Top 5 Book I’ve Read Because of Blogs/BookTube

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Hello Book Lovers!
It wasn’t very long ago that I found the bookish community on the internet. Since then I’ve been devouring all the books recommended by so many different bloggers/BookTubers. I have a huge TBR list and every day I hear about another book to add to the list. I love that because of this community I’ve gotten to read so many books I never would have found otherwise. Before I go and get all sentimental here are the Top 5 books I’ve gotten to read because of blogs/BookTube:

Top 5 Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Sarah @ The Bionic Bookworm. If you want to participate here are July’s upcoming topics.

Simon vs.the Homo Sapiens Agenda

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This was the first LGBT+ book I’ve ever read. I had never thought about diversity or representation in books before. Now I have a whole new perspective and I’m so glad that this was my first introduction. It’s a charming and sweet contemporary. Even now thinking about these characters warms my heart.

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

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Speaking of diversity, BooksandLala talked about I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter in an anticipated releases video and I immediately wrote the release day on my calendar. It was the first time I’d ever heard of a book that featured a 2nd generation Mexican main character. Reading it felt like reading about my life. Not only was it an amazing representation of my experience but it also helped push me to understand the importance of diversity and representation. Everyone should get to read a book that makes them feel understood. This was that book for me. 

Salt to the Sea

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I’ve always loved historical fiction. Specifically historical fiction set during World War II. HaileyinBookland recommended Salt to the Sea and it took me a while to get around to reading it but once I did I was in love. It was heartbreaking and uplifting all at once. If she hadn’t have recommended it I’m positive I wouldn’t have picked it up. The cover makes me think it’s a book about sailing which I have no interest in. I would’ve been very wrong and missed an opportunity to read such a fantastic book.

Bird Box

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Katie from ChapterStackss is always recommending horror or thriller books. She recommended Bird Box in a few of her videos and I decided to give it a try. It was available from my library and I knew I loved horror movies. I ended up loving this book and I never would have discovered my love for horror/thriller books if I hadn’t found Katie’s channel. Now, I want to read all the horror books during daylight hours.

Vampire Academy

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I love books about vampires! I’m not ashamed to say it. When I read Twilight, I was so engrossed that I never branched out and discovered other vampire books. One of the first bookish videos I watched was Emmabooks video about trashy YA books she loved. She mentioned Vampire Academy and I knew I had to read it. A week later I finished the entire series and I’m trash for it!

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Have you always been a part of the bookish community? When did you first discover it?
I always feel like I was so late to the party but better late than never!

-Cassie

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Let’s talk about TBR’s

Hello Book Lovers!

TBRs and I have a complicated relationship.

This past April, I made a TBR as a test to see if I could actually plan my reading. It was no surprise to myself that it didn’t go as planned. I managed to read 3 out of the 8 books on my TBR for April. Which isn’t a bad number, but it isn’t exactly good either.

In some ways, TBRs do help me.

  • I read more because I already know what my next read will be and don’t ‘waste’ time being indecisive between books.
  • I’m more likely to pick up books I’ve had on my TBR for a while.
  • Once I do finish a book on my TBR I feel super accomplished. There’s nothing like checking things off your personal ‘to-do’ list.

On the other hand, TBRs are my worst nightmare.

  • I feel pressure to pick up the books on a TBR which somehow makes me less inclined to want to pick them up. Which is frustrating because I want to read those books that’s why I put them on a TBR!
  • I feel disappointed if I don’t read the books by the end of the month.
  • Once I finally do get to a book I put on a TBR and I love it. I’m so mad that I could’ve been loving it all that time and didn’t get to because I hadn’t read it yet. Which isn’t exactly a complaint…it’s just me being dramatic.

I’m at an impasse. I want to make TBR’s. I love lists and I love the feeling of accomplishment. However, I also don’t want to make TBR’s. They make me feel pressured and disappointed.

IN CONCLUSION!

After all this thinking and list making here’s what I’ve decided.

I don’t think I’ll make TBR’s every month, but I will continue to make them some months. Has anything really changed? I do know some months I want to read certain books I have from the library or certain books for a readathon. For those instances, I will make TBRs. I’ve learned constant monthly TBRs just aren’t for me and I’m okay with that.

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Do you make TBRs and actually stick to them? HOW DO YOU DO IT!
Or do you find TBRs as frustrating as I do?
I can’t be alone right.

-Cassie

Top 5 Book I Want to Reread

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Hello Book Lovers!
I love rereading books! Before I knew there was a library app I use to constantly reread the small number of books I owned. Nowadays I haven’t been rereading as much but there are definitely books want to reread in the near future.

Top 5 Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Sarah @ The Bionic Bookworm. If you want to participate here are July’s upcoming topics.

