May Wrap Up & June TBR

May Wrap Up

During the month of May, I finished 4 books. 3 of those was during the Bout of Books 13.0 readathon.

FullSizeRender(2)1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. The first book I read in May was Twilight. This is the first time I’ve finished this book. I got halfway through it back in 2008 or 2009 and put it down because of some other book. I thought it was pretty good. I’ve seen all the movies and I believe it is time that I read the books. I will be starting New Moon soon. Just need to buy it.

 

 

 

 

IMG_09452. Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht. This is written by @dkny (the dkny pr girl) from Twitter. I thought this was a good book on learning about her experiences and giving advice on how to find your dream job.

 

 

 

 

 

3. #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso. The title of this book is a hashtag. Outside of that, the book was pretty good. It details Sophia’s journey from jobs she hated to starting an ebay business to founding Nasty Gal. I listened to it on audiobook and it went by quick.

 

 

 

 

 

FullSizeRender 4. Leaving Atlanta by Tayari Jones. Very good book. It details the story of 3 elementary students in the early 80’s in Atlanta. During this time, African American children are vanishing and end up found dead. As I said I thought this was a very good book. I loved getting the children’s perspective.

 

 

 

 

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June TBR

During the first week of June there is another readathon. It is called #tbrtakedown. There are 5 challenges. Here are the books I plan on reading during this readathon.
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  1. A book that’s been on your TBR shelf for over a year.
  2. An unread sequel that has been on your TBR shelf.
  3. A first book in a series on your TBR shelf.
  4. An out of your comfort zone book on the TBR shelf.
  5. A book from your most recent book haul.

*The Darkest Minds covers both #1 & #3. It depends how I’m doing. It might count as both.
**My current read, Magonia, might count for #5. Depends on how far I get through it before this readathon begins.

Other books for June I may get to:

  • Paper Towns by John Green
  • Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice (carried on from May)
  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (carried on from May)

My Love for the Newsletter Led Me to Create One

I’ve been doing something more often lately; subscribing to newsletters. Whether it is a personal newsletter or a daily newsletter like The Skimm, they come into my inbox and I devour them. It doesn’t take long to read them either.

Since I found a love for the newsletter, I found a new outlet for my passion for sports. Introducing Blank Space: a weekly sports newsletter.

I like how Blank Space feels personal (which is a reason why I chose TinyLetter to distribute it.). I like how it is also something that you, the audience, won’t have to hunt down. It shows up in your inbox on a weekly basis.

Here is the archive of the current issues:

  1. Blank Space #1: Them Balls
  2. Blank Space #2: The Transfers
  3. Blank Space #3: The Toddler Effect

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May TBR (w/ April Wrap Up)

Below are the books I plan on reading in the month of May as well as the books I read in April. I read 3 books last month. Enjoyed each of them. I had a busy month outside of reading. I finished my Skillcrush web development course (yay!). I’ve been working on my website and my portfolio. I will get into those in another post. Right now, lets talk about books.

May TBR

    

1. An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I’m currently reading this book right now. It follows the story of a young woman that will do whatever it takes to free her brother. This book has a lot of hype surrounding it and I’m ready to continue reading it.

2. Leaving Atlanta by Tayari Jones. I am a bit ashamed that I have yet to read a book by this author. I’ve heard about this author, but never picked up one of her books. Until now. This book is set in the early 80s. It follows 3 5th graders having to deal with their fear and their parents fear because African-American children are vanishing and some are ending up dead.

3. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. Back to The Raven Cycle I go. I read The Raven Boys a few months ago and loved it. Ready to get back into the series.

4. Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice. The movie version was on TV a few weeks ago and it made me want to read the book. I then saw a trade paperback version (I’m not a fan of mass market paperback) and had to pick it up.

5. Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis. I got this book at Ohioana Book Festival. Had a great time there. I met Mindy. She was funny and seems like someone that would be great to have a beer with. This book is about a water shortage and a young woman defending her pond from others.

April Wrap Up

  

1. The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. The people in this book are a mess. I enjoyed their craziness and the story. The narrators are unreliable which made me wonder if one of them was the one who did it. 4/5

2. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl. I really enjoyed this book. I watched the movie sometime last year. I saw this book at Half Priced Books and decided it would be a good time to start this series. 4/5

3. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I finally read it! The TV series came back and I wanted to watch it. But I wanted to read the book first. So I have. I enjoyed it. That is a theme this month. I have enjoyed all the books this month. I really liked the action scenes that were there. I wanted more of them, but the book was fine. It did take me a while to get into it. At least 200 pages. But overall, a good read. The ending was not what I was expecting. I should probably write up a review to discuss further. 4/5

February/March Wrap-up

February was not a great reading month for me. That is why I decided to combine that month with March. I read 2 books in February and 4 in March. I like reading 4 books a month. That is my goal.

