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TOP 15 BOOKS (MY BLOG TURNS 1)

Believe it or not, I started this blog exactly 12 months ago! I remember I was on Spring break and sort of looking for something to do and on a whim, decided to start a blog. I was already writing book reviews on Goodreads but also felt like I wanted to write about more which is sort of why I decided to start it.

But I’ve had so much fun writing on this blog and it’s almost like a stress reliever or an escape 😉 If you were here from day one or your new to my blog, I just wanted to say thanks for reading and your comments always make my day ❤

My blog has definetly changed since I started it and I’ve sort of been experimenting around with it for a while. It also took me time to figure out a proper schedule for posting but you know, life happens and I get busy but I do try hard to post once a week.

In honour of my blogs first birthday, I decided to revamp one of my first posts in which I listed my top 15 ya books. I’ve decided to change broaden it a little to cover books that aren’t just ya because I also read some really great classics this past year.

Also, just a disclaimer, the list is not in any particular order, they are just my top 15 books overall because putting them in order would be 10 million times more stressful. I also don’t think I could possibly choose just one favourite book because I am extremely indecisive.

OKAY, ONE LAST THING… I just wanted to add that I’m not actually going to mention Harry Potter in this list because those books are like the true foundation of my life and couldn’t possibly even rank on any list because they are just so precious.

But anyway….

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O R I G I N A L   L I S T

 

15. The Cruel Prince – Holly Black

14. The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

13. Thunderhead – Neal Shusterman

12. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

11. Turtle’s all the way Down – John Green

10. Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor

9. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy – Cassandra Clare

8. Clockwork Princess – Cassandra Clare

7. A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J. Maas

6. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

5. City of Heavenly Fire – Cassandra Clare

4. Empire of Storms – Sarah J. Maas

3. A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee

2. Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo

1. Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare

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N E W   L I S T

15. Foolish Hearts – Emma Mills

14. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han

13. Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor

12. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

11. Tiger Lily – Jodi Lyn Anderson

10. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

9. The Wicked King – Holly Black

8. The Book Theif – Markus Zusak

7. Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare

6. Thunderhead – Neal Shusterman

5. Clockwork Prince – Cassandra Clare

4. Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo

3. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee

2. Blue Lily, Lily Blue – Maggie Stiefvater

1. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

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That was actually so much harder than I thought it would be. There are definetly some books here that I’m still thinking about but there are also so many more that I wish could be on this list.

But we can definetly see that some books were bumped off the list and some stayed. I also read so many amazing books this past year so they definetly got added. I mean, a majority of the books are the same but I bet in a years time, things will be even more different.

In conclusion, I just want to thank you for being here and reading my posts. I never thought I would actually be the owner of a blog yet, here I am. This year has been so much fun and I can’t wait for even more years of reading and ranting 😊💖💗

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Feel free to chat with me anytime. Do you have a blog? When did you start it?

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Monthly Wrapup

MONTHLY WRAPUP MARCH 2019

I still can’t believe we’re practically a quarter of the way through 2019. Not gonna lie, I haven’t achieved much but these past few months have just flown by way too fast.

Because I had the memory span of a teaspoon, I really couldn’t tell you what happened in March but I do know that in terms of reading, it was pretty good.

I read a total of 9 books with a total of 3,322 pages and I had an average rating of 4.1/5 stars. During this month, I read a lot of contemporary because I was really in that sort of mood. Other than that, I read 2 classics and then towards the end, mixed it up a little with one magical realism and one fantasy book.

I’d say I read a lot of really amazing books this month and my favourite would have to be Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills. This was my first Emma Mills book and I’m honestly so glad I finally got around to reading her books because they are so good.

Ok, I just have to say that when I was looking back at the books I’ve read this month it felt like ages since I had actually read them. I guess March was longer than I thought it was.

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On the Come Up – Angie Thomas

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I honestly forgot how amazing Angie Thomas was until I read this. I mean, I never imagined something could ever top the Hate U Give but then this happened and I’m just so shook right now.

