February Reading

Hi boys and ghouls!

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I am currently reading King of Scars. I have made it to page 143, chapter 9. Really loving this sequel.

If I finish it this month I plan on starting Eeny Meeny.

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What are you reading this month?

What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton

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Goodreads Summary

How can you talk about something you can’t remember?

Before the ski trip, sixteen-year-old Cassidy “Sid” Murphy was a cheerleader (at the bottom of the pyramid, but still…), a straight-A student, and a member of a solid trio of best friends. When she ends up on a ski lift next to handsome local college boy, Dax Windsor, she’s thrilled; but Dax takes everything from Sid—including a lock of her perfect red curls—and she can’t remember any of it.

Back home and unable to relate to her old friends, Sid drops her college prep classes and takes up residence in the A/V room with only Corey “The Living Stoner” Livingston for company. But as she gets to know Corey (slacker, baker, total dreamboat), Sid finds someone who truly makes her happy. Now, if she can just shake the nightmares and those few extra pounds, everything will be perfect… or so she thinks.

Witty and poignant, Colleen Clayton’s stunning debut is a story about moving on after the unthinkable happens.

My Thoughts:

A lot of the bloggers I follow LOVED this book, but I don’t get it. Sid goes on a ski trip with her classmates, and meets a cute older guy on the ski lift. She decides to sneak out, against her friends advice, to meet him at a party. When she gets to the house, she finds out there is no party (the guys gives excuses) but he wants her to come in for a movie. She thinks the guy is cute, and is really excited to have the attention from him. She decides to go in. Once there he drugs her drink and rapes her. She wakes up the next day, and makes it back to the ski lodge, where she doesn’t tell anyone what happened, but gets in trouble for sneaking out and going to a party. She ends up having a lot of emotional problems from the rape, and from keeping it a secret. She starts to develop anorexia as a way to control her life. She ends up meeting Corey, who is labeled as a loser and a stoner, and it turns out he is a really great guy. She learns a lot about him, and through that learns a lot about herself. She eventually is able to come to terms with what happened to her, and the rapist is brought to justice (not because of her, she reads it in a newspaper), and tell her friends and her mom.  This book tackles a lot of the themes I enjoy reading about in realistic fiction like eating disorders and abuse, but it fell flat for me. Meh.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

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Goodreads Summary:

An atmospheric, gritty, and compelling novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the circus world circa 1932 illuminated by a wonderful sense of time and place. Winner of the 2007 BookBrowse Award for Most Popular Book.

An atmospheric, gritty, and compelling novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the circus world circa 1932, by the bestselling author of Riding Lessons.

When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, drifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town. A veterinary student who almost earned his degree, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It is there that he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her.

Beautifully written, Water for Elephants is illuminated by a wonderful sense of time and place. It tells a story of a love between two people that overcomes incredible odds in a world in which even love is a luxury that few can afford.

My Thoughts:

This book is amazing.  I love circus books I guess!   This book is told from the point of view of Jacob set in modern time when he is in a nursing home and is either ninety or ninety three (he doesn’t remember) and also set in the 30s when Jacob worked for a circus. In modern times Jacob is a really terribly depressing, but also surprising funny character.  The circus comes to town, just down the street from the nursing home, and it reminds Jacob of when he used to work at the circus during the Great Depression.  The story is told beautifully. I love how it alternates between the past and the present, and how the story really unfolds.  It was quite the page turner for me.  I haven’t seen the movie, period films and romance films are not my usual forte, also I used to be deathly terrified of clowns (IDK why I am not anymore) but after reading this, I definitely want to check it out.

