September Wrap Up & October TBR

I had a pretty slow reading month in the beginning but it really picked up towards the end of the month after finishing Daughter of the Burning City! It wasn’t the best reading month for me but I’m happy with the number of books I read either way.

Wrap Up! 

 

Cleopatra in Space by Mike Maihack, They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera, The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood, Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody, Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco and The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

TBR! 

 

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas, The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry, Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin, One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake and Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

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August and September Book Haul

I bought some books!! Some of these were bought in preparation for a book festival and others were just bought because I love new books. I thought it was nice to post something other than a review or book tag and I’ve thought about doing these more often but I don’t buy as many books right now.

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Now I Rise by Kiersten White

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Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

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Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

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Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz

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Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

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They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

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The Witches by Stacy Schiff

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The Handmaids Tale by Margret Atwood

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Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

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The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

 

The Handmaids Tale ★★★★★

4.75 stars

This wasn’t supposed to be a review of the novel because at first, it was going to just be a mess of thoughts and quotations that I liked but then I started to write and it just ended up organized like my reviews. 

Goodreads Summary:

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…

My review:

I really liked reading this book and in the beginning, there was a section about Atwood’s past and I thought that that really added something to the novel.

Sometimes you just read a book and know it’s going to change the way you see the things happening around you. I knew this before going into the book and yet it’s still changed me. Sometimes that might sound cheesy or fake but I mean it in the most honest way I can mean it. I’m already a woman who doesn’t want the world to turn into a misogynistic hellhole where women are treated worse than they already are. I guess you could call me a feminist in the literal sense of the word, not what many people perceive it to be.  

This book is about the struggles women face when everything is taken away from them. I can’t think of a thing that they are able to have without someone watching them or having it with the fear of being killed for it. In this dystopian society, the threat of death looms over everyone’s heads. No religion is safe and no gender is safe. 

I really liked the main character Offred. She was an educated woman before the totalitarian government took away all of her freedoms and once she found out she wasn’t excited to become her husband’s property. I don’t blame Offred for never acting out or trying to see those that she had lost because she was being threatened with death. If anything she had a case of Stockholm syndrome and that’s not her fault, so can you really be mad at her when she does something you don’t think you would do. 

I really wanted to mention one of my favorite quotes from this book and that is “A man is just a woman’s strategy for making other women.” This quote is not only humorous but one that made me feel something while reading it. I don’t often stop reading to mark a page or underline a quote but in this case, I had to. 

This book doesn’t really have an ending. I say that because the author doesn’t tell you what happens to Offred in the end. Atwood leaves it up to the reader’s interpretation of the story to predict how she lived or died once the book was over. I generally don’t like this in books and while I can’t say I was happy to see it end this way, I’m not that mad.

I’d highly highly recommend this book to anyone because it’s not only educational it’s an interesting read about what could potentially happen to our society if we continue down the path we’re on. I would probably say that waiting until at least high school to read this book would probably be the smartest idea as there is some stuff in the book that is a little risqué. 

Books I’ll Probably Never Read

Septembers almost over and that means it’s almost Halloween!! Halloween is definitely one of my favorite holidays and I’m really excited for everything that comes with the holiday. This is also a tag that’s been sitting in my drafts for a little while so I’ve finally dragged it out for the world to see!

1. A really hyped up book you’re not interested in reading.

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabah Tahir is one that I got from the library and then only read about 20 pages before putting it down and never wanting to pick it up again.

2. A series you won’t start/won’t be finishing?

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The 5th wave is a series I’ve talked about before but it’s these books that always come to mind whenever someone asks what books I’m never going to finish. I could also put the Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown here because I doubt I’ll ever read the third book.

3. A classic that you’re just not interested in?

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Les Misérables by Victor Hugo is something I can just never see myself picking up to read even though I own a copy of it. 

4. Any genres you never read?

Anything political or historical war novels. I can’t get through any of those kinds of books.

5. A book on your shelves you’ll probably never actually read?

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The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell is a book I found at a bookstore (can’t remember which one) and I fell in love with the cover. I read the backstory and decided that it was something I might read but now I’m not so sure.

 

One Lovely Blog Award!

Thanks so much to Ana and her mum over at Biblioflies13 for nominating me for this award! I’ve not done one of these before because it’s always felt a little odd but I decided why not this time.

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog.
  • Add the One Lovely Blog Award logo to your post.
  • Share 7 things about yourself.
  • Pass this on to as many people as you like (max 15).
  • Include this set of rules.
  • Inform your nominees.

1. I really love reading, obviously. I prefer to read books in their physical form because I feel like I can just follow a story much better that way. I’ve also just started reading without the dustjacket on because I almost ripped mine a few weeks ago. Definitely a terrifying moment, much scarier than the movie IT.

