows

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

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Fangirl

In Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to. Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

The Westing Game

A bizarre chain of events begins when sixteen unlikely people gather for the reading of Samuel W. Westing’s will. And though no one knows why the eccentric, game-loving millionaire has chosen a virtual stranger—and a possible murderer—to inherit his vast fortune, on things for sure: Sam Westing may be dead…but that won’t stop him from playing one last game!

Slated

Kyla’s memory has been erased, her personality wiped blank, her memories lost forever. She’s been slated. The government claims that she was a terrorist and they are giving her a second chance—if she plays by their rules. But scenes from the past haunt her as she tries to adjust to a new life, family, and school, leaving her unsettled. Who is she really? And if only criminals are meant to be slated, why are so many other teens disappearing? As she and her friend Ben seek answers, Kyla is torn between the need to know more and her instinct for self-preservation.

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What books are at the top of your tbr?

 

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The Perfect Summer Afternoon | how-to for all bookworms alike 🌞

Hello my fellow bookworms! It’s officially July! I hit a little boredom sesh this warm summer afternoon and THANK GOD I have you guys to blog to. What would my summer be without blogging? (If you really want to know, it would include lots of couches and Netflix.) So today I am planning out a perfect summer afternoon to avoid being as bored as I was.

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  • **A lawn** (Sorry but if you live in the city you won’t be able to do this.)
  • 1 towel & umbrella
  • A kitchen w/some food (you’ll see!)
  • Bug spray & sunscreen (probably preferable)
  • A Phone (laptop, or basically any electronic device)
  • AS MANY BOOKS AS YOU PLEASE/a journal

 

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All you’ll need is some plain vanilla ice cream, milk, a blender, and these common household foods! Here are a few recipes I loved! (Disclaimer: all pictures and recipe descriptions by Joslyn Blair from delish.com.) Click the link if you’d like to see how to make EVEN more of these tasty milkshakes!

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Now that you have your *amazing* snack, you’ll just have to grab a few more things before you’re ready….some books, your phone/ipad/etc, and beach/pool towel! Carry as much of it as you can outside, because we all hate second trips (I’m so lazy). Drop everything on a nice spot of your lawn with the least bugs. (But you’ll have remembered bug spray anyways! Go preparation!)

 

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  1. Lay out towel in grass.
  2. Optional: Find an umbrella (or a parasol but who even owns those??) and prop it up on it’s side on the end of the umbrella where you’ll put your head.
  3. Place smoothie & book(s) under umbrella and open. You can even bring a journal if you want to write.
  4. Taste deliciousness in your mouth while with your fictional friends!!

 

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(Like me) Then here’s when the electronic device comes in…Download/open Spotify or Pandora. (Both are free, I promise!) Choose a radio (Pandora) or playlist (Spotify) to listen to while you relax! If you can read while listening to music that’s even better! (I could read through a rock concert, trust me, it’s called school.) I like to listen to the Acoustic Pop playlist on Spotify while working or reading.

The result: laying in the sun, reading with your head in the shade reading a great book (hopefully), listening to some great tunes, all while sipping deliciousness = the perfect summer afternoon for a bookworm!

Or just stay inside and be an air conditioned, pale couch potato.

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A Rebellious Bookworm’s TBR of Purely Aesthetic Covers

HAPPY WEEKEND READERS! (If you consider Friday the weekend?) Or happy summer if that’s already true for you, and if so, I’m jealous agh lol. Contrarily though, I don’t have school today *whoop whoop* which means *someone give me a drum roll* MORE TIME FOR BLOGGING. When you know you have an addiction problem…Anyways, on to today’s post, which is about gorgeous book covers, yay! So this is kinda a ‘Top Five Wednesday: favorite covers’ sorta thing, but Sarah style. (that’s me newbies)

**All book synopses stolen from B&N.com

 

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Wintersong | S. Jae-Jones

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All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. They’ve enraptured her mind, her spirit, and inspired her musical compositions. Now eighteen and helping to run her family’s inn, Liesl can’t help but feel that her musical dreams and childhood fantasies are slipping away.

