Thursday, 24 August 2017

What I have read in the month of July! (2017)

I cannot fully express how amazing it feels to be able to tell you what books I have read this past month (because that means I have finished something).

Hello everyone!

The first book that I completed this month is Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. (4 stars)




What this book is about:

This book is about a case of blackmail. Simon is being blackmailed by one of his classmates, Martin, so Martin can get close to Simons best friend Abby. If Simon does not do what Martin says then Martin is going to let everyone know that Simon is gay.
In this book you follow Simon throughout high school. He is trying to figure how to tell the ones he loves that he is gay.
You also get to see the relationship that is forming between Simon and Blue. Simon does not know who Blue really is. All Simon knows is that they both go to the same school.

If you are looking for a cute and suspenseful book that will constantly keep you guessing Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda is for you!
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This book blew me away. I listened to this book and that is how I think that everyone should experience this novel. The narrator is great. Every time I turned the book on I thought that the guy narrating it was Jesse Eisenberg, its not him, but I swear if you put the audiobook on you will think of Blu (the bird from Rio).

One thing that I love in books is if they include some type of other media, such as art, email, recipes, or text messages. This book includes email. At times I thought it might have been easier to read the physical copy of the book because of the emails. Sometimes listening to emails confuses me but with this book it wasn't confusing. 

I enjoyed the friendships in this book. I loved that this book was more friendship based, at least that is how I saw it. The book did develop a romance at the end but I just enjoyed that Simon and Blue had each other. I loved that Blue and Simon were friends on the internet. I enjoyed that they had each other to talk about things that they could not talk to other people about. 

This is just a feel good book that will keep you on your toes the whole time. I kept trying to guess who Blue was. I would think of things that would solidify my guess but I was wrong. 

I would definitely recommend this book to people. I also recently found out that it is going to a movie. If you haven't read this yet you need to before the movie comes out. 

The next book that I finished this month was You by Caroline Kepnes. (4 stars)

It took me a while to finish it, mainly because it is terrifying.
This book kept me interested in what was going to happen to these characters but it also gave me nightmares. I was afraid that I would meet someone like Joe and my life would just go to crap.

What the book is about:
Beck goes into a bookstore where she meets Joe. Joe becomes completely obsessed with Beck and bad things start happening to those who are trying to get in his way.

If you are looking for a good psychological thriller You is a good one!


The last book that I finished this month was The Giver by Lois Lowry. (4 stars)

I had to read The Giver for my middle school literature class and I hated it. This was my first run in with dystopian novels and I didn't understand it.

I couldn't grasp the concept of this world and why it was so foreign from our own. (This is a book that I was required to read before I became an avid reader. So reading this was a struggle for me back then.)

Dystopian novels were just hard for me to comprehend in middle school but I decided to give The Giver another shot to see if I would enjoy it the second time and I did.

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If you do not know what The Giver is about it takes place in a world where this is no independence or freedom. The government chooses your job and your children for you. One household can have one boy and one girl. The children are not biologically related to their parents because its someones job to have children for the community.
On the children's 12th birthday they get assigned what job they will have in the future. Jonas, the main character, gets chosen to be the next Receiver of Memory.
No one in this community has memories of what has happened in the past, before the community was formed. That job is the responsibility of the Receiver to take in the memories and to advise the council if they are unsure of what to do next.
Jonas soon finds out that their is more to the world than just what he was taught growing up.

Now that I have read the book I just want to watch the movie. I watched it a while ago when it first came out but I don't remember much.


Let me know what books you read this past month I would love to discuss them with you.

Thank you for reading.
I hope you have a great day!
~Mariah



Saturday, 1 July 2017

Currently Reading! (July 2017)

Hello everyone!

This past month for me has been crazy. I am working full time and I am trying to get ready for school in the fall.

I have tried, and failed, to finish a book this past month. I didn't read one book front to back for the month of June but I did start quite a few recently.


Here are all the books that I have started recently. Maybe talking about them today will make me want to pick them back up and finish them.



1. You by Caroline Kepnes: This book is great and terrifying. I had to put it down for a while because it was giving me nightmares. I do want to finish it this month though (213 pages in).

2. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon: I picked this up when I put down You. I needed something that was going to be lighthearted and cute (87 pages in).

3. Keep Me Posted by Liza Beasley: I put this down because of finals. I am enjoying it and I hope to get through it soon (40 pages in).

4. My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman: I am not sure why I set this one down. I was really enjoying it (30 pages in).

5. Monogram Murders by Agatha Christie and Sophia Hannah: I put this one down because I lost interest. I do want to finish it because one of the ladies at the library said that these books are great (42 pages in).

6. To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han: I have read this before and I started this book so that I can reread the first two books. Once I reread the first two books I can read the last one. I put it down because I got You (20 pages in).

7. A Court Of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas: This was another book I put down because of finals (20 pages in).

8. New York, Actually by Sarah Morgan: This is the book that I am picking up more often when I am in the mood to read a few pages. I am really enjoying this. I picked it up because the back said that the main character, Molly, is a advice columnist. I have never read a book about an advice columnist and it sounds like an interesting profession (79 pages in).

I think that is all the books that I am currently in the middle of. I don't know if I will finish all of them this month but I do want to try to get through some of them. If there are any in this pile that you really enjoyed please let me know. Maybe I'll pick that one up next.

Thank you for reading!
I hope you have a great day!
~Mariah

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

I've Bought More Books!