My favorite book I read in these months was The Raven Boys. I need to write up a review on that one as well as the other books I read.

There are reviews on The Red Queen and Eleanor & Park if you want to check those out. Those are linked below. I enjoyed all the books I read and I am ready to read more in April.

1. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
2. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
3. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
4. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
5. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
6. The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

5 Things – My 2015 Bracket

The NCAA Tournament is here! I love this time of year. Basketball on all day. ALL DAY. I also love filling out a bracket. I’m not one of those people that take the bracket to seriously. I also don’t get apart of bracket pools where money is involved. Below is my bracket. Below that are 5 things I noticed after filling out my bracket late last night. I usually wait until the last minute to fill out a bracket. I’ll be on Twitter all day on Thursday if you want to chat. As for Friday, there is a possibility I go see Insurgent in the morning.

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1. All Ohio teams winning at least one game. I usually do this. As long as they aren’t playing each other.

2. UK winning it all. This is not shocking as a lot of people have UK winning it all. I’ve never picked an actual winner when filling out my bracket before though.

3. Ohio State to the Elite Eight. This is because I just felt like. That is all.

4. Kansas out early. I don’t trust them. I almost had them lose their first game. I don’t trust this team.

5. B1G love. I didn’t realize when filling the bracket out the love I was showing the B1G. I’m cool with that. It is my conference after all.

Review: Red Rising & Golden Son

      
Red Rising & Golden Son are book 1 and book 2 of the Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown. We follow Darrow who is a Red. Red is the lowest color in this society. He lives on Mars. Mostly underneath Mars. He is there with his fellow Reds to make the surface of Mars habitable to live. Tragedy strikes and Darrow learns that the Reds have been lied to and he finds himself sacrificing his life for the dream of another.

I read Red Rising last year and it was #3 on my top books of 2014. I read Golden Son after it came out in January. As I’ve said previously about these short reviews I’m doing, I am trying hard not to just say “OMG, it’s awesome!” in these reviews. To describe my feelings for these books, I will say this: I want to run up and down my street screaming at everyone I see to read these books. I don’t want to have to explain to them why they should read these books because that would stop me from reaching as many people as possible. I am not doing that because I don’t want to give these people reason to believe I am the crazy lady in the neighborhood.

If you aren’t sure, I’m a pretty big fan of this trilogy. Pierce Brown is a very good writer. I didn’t know what to expect when I first picked up these books. I love the story. Red Rising introduced us to this world and what it took to get to the top of the Gold caste. It centered around the Institute, where Golds go to compete against the best, to be the best. There is a medieval setting at the institute which I love. In Golden Son, we continue to read Darrow’s journey throughout this world and whether or not he is able to destroy the Golds, which include people he has begun to care for.

I highly recommend these books. The final book comes out next year and I’m anticipating it almost as much as I am anticipating the next college football season.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard | Book Review

Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: 2/10/2015
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Fantasy
Page Count: 383

Summary

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is the story of people with silver blood and red blood. The silver blood are considered elite. They are the monarchs and the high society. They also have certain powers. The red blood are considered lower class. They serve the silvers. Mare Barrow is a red blood. She hates the silvers and how they treat her and the other reds. Chance happens that she finds herself working in the royal palace where she discovers, publicly, that she has a power she shouldn’t have. No red blood should have a power. The king decides to disguise her as a long lost silver princess and it is set that she will marry one of his sons.

Why I Picked It Up

The hype got to me.

Thoughts

I very much enjoyed this book. It did take me a while to get into it, but once I did, it was hard to put down. There was a twist in this book that I thought could be a possibility of where the plot would go. However, it did not annoy me when I figured out I was right. I felt for Marrow throughout the book. She wanted to save her best friend. That’s how she ends up at the royal palace. Her family and friends are important to her and we learn what she will do to keep them safe. As I said, I enjoyed this book and I look forward to continuing this series to see what Mare will do next.

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1st Book Haul of 2015

And the book buying ban begins…now.

I wasn’t supposed to add to my TBR pile this much so far this year. I had a plan to participate in #0by16. Or at least the Read 5, buy 1 plan. I’m going to do that now. I have to read 5 books before I can even think of buying another. Seriously, I have to get my book buying under control. Below are the physical books I’ve purchased so far since December 26 (Boxing day).

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Golden Son by Pierce Brown
The Mime Season by Samantha Shannon
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Sea & Shadows by Kelley Armstrong
The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld
All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Reboot by Amy Tintera
An Untamed State by Roxanne Gay

March TBR

I will be combining my February and March wrap up. I will probably be doing that going forward. Taking my web developer class and writing has changed how much I’m able to read. I’ve also changed my 2015 reading challenge. I hope to get more reading done this month. I can’t guarantee it, but here is to hoping. Some books will show down below that I was not able to get to in February.