Book Tag | Reader Problems

I wasn’t tagged in this tag, but it looked like fun so I decided to do it anyways. I stole this tag from Kisses from Jess. I love doing tags like this because you can compare with other your reading habits and what you do with your books. I’m not going to tag anyone because I feel like tags like these should be open to everyone, so if you want to do this tag, do it!

 

You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

TBR Jar. Unfortunately, I don’t have 20,000 books, but I’ve actually started using a tbr jar to help me pick what book to read next (unless I’m reading a series). It works great when I can’t decide. 

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

It depends really. If it’s just a random book I’m reading and I really don’t like it I’ll quit it, but if it’s like a NetGalley or a book someone has asked me to review I’ll push through. 

The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

Yes. Even if I know I won’t get the number of books read that I need, I will still read as many books as I can and try again next year. 

The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

Try not to cringe and remember how much I like that series. 

Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

I talk to my mom about most of the books I read good or bad. I don’t have a lot of friends that read like I do. 

You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

Suck it up buttercup, at least until you can find somewhere to cope. 

A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!?

I hate when this happens. Depending on how long the prior book was, I may reread it, but if it’s like the next book in a several book long series I will try to get the gist somewhere else. 

You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

Threaten their life. I’m just kidding, maybe. Luckily I don’t have a lot of book buddies. My brother borrows my books but he knows how I feel about my books. 

You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

Wait it out. I get this way every now and then. I’ll try to pick up a book but I just put it back down. 

There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

I take some money (not all of my money) and get the books I’m most excited about. 

After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

Oh lord. I’ve got SEVERAL books I’ve bought this year I haven’t gotten to yet. But I have them for when I’m ready. 

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Book Review | Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Romance, Contemporary

Atria Books | April 2, 2013

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Synopsis:

Can you love someone too much?

Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.

In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he thinks he is invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes.

 

“Maybe it was just me. Maybe it was just me and her. Maybe together we were this volatile entity that would either implode or meld together. Either Way, it seemed the moment I met her, my life had been turned upside down. And I didn’t want it any other way.”

                                            — Travis, Walking Disaster

 

The book begins with a short prologue telling the story of Travis’s mother’s passing and the last thing she says to him. The prologue also tells you about Travis and his four other brothers who all grow up basically taking care of themselves with the help of their oldest brother, Thomas. All of this isn’t really mentioned as much in the first book, Beautiful Disaster, so this helps to better understand Travis and why he is the way he is. 

“One of these days you’re going to fall in love, son. Don’t settle for just anyone. Choose the girl that doesn’t come easy, the one you have to fight for, and then never stop fighting. Never stop fighting for what you want. And never forget that mommy loves you.”

                                       — Travis’s Mom, Walking Disaster

I loved this book, but I also loved Beautiful Disaster, so no shocker there. I have read Beautiful Disaster multiple times, but never Walking Disaster because I was afraid it was just going to be the same story. I’m so glad it wasn’t though. Walking Disaster lets you better understand Travis’s feelings and other things you didn’t get from Abby’s point of view in Beautiful Disaster. I’m also about to start the Maddox Brothers Series which is another series by Jamie McGuire and it’s recommended that you read Walking Disaster first even though it’s not part of the series.

 

There were lots of good quotes in this book. Some may even cross over with Beautiful Disaster, but they are still good quotes. I wanted to share a few of my favorites: (including the two above)

“Sometime between the moment we met, and holding her hand on that bathroom floor, I had fallen in love with her.”

“I should say no to prove a point, but i hate myself later if I said no and you never asked me again.”

“I decided a long time ago I would feed on the vultures until a dove came along. A pigeon. The kind of soul that didn’t impede on anyone; just walked around worrying about its own business, trying to get through life without pulling everyone else down with its own needs and selfish habits. Brave. A communicator. Intelligent. Beautiful. Soft-spoken. A creature that mates for life. Unattainable until she has a reason to trust you.”

                                      — Travis, Walking Disaster

 

You can read my review of Beautiful Disaster here.

