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New Year, New TBR: Cleaning My Goodreads Account (VERY OVERDUE!)

New Years is famous for inspiring people with a fresh start. You know the saying–“new year, new me.” People invest in gym memberships, pledge to eat better, decide they will clean the house each day. This time of year is full of wrapping up “mistakes” and giving yourself a fresh, new start. For me, it’s my goodreads

I’ll admit it–I’m terrible at using Goodreads. I love the concept, don’t get me wrong. I have spent many hours on the website, clicking book after book trying to find something to read. Over time, though, my TBR shelf got a little out of control. I was getting too click-happy when it came to that “want-to-read” button. I stopped using the feature because my shelf was full of books I had no interest in reading anymore. In honor of the new year, I performed the daunting task and deleted many books.

My taste in YA books have gradually changed and my tbr shelf no longer reflected that. It was interesting to see what old me wanted to read. Some of the books I deleted I had completely lost interest in. Others I think I would somewhat enjoy now, but I rather prioritize things I know I have a chance of loving. I even got a chance to go through and “order” them based off priority. Here are the top five books on my TBR:

So here’s my new years resolution–I want to start using goodreads properly! I want to get in the habit of logging my books when I read them so at the end of the year I am not stuck counting on my fingers. I want my TBR shelf to be an accurate representation of what I want to read.

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Christmas Book Haul

For those who celebrate Christmas, I hope you had a wonderful holiday. This is such a magical part of the year! I was super excited about some of the books that people gave me for Christmas, so I figured I would share them! (P.S. I took these pictures on my phone, so the quality isn’t the best).

   

I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus 

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore 

I also got a super cool bookmark of Barb from Stranger Things….#neverforget.

And finally, I bought myself a Christmas present today for my Kindle.

Draekora (The Medoran Chronicles, #3)

 

Draekora by Lynette Noni 

(This is the 3rd book in the Medoran Chronicles which is a super underrated series. It has some cool Harry Potter vibes, and you should totally read it!)

 

 

 

 

What did you guys get for Christmas?

 

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What’s On My Christmas List…Book Edition!!

AHHHH, I can’t believe Christmas is in 5 days! I got the idea for this post from yesterday’s Top Ten Tuesday. While my favorite part of the holidays is being with my family and just embracing the holiday spirit (AKA Christmas music all day long), I can’t lie. Opening up a present and seeing a book I want to read is definitely a great feeling. Here are my top reading-related gifts that I am hoping to find under the tree this year!

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter  One of Us Is Lying  Far from the Tree  The Hate U Give

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Far from the Tree by Robin Benway

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I’ve seen these books everywhere recently and want to see what the hype is all about! Oddly enough, they are all contemporary I believe–normally I have some fantasy thrown in there too!

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And finally…a hands free book holder! I’m not sure if it will work well, but if it does I can read books hands free! Maybe this would let me sneak in some reading while I am eating less-snacky foods. We shall see!

So what’s on your Christmas list this year? Any recommendations I should add to mine? Let me know!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons I Love Book to Movie Adaptations

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June 7: Reasons You Love _____

This week’s topic really caught my eye, since it was so open-ended. There are so many things I love it was hard to choose! I ended up selecting “book-to-movie adaptations” because I have so much to say about them.

1. the anticipation

This may sound strange, but I actually love the anticipation that comes while waiting for a new book or movie to release. I love counting down the days or seeing how close I am to reading or watching something I am excited for!

2. Extremely Accurate Screenplays

One of the best things for me when it comes to movie adaptations is when the author writes the screenplay. When you are sitting in the theater and you hear the exact same lines you read, it is just a really neat experience.

3. Similarities

While watching a book-to-movie adaptation, it is always fun to spot the similarities. Movies could go in any direction, so it is cool to see you favorite scene or character included.

4. Differences

Differences–the thing that sparks the most arguments about book to movie adaptations. Sometimes the movie will take a different path than the book, and sometimes it can lead to something great or something awful. I always enjoy seeing how the movie has a unique story to itself, because it is impossible to dully translate a book to a movie.

5. Gives Characters a Face

I am extremely bad at picturing characters while I am reading, so seeing other’s interpretations of the character is always helpful. There are times were if I see pictures or a trailer of the movie, I will imagine the characters that way. Also, I love when characters I pictured look exactly how I thought they would. For example, Daniel Radcliffe does not play Harry Potter–he truly is Harry Potter to me!! 😀

6. Helps Visualize the Setting

This is for books that have specific settings of places I haven’t been. When reading The Fault in Our Stars, I couldn’t picture Amsterdam the best. But after watching the movie, I now know what the Anne Frank House and the restaurant looked like in the book,

7. The Hype 

Seeing one of your beloved books getting the attention it deserves is a great feeling. When a book is announced to become a movie, while there are some that will just watch the movie, many will also read the book. In the end they all are enjoying the same story you love.

