Summer Biannual Bibliothon TBR

Hey, everyone! As you maybe able guess from the title, I am going to be participating in the Summer Biannual Bibliothon reading challenge. I will also be doing the blog challenges and am super excited to be able to take part. Since the Bibliothon starts tomorrow this is a great time to set up my TBR and share the 6 books I will be reading over the next seven days!

Group Book:

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh  

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Read From the Hosts Favorite Genre and Read a LGBTQIA+ Book

Historical Fiction: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Leegentlemans guide

Read a Book That Has Been or Still is Banned:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie 

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Throwback Challenge – (Read a Group Book)

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerrie Maniscalco

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Read a Book to Movie Adaptation:

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K Rowling

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Read a Book You’ve Seen Somewhere Other Than Booktube:

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks 

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Are you taking part in the Biannual Bibliothon? 

Happy Reading!

I Dare You Book Tag

Hey, everyone! My summer has been going pretty well so far (knock on wood) and I’ve even managed to shake off the book slump I found myself in last month and have returned to reading with a vengeance. I saw this tag over on Shoto’s blog @Bookish Babbles and it seemed like a ton of fun so here goes.

Which book has been on your shelf the longest?

The Princess Bride by Wiliam Goldman has been on my shelf for years. I’ve watched the movie but as a lover of fantasy I’ve always wanted to read the original typical romantic fantasy, I’ll hopefully get around to it soon.

What is your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next?

Last read: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Current reads: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (E-Book), The Lies Of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch (Physical), Now I Rise y Kiersten White (Audiobook)

Next read: Ruined by Amy Tintera

What books did everyone like and you hated?

Hate is a strong word but I didn’t like Archived by Victoria Schwab as much as so many people seem to love it. I want to like it but it’s just not my cup of tea. I do love Schwab’s other books I just don’t seem to enjoy this one as much as the others.

Which book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

The entire A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R Martin. I love the TV show and I can’t wait for season 7 to premiere next Sunday, but I don’t think I’ll ever get around to reading it. There huge and there are so many characters I’m really intimidated by the entire series. I don’t think I’ll ever actually get around to reading it but we’ll see.

Which books are you saving for retirement?

The Lord of the Rings/ The Hobbit by J. R.R Tolkien is always on my to-read list and I’m saving for a rainy day. These books have such a following that I know I need to read them and see what the fuss is about

The last page: read it first or wait till the end?

I went through this phase when I was in middle school where I would literally read the entire book summary before I read the book just so I could be prepared,  but now I’m strictly a wait till the end NO SPOILERS type of gal.

Acknowledgments: waste of ink and paper or interesting aside?

I love reading the acknowledgments, I like to appreciate all the people who were involved in bringing that books that you’re reading to life.

Which book character would you switch places with?

As much as I love reading I don’t ever imagine myself as the character themselves, and I’m more of an invisible ghost just watching all the action. Besides that our MC usually lead pretty dangerous lives I’d have more fun being an innocent bystander who manages to escape becoming collateral damage.

Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life?

The Lightning Theif reminds me of elementary school, especially the 4th and 5th grade where everyone was obsessed with Riordan’s books and we formed this group called the Greek Freaks and read literally everything on mythology we could find! 

Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way?

I found a book on a bus once, not really interesting but it’s not the usual either. 

Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

Not that I can remember I’ve given people books for their birthdays but nothing too special. 

Which book has been with you to the most places?

City of Bones by Cassie Clare has followed me since I first read it back in 2014, I’ve read it what feels like a million times and it still remains a huge part of my life.

Any required reading you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

I’m now a senior in high school and I’ve read close to 10 books over the past three years for school and I’ve either loved them (To Kill a Mockingbird, Julius Ceaser, Antigone, Animal Farm, Fahrenheit 451, The Great Gatsby, Anthem, The Outliers, Night) or hated them ( The Red Badge of Courage, The Catcher in the Rye, Of Mice and Men) or just didn’t read them at allSparknotes– (Slaughter House 5). My original opinions have yet to change.

What is the strangest item you’ve ever found in a book?

The strangest item I’ve ever found was a girls transcript, it was in a library book so it wasn’t too shocking.

Used or brand new?