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WWW Wednesday #18

It’s WWW Wednesday! It’s time to talk about what we are reading! WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where bloggers talk about the books they are reading, books they’ve recently finished, and books they plan to read next. I love seeing what others have read and comparing books. I’m excited for this week because I just got three new books and I’ll be starting them soon. Anyways! Let’s get started —

What are you currently reading?

I have read Beautiful Disaster multiple times and loved it every time. I finally read the second book in the series and now I’m reading this novella that goes along with them. I love this series so much. It highlights the things that were left out of the first two books about their wedding. I just started it last night so I’m not that far into it yet, but so far so good.

What did you recently finish reading?

This is the second book in the Beautiful series. This book is the same story as Beautiful Disaster it is just told by the male characters point of view. I loved this book just as much as I loved Beautiful Disaster. Maybe even more. Travis’s character feels so strongly that reading the story from his point of view let’s you really see how much he loves Abby. In my opinion, you could read either book first and it would be fine. I can’t believe I waited this long to read this book.

What do you plan on reading next?

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Imagine that, another Jamie McGuire book. This book is the first in the Maddox Brothers series. This series is about Travis and his four brothers. This is one of the books I just bought and I can not wait to start reading it. I really hope it is as good as the Beautiful Series.

What is your WWW Wednesday?

Top 5 Tuesday | Summer Reads

This weeks topic is Top 5 Summer Time Reads, but I’ve decided to change it up just a little. My version of this topic will just include books I want to read this summer. You should check out Shanah @BionicBookWorm  for the Top 5 Tuesday Topics and for links to other blogs participating. Let me just start off by saying there are lots of books I want to read this summer, but these five I’m looking forward to the most.

 

 

 

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I want to read all of these books this summer. My brother and I picked all of these out a weeks ago at Target and he’s currently reading two of them. I’ve been sick on and off the last few weeks which means I haven’t really done much, including reading. I will still probably get them all read before him. I’m not sure which one I am looking forward to the most though. They all look really good. Well, that’s my summer list, what’s yours?

Top Ten Tuesday | Series I’ve Given Up On/Series I’d Like to Finish Someday

So I changed up this weeks topic a little bit. It was originally Series I’ve Given Up On/Don’t Plan to Finish or Series I’d Like to Finish Someday. I decided I wanted to do both. If you want to get in on this you should head on over to Jana’s blog @thatartsyreadergirl where you will find the Top Ten Tuesday topics and other bloggers who participate. Anyways! I am excited about this topic because I’m sure we have all given up a series before for all kinds of reasons or simply just didn’t finish it. It should be fun checking out everyone’s lists.

Series I’ve Given Up On

 

I tried to start reading this when it first came out and was popular, but I couldn’t get into it. I wasn’t as much of a reader as I am now when I tried to read it so that may have something to do with it. I’ve seen the movies a bunch of times now though that I probably won’t read them.

 

I started reading this series a long time ago when not all the books were out and I was borrowing the books from the school library. Since all the books weren’t out and I don’t own them I guess I just gave up on this series. It was pretty good though.

 

 

 

 

Series I’d Like to Finish Someday

 

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I really want to finish this series. I’ve started it multiple times but I’ve never finished it. I loved The Mortal Instruments series so I have a feeling I will like this series. There’s a lot by Cassandra Clare that I haven’t read but would love to. I need to catch up.

 

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I haven’t finished the Hary Potter series, don’t hate me. I have all the books and plan on reading them all they just aren’t exactly on the top of my list. BUT they are on my list and I will get to them eventually.

 

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I got this book on NetGalley a while back and really liked it. I can’t wait to read the rest of this series. It’s a dystopian novel about these people who look like us but are actually synthetic and they’re treated differently from us. The main character is a detective and he’s investing the death of one of the synthetics even though he’s not supposed to. It’s really interesting and I’m excited about the next book.

 

 

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This book was so good. It’s a twist on Alice in Wonderland and I really liked it. There are two other books that are about two of the other characters that I would love to read. The next one is about Hatter and sounds super interesting.

 

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I won this series in a GoodReads giveaway. I had already the first book but not the others. I will eventually read the whole series. I wasn’t a fan of the movie though. I hope the other books are as good as the first.