Hey guys I've bought more books and decided to share them with you on my YouTube Channel.



If you want to check it out here is the link: https://youtu.be/BDY3-llQTN0

I do plan on doing another book haul on here in a little bit. My mom recently cleared out her bookshelf and I took quite a few.

Also my April and May wrap up should be up in the next couple days.

Let me know what books you have got recently.

Thank you for reading/watching.
Hope you have a good day!
~Mariah

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Day off

This past month has been crazy.

I have been working a full time job, finished school, graduated with an Associates Degree, trying to find where to live when I am going to school in the fall, and trying to brain storm what to write on the blog.

Today is the one day that I have had off and I don't have classes or go to see an apartment. So today I thought that I would just write an updated post letting you know I have not fallen off the face of the Earth.

I do plan on posting a wrap up for April soon so look out for that.

Since I am off of work today and I am not obligated to go any where I am tempted to just sit outside on this beautiful day and read.


Let me know down below what book you are reading down below!

I hope you all have a great day!
Thank you for reading.
~Mariah

Sunday, 9 April 2017

March Wrap Up | 2017

Earlier today I posted my wrap up on my YouTube Channel.



If you want to check it out here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo8VUQmJP-rCzu3HiXEQJRw

I hope you have a good day!
Thank you for reading/watching.
~Mariah

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Movies of March

So I went a little crazy on the movie watching this past month...

Arrival:
Arrival is about how a linguist, played by Amy Adams, and a scientist, played by Jeremy Renner, come together to figure out what the aliens want when they land on earth.

I love the special effects and the flash backs. This is a movie that makes me want other people to watch it to see how they feel about the movie when it ended.
I questioned if I would have done the same things if I was the main character.
After I finished the movie I immediately called my mother and told her about this.
I want to know if you have watched this what you thought. Would you do the same thing as the Amy Adams character?

Letters To Juliet: This movie is adorable and I think that everyone should sit down and watch it.

Moana: This is a really cute movie. I loved the side characters, Heihei and Pua. The only thing that I wanted different was I wish that their was more of Pua with Moana and Heihei. I understand that two animals is a lot to look after but Pocahontas and Mulan looked after two animals. Other than that I recommend this movie. :)

All of these next movies are ones that I watched on HBO Go. To say that I have become slightly addicted to HBO GO would be an understatement.


The Legend of Tarzan:
The Legend of Tarzan is about how John Clayton, AKA Tarzan, goes back to Africa after being invited. On his journey back he finds out that things are worse off than when he left.

This movie had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I enjoyed the special effects, the plot, the actors who played the roles, everything. I want everyone to watch this.
Even though this is different from the cartoon version, it is still good. I believe in the cartoon version Clayton was the bad guy so that took me by surprise when Tarzan is called John Clayton.

Neighbors 2: I wasn't all that impressed with this movie. I will not be watching it again in the future. This movie is a lot like the first movie. Frat houses, parties, and neighbors trying to get rid of them.

Bridget Jones Baby: This movie, like all the Bridget Jones movies, is hilarious. You need to go watch all three and get back with me so we can talk about these movies! Probably on my top recommended romantic comedies! (One of my favorite parts of the movie is when Bridget and her friend meet Ed Sheeran.)

Embarazados (We Are Pregnant): This was the first movie that I watched that was spoken in another language.  This film is in spanish and I read the English subtitles. It was an interesting experience.
This movie didn't blow me away, it was just okay.

Sydney White: This is a modern day retelling of Snow White. This is exactly what I thought it would be, a cheesy, but cute version of Snow White.


This next one is not a movie, but I started watching The Arrangement this month guys and I am hooked. It is really interesting.
If you have not heard what The Arrangement is about I will give you a brief synopsis.

There is this movie star, Kyle West, who meets this girl on an audition for the movie he is in. They spend like a day together and then he sends over a contract to this girls agent that says that he is offering her a contract marriage. She will get 10 million dollars if she marries this guy for so many years and has kids with him. He is also involved with the group called The Institute Of The Higher Mind which is very creepy and kind of like a cult but the plot, at least in my opinion, is good.

I think I might be forgetting a movie. If I remember one later I will be sure to update you somehow. Maybe on Twitter or Instagram.

Please let me know what movies, if any, you watched this month. I love discussing movies just as much as I do books.

Thanks for reading.
I hope you have a good day/night.
~Mariah

Thursday, 30 March 2017

5 Books I Want To Read In 5 Months

I do not stick to the TBRs (to be read list) that I make so I thought that I would give myself five months to read five books.
All of the summaries are short, sweet, and to the point. If you want to know more about the books I will leave links down below to Goodreads.

1. Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kanheman


This book is about how the brain works.

2. Heartless by Marissa Meyer



Heartless is a Queen of Hearts orgin story from Alice in Wonderland.

3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss



This is about a wizards life and its high fantasy. I don't think that I read any high fantasy books so hopefully I enjoy this. I have heard good things.

4. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey



This book is about an alien invasion.

5. The Bees by Laline Paull 



I am not sure what this is about. I just know that the main character is a bee which sounds interesting.

Well those are the five books that I want to read over the next five months.



Let me know in the comments if you have any reading goals for the next five months. Do you make TBRs or are you a mood reader? 

Thank you for reading!
I hope you have a good day.
~Mariah 

What I have read in the month of July! (2017)

I cannot fully express how amazing it feels to be able to tell you what books I have read this past month (because that means I have finishe...