Used books all the way, I love going to Half Price Books and getting lots of books at great deals.

Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

I’ve only ever read Inferno by him and I love that book, I must have read it close to 5 times alone the summer before my freshman year… I was obsessed.

Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book?

I love both the book and the movie but the adapted version of Ella Enchanted is just a little bit better!

A book that never should have been published?

There’s only one book I intensely dislike enough to think that the world without it would be just slightly better and that is The Red Badge of Courage. I read it for school and I hate it with a passion!

Have you ever read a book that made you hungry, cookbook excluded?

I’m drawing a total blank here but I don’t think reading a book has ever made me feel hungry. 

Who is the person whose book advice you will always take?

My brother always gives solid advice once it comes to books, he was the one who pushed me to read Cassandra Clare, Sarah J Maas, and Rick Riordan’s books. And these are all my absolute favorite authors so I always take his advice where it comes to which book I should read!

You should definitely take on this tag, I dare YOU!

Happy Reading!

July Anticipated Book Releases

There can never be such a thing as too many books and that has resulted in my having acquired a towering TBR of books but even then new books are always needed. A new month always brings new books that will hopefully be a new favorite. Here are a few books I’ve got my eye on this month.

Because You Love To Hate Me edited by Ameriie July 11

becauseulove2h8meLeave it to the heroes to save the world–villains just want to rule the world.

In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains’ points of view.

These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like “Medusa,” Sherlock Holmes, and “Jack and the Beanstalk” provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains’ acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage–and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!

I haven’t read that many anthologies but this one is a definite must read for me. One of my favorite books growing up was this spin on the Three Little Pigs were we saw things from the Big Bad Wolfes perspective and this seems a bit like that, seeing fairytales from the villains’ point of view.  

Beautiful Mistake by Vi Keeland July 17

beautifulmistaleA sexy new standalone from #1 New York Times bestselling author, Vi Keeland

The first time I met Caine West was in a bar. He noticed me looking his way and mistakenly read my scowling as checking him out. When he attempted to talk to me, I set him straight—telling him what I thought of his lying, cheating, egomaniacal ass.

You see, the gorgeous jerk had wined and dined my best friend–smooth talking her into his bed, all along failing to mention that he was married.  He deserved every bit of my tongue-lashing and more for what he’d done. Especially when that lazy smile graced his perfect face in response to my rant. Only it turned out, the man I’d just told off wasn’t the right guy.

Oops. My mistake.

Embarrassed, I slunk out without an apology.

I was never going to see the handsome stranger again anyway, right? That’s what I thought…until I walked into class the next morning. Well, hello Professor West, I’m your new teaching assistant.  I’ll be working under you…figuratively speaking. Although the literal interpretation might not be such a bad thing—working under Professor West.

This was going to be interesting…

Vi Keeland is one of my favorite romance authors and I’m always looking forward to her books because they never disappoint.

 

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell  July 18

thelastmagicianStop the Magician.

Steal the book.

Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

This seems like a great mix of time travel and magic and the whole plot sounds super intriguing and I can’t wait to pick this one up.

 

The Color Project by Sierra Abrams July 18

thecolor projectBernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn’t want anyone to know: her name. That is, until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project.

Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her.

When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee’s summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds—is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

For fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson, THE COLOR PROJECT is a story about the three great loves of life—family, friendship, and romance—and the bonds that withstand tragedy.

I’m not totally sure what to expect in this books but it does sound very interesting. It’s compared tp Morgan Matson and I love her books so I’m sore I’ll like this book as well.

The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana July 18

libraryoffatesA romantic coming-of-age fantasy tale steeped in Indian folklore, perfect for fans of The Star-Touched Queen and The Wrath and the Dawn

No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough.

The unthinkable happens, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos of a palace under siege. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.

Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?

This sounds like te perfect high fantasy read, with a mix of mythology and romance I’m really excited to pick this one up. 

Trust by Kylie Scott   July 18

trustBeing young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.

After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen-year-old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.

While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.

An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.

Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.

Kylie Scott is another favorite romance author of mine and I love her writing style and I’m really anticipating this release.

