Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Top Ten Books I think Should be Required Reading!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the BookishEach week we will post a new Top Ten list . Everyone is welcome to join. 

This week's topic is:
Top Ten Books I think Should be Required Reading! 

The Hate U GiveLittle & Lion
1. That Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: I don't really think I need to explain this, but just in case, this book is extremely relevant to what is going on right now. Some children may not know how to handle this situation or one they see in the media like this. I just want everyone to at least be able to have a discussion about this.

2. Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert: Another book I don't think needs to be explained, but again, just in case. This book features diversity in so many ways and I think it's important that teens can use this as an opportunity to learn more about the differences of people in this book and in real life.
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and VirtueLucky in Love
3.  The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee: This would be for teens like me who don't really like history, but love fiction. It's a funny story and give a good look at the time period and location of where they are. 

4. Lucky in Love by Kasie West: This book would be perfect to teach teens money management in Economics. This one and Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith. Both of them would show teens not to be too trusting, when to stop buying so many frivolous things, and to keep their old friends closest. 

Aftercare InstructionsWant (Want, #1)
5. Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin: This is a book to teach teens to stay protected, but if they go a differnet route, that's ok too.

6. Want by Cindy Pon: This book would be awesome to help teach students about the importance of keeping the Earth and atmosphere clean. 

Bad RomanceStalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)
7. Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios: Plain and simple, this is one for all teens to read to show them that toxic relationships are not ok and they do not have to stay in them!

8. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco: This one could easily be done with a lesson over the time peropid and place when Jack the Ripper came up. It also includes some really great notes from the author over what she changed for the book, so that seems would help to give them a better idea about the real infamous Jack the Ripper.

The HelpThis is How it Happened
9. The Help by Kathryn Stockett: I'm not a fan of books from the 60's set in the South, so I wasn't expecting to like this one very much. But when I finally read it, I fell in love. I hope that teachers can get teens to read this and learn so much more about this time period as I did. There are so many little nuggets of history that are in this novel, and teens might be as delighted as I was to find them!

10. This is How it Happened by Paula Stokes: This could easily teach them about bullying and of course online etiquette. 

What about you?
Any other books you think I should add to this list?
Tell me in the comments! 

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Authentics by Abdi Nazemian

Hardcover, 278 pages
Release Date: August 8, 2017
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Read from: August 19, 2017
Source:  Library
For fans of: Coming of Age Novels, Diverse Reads, Diverse Authors, Contemporary, Sparkly Covers, Realistic Fiction, Stand-alones, 

     The Authentics is a fresh, funny, and insightful novel about culture, love, and family—the kind we are born into and the ones we create.
     Daria Esfandyar is Iranian-American and proud of her heritage, unlike some of the “Nose Jobs” in the clique led by her former best friend, Heidi Javadi. Daria and her friends call themselves the Authentics, because they pride themselves on always keeping it real.
     But in the course of researching a school project, Daria learns something shocking about her past, which launches her on a journey of self-discovery. It seems everyone is keeping secrets. And it’s getting harder to know who she even is any longer.
     With infighting among the Authentics, her mother planning an over-the-top sweet sixteen party, and a romance that should be totally off limits, Daria doesn’t have time for this identity crisis. As everything in her life is spinning out of control—can she figure out how to stay true to herself?