But when her own sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl has no choice but to journey to the Underground to save her. Drawn to the strange, captivating world she finds—and the mysterious man who rules it—she soon faces an impossible decision. And with time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.

Cold Summer | Gwen Cole

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Kale Jackson has spent years trying to control his time-traveling ability but hasn’t had much luck. One day he lives in 1945, fighting in the war as a sharpshooter and helplessly watching soldiers—friends—die. Then the next day, he’s back in the present, where WWII has bled into his modern life in the form of PTSD, straining his relationship with his father and the few friends he has left. Every day it becomes harder to hide his battle wounds, both physical and mental, from the past.

When the ex-girl-next-door, Harper, moves back to town, thoughts of what could be if only he had a normal life begin to haunt him. Harper reminds him of the person he was before the PTSD, which helps anchor him to the present. With practice, maybe Kale could remain in the present permanently and never step foot on a battlefield again. Maybe he can have the normal life he craves.

But then Harper finds Kale’s name in a historical article—and he’s listed as a casualty of the war. Is Kale’s death inevitable? Does this mean that, one of these days, when Kale travels to the past, he may not come back?

Kale knows now that he must learn to control his time-traveling ability to save himself and his chance at a life with Harper. Otherwise, he’ll be killed in a time where he doesn’t belong by a bullet that was never meant for him.

A Thousand Pieces of You | Claudia Gray

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Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.

Beautiful Broken Things | Sara Barnard

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Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realises, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.

 

Holding Up the Universe | Jennifer Niven

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Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. 

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . . Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

Three Dark Crowns | Kendare Blake

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In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

This is Where it Ends | Marieke Nijkamp

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Everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun.

10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told from four perspectives over the span of 54 harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

Morgan Matson | The Queen of Cute Contemporaries 💖

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And then let’s just take a sec to appreciate Matson’s adorable covers…do they get any cuter people?? Dogs and ice-cream, (hello?) avoiding designing ugly covers isn’t THAT hard I guess.

Read Books w/the Greatest Covers…

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These three books I have actually already read, but just fell in LOVE with their covers while reading them, and decided they DESERVE to be appreciated, despite that they are no longer on my tbr (which should actually be a good thing).

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TBR RECOMMENDATIONS by May @foreverandeverly!

 

Hey readers! Today I have a beautiful list of tbr recommendations per each genre (fantasy, adventure, mystery, and dystopian) by May @ForeverandEverly! Check out her blog, it’s amazing, to be straightforward hehe.

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FANTASY

Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1)Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)

Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1)*

Rachel Caine: Dude. I love this book SO FREAKIN’ MUCH??? The characters are amazing and so is the plot and it’s like this DYSTOPIAN FANTASY WITH A HISTORICAL FEEL TO IT. And it also includes books. And libraries. Can this get any better??? (Yes, it can: so much #diversity.)

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Leigh Bardugo: Who would I be without mentioning this amazing book. THIS IS AMAZING, OKAY??? The characters are amazing (again) and the plot is also amazing??? HEISTS, YO. I am in awe of Leigh’s skills of creating heists—I don’t know how she does it honestly.

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1)

VE Schwab: Okay, so in my opinion, ADSOM was the hardest for me to read??? The writing style was just sooo difficult for me to get through (probably because it’s adult)—BUT DUDE. A CONJURING OF LIGHT MORE THAN MAKES UP FOR IT. *cries*

 

 

Also some bonus ones because hello what is my favorite genre if it is not fantasy.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1)

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Rick Riordan: MY CHILDHOOD SERIES I LOVE IT SO MUCH AND I NEED TO REREAD IT. ❤ ❤

Harry Potter series

JK Rowling: A bit obvious here??? (Also, sorry for the bad lighting on the pic—the filter didn’t work with the covers. *cries*)

 

 

The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1)

Marie Lu: This is a delightfully dark fantasy, though #2 got too dark for me GASP. This has your great anti-hero and fantasy powers/magic and dark voices and asdfghjkl BASICALLY GO READ THIS OKAY??? The characters rock and YOUR HEART WILL BE BROKEN.