Here are the Top 5 books I want to reread:

Stargirl + Love, Stargirl

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I’m going to count this duology as one book since they’re both short. I remember reading this in middle school and feeling so cool because I was reading about high schoolers. Then YEARS later I found out there was a sequel and ran to the bookstore to buy it (and by ran I mean asked my mom to drive me). I needed to know how Stargirl’s story ended. I’ve been waiting for the perfect time to reread these stories but maybe there will never be a perfect time. Writing this makes me even more excited to follow Stargirl’s journey all over again.

The Martian

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The Martian is one of my all-time favorite books, but I’ve only read it once… I’ve seen the movie over 20 times and every time it’s on TV I can’t help but watch it. Now that I own the book I know I’m going to reread the crap out of it! There’s just something about this story that I can’t get enough of. Mark Watney is hilarious. Humans actually have compassion. It’s a great story! I’m going to go put it on my nightstand now so I can remember to reread it.

Just Listen

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I reread Keeping the Moon, also by Sarah Dessen, last year and loved that reread so much that since then all I’ve wanted to do was reread Just Listen. The first time I read this book I was a freshman in high school so I don’t remember a lot about the plot. I do remember loving it as a teenager since it was a romance that centered around music. So I’m excited to see if I’ll still love this. Also, I love the nostalgic early 2000s cover. Hello mp3 player!

Eleanor & Park

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I know this is a very polarized book. People either love it or hate it and I happen to be in the half who really love this story. It is a very character driven plot so I can see why a lot of people don’t enjoy it if they don’t enjoy the characters. Also, the ending. I love open endings so this was right up my alley but if that isn’t something you enjoy you’ll hate this. Hopefully, I can reread this soon and *fingers crossed* love it all over again.

Seven Ways We Lie

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I read this book early last year after not reading for years. As time has gone by and I’ve read more and more books I’ve become a more critical reader. I’d love to reread this book and see how I feel about it now over a year later. When I first read it I loved the idea of every character representing the seven deadly sins and trying to figure out which character represented which sin. Even after reading I had to google ‘who represented what’ in order to figure it out. Maybe when I reread it I will be able to figure it out by myself.

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Do you reread books?
What book have you reread the most?

Personal Note: I know I haven’t posted a lot lately and I won’t make excuses. I want to post and I want to feel motivated but I just don’t right now. I don’t want to force myself to post and associate negative emotions with blogging because I really do love doing this. Thank you to everyone for taking time out of your day to read what I post. I can’t express how much I appreciate it and how much it means to me. ♥ Fighting!

-Cassie

Summer Reads

Hello Book Lovers!
I’m a week late with this Top 5 Tuesday topic, but I still wanted to post it since I had a majority of it written out. I’m pretty sure this is enough confirmation that I’m a mess.

A week late here are some Summer Reads:

To All the Boy I’ve Loved Before Trilogy

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This trilogy isn’t set in summer, but they are the perfect cute summer read. Also, the Netflix show is coming out soon so it’s a perfect time to read this! To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before follows Lara Jean as she deals with the fall out of her secret love letters being mailed to all the boys she’s loved before. 

Alex Approximately – Jenn Bennett

30312700Nothing says summer read like a book set on the beach. However, I don’t particularly like the beach so instead of going to the beach I read books set on the beach. I don’t think I could be more of a book nerd if I tried. Avoid the Goodreads synopsis for this book because it spoils a part of the story. Alex, Approximately is about a girl named Bailey who moves to live with her dad in a small California beach town where Alex, a boy she’s been talking to online, also lives. Then, she meets Porter and must decide which boy she wants to take a chance on. *sings take a chance on me*

Ramona Blue – Julie Murphey

31449227Ramona Blue is another book set on the beach! This book had a lot of people in an uproar when it was first announced, but I promise the story is worth the read. Ramona Blue is a six foot tall lesbian with amazing blue hair. One day her old friend Freddie shows up and Ramona must question her sexual identity. I know that sounds like a shitty novel where a boy ‘converts’ a girl but I promise it is nothing like that. People got angry at the synopsis and didn’t even give the book a chance. Give it a chance and you might be surprised at how much you’ll love Ramona Blue.

Keeping with the Moon – Sarah Dessen

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Sarah Dessen is the summer contemporary queen. Keeping the Moon is a quirky story about friendship, falling in love, and acceptance. Shy Colie is sent to live with her eccentric aunt for the summer where she meets unlikely friends who help her come out of her shell. There’s just something about this book that is so sweet and nostalgic. I read it for the first time in high school and reread it years later as an adult and I still love it! It may have the ugliest cover ever but its a beautiful story.