8. Picking Up Small Details

Sometimes, the movie producers throw in small Easter eggs for us readers. To someone hasn’t read the book, they wouldn’t notice these details. However, when we see them,  we get completely giddy.

I personally love movies that are really accurate and adapt the book as best as possible. These adaptations can be a total hit or complete flop (looking at you Percy Jackson, Beautiful Creatures, Divergent, etc.) Here are some of my absolute favorite recent book to movie adaptations.

Me Before You  (Me Before You, #1) Paper Towns

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 

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I’m on a Rereading Kick?!?

So this past week, I have focused a ton of my time into reading. This put blogging on the back burner temporarily for a few days, but I got to say, it was great being in a mood where all I wanted was to read! The strange part is, I have been reading rereads, one series in particular. I haven’t read these books in forever, and with the tv show on, I wanted to read them so I can gauge the accuracy. Have you guessed the series yet?? That’s right, it’s the…

MORTAL INSTRUMENTS SERIES

Believe me, I am in more shock then you. You are probably thinking to yourself, The Mortal Instruments? You never even talk about those books Bri! That’s where I am confused as well. I’m one of those people who didn’t gush over The Mortal Instruments, and preferred The Infernal Devices much more. I didn’t exactly hate them by any means, they just weren’t my ~thing~.

So why have I been reading these again? Two reasons. First, I went to the store and Passenger and Bookishly Ever After weren’t there. Second? There is this part of me that absolutely can not watch adaptations without having read the book first. Seriously, I can’t do it. For some reason, I just love comparing and catching differences. (TANGENT: For example, I watched the first 3 episodes of Recovery Road on freeform app, and afterward figured out it is A BOOK. Now it is on my library list XD) So, when Shadowhunters premiered last week, I figured I would be fine since I had technically already read the books. Then I found myself looking something up online, and then in the book. Before I knew it, I have read 4 books in 5 days.

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2) City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3) City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4) City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)

City of Heavenly Fire is still my favorite, due to the fact that Jem and Tessa are present. So after rereading (most) of this series, has my opinion changed? Not really. They still aren’t the best, but they are definitely fun and cheesy. Which is what I am expecting from the show, nothing though-provoking, but just a fun adaptation. Yeah it may not be the best series or tv show, but you got to admit, it is pretty entertaining.

 

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Shadowhunters TV Show Reactions

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably heard that Cassandra Clare’s bestselling series The Mortal Instruments is now a TV show. The pilot episode aired last night on ABC Family (now called Freeform), and I have tons to say about it!

This is my first time watching a book adapted TV show, so even though The Mortal instruments isn’t my ~favorite~, I was still really excited to see how it went. And boy, did it go well! I have not seen anyone else and their thoughts on the show yet, but I loved it! It has a great take on the story and I am pumped to see where it goes from here. Here is a list of some of my thoughts/things I liked.

  • Clary is exactly, to the tee, how I imagined her.
  • I thought movie Simon would be the best, but TV Simon is giving him a run for his money
  • This invisibility stuff is hilarious
  • “Simon, how can you not tell that she is crushing on you” CLARY DO YOU NOT SEE THE WAY HE IS LOOKING AT YOU
  • I thought you actually had to draw with the steele, but how it just appears is cool too
  • MAGNUS
  • Jace, Izzy, and Alec = Perfection
  • Seriously, these characters are exactly how I pictured them?
  • MAGNUS
  • The demons don’t look too cheesy so yay
  • Where is the cup??
  • Intense fighting scene
  • Alec is angry at Jace now, so this is pretty accurate
  • “You are interesting”

I really can’t explain why I am liking this so much. It just looks really cool, like the institute is really different from I imagine, but I’m loving it. Plus these people aren’t talking in British accents, so everything is better.

DId you watch the premiere episode? How did you like it?

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The Sunday Post: 2 Weeks In…

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The Caffeinated Book Reviewer created The Sunday Post as a weekly feature for bloggers to review their week. With this feature, you can talk about your latest posts, let your readers know what is coming on the blog, and any other information. Check it out here for more information.

Here we are at the second week of January! Last week was a very productive reading week, and this week I hope to make it a very productive blogging week. I am currently playing around with my graphics, so this week may look a little different. In the experimental process!

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  • Before I Fall Review
  • Shadowhunters TV Thoughts
  • Disney Character Tag

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Bookishly Ever After (Ever After, #1)JANUARY 12

This is a very anticipated debut novel, and it is coming out on Tuesday! In case you haven’t heard about this book yet, here is the goodreads summary.

“In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins’ life would be a book. Preferably a YA novel with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary. But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favorite books for advice. Phoebe overhauls her personality to become as awesome as her favorite heroines and win Dev’s heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing”

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Seven Ways WE Lie by Riley RedgateSeven Ways We Lie

So this book wasn’t bought, but rather acquired from Netgalley! It is one of my first arcs, and I am super excited to read it! Youcan read it March 8, but here is the summary for now.

