Check, Please!: #Hockey, Vol. 1 by Ngozi Ukazu | Book Review

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Title: Check, Please!: #Hockey, Vol. 1
Series: Check, Please!
Author: Ngozi Ukazu
Published: September 18, 2018
Genre: graphic novel, YA, LGBT, sports, comics
Pages: 288
My Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
Goodreads page

This review is short and spoiler free!

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Synopsis

Helloooo, Internet Land. Bitty here!

Y’all… I might not be ready for this. I may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It’s nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There’s checking. And then, there is Jack—our very attractive but moody captain.

A collection of the first half of the megapopular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: #Hockey is the first book of a hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life

(This synopsis is from Goodreads.)

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Do I Have That Book Challenge

I was just scrolling through my YouTube feed to find a video so I had an excuse to procrastinate, when I came across this book challenge. It’s been a hot minute since I’ve watched a BookTube video, so I was intrigued. After watching Keeping Tabs (the creator) take a stab at her own challenge, I wanted to give it a shot!

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Click here for the original creator of this challenge!

Granted, I recently got rid of 60+ books from my shelf so this might be a bit more difficult.

Oh well.

The general rules I got from her instructions were this:

1. Time yourself trying to find each prompt on your shelf
2. Try and beat the time of the person who challenged you.
3. Don’t forget to tag your challenger and the original creator.
4. Have fun!

I decided that rather than time myself and cause my stress levels to go off the charts, I would just try and find each prompt on my shelf. Each prompt that I find a book for will count as a point. The max amount of points is 20 (since there’s 20 prompts). Plus, me just telling the time it took me to find all these books would not be that exciting.

It occurs to me now that this challenge is probably more enjoyable in video form, but alas, I am not a BookTuber. I apologize in advanced.

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Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Book Review

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Title: Every Last Breath
Series: The Dark Elements, #3
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: August 1, 2015
Genre: young adult, romance, paranormal, fantasy
Pages: 400
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Goodreads page

WARNING: There are spoilers in this review. You have been warned.

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Spider-Verse Characters as Book Characters

Sooooooo recently I finally got around to watching Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse in theaters, and it was fan-fricking-tastic! The artistry, the animation, the subtle themes, and the SOUNDTRACK. Oh my goodness, it was a medley of awesomeness and hype all wrapped up in a nice package in the form of a two hour movie masterpiece.

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I mean, LOOK AT THIS AMAZINGNESS!

Ahem….

If you can’t tell, I loved the movie.

Every since I watched it a couple days ago, I can’t seem to get it out of my head. I was having a hard time brainstorming some ideas of what to post on this blog, when I realized that I could just take what was occupying my mind and turn in into a post. There’s this whole thing that was going around the internet where artists would create their own Spider-sona (like persona, but as a spider-hero), and that inspired me to think of which book character each spider-hero reminded me of the most. I going to limit this list to just the spider-heroes because they were my favorite.  Continue reading

Top 10 Books Read in 2018

2018 has finally come to an end. To some, it was a great year. To others (including myself), I can’t be more glad that it’s over. Now that I’m back from my hiatus, I want to recap my most favorite books I read in 2018.

Not going to lie, I was going to do a “top 18 books of 2018” but then I realized that list would consist of over half the books I’ve read… needless to say I vetoed that idea really quickly. My goal this year is to read more books.

Speaking of reading more, don’t forget to create a reading challenge on Goodreads (if that’s your thing)! New year = new goals. I’m going to try and be more active on Goodreads (and actually post reviews rather than just ratings) this year, but we’ll see what happens.

Alright. Enough chit chat. Onwards to the books!

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Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas | Book Review

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Title: Tower of Dawn
Series: Throne of Glass, #6
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published: September 5, 2017
Genre: young adult, fantasy, romance
Pages: 672
My Rating: ★★★★★
Goodreads page

Warning: This is the sixth book in the Throne of Glass series. There are spoilers in this review. 

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Happy 2019! (I’m back!)