 

 

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Anne of Green Gables – L. M. Montgomery

✦✦✦✦½✧

This is definetly one of my new favourite classics. I had so much fun reading this and it just made me feel like a little kid again. Definetly rereading this in the near future.

 

 

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Foolish Hearts – Emma Mills

✦✦✦✦✦

So good. SO. GOOD. So good. I just–SOO GOOD.

 

 

 

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This Adventure Ends – Emma Mills

✦✦✦✦½✧

Okay, I didn’t enjoy this quite as much as Foolish Hearts but I still absolutely loved it. I loved the friendships and the found families and this was honestly so much fun to read.

 

 

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Heretics Anonymous – Katie Henry

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This was definetly really interesting to read because I generally don’t read too many books with religion in them. This was definetly really relatable and I loved their little friendship group.

 

 

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The Inexplicable Logic of my Life – Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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This book warmed my heart so much. There were such pure friendships and family relationships and I kind of just wanted to cry the whole time because Sal is such a soft little child. My only complaint is that this didn’t have much of a plot but was still really sweet to read ❤

 

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Blanca & Roja – Anna-Marie McLemore

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This was definetly another one of my favourite books I read this month. It was so enchanting and I loved the fairy tale aspect of it. The characters were stunning and the writing was nothing short of absolute perfection. I am so glad I finally got to this

 

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor

✦✦✦✦½✧

I FINALLY started this series after it being on my tbr for literal decades. I’m currently still reading the series and really enjoying it. Laini Taylor will never stop amazing me.

 

 

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The Odyssey – Homer

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This was another classic read for the classics club and it was pretty decent. I mean, I wasn’t expecting to love it but I read it more because I was just interested in it. I also have to thank Rick Riordan for giving me all my knowledge of Greek Mythology.

 

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That was what I read this month! I really hope April is a great reading month for you :)) ❤

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Feel free to chat with me anytime. Was March a good reading month for you? What was your favourite book you read?

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CLASSICS CLUB

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES – L.M. MONTGOMERY

Another book closer to finishing my Classics Club goal! If you’re new here then I’ll just fill you in quickly but I am part of the Classics Club. If you didn’t already know, this is a club where we make a list of a minimum of 50 classics we want to read in 5 years or less and then we blog and talk about the book after we are done. Join here if you are interested and here is my original list.

For this month, I decided to read Anne of Green Gables and I am so very glad I did because it was exactly what I needed 😊

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“It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”

4.5 stars

This book was so sweet and I’m so glad I read it. I’ve really been meaning to read this for a while and I’m so glad I finally got to it! I honestly couldn’t have picked a better time because life was pretty stressful and this book was like a little porthole that let me escape all that.

Reading this was like going back in time to when I was a young, carefree child. I felt like I was prancing through the meadows or collecting flowers on a walk through the woods. This book really has the power to do that to you.

The way Anne views life is so pure and wholesome and I kind of wish my childhood was like Anne’s. Reading this book just made me feel more optimistic and happy and I really enjoyed it every single time I picked it up.

I actually knew quite a lot of the plot before I read this because I watched the Netflix show when it first came out (oops). Now that I’ve read the books, I’m definetly tempted to go back and rewatch the episodes. But nevertheless, I was never really bored while reading this although I can see how it might be a little monotonous for some people.

“Dear old world,” she murmured, “you are very lovely and I am glad to be alive in you.”

❀ Anne
I loved Anne even more than I thought I would. She is just so hilarious and carefree and I thought her POV was perfect. She is also so strong and smart and overall just a very admirable character.

❀ Diana
I thought Diana was literally the perfect friend. She was so sweet and always so kind and just a great friend to Anne. I thought their friendship was so sweet and I loved every second they were together.

❀ Gilbert
I was definetly in love with Gilbert when I watched the Netflix show but loved him even more in the book if it’s possible. All I could have wanted was more page time with him because he is seriously a perfect human being and I sort of loved his love-hate relationship with Anne.

❀ Mr and Mrs Cuthbert
Mr Cuthbert is such a soft old man. He is just so sweet and must be protected at all costs. I really hated what happened at the end and even though I knew it was coming, it still thoroughly depressed me because this quiet man deserves to be protected at all costs. As for Marilla, I think we all secretly love her just like she secretly loves Anne.

