Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!!!

Every time I see this tag on You Tube I have to watch it because it is just sooo entertaining and so true.  So, I think it's about time that I do it, right?  Right...

Here we go:

*So far in 2017 I have read 54 books (yeah)*

1. Best Book You've Read So Far in 2017?
-The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini; one of the best books out there for sure!

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2. Best Sequel You've  Read So Far in 2017?
-Keeping Kyler by Siobhan Davis-best twists in a story ever, so many that will leave you craving for more.

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3. New Release You Haven't Read So Far in 2017?
A Court of Wings And Ruin (Seriously, I don't know what is wrong with me)
Always and Forever, Lara Jean (another one)
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (another book that I hear nothing but good things)

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4. Most Anticipated Release for Second Half of 2017?
Warcross by Marie Lu

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5. Biggest Disappointment?
The Circle by Dave Eggers, I'm not sure what I was expecting but it wasn't what the book was about, that's for sure.  It's not that it was horrible, I still like it, it was just a little weird...I do still want to watch the movie though.

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6. Biggest Surprise?
Far From You by Tess Sharpe, first time reading from this author, probably my first diverse book in this genre too and I freaking LOVED IT!!!!

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7. Favorite New Author?
I can't only pick one, Khaled Hosseini  (The Kite Runner) for sure (I've already got another one of his books), Kasie West-By Your Side- (yeah, first time reading a book of hers this year), Tess Sharpe (can't wait to read more of hers too).

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8. Newest Favorite Character?
August from Wonder (seriously this kid is so freaking amazing). And can I pick another one?  Ruby from Frostblood, what a badass character :)

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10. Book That Made You Cry?
Kite Runner for sure...

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11. Book That Made You Happy?
Ah, this one is hard...I've recently started my reread of Harry Potter so let's include at least the first book here :),  By Your Side by Kasie West, I really enjoyed that story, it touched a lot of great subjects.

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12. Favorite Book to Movie Adaptation You Saw this Year?
13 Reasons Why (can I include this one here? Even if it was a tv series?Yes? YEAH :)-)
Confess (AH, this one is not a movie either, it's another mini series, but I loved it)

13. Favourite Review You've Written This Year?


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14.  Most Beautiful  Book You Bought So Far this Year?

I have bought way too many books this year, I can't pick a favorite...let me see...let's pick Truthwitch, maybe because I just finished reading it, but it is a beautiful cover, right?


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15. What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of The Year?

So many, way too many...let pick a few (besides the ones mentioned already above):

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Windwitch by Susan Dennard

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover (YES, another CoHo book)

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare (once I finished reading the others first hehehe)

Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo (because Wonder Woman? Yes, please)

Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Just a few but many more for sure :)

And that's it for the Tag!!!!

What about you?  What books have you read and want to read this year?  Are you freaking out too?

XOXO,

Nelia











Tuesday, July 11, 2017

July 2017 TBR

July and summer is here which means hot days are here together with boating and beach days and that also means a very happy ME.  Who also loves summer?  July is also my birthday month so overall is a very good month for me and I'm putting lots of books on my TBR this month because...Why Not?  I'm feeling really ambitious and I want to read lots and lots of books while I'm at the boat soaking up the sun and doing nothing.  Those are the perfect summer days...

So, let me stop by talking so much and get to my tbr.

July 2017 TBR


1. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (read)

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2. Night by Elie Wiesel (read)

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3.  Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han (read)

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4.  A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

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5. We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

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6. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGruire

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7. Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (read)

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8. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare (currently reading)

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9. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (I'm finally going to start this trilogy and find out for myself what the hype is all about lol)

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10. The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson (so ready to continue with this trilogy)

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10...not too crazy, right?  Right lol.  What books are you reading this month?  Have you read any of these yet?  Any favorite series?

Happy Summer!!!

XOXO,

Nelia


Thursday, July 6, 2017

June 2017 Wrap Up

This is going out a little late as it is July already but it's here, right?  Let's check out what I read in June, it was a good reading month...