*Just so you know, this is SUCH an underrated book??? It is SO. GOOD. And that’s also why I put it before all my favorite authors’ books. Because it needs #attention.

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DYSTOPIAN

Legend (Legend, #1)Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)Slated (Slated, #1)

Legend (Legend #1)

Marie Lu: Obviously I have a lowkey obsession with Marie Lu??? BUT I LOVE HER OKAY. And the Legend trilogy is soooo amazing. It’s about a militarized America at war and THE CHARACTERS ARE SO BEAUTIFUL OMG PREPARE TO BE HEARTBROKEN AT THE END.

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1)

Neal Shusterman: I’m not sure if this counts as dystopian??? But I say it is. Like they found the secret to immortality and they need actual KILLERS to control population??? YES PLEASE AND THIS WAS AMAZING.

 

 

Slated (Slated #1)

Teri Terry: Great author name, right. Anyways, I really enjoyed Slated, but it’s not for everyone. Also, I urge you NOT to read the last two books. Because they sucked. But this one was good. So like… read only the first book and ignore the cliffhanger at the end??? You can do it. I believe in you.

 

 

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MYSTERY

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The Westing Game

Ellen Raskin: I don’t often read mysteries, and this was AMAZING! I even took notes and tried to solve it myself, because it was THAT IMMERSIVE. (Spoiler: I failed. Like I expected to.) And if you don’t trust me, you can trust the Newberry medal it won.

 

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Victoria Laurie: This is yet again one of those “hate-or-love” books (imo), but I really loved this! It’s basically a murder mystery. And the girl on the cover looks like Emma Watson. ALSO ANOTHER BONUS: the romance is VERY lowkey which you rarely see in YA! (PS I also reread this so you should know how much I liked this.)

These Shallow Graves

Jennifer Donnelly: I muchly enjoyed this. Like it was historical fiction, but it was a murder mystery! AND THE SASS WAS GREAT. And the way the romance ended was SUPER nice because it’s something we don’t rarely see in YA. Of course, I had a few dislikes, but it was overall a great story.

(PS I don’t read many mysteries so I’m not the best with recs for this genre #oops.)

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ADVENTURE

I DON’T READ LIKE ANY ADVENTURE AT ALL SO I PROBABLY WILL LIE WITH THE FOLLOWING RECS.

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)

Marissa Meyer: So maybe this goes into sci-fi/retelling more than it does adventure??? But hey they travel all over the place and get into awesome fights so I’m calling it adventure. Please note that all the characters are amazing and the plot is amazing and basically everything is amazing???

Graceling (Graceling Realm #1)

Kristin Cahsore: This is yet again a hate-or-love book. I loved it??? But you may not. Honestly, though, I enjoyed this so much! It’s quite fantasyish but I’m desperate and marking this as adventure—because they DO go through many harrowing obstacles to survive??? ALSO PO. POOOOOOO. MY POOR POOOOOOOO.

 

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner #1)

James Dashner: FYI I HAVE NOT READ THIS AND I’M NOT SURE I WILL??? BUT I KNOW THAT IT IS ADVENTURE. And some of my friends (who have similar reading tastes) read and liked this so that’s why it’s on this list. I’M DESPERATE OKAY.

What books are on your tbr? Do you plan on reading/have you read any of these?

What’s Your Favorite Book?

 

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This feels like a lazy post, but it’s really just my curiosity getting the better of me…I’m very eager to know what everyone’s favorite book is. I have so many books on my TBR that the question feels ridiculous, but I want to pick a book that’s 100% worth reading.

Image result for we were liarsMy favorite book is currently We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, because I fell in love with the characters and the plot was drawn together ever so precisely that the result was artwork, but I believe it had its flaws.

I know there’s the perfect book for me out there (“there are plenty of fish in the sea!” haha), but I’ve been searching for a book that’s clever, poetic, and as jaw dropping like this one was.