One of my favourite things about this book was also the writing. It’s definetly quite prosy but the descriptions were just breathtaking. I loved how Green Gables was described because it sounds like a perfect paradise and I would love to live there. Each season there was described so beautifully and everything about it seemed slightly whimsical and dreamlike.

Like I just mentioned, I really love Green Gables. I would love to visit Prince Edward Island one day because it truly sounds so beautiful. I honestly think Anne grew up in the perfect place and I would love to grow up in a place like that.

This book is honestly just pure joy. I didn’t think it was possible to capture the essence of being a child and being so free from everything but this book did such a perfect job that it made me equally happy and sad at the same time. This book filled me with so much warmth and I can definetly see it becoming one of my go-to comfort books.

“Excitement hung around Anne like a garment, shone in her eyes, kindled in every feature.”

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Feel free to chat. Have you read this yet? Have you read this yet? What did you think of it? ❤

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TOP TEN

TOP TEN THINGS THAT MAKE ME PICK UP A BOOK

Even though it’s not Tuesday, I thought I’d do a quick top ten post because who doesn’t love one of these.

There are a lot of things that make me want to pick up a book (and not just it’s pretty cover) so I thought I’d list them off and then give some examples of books that had these things as well.

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1. enemies to lovers

This is probably one of the number one things that draws me to a book. Everything about the book could suck but a good old enemies to lovers relationship will definetly increase its rating. There are so many well-written enemies to lovers relationships and I’m so glad that this trope is becoming more and more common. Here are just a few of my favourites but there are so many more amazing ones out there too.

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2. wholesome friendships

Can we all just take a second to appreciate truly wholesome friendships… I mean, they make a story so much better and just more enjoyable to read. I do love romantic relationships but honestly, good friendships are equally amazing.

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3. good family relationships

Family relationships are also equally as wholesome as friendships. But I honestly just love it when there are nice, caring, supportive parents. Or really great sibling relationships!! Personally, as an only child, I live through the characters that have amazing family dynamics because it just makes me so happy.

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4. found families

Now, this is different from real families because these people aren’t related by blood but that won’t stop them from tearing the freaking world apart for each other. Found families are one of my main sources of joy in this cruel world because they always fill me with so much joy and love. There is just something about watching people grow closer than families that will make me lay down my heart for them.

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5. soft gays finding each other and living happily ever after

Okay, I stand corrected, this is the main thing in life that gives me pure joy. It’s just that feeling that makes your heart swell so much you feel like it’s gonna burst out your chest and you can’t breathe and your cheeks hurt from smiling like a maniac. I literally have no more words because it just makes me feel so happy/scream until I hack up a lung.

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6. amazing diversity

I think that diversity in books is one of the best ways for us to learn about the culture and just the world in general. I personally absolutely love diverse books and there are just way too many to even name. I’m really glad this is becoming increasingly popular in books because it’s truly very important.

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7. scheming/heists/puzzles

I mean, this is basically the Six of Crows duology but I really do love reading about heists. Or even just characters weazling their way out of sticky situations (I don’t know what made me phrase it like that) is so much fun to read about. I just feel like it builds so much tension and it completely sucks you in so you can’t do anything but throw yourself wholeheartedly into the plot. It never fails to bore me and I really want to read more books with these sort of themes.

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8. good reviews or recommendations

I know this sounds obvious like the most obvious thing in the world but it’s true. If I read even one review that’s praising the book and actually gives me reasons, I’m immediately hooked on it. Or if a friend recommends it to me, of course I’ll be compelled to read it or at least check it out. Here are a few books that were recommended to me that I loved:

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9. cool worlds

I mean, we all read to escape right? So why not go someplace cool? Or just really aesthetic settings and great worldbuilding or unique time periods can never go wrong.

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10. wit, banter or sarcasm (but like, well written)

When it’s done right my friend, nothing butters my wafer more than clever banter. It’s quite hard not to laugh obnoxiously in public when reading books with a lot of sarcasm but it will never fail to entertain me or at least make me smile like a lunatic.

