January ’18 TBR – Steampunk Theme

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I’m still working on getting back into the swing of things. I totally skipped and forgot about my December TBR. The month was so crazy, I only read two books and neither one was part of the TBR I had planned anyway. I almost decided to discontinue doing themed TBRs this year but then I noticed that the theme I had for December was really good and I really wanted to do it so here we go again. I used to be able to prep TBRs for the entire year with themes and everything all ready, but as the year went on, I followed it less and less. So I decided that I’m sticking to my themes but I’ll make them month by month so I’m actually reading what I’m into during that time.

SO let’s get started!

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November and December ’17 Wrap Up

So…

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I feel like I don’t even know how to do this anymore. It’s been so long since I’ve really had the time to sit and write with care instead of just scrambling to get something a post done fast. I’ve missed blogging so, so much but it’s been one hell of a year. I’ve tried in the last few months to get back in it but every time, something got in my way. I took an involuntary hiatus since August I think. It definitely would’ve been better if I’d just accepted and let you guys know, but I really didn’t want to admit defeat. But December decided to chew me up and spit me out and the thing that I think can make me feel sane again is getting my butt back to this blog.

I’ve been gone so long that I don’t know if anyone is gonna be around to read anymore, but that’s how it felt the first time I started so it’s okay. I don’t know how consistent I’ll be, I’m going to do my best to share something once a week at least. What I post is probably going to change as well but I’ll talk about that soon.

For now, all I have to share is the books I managed to read in November and December of 2017.

SO let’s get started!

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November ’17 TBR – Witches Theme

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I am staying consistent! Look at that haha. Something that’s been super easy for me before is now extremely hard to do so I’m working on it. We’re almost two weeks into November but I still feel like it’s a good time to give you all the books that I’m hoping to read this month. To be honest, I haven’t been really following my themes as of late and I’m thinking about next year not having themes at all. I’m still not sure if I’m gonna do it yet but I also don’t know how well I’ll stick to the following TBR but might as well try!

SO let’s get started!

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August, September & October ’17 Wrap Up

So…

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Did you miss me? I really hope you did! If you hadn’t noticed, I’ve been gone awhile. And I’ve also made some posts here and there trying to come back, always saying that I’m working on trying to come back and honestly, it’s a lot harder than it seems. I am an adult now and I mean that in the most honest way. I now have a lot more responsibilities, all of them surrounding myself and my own well being and goodness is it hard to keep up.

I moved into an apartment with my best friend, I started college for the first time, I got myself a boyfriend (who takes up a shit ton of my free time, let me tell you) and I started working. So obviously, my reading suffered and because my reading suffered, so did blogging. I’ve missed it so much and I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to post something at least once a week from this post on.

Now to my wrap up! I was in a reading slump for awhile there and didn’t really read that much but October has been looking up. I can’t wait to share with you guys what I’ve managed to read.

SO let’s get started!

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2 YEAR BLOGIVERSARY! Where I’ve Been and What I’ve Learned

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Happy 2nd Blogiversary to me! I can’t believe I’ve made it to this day. I’m so used to giving up on hobbies and letting things fall to the wayside but I feel like this is the one time where I’ve managed to keep it together. This last month has been a struggle and this day almost passed me by but I didn’t want it to be just another day where I didn’t post anything because I’m struggling with my schedule. This will be short and sweet but I hope you like it either way.

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T5W Aug. 2nd – Book Covers You’d Live In

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Time for another Top 5 Wednesday. Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is Top 5 Book Covers You’d Live In. I think this topic is so interesting and unique! I’d never really thought about book covers as a destination place, mostly I think about my favorites and which ones I think are prettier. But there are some great covers that show off the settings of books really well and those are the ones that I’ve picked today.

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July ’17 Wrap Up

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I have to admit it. I didn’t want to but I think it’s time. I’m in a reading slump. This has been the worst reading month I’ve had since I started blogging and I think it has a lot to do with the particular books that I was reading. Also, my birthday was this month and I started my new job so that kept me busy a lot. I have recently started dating and that idiot takes up a lot of my time as well so I haven’t been reading as much. I hope August is a better reading month for me.

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Monthly Obsessions #16

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I’m here today to talk about my monthly obsessions. Another month has gone by and I’ve failed at blogging. I don’t know why life has been so busy for me lately but it’s cutting into my time with you all! I had my birthday this month which was kind of like a full week of celebration because that’s how intense I get. I started my new job this month as well and I’m moving in a month so I’ve been planning and organizing with my best friend all the stuff we have to get ready. It’s been so crazy that this is the month I’ve read the least, but I’ll talk about that more in my wrap up! For now, let’s chat about my obsessions.

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Book Review – Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Every Last Word

Author: Tamara Ireland Stone

Publication: June 16th, 2015

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Format: Kindle Edition, 368 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mental Health

Read: May 2017

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Synopsis
If you could read my mind, you wouldn’t be smiling.
Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.
Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.
Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.

Critically

Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
I loved this book so much. This was a coming of age story about friendship, confidence and honesty. It talked about mental health and acceptance. The story was therapy positive and introduced poetry as an outlet. I loved the way it developed and was even surprised by some of the twists and turns.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
The writing in this book is just so powerful and emotional. It’s poetic, and I love how poetry becomes an intricate part of the writing style as it becomes more important in the main character’s life. It’s easy to read and fun, the pace is steady which I really liked. It’s personable, honest and real.

Characters – 5 out of 5 stars
I love the characters in this book! Each one just feels like a real, honest person with a tangible life and personality. They all made me fall in love with them for different reasons.
Sam is the main character and she has Purely-Obsessive OCD. Her point of view was very specific and very detailed which I enjoyed because it made it possible to try and understand what she was constantly going through. She’s quiet and a bit insecure. She keeps her struggles to herself until she starts to look into poetry. That helps her find her own and to become comfortable with herself more. She becomes braver and more confident and I just loved her growth.
There’s several side characters in this story, some that I love and that I was rooting for and others that I wanted to disappear haha. However, they’re all amazing, complex and well-developed characters. Though we only have Sam’s point of view, we also learn a lot about the lives of the side characters and what they’re going through. They are not just there to help Sam through her journey but as a part of an actual group of people that find solace in poetry and it was beautiful.

Emotionally

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T5W Jul. 26th – Series That Got Better

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Time for another Top 5 Wednesday. Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is Top 5 Series That Got Better. I’m actually really happy to say that I’ve read several series that I feel got better as the books continued. That’s one of my favorite kinds of series to read honestly. When each book gets better and better and the finale manages to blow you away, it’s a great time all around!

SO let’s get started!

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