Tuesday, October 31, 2017

TTT: Halloween Freebie! Top Ten Books that Remind me of (Halloween) Candy!

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:
Halloween Freebie
Top Ten Books that Remind me of (Halloween) Candy! 

FangirlImage result for nerds candy

1. FanGirl by Rainbow Rowell and Nerds: I say that because she is described as one in the book because of Fandom of a book. But honestly, Nerds are Great and so is Cath, so win, WIN.

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2. Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl and Wax Soda Bottles: I honestly added this book to my TBR because the girl on the front looked fabolous..... Unfortunately, like the tasteless wax you bite into to get the candy flavor out, I was not a fan of the characters that were in Royce Rolls. Looking at the reviews though, much like the candy I could see people either loved or hated this one, so please if u haven't read it, still give it a try! 

They Both Die at the EndImage result for crybaby candy

3. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera and Cry Babies: I mean.... Do I really need to elaborate? This book could break even the strongest person, which I imagine these candies can do too lol 

Lucky in LoveWindfall
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4. Lucky in Love by Kasie West and Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith and Paydays: Another pairing that I don't think needs any elaboration lol Both MC's in these books win big on the Lottery and they go through so many different things after they recieve their "pay-days!"

The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #3)Image result for laffy taffy candy

5. The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan and Laffy Taffy: Really ANYTHING by Riordan could have landed here lol I love his writing style and I love his humor and as long as he keeps making me laugh, I will read whatever he writes! 

A Line in the Darktwizzlers

6. A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo and Twizzlers: I thought the ending was done really well, but it didn't really feel like a thriller to me which was what I wanted... I just didn't LOVE it like everyone else seems too. Just like Twizzlers. I guess for both I'm the black sheep. 

If There's No Tomorrowhersheys kisses

7. If There's No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Hershey's Kisses: I really loved Sebastian and I wanted him and Lena to do all the kissing. Plus (minor spoiler) their first kiss was pretty adorable lol 

The Hate U GiveImage result for Caramel apple pop

8. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and Caramel Apple Pops: This is my favorite candy of all time, and I can easily say THUG is my favorite read as well! (Even if both Starr and Angie have TERRIBLE taste in Oreos lolol) 
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9. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds and Junior Mints: I'm not one to like Mint candy, but I really do like Junior Mints. Same with Long Way dow, I'm not a fan of verse novels, but I LOVED this book and will rec it to anyone with reservations like I had!

Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King, #1)Image result for sour patch kids

10. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller and Sour Patch Kids: Alosa acted as if she had no idea what she was doing, but the entire book she had a plan the whole time! She was the opposite of these Sour Patch kids, sweet but then sour. 

What about you? 
Which books remind you of Halloween candy? 

(I do NOT own the rights to the candy pictures. I got them from Google! )

Monday, October 30, 2017

Monthly Wrap-Up: October 2017

Total Number of Posts: 2072
(This includes those that aren't published!) 
Total Number of Followers395
Total Number of Pageviews: 636, 246

Books Reviewed: 8
Movies Reviewed:  0

Books Read and Reviewed:

If There's No Tomorrow
  • If There's No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout (4 Stars)
  • Hunting Prince Dracula by Keri Maniscalco (4 Stars)
  • Far from the Tree by Robin Benway (4 Stars)
  • The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan (4 Stars
  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone (5 Stars
  • Calling my Name by Liara Tamani (3 Stars)
  • Long Way Dow by Jason Reynolds (5 Stars
  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (5 Stars)

I've actually read a bunch more than that, but I don't have time to review them ALL right now. I will get around to writing reviews of the others soon! 

  • #238: Featuring titles like The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
  • #239: Featuring titles like Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
  • #240: Featuing titles like Starlight Nights by Stacey Kade
  • #241: Featuring titles like The Becoming of Noah Shaw
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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #241 & 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: 
Tess of the RoadPrince in Disguise
Time BombMiles Away from You
Girl Made of StarsAutonomous
R.I.P. Eliza HartThe Becoming of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions, #1)

From the Library: 
A Line in the DarkDare Mighty Things

Top Elf

The Weekly Wrap-Up!

Tuesday 10/24/17: Top 10 of my Favorite Unique Book Titles!
Wednesday 10/25/17: Waiting on Wednesday: Puddin by Julie Murphy
Thursday 10/26/2017:  Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Friday 10/27/17: Book Blogger Hop: Favorite Reading Snack

Me on Instagram

I posted this one because I had just taken him outside and some dude was really freaking out because he was a pitbull. He seemed terrified. Meanwhile, my Keno was scared of him smh lol 
I finally got the results from my test that I took a month ago. I took off a week from blogging and work and Twitter and I have been stressed beyond belief waiting on the results. But I finally got the results on Friday and I have to tell you, my knees hit the floor and I praised Him and cried. I don't say this often, but I'm so proud of myself. Come December I will be RUNNING across the stage. I was just getting used to my new last name, but now I have something NEW to add to it: Nikki Shaw, MLIS

What went on at your blog this week? 

