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!

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Sara 101: My Go-To Apps

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I am back today with my personal feature, Sara 101, where I talk about me and myself and I and anything and everything that I could want to share about my personal life.

I’m struggling a bit in coming up with more topics for this feature, so I’d really love it if you guys could give me some ideas in the comments! For now though, I thought it’d be kind of interesting to share with you guys the kinds of apps that I tend to use regularly, since it’s not usually something I share.

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Book Review – The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo #2)

Author: Rick Riordan

Publication: May 2nd, 2017

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Format: Hardcover, 414 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology

Read: June 2017

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Synopsis
Zeus has punished his son Apollo—god of the sun, music, archery, poetry, and more—by casting him down to earth in the form of a gawky, acne-covered sixteen-year-old mortal named Lester. The only way Apollo can reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus is by restoring several Oracles that have gone dark. What is affecting the Oracles, and how can Apollo do anything about them without his powers?
After experiencing a series of dangerous—and frankly, humiliating—trials at Camp Half-Blood, Apollo must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Fortunately, what he lacks in godly graces he’s gaining in new friendships—with heroes who will be very familiar to fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride. . . .

Critically

Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
As always with Rick Riordan, this book was funny and entertaining. It was action packed and intense, full of ups and downs and fast paced. I loved the adventure aspect and how there is always something new that the characters have to overcome, it keeps the story exciting. It’s complex and fun and I have a great time while reading.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
Again, really fun and entertaining writing style as always. It’s simple, easy to read and full of information on Greek mythology that I really enjoy learning about. However, I’m still struggling with Apollo’s POV. He’s not as laugh out loud funny as I was expecting. He’s self-confident bordering on egotistic and can be annoying sometimes.

Characters – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Like I said above, I’m struggling with Apollo’s POV. I feel like he sounds much older than I’m used to reading from YA books yet at the same time, his personality sometimes grates on my nerves.
Apollo is getting better but because he’s a god, he’s still self-centered and vain. He’s definitely growing through the series but it’s not as much as I would want though I understand why. He can be annoying sometimes specially when he’s constantly scared of everything that’s happening to him. I like the moments when he pushes through his fear and is brave and caring. I want that to happen more often.
One of my favorite parts of this series is being able to see where some of my favorite older characters are. This one has a few more characters that were prominent in the Heroes of Olympus that I loved and it’s just great to see them kick ass and take names still.

Emotionally

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Looks on Books #18 – The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

LOB #18

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I am back with one of my original features inspired by Lila @ The Bookkeeper’s Secret and Reg @ She Latitude to put together outfits inspired by book covers.Usually I pick the cover based on my favorite books (old and new), under-hyped books that I want to feature a bit more on my blog or just regular beautiful covers.

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T5W Jul. 12th – Children’s Books

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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 Favorite Children’s Books. The description of the topic on the group’s page says it can be Middle Grade books as well but that we do our best not to recommend Percy Jackson or Harry Potter. However, because I don’t read a lot of kids’ books and it’s my fucking birthday, I will be recommending them!

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