I’m on Bloglovin’!

So I’ve heard a lot about this app but no one ever really explained what it’s supposed to do to me. I still don’t know what’s it for or how to use it, but I figure I can learn as I go.

If you any tips or you use it too, comment and let me know!

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Top 10 Books of 2015

Hello everyone!

I am here today to talk about my top ten favorite books that I read in 2015. And I’m probably one of the last people to share a post like this and that is on purpose! Today is New Year’s Eve and the last day of the year. And I have been reading until this very moment to make sure that the list I am going to make, is the right list! Who knows? I could read a five star book in the last two days of the year and I don’t want to post a list and then want to change it after reading another book.

Because of that I wait until the very last moment to make this list and today is the day where I will share with you the awesome books that you should be reading ASAP. I will be sharing the books, their Goodreads link, my review if I have one and two sentences for why I love them.

SO let’s get started!

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T5W Dec. 30th – Best Books of 2015

Hello everyone!

We are winding down 2015 and today is the last Top 5 Wednesday of the year!

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 Best books of 2015. And I am cheating which is a total shocker right? Haha. I like to do my own list of Top books of the year and I was going to do top 15 but because this is the topic for the week I decided to have five here and then tomorrow have the Top 10 post. These are numbers 11 – 15 on my top books list because yes, I am that person who is not afraid to put them in an actual order of favorites.

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Book Review – None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

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None of the Above

Author: I.W. Gregorio

Publication: April 7th, 2015

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Format: Kindle Edition, 352 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQ+

Read: November 2015

I.W. GregorioGoodreads

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she was born intersex . . . and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between.
What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant?
When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She’s a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she’s madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she’s decided that she’s ready to take things to the next level with him.
But Kristin’s first time isn’t the perfect moment she’s planned–something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy “parts.”
Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin’s entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self?

Critically
Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
This is honestly one of the most powerful and eye opening books I’ve ever read. It’s one of those contemporaries that’s important not only for it’s content but for the way it presents that content. It’s honest and deals with identity, loss, bullying, friendship and what gender is all about. There’s a lot of raw moments that make you sit and think twice while there’s also very typical teenage screw ups and decisions that are not the best or the smartest but make sense for the situation the main character finds herself in.
Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
The best part about this author’s writing style is that she has personal knowledge on this type of condition because she treated a patient with it. She took the time to research and make sure to have all the facts traits which makes the feeling of this story accurate but also relatable in a way that nothing is too confusing. It’s a very emotional read, not heavy, but one that deals with life changing infomation. It’s informative and descriptive without taking away from the emotional and mental effects this kind of situation has on a realistic person.
Characters – 5 out of 5 stars
Characters are what make or break a book for me and the characters in this book are some of my favorites. When it comes to the main character, Kristin, she’s strong in a way that you don’t see coming. After she has her diagnosis, she’s very unsure and emotional about a lot of things: her life, her gender, her identity and her future. And with so much upheavel she did have a tendency to be childish and immature at times when it came to her decision making. But what I really loved about her was her hopefulness. She slowly but surely started to see her new world and what it could offer her. She was very family oriented and began to take steps into acceptance not only for herself but also for her father. The rest of the side characters are part of a range of real and honest types of people. They’re interesting in how they manage Kristin’s condition because it’s something that you’re never prepared for and while I don’t want to say that the ugly comes out when things get tough, you really do find out who your friends really are when you are thrown a curveball in life.

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Book Review – Ugly Love by Collen Hoover

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Ugly Love

Author: Colleen Hoover

Publication: August 5th, 2014

Publisher: Atria Books

Format: Kindle Edition, 337 pages

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Read: November 2015

Colleen HooverGoodreads

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.
Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.
They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.
Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly
.

Critically
Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
This is kind of your typical NA romance plot. There’s a lot, a lot of angst and drama. The regular miscommunication plot with your dash of back and forth with the main character’s decisions. What made it different than most was the raw pain and vulnerability in the character’s back story which really hits close to heart and makes you more absorbed in what you’re reading.
Writing Style – 3 out of 5 stars
Not that great, it’s very simple and its kind of torn. Between POVs, there’s a change in the style and it didn’t make a lot of sense to me. When it’s Tate’s POV, it flowed well and it had good descriptions and it was engaging. When it’s Miles’s POV, it’s awekward because it’s middle spaced and meant to be poetic I guess. It was kind of like she was trying too hard to be artistic and whimsy and it didn’t work for me.
Characters – 3 out of 5 stars
This is where the entire book let down for me. The characters started well but everything just went downhill when the romance started. Tate started off as a strong, indepent woman but as soon as Miles gave her the time of day, she just melted and not in the good way. She got really annoying because of how much of a pushover she became when it came to him. She was weak and easily manipulated and overly emotional. She would make these awful statements saying that she would never let anyone treat her badly except for Miles because she just caves for anything he says and THAT IS NOT OKAY, kids. On his end, Miles is rude and a jerk and really closed off. I could understand where he was coming from considering how much pain he was in and how vulnerable he felt. But at the same time, he was really in denial and it got annoying, real quick. In general, I was frustrated and irritated with them and they put a huge damper on a book.

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Venezuelan Christmas

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all having a great time with your families. Whatever  you are celebrating whether its Christmas or something else, I hope the last two days have been full of laughs and great times.

I’m here today to share a quick little post about how I spent my Christmas.

In most South American/Latin countries, Christmas is celebrated on the 24th. We tend to dress up a lot and we eat dinner very very late and we usually open presents right at midnight.

Last night, my mom, my grandma and I went over to my best friend’s house to spent Christmas Eve with her family. We met last year on December 23rd and not only were we celebrating a second Christmas together, but also one whole year on being not only friends but best friends.

Here’s what we got up to:

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Book Traveling Thursdays Dec. 24th – Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas everyone!

I hope you are all having or will be a having a wonderful time with your families. I’m here to do my last Book Traveling Thursday of the year. 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 takes place during Christmas and I have read zero books that take place during Christmas. So I decided to pick a book that I know has Christmas in it at some point even though I have not read it yet.

SO let’s get started!

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful day as well as a wonderful tomorrow. May you be blessed with great family time and lots of laughs!

I will be hanging out with my best friend and her family for the second year in a row and I am so excited! We’ll be dressed up and eating great food and listening to good music most likely.

I will be doing a post about it tomorrow so watch out for that.

Have a great day!

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T5W Dec. 23rd – Series I Want to Start Next Year

Hello everyone!

We are getting down to the last few Top 5 Wednesday posts of the year, isn’t that crazy?

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 Series You Want to Start Next Year and because that is just one of the hardest topics to ever happen on top 5 Wednesday, I picked 6 like a good rebel that I am. Most of these are series that I’ve heard talk about so much that I need to get on the bandwagon or series from favorite authors that I haven’t read yet.

SO let’s get started!

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Dashing Through the Snow Book Tag

When life during the holidays and you haven’t posted all the things you said you would on your blog.

Hello everyone!

I hope your holidays are treating you well. Mine at the moment are honestly a little hectic as I’ve stated above. Luckily it’s only Tuesday so I’m not behind on my schedule but if it keeps up, there’ll be only one post this week .

As I seem to be the only person on the blogosphere not posting anything Christmas related, because who knew Christmas was such a big deal on blogs cause I didn’t, when Giovanna @ BookComaBlog tagged me to do the Dashing Through the Snow book tag, I was like YES! I can join the party on at least one post. So thanks girl for saving my blog life! And thanks to Astra for creating this tag.

Here are the rules:

SO let’s get started!

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