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And that wraps up some of my favourite things that make me want to read a book. There are definetly even more but I just wanted to list a few of my favourites ;))

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Feel free to chat with me anytime. What things make you want to read a book?

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Monthly Wrapup

MONTHLY WRAPUP FEBRUARY 2019

Once again, I meant to post this two weeks ago… even though this is late, I’m still going to upload it and I’ll have an extra post on Wednesday to make up for it, but anyway, let’s get on to this wrapup

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I felt like I just blinked and February was over. I seriously don’t know where the time is going these days, how dare it get ahead of me  😠

I also managed to watch Mamma Mia a total of 7 times this month but that’s another story…

But nevertheless, this was actually a pretty good reading month for me! I read a lot more than I thought I would and even got to some books I’ve been dying to read for a while.

One thing that I didn’t really do much of this month was blog. I feel like I just need to step up my organisational game and actually plan a couple posts every once in a while. But hopefully in March, I’ll be a little more on top of things.

I read a total of 9 books, with a total of 3, 719 pages and had an average rating of 3.7 stars. I’m actually super surprised that I average rating because usually, it’s in the 4-5 range because I might be a little too nice to books sometimes. But I also just read books I know I’m gonna love because I love the author or because a friend recommended it to me. But this month, I branched out a little and I’m glad I did.

In terms of genres, I basically read all fantasy except for one classic that I read for school. I also read 2 retellings this month and I usually don’t read too many retellings so it was nice to have a bit of change. But I seriously need to work on branching out of fantasy and I could definetly do with a contemporary binge sometime soon (shhhh, I know that’s not branching out)

But seriously, I feel like I just need some more contemporary in my life right now so if you have any recommendations for some good ones, please please let me know.

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Ash – Malinda Lo

✦✦½✧✧✧

This is a Cinderella retelling that sadly, did not meet my expectations. I really loved the writing and I thought the setting was beautiful but I think my hopes shot up when I read it was a lesbian Cinderella retelling so I was a little disappointed.

 

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King of Scars – Leigh Bardugo

✦✦✦✦½✧

I honestly enjoyed this book so much. I thought the plot was amazing, the characters were nothing short of perfection and it had it’s own unique Leigh Bardugo flair. I am honestly so excited for the next book because there was so much set up done here and we already KNOW it’s going to be even better.

 

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Lord of the Flies – William Golding

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I had to read this for school and even though I didn’t actually enjoy it per se, I still found it interesting. And for once, I actually enjoyed writing the essay for this book which was basically me trash talking everyone but Simon, the only good this about this book.

 

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Sea Witch – Sarah Henning

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Okay, there are some good things about this book and some not so great things. I adored the setting and the sea-vibes which I have been craving ever since I read To Kill a Kingdom and I liked that it was very quick to read. However, the characters were nothing special, the plot was slightly non-existent and it had pacing issues. But this was another retelling and I actually enjoyed this one which I’m happy about.

 

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The Gilded Wolves – Roshani Chokshi

✦✦✦✦½✧

I’m fairly sure this book changed my life. It was just such a refreshing change and I felt like it was so different to what I had been reading recently. I also fell madly in love with all the characters who I am now obsessed with. The plots and heists were also insanely epic and I am crazy excited for the next book in the series.

 

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The Cruel Prince – Holly Black

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This was a reread in preparation for the next book but you have no idea how happy I was when I finally got to read these books. First of all, this book was just as good as I remembered it to be and I felt like I could appreciate Jude so much more the second time.

 

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The Wicked King – Holly Black

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This was one of my top anticipated releases for 2019 and let me just say, it did not disappoint. In fact, it stabbed me 3 times repeatedly and then told me I couldn’t have the next book until 2020. I mean, I thought the Cruel Prince was good but then I read this and my world was changed forever (not to be dramatic or anything…).

 

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Kingdom of Ash – Sarah J. Maas

✦✦✦½✧✧

I am so sad that I was disappointed by this. The ToG series is one of my all time favourites and I literally adore Empire of Storms with every fibre of my being. Yet I was still let down by this and there were just so many things that felt unrealistic to me.

