Wednesday, August 31, 2016

#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAYS (August 31): Books I'll Never Read!!


Hey guys! This is a new feature I joined from Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.

Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 5 books I'll never read!!

Note: This does not mean that I'm hating on the books or the authors, it's just not my taste or my style of reading. No hate here. All love! ♥


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5. Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan

I liked the movies, but I can't get myself to pick up this book, or any of the books. Plus, I'm not a big fan of Greek mythology. 

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4. It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

Too much controversy behind this book has made me lose my taste for this book. I know it's supposed to be this savior for domestic violence but I just don't see it.

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3. Fifty Shades Series by EL James

I didn't even read past the prologue the first time I read it and I won't be reading the rest. Besides, BDSM is not my thing. 

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2. Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

I watched one episode of Game of Thrones and I just couldn't get into it. I couldn't understand the plot, the characters or the story. There was too much going on so I stopped watching it. I bet you that's how I'll feel if I ever pick up the books, which isn't likely. I tried though, which is saying a lot. 

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1. Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

I remember the movie back in elementary school and when it was being compared to Harry Potter. The internet wasn't as popular then so people couldn't trash it, but now it's like it's a personal offense if HP is anywhere near LOTR which is just astounding to me. If the fans are this bad towards the movies, I can't imagine how they are towards the books. Nope. I can't get into that nonsense. Plus, I read a little bit of The Hobbit when I was in college and I found it to be so boring. I disliked it so much that I gave it away to a little library near a train station in my town. I didn't even give it to an actual person; I just left the book there because I was so tired of having it. Never again!! 

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

TOP TEN TUESDAY #15: Back to School Book List!!


Hosted by Jamie, Jana and Lauren of BrokeandBookish.com, Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly book meme that presents top ten lists on Tuesdays that promotes favorite bookish themes.

This week's theme:

August 30: Back To School Freebie -- anything "back to school" related like 10 favorite books I read in school, books I think should be required reading, Required Reading For All Fantasy Fans, required reading for every college freshman, Books to Pair With Classics or Books To Complement A History Lesson, books that would be on my classroom shelf if I were a teacher


These are eight books I think every student should read in school. 

8. Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

I think every elementary and middle school student needs to read this series, at least the first book. The concepts of freindship, bravery, love, trust, teamwork and becoming your own hero are great influences that children can pick up in this series. Plus, the imagery and character development from JK Rowling doesn't hurt either. 

7. Shakespeare Plays

I read a lot of Shakespeare plays in school, definitely Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, and Othello. Those plays set me up for my appreciation of theater, scriptwriting and set design. I did dance as a kid all the way up to high school, so I knew about set design, but from reading it in Shakespeare was way different, so I feel like any child and teen should grow up to read these too. 

6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I haven't read the book, but I've seen the movies (both the old and new versions), and I think it's important for students to get a glimpse of how things were back in the early days of London. Not only do they understand it in an international perspective, but they get a taste of how social standards were. How the social standards between the rich and middle-class were, and how tightly bound they were; money and pride played its own character through Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy and their families. 

5. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

This movie freaked me out as a kid!! I also read the book, which also freaked me out. The whole prospect of these little boys stuck on an island trying to survive, which later turns into a "survival of the fittest" and threatening each other. There's a pig's head being chopped off and used as a talking stick!! It's a lot for young kids to deal with and take in at school, but I still think it's important for them to read, to understand what groupthink and morality actually means.

4. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

This book was very interesting in terms of a young boy with autism, who is incredibly intelligent, and he finds his neighbor's dead dog stabbed with a fork outside his lawn. And he investigates who killed the dog, but he discovers more about his family history and himself and his condition. This book is important for students to understand how mental and behavioral health works, especially with children, that they can't get with a science or medical textbook. 

3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I believe that every student should read this book for the survival of the fittest aspects, just like Lord of the Flies. But with this book, there's not much team effort, other than Katniss and Peeta working together to win the war. There's also bits of romance, reality tv, and drama immersed in the book, and I think it will work well in class discussions. 

2. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

While I've never read the book, I've seen the 2012 movie starring Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund so many times to know that students should at least read the book once. The movie is about adventures, meeting new people, getting out of your comfort zone, and enjoying who you are. I think every student should read the books to get the same feeling.

1. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Again, I never read the book, but I've seen the 2007 movie starring Josh Hutcherson and AnnaSophia Robb, and I loved it as a kid. I loved how these two poor, lonely kids came together and used their imaginations to create their own world within the forest. The movie was so cool for me, and I hope that the book can give off that same feeling for students.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY (August 24): Books to Read Before the End of 2016




Hey guys! This is a new feature I joined from Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.

 Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 5 Books I Want to Read Before the End of 2016:

5. It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

I've heard too much about this book not to read it at least once! LOL!
Update: with all of the heavy controversy behind the loss of trigger warnings in a book about domestic violence and emotional abuse, and Colleen's response video blanketing the whole issue, I don't think I'll be reading this anymore. 

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4. Eclipse the Flame by Ingrid Seymour

I missed the ARC sign-ups for this, and I really liked the first one, so I'll definitely read this one before the end of the year. 

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3. Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

I received this book as a giveaway from Nicole of BlackBeakBooks, and it's about time I've read it before the year is over. 

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2. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

I kinda have a love for interracial couples, so I want to check this one out. Plus, the protagonist Elyse d’Abreau is from the West Indies (technically Trinidad & Tobago), so I feel a bit closer to her culturally. Even though my heritage is in Jamaica lol. 

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1. I'm Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi

I love Luvvie's tweets, her writing style on her website, her Periscope videos, everything about her! I can't wait to read this book on September 13! 

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

TOP TEN TUESDAY #14: Books Still in my TBR Since Before 2014


Hosted by Jamie, Jana and Lauren of BrokeandBookish.com, Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly book meme that presents top ten lists on Tuesdays that promotes favorite bookish themes.


This week's theme:

Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven't Read Yet (this is going to be sad considering how many of those I have unread six years later...)

I've only been blogging for 2 years, since 2014, so this list will probably be very sad LOL!!

10. Harken by Kaleb Nation

I've liked Kaleb on Youtube, I'd been following him on the platform for awhile, and I was so excited to read his new book, Harken. And it's still sitting on my TBR list... O.O

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9. Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare

Yes, I love Shadowhunters, and yes, I still haven't read Clockwork Angel, Prince or Princess. And yes, I should be ashamed... so sorry, Cassie!!

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8. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I love the movie with Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, so I'm ashamed that the book version is still sitting on my TBR for 3 years straight.

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7. Sempre by JM Darhower

I remember reading a bit of the Twilight fanfic awhile back, but I never read the book, and I clearly haven't read it yet if it's still sitting in my TBR for 3 years!! :/ :(

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6. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me was in another TTT post before, but this is where my want for the book started. Damn near 3 years on my TBR list... :/

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5. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

E&P came out the same time I put it in my TBR. That says a whole lot. 

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4. Cress and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

I've read half of the first book (Cinder), and I really like it! But I never caught on to finishing it and reading the second and third books. I add them to my TBR and things just kept piling on top, making me forget about them... :(

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3. The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

For some reason, I had this book in my TBR before the movie came out last year. But now that I saw the movie, I'm still wondering why the book is still in my list... (no shade to the movie, btw. The movie was great.)

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2. Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick

I read all of the Hush Hush books, aside from the last one. I remember even reading the second book, Crescendo, in a day! So if I could do that, then I can read the last one and get 'er done! 

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1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

This has been on my TBR even before the show came out! But the show keeps making me not want to read it, not because I don't want to, but because I don't want to distort the memories of the show. I don't want to be disappointed and confused at the differences. 

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Monday, August 22, 2016

BLITZ + GIVEAWAY: 'BREAKING THROUGH' by Juliana Haygert


Breaking Through
Juliana Haygert
(Breaking #3)
Publication date: August 22nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
From the outside, Hilary Taylor has it all—beauty, money, a caring family, good friends—but inside she’s struggling, full of fears. Events from the past forever changed her, and though years of therapy have helped, she still has a long way to go…. No matter how much progress she’s made, Hil isn’t sure she’ll ever be able to trust men again. Especially one who sees her as nothing more than a pretty face. But Hil knows it’s time to face her fears, and the best way to do that is to start small.
To Guilherme Fernandes life is about three things: polo, parties and pretty girls—only one of which he takes seriously. Gui is too focused on his polo career to waste time on relationships, however he can’t help but be intrigued by the beautiful yet troubled Hil. So when she decides she’d like to learn more about horses, Gui is happy to find himself in the right place at the right time. But what was supposed to be a one time thing, soon turns into a weekly date.
As Gui helps her discover a new found love for horses, Hil’s guard begins to crumble. The more support Gui offers, the more she wants to accept…and the more the lines of friendship blur. Despite knowing better, Hil can’t help it as Gui slowly breaks through the walls she’s built. Now she has to decide if she’ll stop him there, or if she’ll finally let her fear go and allow Gui to reach for her heart.
Companion novel of Breaking Free and Breaking Away. Can be read as a standalone. Genre: NA contemporary romance. Warning: strong language, sex scene, mentions of rape and domestic violence.
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Author Bio:
While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in North Carolina and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAYS (August 17): Fave First Sentences



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Hey guys! This is a new feature I joined from Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.

 Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 5 favorite first sentences from books I love.

5. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

"I'd never given much thought to how I would die...but even if I had I would not have imagined it like this.”

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4. Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone by JK Rowling

"Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much."

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3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

""When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold."

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2. Running in the Dark by Inger Iversen

"A restless ache bloomed deep in Bessina's chest, racing from her heart to her feet."

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1. Wendy Darling: Stars by Colleen Oakes

"It was coming."

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

TOP TEN TUESDAY #13: Books With NYC Setting


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Hosted by Jamie, Jana and Lauren of BrokeandBookish.com, Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly book meme that presents top ten lists on Tuesdays that promotes favorite bookish themes.


This week's theme:

Top Ten Books With X Setting (top ten books set near the beach, top ten book set in boarding school, top ten books set in England, etc)

Here's some books I love set in New York!

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10. Under My Skin by Laura Diamond

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9. Discovering April by Sheena Hutchinson

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8. Wish by Grier Cooper



7. Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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6. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

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5. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot



4. It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini


I've never read the book, but I've seen the movie a couple times, and I've always liked it. 


3. Where She Went by Gayle Forman

I'll stop at 3 because this challenge is really hard, if you can't find that many books set in NY that you've read. 

What are some books you love set in New York? I'd love to know your thoughts in the comments below. 


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Monday, August 15, 2016

BOOK BLITZ: SHADOW BORN by Jasmine Walt and Rebecca Hamilton




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Shadow Born
Jasmine Walt & Rebecca Hamilton
(Shadows of Salem #1)
Publication date: August 16th 2016
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Chicago Police Detective Brooke Chandler is keeping a secret… and if she’s not careful, it could get her killed.
Brooke is no stranger to the supernatural. In Chicago, vampires are just as prevalent as drug lords, and infinitely more bloodthirsty. So when her partner and fiancé dies in a mysterious fire while chasing down a lead in Salem, she suspects something dark and otherworldly is at play.
Blessed with the ability to see into the past by touching inanimate objects, Brooke transfers to the Salem PD, hoping her talent will help her get to the bottom of things. Between dodging assassination attempts and being stonewalled at every turn, the going is tough. Add in a mysterious fae club owner with secrets of his own and a personal grudge against her, and it becomes nearly impossible.
If Brooke wants to play in the supernatural sandbox, she’s going to have to roll up her sleeves and get dirty. But how many people will have to die for Brooke to discover the truth about her fiance? And is she even ready to know?
Find out what lurks in the SHADOWS OF SALEM by pre-ordering SHADOW BORN, the latest Urban Fantasy hit readers are comparing to Karen Marie Moning and Patricia Briggs.
EXCERPT:
“They’re conniving, manipulative, and take things that don’t belong to them.” Maddock hissed, then shoved to his feet. “Such as the fae that have been going missing recently.”
“Well, I can’t argue with that,” I muttered, eyeing him warily. He was glaring at me, as if this were somehow my fault. “But how do you know it’s the witches doing this? A symbol on a wall isn’t what I call concrete evidence.”
Maddock crossed his arms and glared down at me, making my heart jump into my throat. “So yer defending them now? Somehow I’m not surprised.”
His sarcastic tone was so accusatory that his behavior suddenly made sense. All the animosity, the condemning glares…
“You think I’m a witch, don’t you?” I jabbed a finger at him. “That’s why you don’t like me, and why you always look at me like I’m a piece of shit stuck to your shoe.”
“I dinnae know what ye are,” Maddock growled, clamping his hand around my forearm. “Aside from a heaping of trouble. But right now, I need ye, which is why I’m tolerating yer presence in this city. Now let’s get going already. I’ve something to show ye.”


Author Bio:
Rebecca Hamilton writes Paranormal Fantasy, Horror, and Literary Fiction. She lives in Florida with her husband and four kids, along with multiple writing personalities that range from morbid to literary. Having a child diagnosed with autism has inspired her to illuminate the world through the eyes of characters who see things differently.
Rebecca Hamilton is represented by the ever-more-amazing Rossano Trentin of TZLA.
Author links:
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Jasmine Walt: I'm obsessed with books, chocolate, and sharp, pointy objects. Somehow, those three things melded together in my head and transformed into a desire to write. Usually fantastical stuff, with a healthy dose of action and romance. My characters are a little (okay, a lot) on the snarky side, and they swear, but they mean well. Even the villains sometimes.
When I'm not working on my next book, you can find me working on my dao sword form, spending time with my family, or binge-watching superhero shows on Netflix. I love to hear from my readers, so if you've got a question or just want to say hi, feel free to contact me via my website at www.jasminewalt.com.
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