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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September 2018 Wrap-Up

I’ll admit it. This past couple months I’ve been slacking on posts. It’s to the point that I’ve forgotten to do a wrap-up for… I don’t even know how many months I skipped. In fact, I don’t remember the last time I did a wrap up. It’s been that long.

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This month, I decided I really needed to step up my post game and made a goal to post at least once a week. Because of that, I actually have enough posts to do a wrap up!

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Four-Word Summary Challenge

I was watching the Try Guys the other week and their video of celebrating their four-year anniversary by playing a game where they pick a slip of paper with titles of videos they made and try to explain it to their partners in four words in four seconds. I thought that would be fun to apply to books, so here we are.

Because I don’t make videos or write books, I’m using a list of books that I’ve read. I wrote down a whole bunch of (hopefully) well-known YA books and selected 15 of them to try and make a summary in four words (or less).

The two rules I have are:

  1. I’m not allowed to use any words in the book title
  2. I’m not allowed to use any character names.

If you want to play along, you can try and guess what book I’m talking about after reading my short summary and then click the drop down to reveal the title. For the most part, if a book is part of a series, I used the first book just so there would be less spoilers.

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My Book in GIFs Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Audrey @ Audrey Writes Abroad. Thank you so much for tagging me. It’s been a fat minute since I’ve done a tag, so I know I’m going to have a lot of fun with this.

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These are the rules:

Show your WIP in 10-20 GIFs (or more, eff them rules), or about a book recently read that you loved! It’s up to you! Just make sure to tag me so I can read your awesome GIF story!

Since I’m not writer, I’m going to choose a book I recently read.

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Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff | Book Review

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“Live a life worth dying for.”

Image result for obsidioTitle: Obsidio
Series: The Illuminae Files, #3
Author: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Published: March 13, 2018
Genre: young adult, sci-fi, adventure
Pages: 615 (it’s thicc)
My Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads page

Attention: This review contains spoilers from the past books in the series but no spoilers from this book itself!

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First Impressions of Books pt. 2

I don’t know why, but I’m super excited to do this. I had so much fun last time trying to figure out what each book was about solely based on its cover and title (which if you want to check out my first attempt click here).

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If you don’t know what this is or have forgotten, first impressions is where 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. Don’t worry, I made sure to only use standalones or first books in series to avoid spoilers.

I also linked the Goodreads page of each book to its title in case anyone wants to add a book to their TBR or something.

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Nine YA Books with Cute Romances

I don’t know about you, but I’m currently on a To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before high right now. After watching the movie, Peter and Lara Jean are all I can think about.

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(I probably won’t stop fangirling about them for a while. Just a warning. Speaking of fangirling about Noah and Lana, I read this Buzzfeed article about them and I honestly can’t handle how cute they are together. Just when you don’t think they could get any cuter they hit you with something like this.)

Anyway, I wanted to suggest some books for those who are looking for some cute book relationships after watching/reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Girl (or guy), I get it. I can’t handle the adorable-ness either.

Some of these book/series are mega popular and you’ve probably already read them, but I hope you find some gems in here that you haven’t tried out.

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Movie Appreciation Post

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed that the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before movie on Netflix blew up when it first came out. Everyone is buzzing about it, and not having Netflix access at the moment, I was devastated that I couldn’t join in on all the conversation and fangirling everyone was doing.

Recently, my friend invited me over to her house and we watched the movie together, and let me tell you, the movie is GLORIOUS. It was so cute that I wanted to combust with gooey happiness.

I was so in love that I decided to dedicate a whole post about how much I love this movie. That being said, there are major spoilers in this post, so if you haven’t watched the movie or read the book and plan on doing so, I highly suggest you skip on reading this and come back later.

Just a warning: There is a lot of shouting and fangirling in this post. Not sorry about it.

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Operation Survive Space – The Team

For the past couple months I’ve been in a reading slump. One day, I decided to pick up  Obsidio (yes, I know I’m very late to the trend), and I have to tell you, it is GLORIOUS to be reading again. Not only am I happy with my reading selection, the story and characters are so great and I can’t even start describing how much I love this series.

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For those of you who don’t know what Obsidio is, it’s the third and last book in The Illuminae Files series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. The first book, Illuminae, follows this pair of teens trying to survive in space after their planet was attacked (this is a super simplified blurb… if you want to read more about on its Goodreads page). Each book introduces a new pair of main characters, for a total of six main protagonists and a handful of other prominent characters.

That being said, I was thinking about how I would do if I had to survive in space (conclusion: I’d be the first to die). Then that spurred me into the whole, “if you were stranded on an island, who would you choose to be stranded with” situation… although now that I think about it, I don’t think a person would have much choice as to who they would be stranded on an island with if they crashed there….

ANYWAY, I wanted to comprise a list of my team of six people (because there are two main characters from each book and there are three books) to maximize my chance to survive space before reaching a sanctuary of sorts. I followed the simple guidelines:

  1. The people must be fictional book characters.
  2. They don’t actually have to be human.
  3. They can’t be from The Illuminae Files series.
  4. No spoiling The Illuminae Files series.
  5. The ship you are on is crawling with creatures/people who would kill you if caught.
  6. Remember that you’re going to be stuck in space for months, if not years.

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