Age of Swords by Michael J Sullivan  July 25

age of swords.jpgIn Age of Myth, fantasy master Michael J. Sullivan launched readers on an epic journey of magic and adventure, heroism and betrayal, love and loss. Now the thrilling saga continues as the human uprising is threatened by powerful enemies from without—and bitter rivalries within.

Raithe, the God Killer, may have started the rebellion by killing a Fhrey, but long-standing enmities dividing the Rhune make it all but impossible to unite against a common foe. And even if the clans can join forces, how will they defeat an enemy whose magical prowess makes the Fhrey indistinguishable from gods?

The answer lies across the sea in a faraway land populated by a reclusive and dour race who feels nothing but disdain for both Fhrey and mankind. With time running out, Persephone leads the gifted young seer Suri, the Fhrey sorceress Arion, and a small band of misfits in a desperate search for aid—a quest that will take them into the darkest depths of Elan. There, an ancient adversary waits—an enemy as surprising as it is deadly.

I recently read Age of Myth and I loved it so I’m super excited to continue this series with Age of sword.

What books are you looking forward to this month?

Happy Reading!

My Month In Books: June Wrap-Up

So far my reading has not progressed as much as I had hoped. I’ve only managed to read 6 books this month but I really thought I would be able to read more but I’ve been in the worst reading slump, this entire month I would start a book read 50 or so pages and just not be able to keep reading even though I really like the book I’m just never in the mood. Even though I am in a book slump I’m glad I managed to read at least 6 books. Read More »

Summer Solstice Recommendations

  • The summer solstice begins tonight at approx 11:24, and then the longest day of the year shall begin. Just like I have for the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox I thought it would be fun to create a recommendation list tailored to the length of the days. Depending on wherever you are in the world, the summer solstice will commence soon (or it already has) and it will be the longest day of the year, in some places like in Alaska you’ll have close to 24 hours of sunlight and in other places like Texas (me!) you’ll have 14 hours of sunlight. Since we’ll all have the greatest amount of sunlight hours you’ll need equally large books (500+)  pages to read. So now that it’s the summer solstice here are some large book that should be able to keep you occupied, and hopefully, you’ll be able to put a dent in these books during the day.sunlight 

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May ANTICIPATED Releases

Lot’s of different books come out each month, but this year May is STACKED with all the great books. Some of my ALL time favorite authors books come out this month and I am so excited I literally cannot contain it. I literally need to read some of these books the second they come out. I’ve already rambled on for too long but here are some of the book I am really really really excited for this month.lets get started.gifRead More »

My Month in Books: April Wrap-Up

I read a lot more this month than I was expecting to. I had a bit of a busy month as I had to review for my AP Testing that happening in the beginning of May. I won’t be very active in the next couple of weeks though I do have some post scheduled so I’m not totally MIA. April was a great reading month. I read nine even though I only thought I would be able to read two. I have become more than a little bit obsessed with historical romances over the past month. There a lot of fun to read and go by so quickly I was able to squeeze in quite a few. So here is my month in books.  Read More »

The Agonizing Torture Of Waiting For A Book Release

A hard knock echoes on your door followed by a dull thud of a package hitting the ground. You lunge towards the door and grab the package ripping through the paper and promptly sit and read the book that was encased within. After 8 hours in which you devour the book, you’re left heartbroken along with the unquenchable thirst for more. But that book had released just that day and now you need to wait 364 days for the next one.ohmgee Read More »

Daughter Of The Pirate King Review

daughterofthepiratekingsTitle: Daughter Of The Pirate King

Author: Tricia Levenseller

Release Date: February 28, 2017

Publisher: Feiwal And Friends

Pages: 320 Pages

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Overall Thoughts:

I had high hopes going into this book and let me tell you I was not disappointed. This book promised me pirates, and a badass main character and I definitely got a lot of both. This being the first book I’ve read that had dealt solely with pirates, I’ve come to the conclusion that we need more pirate books. One: pirates are extremely good looking and you can never have too many cute fictional boys (and girls) running around and two: they are entertaining. I read this book in one sitting and I had the most fun reading this than I’ve had in awhile. If you haven’t already definitely go pick this up you’ll love it!

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Synopsis:

There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.
Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.
More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

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