June Wrap Up & July TBR

I actually read a lot this month! I don’t think I’ll read as much next month but you never really know I guess. I think this is the most books that I’ve read in such a short amount of time recently.

June Wrap Up!

The Book of Whispers by Kimberley Starr, Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare, Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke, We Are Okay by Nina LaCour and Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab, Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner, The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi and Empress of A Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

July TBR

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Luxe by Anna Godbersen, The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

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Scotland & Ireland – Update

So I leave for Ireland today! I’m really excited to spend two weeks in Europe learning about the history of everything I can. I have a lot of stuff planned and for that reason, I’m not entirely sure how much I will be able to post. Because of this, I think I’m going to only post on the Tuesdays and Saturdays that I am there. This will make it easier for me and will give me the opportunity to write quality posts instead of posting a mass of book tags. Some of my posts will also be about my trip so if you’re not interested just feel free to ignore me for a day or two.

I have nothing against a good book tag but I do not want my blog to be overrun like it sometimes has been in the past. I like having a mix of both reviews and tags so that the blog never really becomes stale but I just can’t post book tags.

As of right now, I will have a post up on June 29th, July 1st, July 4th and July 8th while I am over in Europe. I fly home on July 11th and once I am home I will be moving house so once I come back I will have to decide if I will have enough time to publish things I am proud of. As much as it pains me to say, I might have to go back to posting twice a week throughout July but I’m not entirely sure yet.

I hope that all makes sense and I hope you can all understand why I’m changing things for the time being. I will most likely go back to posting three times a week in August because I really do like posting so frequently. I hope you all have a great day and the next time you hear from me I will be hanging out in Europe!!

 

Book Buying Habits Tag

Hello Hello, time for another book tag that has absolutely no pictures 😦 I put a gif or two in but there really wasn’t any way for me to make this more fun and that sucks. I did include links to the websites that I talked about but other than that it’s pretty straight forward. I hope you enjoy the tag and I tag anyone who wants to do this!

Where do you buy your books from?

I normally buy my books from Barnes and Noble because I have a membership there and I just love the atmosphere so every time I go in I end up picking up a book. I also order books from Amazon and Bookoutlet quite frequently. I will very rarely buy a book or two from Books-a-million because it’s the closest bookstore to me and sometimes they have good books on sale.

Do you ever pre-order books and if so, do you do this in-store or online?

I love pre-ordering books and I always do it through Amazon because then I get the book on the day it comes out!

On average, how many books do you buy a month?

It depends on the month really but it can be anywhere from 2 to 10. It’s defiantly higher if I order from Bookoutlet because you really can’t beat the deals.

Do you use your local library?

I do, not as much as I used to but I do still go sometimes.

If so, how many do you borrow at a time?

I always say that I’m only going to check out one or two but I always find books that I’ve been dying to read so sometimes I’ll walk out with anywhere from two to eight books. I think the most I’ve checked out at one time was about 15 and that was because it was summer break and the only library around was the one at school.

What’s your opinion on library books?

I love them a lot. They are always kept in such good condition and you can always leave recommendations on the shelves.

How do you feel about charity shop/second-hand books?

Literally the greatest thing! You can find such great books in second-hand shops for such a good price.

Do you keep your read and TBR pile together/on the same bookshelf or not?

I do because the way I organize my shelf is to keep authors together and to keep hardcovers together so in order to do so it gets kind of messy. But messy in a good way that works for me.

Do you plan to read all the books you own?

I wish I could say yes but as of right now there are just some books that I don’t think I’ll ever get to or ever really want to.

What do you do with books that you own and that you’ll feel you’ll never read/enjoy?

I either sell them to a local used bookstore or I donate them to the library for the used book sales that they have fairly often.

Have you ever donated books?

Yes, I’ve donated a crap ton of books. To be honest, it makes me feel a little better when I buy books because I know that I’ll actually have room for them.

Do you feel like you buy too many books?

Hmm that’s actually a pretty hard question because sometimes I do but then other times I won’t buy a book for three weeks and I can step back to say that I don’t buy that many. In the grand scheme of things I probably do buy a decent amount more than I should.

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We Are Okay ★★★☆☆

2.5 Stars

This book wasn’t amazing but it was just your average contemporary novel. I cannot give it any more than three stars because even though I read it really quickly, it just wasn’t amazing. I don’t really know what to say about this book but I met the author and she’s really nice so there’s that.

Goodreads Summary:

You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…

Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

My Review:

So I’ve already said that I don’t like this book very much but that’s not me hating on the book. It just made absolutely no difference to me at all. To me, this book didn’t really need to be a thing except for the fact that it has a girlxgirl relationship in it.

I didn’t really care for the main character but her friend was someone who I could see myself being friends with. I also wasn’t a fan of the grandfather but I think that might have been the entire reason for his character. He was sketchy and just didn’t treat his granddaughter like a granddaughter. Everything is kind of explained later on but it still isn’t the most interesting thing to read about and I mostly skim read his paragraphs.