 

 

I know I’m a few shy of ten but that’s all I’ve got for today. What books would you put on this list?

Book Review | Chips in a Bag by Margaret Kelleher

Chips in a Bag by Margaret Kelleher

Romance, Suspense, Fiction

Prodigy Gold Books | June 19th, 2018

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Thirty years ago Clodagh Kenny met James Murray in Brandon Lodge and they fell hopelessly in love. When something happens to tear them apart, Clodagh moves to London to get away from James. Now it’s thirty years later and Clodagh is back in Ireland with her friend David who buys Brandon Lodge only to make it look like it did those many years before. Clodagh is now a successful businesswoman and is opening a knitting shop in Brandon Lodge only to find out later than James Murray himself with also be working there. Will Brandon Lodge be enough to bring them back together, or will it take more to bring them full circle?

 

 

First of all, let me just say that I loved the way this book was written. There are so many different characters in this book, but they all play a part in the story. Each character’s point of view is marked by their name in the chapters before you read what’s going on with them and their role in that part of the story. I had never read a book like this before so I found it quite interesting. At first, I thought it might make things confusing because there are so many characters, but it did the opposite. I felt like I understood more of the story because it was written this way.

 

Let’s talk about the character’s first —
All the characters were great, because of how this book is written you get to know all the characters better than you would if it was written like a normal book. Clodagh and James are definitely the two main characters, but all the characters are very important to the story. I don’t want to go too much into detail because I don’t want to spoil anything, but there are definitely some characters that help the main characters get to where they need to be.

 

I can honestly say that story took a 180 from what I thought was happening. Again, I can’t tell you what I thought was going to happen because that would ruin the story for you. I will tell you that even if it had ended the way I thought it was going to it still would have been a great read. I enjoyed reading this book very much and would love to read more from this author. Her writing is very to the point and just descriptive enough to set the scene, which is what I like. I don’t like authors that get too wordy if that makes sense.

 

All in all, this was a great story. It had romance, deception, and lots of relationships. Brandon Lodge seems to match-making powers, bringing together what seems to be a great group of people. I also really liked the fact that most of the story takes place in Ireland so the way the characters talked was a little different than what I am used to reading. Anyone looking for light romance, easy to read novel, should definitely read this.

 

Thank you, Laura, for an advanced copy of this book in return for an honest review.

WWW Wednesday #17

It’s Wednesday and time to talk about what we are reading! WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Every week book blogger such as myself talks about what they are reading by answering the three W questions. I haven’t actually finished anything in the last week. I started two different books and I really didn’t like them so. I found a book I want to read and it’s not very long so it shouldn’t take long to read. Anyways! let’s talk about books!

 

 

The three W’s

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you will read next?

 

 

What are you currently reading?

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I started this last night and I haven’t even read the first chapter. I only read the “about this book” which was like a chapter itself. I’m looking forward to getting into this book. It sounds really interesting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What did you recently finish reading?

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What do you think you will read next?

I got the collectors edition of Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard as a birthday present. I have heard really good things about this book and the series. I can’t wait to get into it and see what the hype is all about.

 

 

Well, that’s my WWW Wednesday, what are you reading?

Book Review | Final Draft by Riley Redgate

Final Draft by Riley Redgate

YA, Contemporary

Amulet Books | June 12, 2018

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Laila likes to write stories, especially sci-fi stories, but she only lets her creative writing teacher, Mr. Madison, read them. He thinks she has a real talent. When something happens to Mr. Madison, Laila’s creative writing class gets Dr. Nazarenko, a Pulitzer Prize winning-author, as a substitute teacher. Nazarenko is unimpressed with the class’s work and grades incredibly hard. For a while, Laila thinks the way Nazarenko grades is ridiculous, but soon she is obsessed with getting her approval. Nazarenko suggests Laila reach outside her comfort zone in order to write better. This leads Laila to believe she must choose between perfection or sanity, or is ignoring Nazarenko completely the best thing for Laila?

 

I loved this book so much. This book is definitely one of my favorites so far this year. It’s relatable in so many ways. It embodies the life of a teenager growing up and learning how to branch out from the things you’re used to before graduation when you don’t really know what is going to happen next. I feel like this was the main point of this story, but I also enjoyed Laila’s determination in making her story perfect. Although Nazarenko kept giving her bad grades, Laila wrote and re-wrote her story multiple times.