Happy New Years everyone! I hope you guys had a fantastic 2018 and are having a great start to this new year!

I had been very on and off on this platform in 2018, especially where I disappeared in November and December. My goal this year is to post more consistently, but I don’t think I’ll have a set schedule yet. I’m hoping to get at least one post a week in, but I’m aiming for at least two.

For those who have joined me while I was M.I.A., welcome! Sorry I haven’t been here for a while.

As for the reason why I disappeared for the past two months….

A lot of bad things occurred all at the same time to me and my family at the beginning of November, and I just couldn’t handle more responsibility and stress than I already had on my plate at the time. So I had to drop blogging for a while to make sure I could sleep at a decent time and my mental health was stable enough. Frankly, I didn’t have the time to read, so it’s not like I could’ve reviewed many books anyway. On top of all the bad news that we’ve received, I had been working on my next step to my future aka college apps (insert massive, tired groan here). With all that was going on, I wanted to get my college apps out the way as soon as possible, so I dedicated the last couple months to applying to some universities. (Just for the record, no, I do not have a dream school. I would be very happy to be accepted into any of the colleges I’ve applied to.)

It’s the start of 2019, and with a new year comes new resolutions. I already mentioned my goal to post more consistently and another one of my goals for this blog is to have a more positive attitude in my posts. Looking back, I complained a lot. Whether it was about my state of health or everything that was going on, I felt as though I was rather negative. So, starting from this day forward, this blog will (hopefully) be negativity free.

Speaking of state of health, I’ve been getting sick less frequently, which is good. Not saying that I don’t get sick anymore (I was sick just last week), but it’s improving. A personal goal of mine this year is to improve my immune system, because everyone and their mother knows I need to. Wish me luck.

As always, I want to read more books. I read a whopping total of 31 books in 2018 (an all time low), so my goal this year is to read at least 32 books. Baby steps.

Another reading goal of mine is to read most of the books that I own but but haven’t read. Most of them have been sitting on my shelf for over a year now, and I honestly need to get to it because the number of unread books I have is getting ridiculous. One of the first books I plan to read is Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas because I recently finished Tower of Dawn (review coming soon) and I NEED to know what happens next.

Also, I recently had to get rid of a lot of the books I own, because my family will be moving soon and can’t afford to lug around the amount of books I’ve accumulated over the years. Now that I think about it, I can officially make my first un-haul post. Wow, now I’m excited!

Anywho, I hope this post finds you guys in good health and I can’t wait to start this year with a bang!

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What are some of your goals for this new year? (bookish or personal)

What was your favorite memory of 2018?

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Until next time….

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Halloween Book Tag!

It’s the middle of October now and that means Halloween is just around the corner! Everyone and everything is getting ready for Halloween!

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To be honest, I’m a complete chicken when it comes to scary/creepy things but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the festivities that come with the holiday. What better way to celebrate the spooky spirit than with a book tag?

This tag was created by Naomi The Book Lover over on YouTube. I wasn’t tagged by anyone per say but no one needs to know that 😉

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Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosozka | ARC Review

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Image result for hey kiddo bookTitle: Hey, Kiddo
Series: standalone
Author: Jarrett J. Korsoczka
Published: October 9, 2018
Genre: memoir, non-fiction, graphic novel
Pages: 320
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Goodreads page

This review is spoiler free!

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I was given a free review copy from Graphix/Scholastic in exchange for a review. This does not skew my review in any one direction.

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Synopsis

Hey, Kiddo is the graphic memoir of author-illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Raised by his colorful grandparents, who adopted him because his mother was an incarcerated heroin addict, Krosoczka didn’t know his father’s name until he saw his birth certificate when registering for a school ski trip. Hey, Kiddo traces Krosoczka’s search for his father, his difficult interactions with his mother, his day-to-day life with his grandparents, and his path to becoming an artist.

To date, nearly one million people have viewed Krosoczka’s TED Talk about his experience. Artwork from his childhood and teen years will be incorporated into the original illustrations for the book.

(This synopsis is from Goodreads.)

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