November ’15 Wrap Up

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Today I am doing my November reading wrap up. I was honestly quite shocked with the amount of books I managed to read this month. I was actually really busy, we are winding down the term at work so there’s report cards and term tests and a lot of extra work being done at home and I really thought I would not get much reading done at all but I ended up reading 18 BOOKS! Isn’t that crazy? I haven’t read this much since February.

Some of the books I read were part of the Anti-Bullying Week Readathon that I participated in. Click here to see my separate wrap up with those books.

Here’s what I read in November:

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Soundtrack to My Book – Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan

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I am back today to do my monthly feature combining awesome books and great music which I share with my friend Gervan. This month I’m posting first because my buddy is in finals but as soon as his post goes up, I’ll be sure to add it here for your viewing pleasure.

This was supposed to be posted on Friday but life has been stressful and crazy this week and I almost didn’t post this at all because it’s Sunday at almost ten pm as I write this and I have work tomorrow but I decided better late than never!

Last month we read Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan in honor of LGBTQ+ Awareness month and I absolutely loved this book. It’s about these two boys who are faced with some really tough challenges both personal and in their relationship and how they overcome them together. It’s the cutest thing ever and I’m so glad it’s the first in a series.

SO let’s get started!

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Book Traveling Thursdays Nov. 26th – Book You’re Thankful For

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It’s time for the last Book Traveling Thursday of the month! This is a weekly meme created by Danielle at Danielle’s Book Blog and Catia at TheGirlWhoReadTooMuch. You can find all of the information you’ll need to participate on the Goodreads page.

This week’s topic in honor of today, happy Thanksgiving!, is a book you’re thankful for. I know I already mentioned five books I’m thankful for yesterday for my Top 5 Wednesday post but I purposely left one special book out just to share it with you today.

SO let’s get started!

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T5W Nov. 25th – Books You’re Thankful For

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It is time for another Top 5 Wednesday!

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey (YouTube, Goodreads) and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic, in honor of Thanksgiving which I believe is tomorrow, is Top 5 Books You’re Thankful for. I picked the books that affected me emotionally or sparked something great in my life.

SO let’s get started!

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The Extraordinary Means Tag

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I am here today to do another tag. I was tagged by Ariana @ The Quirky Book Nerd, thanks so much!, to do the Extraordinary Means tag.

This book tag was inspired by the book, Extraordinary Means, and was originally created by the book’s author, Robyn Schneider. It is all about seeing what extraordinary means we would go to for our books and love of all things literary. Click here to see the original tag video!

SO let’s get started!

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#AntiBullyReads Wrap Up

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I am here today to wrap up the books that I read this past week for the Anti Bullying Week Readathon. This is the second time that I participated in this readathon and I just find it to be so intense but at the same time, really eye opening and beautiful.

I had a small TBR that I shared a few weeks ago and I am happy to say that I not only read all the books on it but also more than what I had planned. And to top it all off, they were all great!

Here are the books I read:

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Book Review – For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

For Darkness Shows the Stars Cover

For Darkness Shows the Stars (For Darkness Shows the Stars #1)

Author: Diana Peterfreund

Publication: June 12th, 2012

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Format: Kindle Edition, 416 pages

Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Retellings

Read: October 2015

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
It’s been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.
Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jump starting the wheel of progress, and Elliot’s estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth—an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.
But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret—one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she’s lost him forever.
Inspired by Jane Austen’s persuasion, For Darkness Shows the Stars is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.

Critically
Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
It’s very regular, not too action packed or intense. It revolves around the relationship between the two main characters and their life in an estate. It’s very character driven but still lacks that thing that makes you addicted to a story.
Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
It’s very detailed and old fashioned. Very verbose, some paragraphs were a bit too long for my tastes. It was a medium pace and engaging as well as very descriptive. I enjoyed it but I wasn’t crazy over it and it didn’t make the story go faster.
Characters – 3.5 out of 5 stars
I did not like the characters as much as I was hoping to when I started this but considering this is character driven, that’s not good at all. Elliot, our main character and narrator, is smart and determined. She’s responsible and very protective of the people she loves. She’s really selfless and has given up a lot for the good of everyone else but I was still not completely convinced on her personality. I just didn’t connect with her that much. Kai, our male lead, was a bit better but not that much. Here’s really jaded, mysterious and misguided. As the story moves forward he’s curious and apologetic but he just rubbed me the wrong way most of the time. I wanted to connect with them and with their relationship more than I did considering that the whole story revolved around that.

Emotionally

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Book Traveling Thursdays Nov. 19th – Book That Deals with War

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It’s time for another Book Traveling Thursday. This is a weekly meme created by Danielle at Danielle’s Book Blog and Catia at TheGirlWhoReadTooMuch. You can find all of the information you’ll need to participate on the Goodreads page.

This week’s topic is a book that deals with war. This is one of the hardest topics ever because I was looking for a realistic war, sort of like historical fiction. But that’s hard cause I haven’t read that many and the one I was going to pick, only has one cover which is really boring considering this meme.

Finally, I just chose something simple.

SO let’s get started!

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T5W Nov. 18th – Hunger Games Moments

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I am so happy to be back with Top 5 Wednesday this week. And I am also super excited about this topic!

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey (YouTube, Goodreads) 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 Favorite Hunger Games moments in the books or movies. This is one of my favorite franchises ever and I absolutely love the books. I got my dad to buy me the box set of the trilogy way back when because I knew that I was going to love it. And I inhale read them and as soon as the first movie came out, I took my butt to the theater. I am absolutely dying for the last movie and I’m going to watch it on Sunday.

I decided to pick a mix of my favorite moments from both parts of the franchise.

SO let’s get started!

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Most Anticipated November Releases

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So in the beginning of the month, a lot of the blogs I follow were posting their anticipated releases of the month. Some were just their top five and others as many releases that they could find and I enjoyed looking at them and finding new books to read. I’ve never done one of these before since I started in September since I didn’t really think about it but once I saw the ones this month, I got inspired.

I was originally going to wait until the beginning of 2016 to start on these posts but then I thought, well that’s kind of dumb. If I want to do something I should just do it. So here I am!

I am a huge fan of new releases. I actually have more than 200 releases that I was looking forward to this year and I honestly don’t know why I never talked about them. For this first post, I decided to spotlight only five of the November releases I’m looking forward to.

SO let’s get started!

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