Let’s Talk: Favorite Book/Series

I’ll be honest: I don’t have a lot of non-internet friends that like to read. That means I don’t have a lot of people to talk to face-to-face about books, which is the whole reason why I started this blog. That being said, I’ve been wondering what everyone’s favorite book/series is and why, because I’ve been thinking about expanding my horizons and reading something I wouldn’t normally pick up (or maybe something I would read but never knew existed). Also, I’m going down the rabbit hole and trying to expand my TBR list to combat my ongoing TBR cleanse.

So now I ask: What is your favorite book or series and why?

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I’ll go first.

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I need your help: Kindles!

I’m probably going to delete this later, but I’ve been thinking about getting a Kindle e-reader for quite some time now. I used to have a tablet that I read all my ebooks on but now that I don’t have it anymore, I was thinking about investing in an e-reader since that was basically all I ever used to tablet for anyways.

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Currently I’m reading all my ebooks on my laptop, which can become a hassle at night because I love to lay down on my bed and read, and holding a laptop above my face is… well… very dangerous. I haven’t dropped my laptop on my face yet, but I don’t want to find out how it feels when a brick of metal hits my nose. Yeah… no thank you.

I only know one person who owns a Kindle (I don’t know too many people in my town who love to read in general) and she said I should invest in an e-reader. However, I wanted more people’s thoughts and opinions before I put down $100 or so for a Kindle.

That being said, I have a question for you:

If you own a Kindle, which model do you own and
do you think it’s worth it? Why or why not?

If you own a different e-reader, which one do
you own and what are your thoughts about it?

Please let me know about your thoughts in the comments because I could really use your help!

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Until next time….

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi | Book Review

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Image result for children of blood and boneTitle: Children of Blood and Bone
Series: Legacy of Orïsha, #1
Author: Tomi Adeyemi
Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Genres: young adult, fantasy
Pages: 544
My Rating: 4.5 / 5
Goodreads page

There are no spoilers in this review.

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Synopsis

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

(This synopsis is from Goodreads.)

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First Impressions of Books pt. 3

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done one of these, so I thought I should bring it back again. Basically, the premise is to find the covers of books you don’t know anything about and try and guess the blurb solely based on the cover. It’s literally “judging a book by its cover.” I’ve done this before in the past, so if you want to check out my first two attempts click here and here).

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The “official” rules of first impressions is that I take a bunch of books that I have no idea what they’re about, look at their cover, and try and judge what the story is about. Then I’ll read the blurb and figure out how close I was to the actual story. I chose only standalones or the first books of series to avoid any spoilers when I reveal the actual blurb.

Let’s get started!

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Stranger Things Book Tag

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I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but I wanted to write something in the spirit of the 4th of July (a.k.a. America’s Independence Day). I asked myself, what’s going to happen on this day? Probably cook outs, hanging out with family and friends, fireworks, and STRANGER THINGS SEASON 3, BABYYYYYYYY!

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Let me tell you, I have been waiting for this season to come out for too long. I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT and now I can finally do it! My family doesn’t really celebrate the 4th of July other than going to watch the fireworks in the evening, so you bet your bottom dollar that I’m going to be spending the whole day binging the whole season.

Anyhow, in the spirit of 4th of July and the next season of Stranger Things coming out, I’m doing the Stranger Things book tag.

I got the graphics for this tag from Flavia the Bibliophile. (The creator of this tag is Nisha @ A Running Commentary but all the links I clicked send me to this page saying it doesn’t exist. I think she either deleted her blog or changed the name….)

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The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

THE END IS NIGH! Well… the end of the first half of the year has come. What better way to celebrate surviving six months of the eventful year we call 2019 than with a mid-year book freak out tag?

Ever since classes ended and summer has started, I’ve been trying to catch up with some reading. I’ve definitely read a lot more for fun this month than I have in the past. Most of the books I’ve read so far were for English class. We read A TON. Some were amazing. Some… not so much.

I was tagged by Norees from No Reads Too Great. Thank you so much for tagging me! I was having trouble thinking of what I wanted to write so this saved my day!

It should also be noted that I took the route than Norees did and answered only five of the many, many questions in this tag. If you want to do the full tag, I listed all the questions at the bottom of this post.

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Throne of Glass Characters as Songs | Book Playlist

Okay, hear me out: I was listening to the radio when I heard this song that sort of reminded me of Lorcan. Weird, I know, but I couldn’t help but think that it perfectly summed up his character and attitude. I know authors sometimes make playlists for their readers to help them understand the vibe of the book they wrote. So those two elements combined are the inspiration for this post. I thought it would be cool to find a song that represents each main character in the Throne of Glass series. Some of these songs I think the lyrics reflect the character while others I just think the overall vibe of the song sums up the character nicely.

That being said, I might miss a couple characters here and there.

Also, I have the most basic music taste so I apologize if your music taste is more refined than mine. I’m an easy to please gal, alright?

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Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass, #7) by Sarah J. Maas | Book Review

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Image result for kingdom of ashTitle: Kingdom of Ash
Series: Throne of Glass, #7
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Genre: YA fantasy, romance, paranormal
Pages: 992
My Rating: ★★★★★
Goodreads page

READERS BEWARE: This review has KoA spoilers.

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April Wrap-Up and Planned Hiatus

GUYS! I just realized something very, very embarrassing. I was typing up this post when I realized that I don’t quite remember what I normally put in my monthly wrap-ups. I decided to do some hunting and found the last wrap-up I’ve done, and it happened to be in September of 2018. S E P T E M B E R.

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… ANYWAYS, I’m finally doing another wrap-up after six months have passed. Huzzah. (please don’t hate me)

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TBR Cleanse – Kick or Keep? Pt. 7

I’ll admit it. I definitely dropped the ball on this one. It was my own little personal project to make sure that my TBR was especially tailored to me, meaning that I had to get rid of the books that I no longer had interest in that has been sitting in my TBR for months or maybe even years.

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That being said, I’m ready to get back on track. I’m just going to start where I left off.

Here are the rules to the “cleanse”:

  1. Choose the first 10 books in your TBR list.
  2. Read the blurb.
  3. Decide whether to keep it or “kick” it out of the list.
  4. Repeat with the next 10 books every week until you go through the whole list.

(All the blurbs were taken from Goodreads.)

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