June Wrap Up


1. Harry Porter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling: 5 Stars

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2. Wonder by R. J. Palacio: 5 Stars

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3. Everything Leads to you by Nina LaCour: 5 Stars

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4. Harry Porter and the Chamber of Secrets: by J. K. Rowling: 5 Stars

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5. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler: 4 Stars

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6. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard: 4 Stars

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7. And I Darken by Kiersten White: 3 Stars

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8. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon: 5 Stars

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I read 8 books in June, do I wish I had read more?  Yes. But am I happy with what I read?  Oh yes.  I read so many amazing books, even though I didn't read over 10 books, the books that I read were so well written and I just could not put them down while I was reading.  As you can see lots of 5 stars this month.

What books did you read in June?  Do you see any favorites above?

XOXO,

Nelia


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Book Review: Every Body Yoga by Jessamyn Stanley

Yeah....time for another book review and you must be wondering if I'm okay, right?  This is not the type of book that I would usually reach for it and read.  But for the last six months I have got into Yoga and I really love it, if I don't go to Yoga for more than two days I feel it in my body, in my mood.  Yoga really becomes part of you, part of your life and when I'm there, it's just me and my mat and even if I'm not perfect, I'm relaxed, my mind is relaxed and that is huge and the main reason I started doing it.  But anyways, let's get back to today's topic and review, my library had this book for grabs and my little hand was up in the air in a heart beat and I read it in one seating...

Every Body Yoga by Jessamyn Stanley

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So, Jessamyn is not your typical Yogi, I'm pretty sure you are already know that,  you can see that on the book cover.  Or you probably have heard about her online, she does have a blog or instagram...yeah she is all over the place now a days.  But in this book she will tell you how she got into Yoga.  And don't expect her to be soft and lovey dove because she is not, she tells you like it is, she will even swear if it is needed.  So if you want to know how she got into Yoga, read the book.  Want to know how someone like Jessamyn can do Yoga, read the book.  If you are not sure if you can do Yoga and need some inspiration?  Read this book.  And the best part about the book is that towards the end of it she will even give you some poses and how to do them step by step.

There really isn't much to say about this book besides, everyone should read it.  A yogi or not...it will give you confidence, love your own body and make you want to do things that you have been wanting to do but are not sure about it.  5 out 5 stars.

XOXO,

Nelia

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Book Review: Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine

Time for another book review, and this is book 3 in The Great Library series, when I started reading these books I thought it was going to be a trilogy but I'm really excited to find out that it's going to be 5 books total! Yeah!!!!

If you don't know what these books are about please don't start by reading this review as it is for book 3 and will contain spoilers.  Here is my review on book 1: Ink and Bone and my review on book 2: Paper and Fire.

If you have read those first two books, let's jump right into the review:

Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine

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From GoodReads:
Hoarding all the knowledge of the world, the Great Library jealously guards its secrets.  But now a group of rebels poses a dangerous threat to its tyranny...

Jess Brightwell and his band of exiles have fled London, only to find themselves imprisoned in Philadelphia, a city led by those who would rather burn books than submit.  But Jess and his friends have a bargaining chip: the knowledge to build a machine that will break the Library's rule.

Their time is running out.  To survive, they'll have to choose to live or die as one, to take the fight to their enemies-and to save the very soul of the Great Library.


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Oh, going back to this world and this characters brought back all the feelings and made me realize why I really love and enjoy reading this series.  I'm just surprise why there isn't more people reading it, it's about books, about the dangerous that it can become, about have a Great Library in charge of all the books of the world and controlling who can read and what should be allowed to be read.  It's just amazing.  There is so much political things going on too, the friendships these characters develop?  Ah, so good, you are always wondering if someone is really friends or if they are going to betray the other, but you also know will would everything to save the other.  Yes, there is some romance too, but it's minimal that you appreciate the book even more.