     It's very rare that I have enough time to finish a book in a day. It's also very rare that I WANT to finish a book in a day. But with The Authentics, I got lucky and had both of these things on my side. The Authentics is funny and definitely what I needed at the time. 
"Sometimes I felt like so much of my life was an obligation. There were so many things I had to do that it was hard to remember what I really wanted to do."
pg. 7
      The Authentics consist of Daria and her group of friends. They pride themselves on always being real. But while doing research, she finds out something about herself that she never could have imagined. To learn more about herself she keeps digging until she can't hold anymore secrets. How can she possibly say she's still "authentic" when she really has no idea who she really is? 
"Do you know that if you keep reapeating something, eventually you will believe it."
pg. 148
     What I loved most about this was the way it reminded me of my own family. My family is all different shapes and shades just like Daria's. Really the only difference is Daria's family hid her family from her. That truly made me feel sorry for her. She never would have gotten that part of her culture had they continued to keep that from her. It's sad to think she could have missed out on some really important things.
"Maybe [they] made a mistake in not telling you the truth, but you don't spend enough time appreciating all the things [they] did do right."
pg. 218
     Another thing I liked about this was the way this book took me through a complete emotional cycle. There were times I was laughing, and there was even a time when I teared up. When I get that emotional over a book, it shows how into I am. The more emotions it brings out of me the better. 
"No story is a straight line. Stories have sides and angles and if you try hard enough, you'll see that they actually fit together to create some time of beautiful shape."
pg. 219
     This fast paced, diverse contemporary novel is definitely one that I can see others saying they read in one sitting too. With it's emphasis on self-discovery and look into many different cultures, this book was definitely worth my entire day on the couch glued to its pages! 
Overall, I give this

Have you read this? 
Do you like for books to hit every emotion when you read?
What's the last book you finished in a day?

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #234 & the Weekly Wrap-Up!

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what all we borrowed, bought, and received for review. It's hosted over at Tynga's Reviews.

From the Library: 
Romancing the ThroneThe Library of Fates
The WoodBecause You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy
This Is Not the EndMoon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Vol. 3: The Smartest There Is

CLEARLY I went crazy at the library this week. But it's not my fault I SWEAR! It's that stupid curse where you place your holds WEEKS apart and then you're like #8 on one and #17 on another but they ALL COME IN AT THE SAME DAMN TIME. lmao That's exactly what happened to me! 

The Weekly Wrap-Up!

Wednesday 08/09/17: Waiting on Wednesday: You Won't Know I'm Gone by Kristen Orlando
Thursday 08/10/2017:  No Post.

Me on Instagram:
Anddddd if you look at what I'm currently reading, you can see that I already changed my mind smh lol 

This was from Friday. I didn't wake up until 10:30 and I didn't have my coffee until noon because I was up so late Thursday night finishing Warbringer. Best decision I've made in a long time lol 

For all those people who say that pets aren't like kids, try being around a puppy that's too quiet... You'll see they're just like a little kid! A quiet pet means he's up to no good lol 

Last Sunday I was so thankful for that day off. The week before was terrible and of course I had to work that Saturday. I was extremely tired and fighting migraines, two flats, and other issues.... So when he crawled up beside me, I didn't move because I wanted him to stay there forever. 

What went on at your blog this week?!
Send me links so I can go take a peek! 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

ARC, 364 pages
Release Date: August 29, 2017
Published by: Random House Books for Young Readers
Read from: August 11-17, 2017
DC Icons, #1
Source:  TxLA 2017
For fans of: Superheroes, Romance, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Bombshell Ending, Sparkly Covers, Girl Power, Multiple POV's, POC MC, Series, Series Starters, YA

     She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .
     Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.
      Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.
     Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.