Breathless Series by Maya Banks

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This erotic trilogy was pretty good.  It is about three friends in New York who are super wealthy because they own a chain of hotels.  They have been best friends for years, and all of them have a BDSM lifestyle in common.  Gabe, Jace, and Ash are very involved in each other’s lives.  Jace and Ash actually share women almost always.  The first book is about Gabe and his relationship with Jace’s little sister, Mia.  I loved this book, so I bought the following two books.  Fever is about Jace and his relationship with Bethany, which puts a wrench in his friendship with Ash because they normally share women, and Jace does not want to share Bethany.  The final book was the worst of the series and it is about Ash and his relationship with Josie.  Each book follows the same basic plot line. The main guy falls for a girl that he should not and it affects his entire life and his friendships with the other two guys.  Overall It was a pretty good series. The first book was the best by far, and if I was ever to re-read any of them, that would be the only one I would read again.

End of Year Survey

Every year the blog Perpetual Page Turner hosts an end of year survey full of bookish questions.

Best books of 2017

Note: The survey is for books you read throughout the year, no matter when they were published, and is not limited to just books that came out in 2017!!

 

 

 

Number Of Books You Read: 104
Number of Re-Reads: 1
Genre You Read The Most From: young adult

 

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1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

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2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

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 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Gemina by Amie Kaufman

 5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

Gemina by Amie Kaufman

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 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Moïra Fowley-Doyle

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather historical Fiction

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

 9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli The movie comes out next year

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke Poppy

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

Hearts Are Like Balloons by Candace Robinson

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? 

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

“Being with you makes me feel like I deserve to be loved. Like I’m less of a monster. Like if you trust me that means I can trust myself.”
Moïra Fowley-Doyle, Spellbook of the Lost and Found

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

 

Guts by Chuck Palahniuk Shortest

Gemina by Amie Kaufman longest

 

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk

 

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault by Candace Robinson Perry and August (I know and I don’t care)

 

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle  Paige Amy and Pete

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

The Field Guide and The Seeing Stone by Holly Black

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Roar by Cora Carmack

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault by Candace Robinson Maisie

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault by Candace Robinson

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Hearts Are Like Balloons by Candace Robinson

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

Gemina by Amie Kaufman

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke Loved it, but get it together Midnight

 

What’s in the Box?!? Geek Fuel

 

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What’s in the Box is a new feature I am going to start having on my blog.  I am OBSESSED with subscription boxes and I am going to share all of my unboxings here with you guys!

I got this awesome Geek Fuel box from my #otspsecretsister Kathleen (Books, TV, and More…Oh My.)  IT IS AWESOME.  According to Geek Fuel: GEEKY GOODNESS Celebrate every month like it’s your birthday! Get tons of intergalactic surprises delivered right to your door.  Every mystery box includes an EXCLUSIVE T-shirt you won’t find anywhere else! (Even the man himself, Stan Lee, is a fan!) Get a full downloadable game and the latest issue of the Geek Fuel Magazine. INCREDIBLE VALUE Packed with a guaranteed $50 minimum value every month for as little at $13.90 (+S&H). 5 – 8 items including toys, comics, collectibles and essential everyday items for your home, office and secret lair. Great gear from Star Wars, Avengers, Doctor Who, Super Mario Bros, Marvel, DC and more.

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8PS: What boxes to you subscribe to?

 

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Things I Just Had To Know About Stefani from Caught Read Handed

Stefani from the fabulous blog over at Caught Read Handed is here today!!

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Couldn’t Finish…wah wah wah

Could not finishHow many of you stop reading a book if you don’t like it?  Do you always hold out in hopes that it will get better?  How long do you keep reading before you give up?  I am terrible about this.  If I don’t like a book almost immediately, I will move on to something else.  There are just so many great books out there waiting to be read, that I don’t want to waste my time reading a bunch of boring books.  When I first starting getting free books from authors and publishers I would always read the entire thing, even if I hated it right from Chapter 1. I think this was worse for the people who sent me the book, because I would write them a terrible review, because I felt like I suffered through a high school class with a teacher that I hated who just droned on and on in a terrible monotone voice. UGH! Now I don’t do that.  If I don’t like a book within the first couple of chapters I ditch it and move on.  I know some books have amazing endings if you only give them a chance, but I don’t want to.  It reminds me of this.

 

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