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

e-Audio, 7.5 hours 
Release Date: October 10, 2017
Published by: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Read from: October 22-25, 2017
Source:  Library (Overdrive)  
For fans of: Contemporary, NeuroDiversity, Realistic Fiction, YA

     Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.
     Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of      Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.


     John Green and his novels are always a hit or miss for me. The only one that was a real hit was The Fault in Our Stars. Until this one that is.
     I was a bit iffy about this one beause I had heard it was about OCD and anxiety. Both of which I have. I was really worried about the way both would be portrayed. Fortunately, it felt like an accurate to me. Now I'm not as intense as Aza, but my thought spirals have the same feel as hers and they come on when I least want them to. I could definitely understand where she was coming from.
     Besides connecting with her, I LOVED how awesome she is. She was such a good person at the same time as battling her demons. It made me feel so bad for her, but at the same time I felt proud of her as well. I also loved Daisy, the comedic relief. Let me just say, I got a lot of strange looks when I burst out laughing in the middle of my quiet workroom after the "Giant Baby" scene lmao I loved seeing what the two of them were doing and how they got along together.
     Then there was the romance. Oh the feels. In true John Green fashion my heart was split in two, put together again, broken, and put back together again. I can't say anymore than that without spoiling it for everyone, but just know that if you're like me, it will fill up your feels and they will spill over your face.
     I haven't loved many of John Green's books, but this one touched me like no other one has. I really loved learning Aza's journey and seeing how others tackle these things that so many people go through.
Overall, I give this

Friday, October 27, 2017

Book Blogger Hop: Favorite Reading Snack

Candy Corn, a chocolate bar, or Popcorn. Which of these snacks are your favorite to eat while reading?

Out of these three things???? I'd have to say chocolate lol But my favorite, FAVORITE snack to eat while reading is actually any type of sour candy. I am a Sour Patch Kids, Watermelon, Strawberry, and all the other kinds junky. I am ALWAYS eating them. I'm almost positive I could be a spokesperson for them. And I'm 100% positive that I could be a taste tester for them. So, in the event that someone who works there sees this and wants to give me some samples or something lmao 

What about you? 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

ARC, 320 pages 
Release Date: October 24, 2017
Published by: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Book
Read from: October 22-23, 2017
Source:  TxLA 
For fans of: Contemporary, Family, Diversity, Realistic Fiction, YA

A cannon. A strap.
A piece. A biscuit.
A burner. A heater.
A chopper. A gat.
A hammer
A tool
for RULE
     Or, you can call it a gun. That’s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That’s where Will’s now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother’s gun. He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who he’s after. Or does he? As the elevator stops on the sixth floor, on comes Buck. Buck, Will finds out, is who gave Shawn the gun before Will took the gun. Buck tells Will to check that the gun is even loaded. And that’s when Will sees that one bullet is missing. And the only one who could have fired Shawn’s gun was Shawn. Huh. Will didn’t know that Shawn had ever actually USED his gun. Bigger huh. BUCK IS DEAD. But Buck’s in the elevator? Just as Will’s trying to think this through, the door to the next floor opens. A teenage girl gets on, waves away the smoke from Dead Buck’s cigarette. Will doesn’t know her, but she knew him. Knew. When they were eight. And stray bullets had cut through the playground, and Will had tried to cover her, but she was hit anyway, and so what she wants to know, on that fifth floor elevator stop, is, what if Will, Will with the gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, MISSES.
     And so it goes, the whole long way down, as the elevator stops on each floor, and at each stop someone connected to his brother gets on to give Will a piece to a bigger story than the one he thinks he knows. A story that might never know an END…if WILL gets off that elevator.


     I wasn't immediately drawn to this because I am definitely NOT a fan of verse. But because I AM a fan of Jason Reynolds, I went ahead and decided I would read it just because I was not sure how this novel could be told in the span of an elevator ride. And let me tell you, I was NOT disappointed. 
     So, even though I'm not a fan of novels in verse, I will say that alot of the poems in this book gave me chills. I remember almost tagging the entire book because it was all so powerful. Reynolds' writing style is simply amazing and I can't believe I almost didn't read it because I was so scared of the verse.
     I am also really impressed with Reynolds' writing style. I am a character oriented reader and when I usually can't fall for a character in a novel in verse. (Which is why I don't care for them...) But somehow I was able to fall for Will AND the supporting characters AND Shawn in these pages. 
     However, the only thing about this that I did not like was the ending. WTH am I supposed to do with my life now? Make up my own ending? I need to know what that person decided. Like WHAT HAPPENED?! It's so good, but there are so many different ways it could go, and I can see some might love that, but I am too indecisive for that. Same reason I don't like choose your own adventures lol I always just through all of them to find out what I missed lmao
     This was a really quick read that I flew through. I can definitely see myself wanting to read this again... In the very near future. 
Overall, I give this

Did you read this?
What did you think of the ending?