“Paloma High School is ordinary by anyone’s standards. It’s got the same cliques, the same prejudices, the same suspect cafeteria food. And like every high school, every student has something to hide—whether it’s Kat, the thespian who conceals her trust issues onstage; or Valentine, the neurotic genius who’s planted the seed of a school scandal.When that scandal bubbles over, and rumors of a teacher-student affair surface, everyone starts hunting for someone to blame. For the unlikely allies at the heart of it all, the collision of their seven ordinary-seeming lives results in extraordinary change.”

 

As you can tell, I am playing around with my layout for The Sunday Post. I am trying to add more features to it. I’m not quite done yet, but I like where it is heading. Have a great week!

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Bout of Books 15 Round-Up!

Bout of Books 15

Technically, Bout of Books doesn’t end until tonight, but I know there is no way I am going to finish another book tonight. So, I decided to go ahead and post my round-up. This was my first read-a-thon, and I met my goal! I read a total of 3 books and started another. Every chance I got, I was reading! For some, 3 books in a week is normal for them, but with everything going on, it was quite the accomplishment for me! I definitely have some  full reviews in the works, but here are some quick thoughts on what I read.

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)   Miss Mayhem (Rebel Belle, #2)   Before I Fall

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

This book has been sitting on my shelf forever now, and I am really glad I got around to it! It was an extremely fun and unique read. I loved the different kind of magic pulled in, giving in a different feel, as well as the humor of it. It’s nothing thought-provoking, just a fun time!

Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins

I enjoyed Rebel Belle so much that I went out to the library to pick the next one up. While it definitely wasn’t as good as the first, I still had a great time reading it. Now I have another release (Lady Renegades) in April to look forward to, because I need to know what happens next!

Before I Fall

This will be quite an interesting review to write, as I simultaneously hate and like this book. It honestly was one of the most frustrating things I have ever read, but I still kept reading it. Much to say about this book.
I already had physical copies of Rebel Belle and Before I Fall, so I got to move 2 books from my TBR pile! In the future I would love to participate in more read-a-thons, and also partake in the challenges.

Before I Fall also counts toward my 2016 Contemporary Challenge, and will be my book for the “Read a contemporary with 400 or more pages.” So far in 2016, I have 4 books read and I am ahead of schedule. Who knows, maybe I will go over my goodreads goal this year!

 

 

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The Sunday Post: The New Year

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The Sunday Post is a weekly feature run by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It gives bloggers a chance to recap the week, talk about news, and show what is in store for the coming week. For more information, visit her blog here.

It is officially  2016! I have recently had a lot of time on my hands, so I got a ton of posts out pretty much everyday last week! The links are below in case you missed one!

Yes I know, there were a boatload of end of the years! Trust me, I know, it was hard to schedule everything I wanted to do in! Unfortunately, this week I will not have the luxury of posting every day, but I definitely have some posts planned! Check them out….

  • Carry On Discussion (SPOILER EDITION)- I have so many things I need to gush/rant about that I wasn’t able to put in my review, so if you have read the book, this post is for you!
  • Bout of Books Update- Just a post updating my progress in the read-a-thon I am participating in this week.
  • A Tag that has yet to be determined 😉

As always, my brain may come up with some random post idea (which it normally does), and I’ll end up posting it as well.

OTHER NEWS

  • So I am in the process of making some new graphics, so (hopefully) by the next Sunday Post, this post’s layout will be completely different and have some pretty graphics!
  • I have also found a way that I like doing my reviews, so one by one I am going to be reformatting and updating my old reviews. This will take a while, but I am know I could use grammar checks on most of them anyway (considering quite a few were written before I knew how to spell check on here) (don’t blame me I was a newbie!)
  • Passenger comes out this week!! I am so excited to see how it turns out!
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Bout of Books 15- Sign Up!

Bout of Books 15

I am finally participating in a read-a-thon! I have always wanted to do one of these, and bout of books was the first one I could find in 2016. I’m not sure how much I will get to read this week, but even if this challenge motivates me to read 2 to 3 books, I’ll be happy! This is my official sign-up page, and here is the blurb from the website explaining what Bout of Books is!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 15 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

More than likely, I will just pick up a book as I go, but here is a my sort of tbr for this readathon. I would definitely like to read these books, but if for some reason I’m in the mood for another book (that I already own), I’m fine with that too!

Tentative To Read List

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)

 

 

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

 

 

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)

 

 

5th Wave by Rick Yancey

 

 

 

Before I Fall

 

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

 

 

 

I already have 1 book read in 2016, so if I read 2-3 this week, I will have a great start on my good reads goal!

*EDIT: I realized that Passenger comes out during this week, so there is a large possibility that I will read that before any of these XD