Bird Box – Josh Malerman

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I don’t know about anyone else, but summer makes me want to read two types of books. Cute ass contemporaries and horror/thrillers books. Hot rainy nights here in Texas are the perfect setting to read a horror book. Indoors, of course, it’s too damn humid to do anything outside. Bird Box is an apocalyptic book following a woman and two children trying to find a safe haven in a world where looking outside can kill you. This book kept me on my toes from start to finish. I had to read it as quickly as possible because I was so scared. It played on my fear of the dark and I had to sleep with the lights on for a while. If you’re in the mood to scare the crap out of yourself read this.

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What genre does summer put you in the mood for?
What is one of your favorite summer reads?

I hope you’ll pick up one of these books. If you’ve already read one I’d love to know your thoughts!
Cassie.

June Wrap-Up

Hello Book Lovers!
June wasn’t a great reading month, but I’m perfectly happy with that. It felt good to slow down my reading and take a bit of a break to spend time with my family. I’m also way ahead of my reading goal for this year so I can afford to slow down my reading by a lot. I’ve enjoyed taking my time with books. Now let’s get into the 4 things I read in June.

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Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

Hello Book Lovers!
It’s halfway through the year and I’m having a midyear crisis. How in the heck is it already June?!! I’ve been doing monthly wrap-ups and didn’t realize how fast time was passing. I can feel myself getting older!!! Okay maybe I can’t feel that, but you get my point. I wasn’t tagged to do the Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag but it’s the perfect way to reflect on my reading so far for 2018. I’ll stop actually freaking out and get into the questions now.

1. The best book you’ve read so far in 2018.

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The Kind Worth Killing is the perfect thriller in my eyes. It had morally grey characters, an unpredictable plot, twists until the very end, and a WHAT THE FUCK ending. I don’t know if any book will be able to top this one.

2. The best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018.

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I’m going to cheat go with companion novels for this question. I read them out of order but knowing how the stories connect and reading them back to back broke my heart. They’re both emotional and informative.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

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I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about Girl Made of Stars. It’s about a girl named Mara whose brother has been accused of rape by Mara’s best friend. It sounds like it’s going to be a hard-hitting contemporary and I can’t wait to read it.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

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When I heard R.L. Stine was editing an anthology I immediately added it to my TBR. I loved the Goosebumps books as a kid so I can’t wait to read his and others short stories. It comes out in the second half of July so only a little over a month of waiting to go!

5. Biggest disappointment.

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I had such high expectations for Leah on the Offbeat and it was a big disappointment. I kinda wish I hadn’t read it and left the Simon world after the first book.

6. Biggest surprise.

The Start of Me and You

I went into The Start of Me and You expected an average three-star contemporary, but it ended up blowing me away. I know I’ve gushed a lot about this book, but I just loved it so much!

7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)

I read Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys and loved it so much I immediately picked up Between Shades of Grey. Her writing is so easy to read and quick to get through, but still impactful. I haven’t looked into other books she’s written, but you can bet I’m going to GoodReads right now to find more of her work.

8. Newest fictional crush.

Max from The Start of Me and You. He’s nerdy, sweet, and I love him!

9. Newest favorite character.

Daisy Wooton from Giant Days. She’s such a dorky character and a really good friend. Also, her Friday Night Lights obsession was hilarious and relatable. I love her character.

10. A book that made you cry.

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If you’ve read Dear Martin you know why I was sobbing at one point in this book. It caught me off guard and made me a sobbing mess.

11. A book that made you happy.

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Deciding to reread The Hunger Games was one of the best decisions I’ve made this year. I know it isn’t the most amazing book ever written but I was so happy to read about characters and a story I already love.

12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year.

Hands down Love Simon. It was so funny and sweet. Obviously, it wasn’t exactly like the book, but I think the filmmakers did a wonderful job of capturing the story.

13. The favorite review you’ve written this year.

I’m not a big reviewer, but my favorite of the two I’ve written this year would have to be my review of The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín. It’s an amazing book, with amazing characters, and I want more people to read it.

14. The most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

I don’t have an answer for this. I’ve only bought a handful of books this year and they aren’t the most beautiful books.

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

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I never feel like I need to read books by a certain time. I just pick up what I’m excited about. Will I get to any of these books by the end of the year? Who knows but I’m excited to read them. I hope I can get them from the library, but if I don’t get to them I won’t be upset about it.

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What is your favorite book you’ve read so far this year?
What new release are you excited to get to?

Cassie.

Favorite Blue, Green, and Purple Covers

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Hello Book Lovers!
I’ll be the first to admit about 90% of the time I pick what books to read based on there covers. It’s what draws my eye and the synopsis is what makes me stay. After putting all the books together I learned covers that feature an image of the sky are some of my favorites. Maybe my subconscious is trying to send me a message to get outside more, but that’s probably just me thinking way too much into this. Without further ado, here are some of my current top 5 favorite blue, green, and purple covers.

Top 5 Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Sarah @ The Bionic Bookworm. If you want to participate here are June’s upcoming topics.

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