 

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Crimes of Grindelwald – J. K. Rowling

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I just wanted to pick this up after being let down by KoA and I also missed the wizarding world a bit too much. While the effects and animation are definetly the strongest part of the movies and it’s obviously not as visible in the screenplay, I still really loved reading this and would happily sell both my kidneys and a lung for Newt Scamander.

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That’s what I accomplished in February! Definetly read some amazing books and also some less amazing books but all in all, it was a pretty great month 😊💖

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Feel free to chat with me anytime. Was February a good reading month for you? What was your favourite book you read?

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REVIEWS

REACTING TO SOME OF MY FIRST REVIEWS

This is a post I’ve been wanting to make for quite a while now. I think I was saving it for a special occasion (what occasion, I have no idea) but just felt like today is the day to embarrass myself dreadfully.

These reviews are no longer on my Goodreads (thank GOD) but I did save them so I could write this post one day. I’m only going to do a few reviews but there are many more but I’ll save them for another post. Maybe this should be a series…

I was very young and stupid when I wrote these and actually only 12 years old. What I was thinking, I seriously don’t know. I wish I had an explanation for these but, I really don’t.

*the stuff in italics is my old review*

➼  Heartless – Marrissa Meyer

Okay, this was my first YA book I ever read and also the first review I ever wrote.

Wowowow… this book is sooo good and I love it!!

You can really tell that I was 12 when I wrote this…

It definitely pulls you in at the beginning and starts off with the main character baking which is a great way to make anyone want to read it. This book made me so hungry and it was definitely very descriptive, especially when it came to the times where Cath was baking.

Okay, this part is true. I definetly want to read a book if it has food in it.

 I loved all the characters and I also loved the connections to the original Alice in Wonderland. Towards the end, the book got darker without you realizing it.

THIS IS MY FAVOURITE PART ARE YOU READY??!

At first, I thought about bumping the rating down by 0.1 (4.9 rating) because although it pulls you in at the beginning, it is slightly slow in the middle. Although I still gave it 5 stars because I still really enjoyed reading it and it definitely picked up towards the end.

Give that a second to sink in..

WHAT WAS I THINKING?? Oh yes, I definetly ‘bumping the rating down by 0.1’ and then just in case you couldn’t do the math, I let you know that 5 – 0.1 is 4.9. Wow. I honestly have no words for this.

What made me think that I had to mention that, someone please explain.

Overall, I really love this book and I definitely recommend it!

Oh wait… the ending

Just when you thought it was over.

I really don’t know how I feel about it because there are so many plot twists and my emotions are all over the place and so many unexpected things you should have seen them coming. I am actually really proud of myself for guessing something that is a big spoiler but this book just keeps you guessing.

My heart is so broken and amazed at everything right now though…

Okay, we made it through the first one. It’s probably just me but I feel so awkward reading these. I also will never get over the fact that I said I’d lower my rating by 0.1 stars. I mean, I do half stars but not a freaking tenth of a star!!

 

 

➼  The Selection – Kiera Cass

Let me just say that at the time, I actually enjoyed this book. Then I read more and got more educated and it now currently holds a 1-star rating. But anyway, bare in mind that this was when I was first getting into YA and also before I could tell the good from the…not so good.

I was surprised at how much I liked this book! At first I couldn’t get into it and I could easily put it down but as I read on, it kept getting better and better.

Yeah, I don’t remember ever feeling like that…

I’ve also heard a lot of mixed opinions about The Selection so I was slightly unsure at first, but I ended up really liking it and it was totally surprised!

Didn’t I literally just say that

I really like America Singer who narrates the book. She’s so cool and reminds me of Ginny Wesley.

HOLD UP SIS. GINNY WEASELY IS LITERALLY ONE OF THE BEST LITERARY CHARACTERS OF ALL TIME AND 12 Y/O ME HAS THE AUDACITY TO COMPARE HER TO…AMERICA SINGER??!?!?

They literally both have red hair but the resemblance stops there.