     So many of you have been asking me how I managed to wait to read this, and the answer is... I really don't know. I know that publishers like for reviews to come out within two weeks of the book, so I'm gonna say that's the only thing that was holding me back. As you can see, as soon as I was in the right window of time, my restraint broke. I'm glad I didn't have to wait anymore, and I'm happy all of you don't have much time to wait either!
"You do not enter a race to lose."
pg. 1
     Diana is different from her sisters so she does all that she can to prove that she belongs. So one day when a girl arrives on her home island, she tries her best to help her, even though the Amazons are not supposed to interact with humans. As it happens, this is no ordinary girl who Diana saves... She is Alia, a Warbringer, who brings chaos wherever she is. 
"You dance differently when you know you won't live forever."
pg. 6
     So obviously, I LOVED the characters. Besides the obvious with Diana being my favorite, I really liked Alia too. She was such a strong and smart girl. It sounds amazing since she's standing next to Diana, but I'm so serious, she was an amazing character. 
"Battles are often lost because people don't know which war they're fighting."
pg. 14
     The only thing I wasn't a fan of was the pacing. In true Bardugo fashion, the beginning was a bit slow. Maybe it was just me and I wanted to see what this Diana Prince was capable of, but it seemed like it took a while to get to her showing her strength. But once it got going, it was REALLY going. Then the ending literally left my jaw hanging open. I was not expecting that. And any author that can still surprise me is amazing in my book lol
"Alia is no ordinary gir. She is polluted by death." "As all mortals are."
pg. 42
     Another thing that was true to Bardugo's personality, was the writing style. Y'all I have so many freaking tabs in the beginning of this book it's ridiculous. Towards the end they get a bit lighter, but only because I couldn't find them. But I'm sure I will be able to add them when I read it again. (Because of course I am.) 
"We cannot spend out lives in hiding, wondering what we might accomplish if given the chance. We have to take that chance ourselves."
pg. 53
     As for the Wonder Woman legend, I loved the way it was done. And I also really enjoyed seeing her as a teen. This book wasn't something I knew I needed until I heard about it. And I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out. Leigh Bardugo definitely proved to be an Amazon with this amazing story! 
"I imagine all wars look the same to those who die in them."
pg. 216
     This is one of the rare times I wouldn't change a thing in a book. I really enjoyed reading this and I can't wait for the world to read it! I have already cleared a space for my hardcover to sit face-out on my shelf. Thank you, Bardugo for giving this fan the best of her favorite worlds: Wonder Woman and YA. 
Overall, I give this

Also, PLEASE tell me the DC Icons will be connected somehow. Like I would LOVEEEEEE it if someone from here showed up in the second book in this series, Marie Lu's Batman! But even if this is not a thing, I still can't wait for it lol 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Listen Up: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

I don't normally talk about the audio books I listen to because most of them are backlist, but I really want to start! So, I'm starting Listen Up to write short reviews on the books that I listen to! 
Audio, 10.5 hours
Release Date: June 27, 2017
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books
Read from: July 31-August 4, 2017
Guide, #1
Source: Library (e-Audio through Overdrive) 
For fans of: Adventure, Romance, LGBTQIA+, Historical Fiction, LOL, YA 

     Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.
     But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.
     Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.


      Being honest, I started this book on a different day in July. I had almost given up on it... But that was because it was historical fiction and I knew that me and books like that never really get along. So I almost gave up before I even got to chapter 10. But then I waited for the book to come out and I got the audio from my local library. And that changed my world.
     Percy is all set to travel Europe with his best friend (who he has had a crush on for a long time) and his sister. Percy's father surprises him with an uninvited guest because he thinks he needs to make sure Percy isn't tarnishing their name when Percy must come back to take over his family's estate. But things of course do not go as planned. 
     As someone who isn't a fan of historical fiction, I was excited about this, but I was also a bit weary. A friend had told me to give books I wouldn't normally read a try as an audio book, and this was the first one I tried. It definitely opened my eyes to another way to enjoy this genre. By listening to the audio, it feels less like reading and it helped me to enjoy it more. Granted, it may have also been this book's ABSOLUTELY AMAZING narrator too. I loved the accent he read with because it made me feel more like he was really Percy. 
     I also got really into thier adventures. They really had some fun together and that made this book. I remember sitting at my desk and laughing out loud with my headphones on becasue the naked part came up. They did so many crazy things, and I remember laughing the entire way.
     Although these types of books aren't normally my cup of tea, this book was really great! I can't believe I almost missed it by  just looking at what genre it was. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book and see all the hell that Felicity will bring! 
Overall, I give this

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: You Won't Know I'm Gone by Kristen Orlando

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what we're waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for! It's hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!