This book goes from the past to the future everytime a new chapter starts and it wasn’t done terribly but it wasn’t completely clear at times. Out of all the books I’ve read that switch time points so often, this book was definitely up there because of how well it was done. At least compared to some others.

I honestly don’t have much else to say about this book because it just wasn’t anything special. I’m not sure if I can really recommend this book to anyone but it is good if you just want a quick light read. Other than that, this book isn’t really worth the time unless you are looking for a contemporary book that can get you out of a book slump.

OMG This Song Book Tag

This is such a cool tag because I love both music and books! I’ve linked the original tag below and I definitely recommend checking it out! I didn’t really explain the reasoning behind any of the books but if anyone is interested in knowing just comment down below and I’ll be happy to explain a little!

1. My Jam: a song you MUST listen to every time it comes on, no matter how old or how many times you’ve listened to it / a book you’ll never get sick of

Floral and Fading by Pierce the Veil; The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner and of course A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

2. Throwback: a song that reminds you of the cringest time of your life / a book that also reminds you of this time (or just something you wouldn’t like as much if you picked it up for the first time now)

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Bad Boy by Cascada; House of Night series by P.C. Cast

3. Replay: a recent song you have on repeat right now / a recent favorite book

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Dinner Bell by With Confidence; TruthWitch by Susan Dennard

4. Gets Me: this song IS ME / this book is me in book form

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Hard to Please by State Champs; City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

5. Wut: weird but I like it? / a unique book that stuck out to you for whatever reason

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Young and Menace by Fall Out Boy; Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufmann

6. Let’s Go: best pump up song (for workouts or just life) / a book that inspired you

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Believer by Imagine Dragons; The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker

7. Chill: fav chill, relaxing song / a book you’d curl up with and read on a rainy day

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Jamie All Over (acoustic) by Mayday Parade; A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

8. Addicting: guilty pleasure song – one that’s catchy and addicting but not a whole lot of substance / guilty pleasure/trashy/fast/light read

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Fergalicious by Fergie; Cherub series by Robert Muchamore

9. Nostalgia: throwback you look back on fondly / a book you read forever ago that you look back on fondly or reminds you of a happy childhood time

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Nine in the Afternoon by Panic! at the Disco; Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan

Wink Poppy Midnight ★★☆☆☆

2 Stars

I really expected more from this book. This book was a mess and it just wasn’t worth the time it took to read it to be completely honest. This book wasn’t terrible, which is why it’s got a half point above 2 stars but it was just so lacking.

Goodreads Summary:

Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair, and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.

My Review:

I feel bad for just trashing this book but I just really didn’t like it. I read it in two hours and if I hadn’t decided to sit down and finish it I highly doubt I would have ever finished it. This is the kind of book I would read 75 pages of and then put on my DNF list.

The cover is so beautiful but I hated the title once I started reading the book. I thought the book title was a hint towards the plot but no it’s just the names of the three main characters. I don’t mind books with more than one main character, for example, Six of Crows was done amazingly well but this book was a mess. There are no real chapters and you switch POV’s so often and randomly it just doesn’t work.

One of the characters, Poppy is “that” girl. Except she’s “that girl” to the max. She isn’t just mean, confident and cocky. She is vindictive, harsh, arrogant and selfish. The goal of the author for Poppy might have been to create a “villain” but it just didn’t work. This character was one that I wanted to throw out of the book and never hear from again.

This book attempts to have a good plot twist but it doesn’t really work. The character was made to be a certain way but then she magically does something completely out of character? It was just a dumb plot twist and I think that it didn’t add anything to the story.

I will say that the writing style in this book is amazing. It is whimsical and was one of the reasons I continued to read it because it kind of wraps you into a snare. I wish the writing style was enough to save this book but it just wasn’t. I haven’t read any of Tucholke’s other books but after reading the writing in this one I still might pick up Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.

I don’t really think I would recommend this book to anyone because it just isn’t worth it. Maybe if you don’t have anything else to read this might be a cool pick but definitely, don’t buy it. This is a last result kind of book and as much as I hate to say it, the characters are not memorable at all.

 

Book Buying Ban Round 2

I’ve put myself on another book buying ban and I’m not totally okay with it. I’m trying to save some money for my trip to the wonderful Scotland but so many good books are coming out soon!! Last time I was on one of these I ended up only lasting about a month and a half before I caved and bought a new book. This one will probably last about a month so it isn’t the longest one but it is still something!

I’ve always liked the idea of going on a book buying ban because it gives me time to read the books that I’ve already bought. Of course, you can always read the books you’ve bought but whenever I buy a new book I always want to read it before anything else. It gets a little overwhelming and so I think that doing these every so often helps to alleviate the stress that builds up in my life.

I’m also moving so I have to start packing up the books I already have. This means that I can’t really buy any more books because I already have so many to carry around with me! Moving has always been a stressful thing so I think that having my reading schedule planned out and removing any new books from the equation will help lower my stress levels.

Comment down below if you’ve ever gone on a book buying ban because I’d love to hear about your experience. If not, would you ever think about going on one and do you think you would be able to stick to it?