Let's talk about this book, Jess and his friends escaped London, but they ended up right in the middle of Philadelphia which is a city controlled by burners and of course they take them as prisoners.  But they have a plan, multiple plans to get themselves out of there, they tell the leader about their machine that will break the Library's rule and that will chance everything in the world.  But, they also know they need a backup plan just in case.  And good thing, because just when they think things are going good, things take a wide turn and they need to get out ASAP.

Once they are of Philadelphia with the help from someone from Jess's past, they are not safe like they thought they would be and making a new plan is they new strategy.  Jess and his friends make some hard decisions at the end to save some of them and the future of Great Library.

The way the book ended I needed the next book right away and cannot wait for it to come out.  So good...I totally recommend this series and this book for sure.  4.5 stars.  Cannot wait for the next one!!!

XOXO,

Nelia

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer Reads and Recommendations

Summer is officially HERE!!!! YES!!! I've been waiting for this day since Summer ended, this is my favorite season for sure, I love the hot weather, the beach days, the boat rides and just doing nothing besides reading.  And I'm over here thinking about which books to put on my TBR, so I decided to do a post for which books I want to read this Summer and also give you guys some recommendations.

Let's do this?  Let's go:

First let's start with my list and which books I really want to read this summer:

1. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon: I keep reading/watching so many good things about this book so I'm definitely going to read this one SOON.

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2. We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson: the more people that read this book the better the reviews so I'm SO reading this one!!!

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3. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han: This one I'm reading really soon too, I loved the first two of this trilogy and cannot wait to read this one.

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4. Where'd You Go, Bernadette by: When this one came out it had really good reviews and I've been meaning to read it so...it's going on my TBR.

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5. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon: I loved her first book and I've heard this one is just or even better so...give it to me!!!  And look at this cover...it screams SUMMER!!! :)

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Alright, these are the 5 books that I'm definitely reading this Summer...let's jump to recommendations:

1. Everything Leads to You by Nina La Cour: I just finished this book in June and loved it, totally a summer read and lots of diversity.  Trust me, you will love it.

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2. Hushed by Joanne MacGregory: love re tellings? Then you will love this one for sure, it's inspired by The Little Mermaid and that's all I'm going to say and all you need to know.

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4. Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson: First of all, I just want to recommend all of Morgan Matson's books because they are all so amazing (I will definitely recommend another one lol) but this one is really appropriate for summer because: ROAD TRIP?  YEAH!!!

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5. Far From You by Tess Sharpe: This book has been one of my favorites reads this year and I promise you, after you read it you will not be disappointed.

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6. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson: Told you another one of hers was coming, this is my favorite of hers, it made me laugh and it made me cry like a baby.  It happens during the summer and it's about family, friends and a little romance thrown in; it's totally a summer read.

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7. The Summer I Turned Pretty by  Jenny Han: first book of a trilogy, summer read with a girl and two brothers and their summers together.  Lots of things happen but will you love it?  Oh YEAH!

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And that's it for my Summer Reads and Recommendations...what about you?  What books have you read and would recommend?  And what to you have on your Summer reading list?

XOXO,

Nelia


Monday, June 19, 2017

Book Review: A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray

Another trilogy finished this year, I'm really happy that at the beginning of 2017 I had the time to write down all the trilogies that I hadn't finished and to write down the trilogies that I really wanted to finish this year.  And I have finished quite a few already, feeling accomplished.  How about you, how are you doing with finished trilogies and series?

Let's get back to today's topic and review today's book:


A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray

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From GoodReads:

The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite Caine's hands.  Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud since she first traveled to another universe using her parents' invension, the Firebird.  Only now has she learned the true plans of the evil Triad Corporation--and that those plans could spell doom for dozens or hundreds of universes, each facing total annihilation.

Paul Markov has always been at Marguerite's side, but Triad's last attack has left him a changed man--angry and shadowed by tragedy.  He struggles to overcome the damage done to him, but despite Marguerite's efforts to help, Paul may never be the same again.