2. I’ve had my tattoo for a little over a year now! I got the constellation Draco on my right forearm and I absolutely love it. I’m planning on getting more at some point but as of right now, I’m content with the one I have.

3. I really love to watch TV shows with my mum and we’re always looking for new shows to watch. We just started Strain and we’re really liking it so far. I think the only shows that we don’t watch together are Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Game of Thrones.

4. I’m planning to go to Colorado State in order to get my science degree so I can work my way up to a Ph.D.  in Veterinary science. I just applied to an online STEM class through NASA so hopefully, I get in and can learn more about science!

5. I had a really long period where I wasn’t reading and that was when I was living overseas because of all the sports I was doing. I got back into it when I moved back to the states but I was still sad that I missed not reading for that long year and a half.

6. I don’t think I’ll ever stop buying books, even though I still have so many unread books sitting on my shelf. I especially love buying books from used bookstores because they have such an amazing atmosphere. They’re also cheaper but books are books.

7. I really love traveling and don’t ever want to stop going to countries that I can learn from. I guess that’s because I’ve grown up traveling and I was born overseas so, to me, it’s in my blood to travel.

 

 

They Both Die at the End ★★★★★

4.5 stars

I’ve never had the chance to read any of Adam Silvera’s other books and after reading this one, I might need to pick them up. This book was a short contemporary read that I really enjoyed. I ended up flying through this book in about a day and I still haven’t decided if I’m okay with it.

Goodreads Summary:

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.

My Review:

I loved the two main characters and how they were such opposites and yet they connected so well. Sometimes people are just too different from one another but in this case, they were perfect for each other. Even though there were multiple points of view in this book, they were done in the best way possible. Each “chapter” was short and it never got confusing as to who was talking. I also liked the way that whenever a character who wasn’t Mateo or Rufus was the subject of a chapter the author started the chapter the same way.

This book didn’t make me cry because I obviously knew what was going to happen but I could definitely see myself re-reading it and crying if I’m in a mood. I wouldn’t suggest reading this book if you’re looking for something light-hearted but I mean who picks up a book titled They Both Die at the End and expects something happy.

I really like how they both end up finding themselves in each other and ending their last day together. This book was an uplifting read for the LQBTQA+ community because they both end up finding someone on their last day and if they can do it then anyone can. It’s something that every person in the community wants to hear and even though the book is sad, it is also meaningful and wonderful. Obviously, I loved this book and would really recommend it to anyone in the LGBTQA+ community.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a contemporary read that is cute and also sad. This book is a little risque and maybe not for kids younger than 15 but as I’ve said before, everyone knows their own limits and can make their own decisions. I’m definitely going to pick up his books in the future and I hope that maybe you guys decide to pick this book up!

The Gilmore Girls Book Tag

Hello! Hello! I found a Gilmore Girls book tag! My mum and I watch the show together a lot and so this tag was something I just had to do! I did get rid of some of the characters off this list because it was really long and I wasn’t going to pick a book for each of the many many characters off of the show. I also included gifs for this tag! I got all of them off of google images and I really like what it adds to the tag!!

Lorelei- A character with a witty or sarcastic sense of humor

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Tyrion Lannister is someone who I’d definitely consider to be witty and sarcastic.

Rory- Your favorite classic

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Alice in Wonderland, Sherlock Holmes or Animal Farm. I can never pick just one.

Luke- A book you secretly love but are afraid to admit.

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I’m not really afraid to admit I love any book, but, I really did enjoy the Twilight series and the Selection series by Kiera Cass

Lane- A musical character

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August Flynn from the Monsters of Verity duology by Victoria Schwab is the first musical character that comes to mind for a recent read.

Dean- Your first book love

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As in book I first loved? I think maybe Tigers Curse by Colleen Houck. If it means the first character I loved then it’s more than likely going to be Jace Herondale.

Sooki- A book you’ve devoured

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I flew through the House of Night series so fast, I loved it in middle school! But I recently just devoured More Than This by Patrick Ness! I read it on the bus on the way to Northern Ireland and it was such a good read!

Jess- A book you love, that gets the most hate.

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Tigers Curse doesn’t get a lot of hate right now but Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is. I don’t love Red Queen but I certainly don’t hate it.

Miss Patty- A book that was ruined by the hype

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Any of John Greens books because I went into them expecting so much more than I got. Especially Paper Towns.

Emily Gilmore- An expensive book

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My edition of Sherlock Holmes that I got from 221B Bakers Street in London!! It’s beautiful though so it’s all right.

Richard Gilmore- A character death you will never get over

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This is probably the most common answer but as of right now I can’t think of any one else except for Dobby the house elf from Harry Potter.

Michel- A book with a character who has an accent

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Outlander, of course, has Jamie and his wonderful Scottish accent

Babette and Morey- A couple you couldn’t imagine not being together

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Clary and Jace because they were my first otp and they’re just amazing together.