Also ‘Wesley’ ???? You can tell I never even looked over this before I posted it.

I just love her personality… she’s just amazing! Although her name? Why? I mean I don’t like her name and is it a coincidence that she sings and her last name is Singer? Also, her knickname is Mer and is it pronounced Mer as mermaid or Mer as in America without the A and ica. Anyway, she’s still really cool…

I personally have a section of my heart which is my great pit of hatred for America Singer and I simply store all my anger there. So yeah, my opinions have changed.

and ‘knickname’?? that actually made me laugh so hard.


I also really liked the writing because even though it was slightly slow to get into, America’s narration didn’t make it boring.

I seem to remember the plot was as dull and lifeless as a loaf of stale bread.

Same with the plot, is was slightly slow but I wasn’t bored.
I can relate it to the Hunger Games so much because the castes are kind of (kind of) like factions and I think Aspen is like Gale. Like the Hunger Games, if you lost you went home, so basically enjoy the luxury of amazing food, clothes and rooms and it’s also lot of people fighting for one guy.

NO. 👏 SIS 👏 GET👏 YOUR 👏 REFERENCES 👏 STRAIGHT 👏 IF YOU LOST THE HUNGER GAMES THAT MEANS YOUR FREAKING DEAD. SINCE WHEN DID YOU GO HOME??!?!


I’m sorry but Aspen annoys me slightly because he’s stubborn and dumb. Not to be too harsh, he’s still pretty nice but definetly not my favourite character.

You can tell I was uncomfortable with roasting anyone at the time😂. I actually hated Aspen when I was reading it but didn’t want to say anything mean.

I also really like the relationship between America and Prince Maxon because once they get to know each other, they are so easy around each other. But when Prince Maxon calls people ‘my dear’ i just want to punch him. It anoys me sooooooo much!

ahhhh, there are so many things wrong with this paragraph. First of all can someone please tell me what “they are so easy around each other” means? Then I misspell yet another word and feel the need to add on an excessive amount of o’s to the word ‘so’ which only had one the last time I checked.

But the love triangle between America, Aspen and Prince Maxon was definetely one of the better ones I have read.

Just remember at this point in my life, the only other books that had actual ‘romance’ in them were The Hunger Games, Heartless, Tiny Pretty Things and Harry Potter. Saying it is one of the better love triangles I’ve read really doesn’t mean much.

I also still don’t know how to spell definetly.

 

➼  The Scorpio Races – Maggie Stiefvater

Okay, this review isn’t as bad as the other ones and it’s pretty quick which makes it less painful.

This book was really really good! The writing was just … I don’t have any words for how amazing it was and the character were all so lovable and beautiful.

At least I realised Maggie Stiefvater was an actual God from an early age.

At first I thought I was only going to give it five stars becuase although it was really nice and discriptive, my eyes kind of glazed over.

I have had multiple attempts at trying to understand what I was trying to say here. I think I meant to say four stars instead of five stars but we shall never truly know…

Spelling check: becuase and discriptive

Also what really frustated me was that through the amazingness of this book, I couldn’t properly get into it and I DON’T KNOW WHY!!?? But the last 100 pages were really good and made up for the rest of it.

Ah yes, ‘frustated’. One of my more common emotions


So basically this book is about an island with barbaric man eating horses and November cakes!! November cakes sound like absolute heaven.

I love how I switch from savage horses to November cakes in the same sentence

And then there’s Sean. I love Sean. I would read the whole book just for Sean. He is just so quiet and it’s so great. And I also love Pucks attitude.

This part just made me squirm. I guess I didn’t have the energy to elaborate on anything because this whole thing is so choppy

Although I wasn’t sure about this book in the beggining but I definetly still love it!

mmkay, I seriously needed Grammarly or something because I obviously have spelling issues.


 

I think that’s enough for today. As you can tell, I was a very awkward young 12-year-old child who didn’t know how to use words.

I’m quite glad that’s over because that was definetly a very…uncomfortable experience. Luckily my reviews have graduated from…that…to positively mediocre

 

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Monthly Wrapup

MONTHLY WRAPUP JANUARY 2019

Ok before you yell at me, yes I am aware that we are more than halfway through February. I was meant to write and post this two weeks ago but I kind of forgot and I haven’t ever missed a monthly wrap-up so I might as well post it even though it’s super late.