So it's up to Marguerite alone to stop the destruction of the multiverse.  Billions of lives are at stake.  The risks have never been higher.  And Triad has unleashed its ultimate weapon:  another dimension's Marguerite--wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.

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This is the third and final book in the Firebird trilogy and there we lots of action for sure.  And besides trying to same the world Marguerite was also trying to save her relationship with Paul.  After saving him in the last book, Paul is different and he is more than ever afraid that he will never be the same person again and that he is not the right person for Marguerite.  Marguerite in the other hand knows that Paul can be saved but will she be enough to demonstrate that to him?  Will she give up?

With every new dimension that she travels her job gets harder and harder, Marguerite feels like the other evil of herself is always one step ahead and she needs to figure out what to do before she ends out killing billions of people, including herself.

I really enjoyed going back to this book and world and characters.  Marguerite is an amazing character, she is someone that you befriend without even thinking about it.  She isn't afraid to risk it all if it means to save the others around her.  It was a really great conclusion to this trilogy, well done.

4 out of 5 stars.

XOXO,

Nelia

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Book Review: Hushed by Joanne MacGregor

I love reading retellings and when I had the opportunity to read a retelling of The Little Mermaid, I didn't even had to think twice about it; I jumped right in, both feet at once, no tail, I'm no mermaid lol.

Here is the book:

Hushed by Joanne MacGregor

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From GoodReads:

Would you sacrifice your voice for love?

18 year old Romy Morgan desperately longs to escape the boring future her parents have planned for her, and explore the world.

When she saves her celebrity crush, superstar Logan Rush, from drowning, Romy is offered a job as his personal assistant.  She strikes a deal to reinvent herself in exchange for entering the exciting world of the movies, and love sparks between her and this prince of Hollywood.  But Romy soon discovers that she has traded her voice and identity for an illusion of freedom.

When she discovers a dreadful secret with the power to destroy Logan, Romy must choose between love, revenge and finding her own, true element.
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First of all, this book takes place in South Africa, I don't know about you but this is the first book that I've read that takes place in South Africa and just for that I loved it.  Second of all, I just want to mention that Romy loves the ocean and loves the sea animals and is a big, huge supporter of saving the whales and sharks and double the appraise for that.  It's not everyday that you read a book where things like this in implemented in it and I loved, loved reading those parts of the book!!!!  So well done!

Now into the romance part of the book, because yes people, there was romance and drama so don't worry about it, it wasn't all about Romy talking about saving the whales and the sharks...lol.  Romy and Logan are freaking cute and this book is the perfect summer read, it has everything you want in it.  Romy has been in love with Logan for ever but Logan is just meeting her so he treats her nice and everything but doesn't fall all crazy in love right away which I really appreciated.  And when he does?  It was so cute the way they both acted, but then something big happens and Romy has to make a decision and from there until the end of the book is just great, so, so great.  These two are perfect and made for each other!!!

Loved it...4.5 out 5 stars.  Totally recommend.

XOXO,

Nelia


June 2017 TBR

Well, this TBR is wicked, wicked late but better late than ever, right? And can you believe that it's June already?  This is the first week that is finally hot in New England and I'm a very happy person right now :) YEAH!!!  How's the weather where you are?

Let's get back to today's post and see what I will be reading in June, and in another positive note, I'm over my reading slump, FINALLY!!! Let's check out the books I picked for this month:

June TBR:


1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K Rowling (read and so happy I did it because HP totally got me over my reading slump.

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2. Wonder by R. J. Palacio (read and OMG, it was SO good!!!)

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3. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour (read and so glad I did)

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4. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han (can't wait to read it)

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5. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (starting this one soon)

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6. And I Darken by Kiersten White

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7.  Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler (currently reading and not sure how I feel about it yet, different for sure)

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8.  History is all you left Me by Adam Silvera

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9. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling (read, hehehe)

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That's all I have for now...I'm so happy that I've already read so many of the books already and can't wait to read more :) happy, happy.

What are you all reading this month?

XOXO,

Nelia