 

Laila struggles with friendship, her passion for writing, and her tendency to be introverted. Things we all struggle with at some point in life. I love stories like this with relatable characters and a plausible storyline. The author does a wonderful job of explaining everything Laila is thinking and feeling throughout the book by highlighting her comfort levels with the new things she’s experiencing and the way she is feeling about them perfectly.

 

 

It’s been a while since I’ve read a book that I enjoyed this much. This book is definitely on my top favorites list and will be re-read multiple times. If you are looking for a relatable, YA contemporary novel, you should check this one out.

 

Thank you NetGalley and Amulet Books for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

WWW Wednesday #16

It’s Wednesday! Which means it’s time to talk about the books we are reading! WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words. You should go check out her page and everyone else’s WWW Wednesday. I’ve been reading a lot more than usual lately which is totally fine by me. The last two books I read I liked a lot and hopefully, that streak will continue.

 

The three W’s

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you will read next?

 

 

What are you currently reading?

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I started this last night like right after I finished the other book I was reading. It was a quiet night, my brother was at a friend’s and my mom was doing her own thing, so I just kept reading. I didn’t get very far because my kindle battery was dying and it was getting late, but so far the gist is that A teen went missing and this guy is helping the FBI find him but for a price; he kills someone. At least that’s what I think, I don’t know for sure yet. We will see.

 

 

What did you recently finish reading?

 

Chips in a Bag was pretty good. It’s about this couple who end up splitting up because the boyfriend sleeps with someone else and the girl moves to London and then moves back thirty years later only to find him again. It’s more in-depth and complex than that but you know. I was asked to read and review this and I’m glad because I really liked it.

Final Draft I finished last night and it was soooo good. It’s about this girl who likes to write sci-fi but she only lets her creative writing teacher read her stories. Something happens to the teacher and their substitute ends up being this Pulitzer Prize-winning author who, after weeks of her grade barely changing, tells Laila she needs to experience life in order to be a good writer. So that’s what she does. It was really good and I enjoyed so much.

 

 

What do you think you will read next?

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I’ve heard so many good things about this book. I can’t wait to jump in and read it. It sounds pretty interesting, probably different than what I’m used to. I’m trying to branch out in genres so we’ll see!

Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Decided to DNF Too Quickly

It’s Top Ten Tuesday time! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl so head on over there and check her out! I am so happy that things have finally slowed down a little bit for me and I can get back into these weekly posts. This weeks topic is about books that I didn’t finish or want to finish. If I don’t like a book within the first couple chapters or so, I’m done. OR when you get halfway through and it starts to suck. Like seriously you’re wasting the time I could have spent reading something else. Those are the WORST.

 

 

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I got this one of NetGalley so I was trying so hard to finish it, but I just couldn’t. I requested it because it sounded really interesting: a girl meets this boy, they start dating, this creepy monster thing kills him, she can still see and talk to him and other ghosts. It was pretty interesting up until a certain point for me. Like I said, I tried to push through, it just wasn’t happening.

 

 

 

 

 

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This is another NetGalley book I just couldn’t finish. I got halfway through and then it just wasn’t interesting anymore. The beginning was really good and different, but then it just wasn’t. Again, this book sounded really cool and interesting, and it was for a while, then meeehh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I tried to read Twilight when it first started getting popular, you know like forever ago, but I couldn’t get past the first part of the book. Bella just kept talking about Forks and the rain and it wasn’t grabbing my attention. Granted I really wasn’t into reading like I am now so maybe I will give it another try someday. My mom said the books were better than the movies, which I can believe, that’s usually the case.

 

 

 

 

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This book was soooo confusing. It was all over the place and nothing seemed to be in chronological order. Reading is supposed to be enjoyable, not hard. This book looked really cool though, so I was very disappointed. That’s really all I can say because I didn’t get very far.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know that’s not ten, but it’s all I can think of at the moment so yeah. What books did you not finish or just couldn’t finish?