 

Please comment your favorite book below! Maybe it’ll become my favorite too! (then we can fangirl about it TOGETHER😆😂)

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Let’s Discuss: How I Tackle Blogging

Happy weekend readers! I did a post fairly similar to this called Why Blogging?, but I’ve learnt the actual job of blogging, now that I’m into it, is really fun, but can be kind of frustrating since there’s definitely some strategy in attracting readers and reaching out to the blogosphere. My other post grew pretty popular, as I recieved some great responses from you guys about it! In fact, Morgane @InsideaMoodyCupofTea wrote a post about it, which I loved!

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I love tags, in fact I have sort of an addiction; you may have noticed a consistent pattern in my posts lately…. So when you guys tag me it always makes my day, but of course, I can’t always get to the all of them, which makes me very emotional haha. I do like to keep track of them though, because when I used to want to do a tag, I wouldn’t have any since I lost track of all of them! Now I bookmark them on my computer, which makes my life a whole lot easier!

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I love that they designed an app to bring your WordPress blog on the go with you all the time. It’s just awfully frustrating, since the app constantly glitches out on me, for instance, it usually tells me I am ‘not connected’, even though I have WiFi/cell reception! It’s fun to have the notifications turned on so you can see the activity on your blog 24/7 (yes, I agree, I am awfully obsessed with blogging).

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What the title is supposed to inquire, is basically anything to do with socializing with other bloggers. This is the most unexpected, but most fun part of blogging. I think it’s crazy that I have the opportunity to communicate with people from around the world, and that blogging incorporated that into my daily routine. It is really so fun talking to you guys; I love commenting on your posts and getting to talk about the best thing in the universe (books), and sometimes even photography, art, or makeup. Also, I really do try hard to like EVERYONE’S posts, since I spend so much time on my ‘followed blogs’ page! Lately though, WordPress has not been letting me like any posts past 2 days ago, which is really bizarre, but mostly irritating.

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I don’t have a blogging schedule. However, when I first began blogging, I thought it was necessary, and attempted to use one, although it clearly failed. Nowadays it’s mostly just blogging whenever I feel like it, especially since it’s not supposed to be work, but I do try to post generally every few days.

What’s your favorite thing about blogging?

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Let’s discuss: WHY BLOGGING?

Okay, the past year would’ve (honestly) been pretty different without blogging. I hope it’s the same for you guys! Today I just wanted to have a quick discussion on why I choose to blog.

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My younger sister (Ava) has a passion for baking, and last summer my mom suggested she start a website for selling cupcakes to friends. Ava began designing her website, and I thought that it would be literally the coolest thing ever, to have my own little corner of the internet.

I simply wanted to make a website; at that moment I had no intent for the content, I just wanted to be involved with the technology, I suppose. My mom told me I should create a reading blog, and so it was decided. It has officially been ten months of consistent blogging, already! Crazily enough, while stepping into the blogosphere I had absolutely no idea that book blogging was such a huge thing!

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Reading is and always has been adventure, and thrill, and amusement for me (It’s tempting to say life, but that’s personally a step to far for me hehe). When I’m not blogging about books, you can find me reading them 99% of the time.

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When I first designed my blog, the structure I chose made it an very unattractive looking blog, but to be honest, I had no history in graphic designs or basically anything technological, so I can’t really blame myself that much. It took me SIX MONTHS to finally figure out what I had to do in order to gain traffic. Boy did it feel a lot better to look at my stats a month later!

Speaking of which…maybe this is a huge time cram, but I’m hoping for 500 followers by summer vacation?! I think I believe it’s possible, but on another note, to all my current followers, thank you so much (and I really mean it)!! The mornings I turn on my phone to a new follower, I get ridiculously excited. Yes, even after 340 follow notifications, trust me, I still do a little victory dance for every new follower. That’s me weird way of saying I really appreciate it, so thank you to all my readers :))

 

WHY DO YOU BLOG?

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