But anyway, for the first month of 2019, I thought it was pretty decent. Of course, I didn’t uphold any of my resolutions for more than a day but that happens every year, so nothing new.

In terms of reading, I was able to read quite a lot and definitely got to some books I had been wanting to read for a while. I finished my Harry Potter reread and was quite depressed after but I also managed to read a few new books as well.

My only regret is that I didn’t read any January releases which I’m kind of disappointed about but right now I’m doing my best to catch up with all the books I missed out on last month.

There are honestly so many good books that came out this month like King of Scars, the Wicked King, the Gilded Wolves and the Vanishing Stair. And I know there are more but these are the ones I was most excited for.

In January, I read 6 books with a total of 4,218 pages and with an average rating of 4.5/5 stars. In terms of genres, I basically read all fantasy with one contemporary and one classic.

I’d say my favourite book I read this month is definitely the Half-Blood Prince which was part of my Harry Potter re-readathon. I don’t know, I just found that I enjoyed this book so much more than I remembered!

But anyway, I’m going to try outa new format for this wrap-up and actually write a sentence for two for each book because I think these wrap-ups need a change.

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix

Author: J.K. Rowling

Rating: ★★★★★

I actually spent my new years eve reading this and then finished it around 2 in the morning so technically I was already a little way into this but wanted to count it for January anyway. I mean there isn’t much I can say about this because Harry Potter kind of speaks for itself but I obviously loved this and every time I read it, it just brings back so many happy memories. I think no matter where I am in my life or how old I am, Harry Potter will always make me feel at home. (sorry SORRY that was super cheesy)

 

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Author: J.K. Rowling

Rating: ★★★★★

I always loved this book but I feel like this time I loved it so much more. I don’t know but I just felt like they were at the perfect maturity level. They weren’t little kids or angsty teenagers or responsible adults but somewhere perfectly in the middle. I just enjoyed all their banter and all the character interactions seemed much better than usual. It was also their last year at Hogwarts so I was really trying to soak up as much of the school as possible. Ok, I also forgot how much I freaking love Ginny and would marry her if possible.

 

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Author: J.K. Rowling

Rating: ★★★★★

I will say that I think this is my least favourite in the series. Not to say that I still don’t love it but I just don’t really like the section when they’re all in the woods, not really doing anything but getting annoyed at each other and then Ron leaves. But I do still love this book and the battle at Hogwarts always makes me want to throw myself off the astronomy tower because of all the deaths.

 

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Queen of Air and Darkness

Author: Cassandra Clare

Rating: ★★★★☆

I’m sad to say that I didn’t enjoy this as much as the other books in the series. I think my expectations were a little high and I felt like a lot of the book was just setting up for the next series. I know that that is important but I just feel like we could have done with more of a conclusion to the series. It was also a little too long and I felt like there were definetly some parts that dragged on. But asides from that, I did still enjoy it! I loved all the moment with old characters and of course the Blackthorn family.

 

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Little Women

Author: Louisa May Alcott

Rating: ★★★★.5☆

This was my classic of the month and I also have a full review which is already posted on my blog. But to sum it up, I really really enjoyed this. I thought it was really sweet and enjoyable and I absolutely loved the March sisters. I thought they were all the nicest people ever and I loved seeing them grow up and just be a perfect little family together.

 

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Luna

Author: Julie Anne Peters

Rating: ★★★☆☆

This isn’t a book I would usually think to pick up but I’m still glad I did. I have read books with transgender rep in them but after reading this, I realised this was the first proper book which talked solely about what being transgender is like. It’s a very quick read which flies by really quickly. I thought the story was also really enjoyable and I also quite liked the characters. I really learned a lot from this book and I’m glad that I read it.


But anyway, that was my monthly wrapup and even though it’s extremely late, better late than never 😉

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Feel free to chat with me anytime. Was January a good reading month for you? What was your favourite book you read?

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