You Won't Know I'm Gone (The Black Angel Chronicles #2)

     Reagan has to prove herself to an elite group of special agents—and avenge her mother's death—in the second book in the Black Angel Chronicles from the author of You Don't Know My Name.
     Going rogue in an effort to rescue her kidnapped parents has cost Reagan Hillis her automatic ticket to the Training Academy. But becoming a Black Angel is the only way Reagan will be able to exact revenge on her mother’s merciless killer, Santino Torres.
     When Reagan is given a chance to prove that she’s worthy of training to be a Black Angel, she also gets the first chance she’s ever had to be her true self. No aliases. No disguises.
     But when her friend Luke joins her at the Black Angels training compound, Reagan finds herself once again torn between the person she was and the person she wants to be. Reagan has to prove that she's as good as her parents trained her to be, because she’ll never find Torres without the Black Angels’ help.

Expected Publication: January 16, 2018
Published by: Swoon Reads

Why I'm Waiting: I read and loved the first one so much. And that freaking cliff-hanger killed me. I really want to see revenge delivered. Also I really want to see more of  Reagan being a bad ass because she definitely was in the first one!

What are you waiting on this week?
Will you be waiting on this with me?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Top Ten Book Recommendations for those Readers who Like Their Feels Broken!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the BookishEach week we will post a new Top Ten list . Everyone is welcome to join. 

This week's topic is:
Top Ten Book Recommendations for those Readers who Like Their Feels Broken! 

Little & LionThis is How it Happened
Bad RomanceAftercare Instructions
Letters to the LostGoodbye Days
The Serpent KingSecond Chance Summer
Maybe One DayMy Heart and Other Black Holes

Monday, August 14, 2017

Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic

ARC, 416 pages
Release Date: August 15, 2017
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books
Read from: DNF
Hibiscus Daughter, #1
Source:  TxLA 2017
For fans of: YA, Paranormal, Witches, Magical Realism

     All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.
     But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?


     I realllllllly wanted to like this one. As cliche as it sounds, its the truth. I loved the cover and I loved the synopsis, but I just didn't like the execution. And that really sucks. My expectations for this one were really high and it just didn't live up to them. 
    The number one thing that turned me off was the writing style. I've said before when things get too flowery I tend to lose focus. This was one of those times. Descriptions went on and on and I found myself having to read the same passages over and over. It started taking me longer to read pages I'd already read than the rest of the book. It just got really annoying. 
     Then there was the plot. It was very slow. I'm not saying we should've been thrown into the action, but it took a while to get everything going. Pair that with too flowery words and it just seemed like nothing was really going on in the beginning. And because of that, I got bored. 
     Although these two things aren't my cup of tea, this may be what makes a novel for someone else. If you had this one on your TBR, I would say still read it and let me know what you think! If you like these two things, give it a shot! Just because it's not for me, doesn't mean it's not for someone else! 
DNF @ page 80

Have you read this?
What did you think of it?

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #233 & the Weekly Wrap-Up!

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what all we borrowed, bought, and received for review. It's hosted over at Tynga's Reviews.

For Review: 
The Midnight Dance

The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz

!!!!! I have been WISHING for this book for a long time. And I am SO HAPPY that MacMillan approved my request! Thank you Netgalley and Fierce Reads! 

From the Library: 
Tash Hearts TolstoyHe Said/She Said
Meddling Kids

The Weekly Wrap-Up!

Monday 08/07/17:  Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
Tuesday 08/08/17: Top 10 Things I HATE about being a Bookworm!
Wednesday 08/09/17: Waiting on Wednesday: A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess
Friday 08/11/17: Listen Up: The End of Our Story by Meg Haston
 Saturday 08/12/17:  Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

Me on Instagram:

And that was only the beginning. Later that day I had an anxiety attack and more. Oh yeah... And 2 days later I had another flat. This week almost broke me y'all. (Well technically it did because after 2 new tires I have $0 lol But I'm just thankful my insurance was there to help me both times. Thank God for Roadside Assistance!!

What happened at your blog this week? 
Will you be waiting on this with me?