Saturday, 3 March 2018

Spring Break TBR!

I am on spring break for March 3rd to the 11th. I have to work for some of the break. When I am not working I plan on reading.

I want to try and get to as many books as I can this week. Here are books that I am dying to get to.

1. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

I am currently reading this and I have been reading this for over a week now. I am liking it so far. I am about 100 pages in.

Princess Lia is supposed to marry the prince of this neighboring kingdom. Lia does not want to marry this man so she flees on her wedding day. Once people find out that she is gone the prince and an assassin try to track her down.
The one thing that I am enjoying about this book is the mystery of who is who. There are chapters from the assassins point of view and chapters from the princes point of view but the reader does not know who is the assassin and who is the prince.

2. The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

I bought this book for my younger sister for Christmas and she said that she enjoyed it. I told her that I wanted to read it and she lent this to me over a month ago. I need to read this and give it back to her.

I believe this book was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. This book deals with police brutality. I have heard nothing but great things about this book and it has been on the New York Times Bestseller list for 52 weeks running! I have not read the dust jack to know what this book entails. I want to go into this knowing as little as possible.

3. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

I recently bought the 10th anniversary edition and it is gorgeous! I want to reread the Mortal Instruments Series in preparation for Queen of Air and Darkness coming out this December!

This book is about how Clary find outs that she can see things that other people can't. She finds out that she is a Shadowhunter. A Shadowhunter is someone who hunts demons and is responsible for keeping the peace between the human world and the demon world.

Those are the top three books on my to be read pile for spring break.

What are you reading? I would love to know.

I hope you have a good day.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Movies I am dying to see in 2018

This is the year for movies!!

I feel like most of my paychecks this year will be going to the movie theatre.

I am going to be going the movies almost every month this year. There are so many great movies coming out in 2018

I am starting with the current month and continuing from there. The number in the parenthesis is the release date if you are curious.
I have left some months blank. I do plan on coming back and adding more movies if I find some that look interesting.
I have linked the trailers that are out for these movies.





Book Club (18th)







X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2nd)

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (16th)


Aquaman (21st)

Let me know if you are excited for any of these movies. Also let me know if there is a movie that you are excited for that I do not have listed. I am always looking for movies to watch. 

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

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Books I read and movies I watched in January

January has been a killer reading month for me. I read 10 books this month.

Here are the books I read and my thoughts!


The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan: 2 Stars
This book is about how an American falls in love with the prince of England.

I picked the audiobook up 1. because I heard good things about this book and 2. because my radio is broken in my car. I cannot drive for long periods of time in silence. I picked this up on New Years Day because I had to drive from my mothers house back to my apartment, which is an hour and a half to two hour drive.

I regret reading this. It set me in a bad mood. I thought that this was going to be some fluffy romance that I would fly through but every time I turned this audiobook on I just kept hoping that I would be done quickly.

This book was way to long. I could sum up the entire story for you in a paragraph. I think I would have given it a higher rating had the book been more condensed. I felt like the authors were just dragging the story out for no reason.

Roomies by Christina Lauren: 4-4.5 Stars

Holland loves listening to this musician, Calvin, who plays guitar in the subways of New York. She takes time out of her day just to hear him play. One day when she goes to listen to him she gets up the courage to tell him that she really likes his music. After she tells him that she likes his music this guy in the subway chases after her and she ends up on the subway tracks. Calvin helps Holland but when the ambulance arrives he is no where to be seen. Holland later finds out that Calvin is in the United States illegally and she wants to help him.

I loved the relationships in this book. Holland has an amazing relationship with her gay uncles.

I liked that Holland and Calvin's relationship took time to grow.

I enjoyed that writing process and the personal growth that Holland had in this book. It was great to see a character go through the struggles of finding themselves while also finding what to write.

This was just a good read. I was so invested in this book and in the relationships that I saved the last 30-40 pages until this morning (January 7th) because I did not want to finish it. I could have finished all of it last night but I just did not want to let go of the story.

The Girl in the Spiders Web by David Lagercrantz: 2 Stars
I don't want to give a synopsis of this book because it is book four. Book one is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Book one is about how a disgraced journalist gets pulled into investing an old murder case and on his journey to find the killer he enlists the help of a female hacker. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a book I enjoyed and would recommend. Be warned though, these books are for mature audiences. They deal with rape, abuse, murder, and much more so just be prepared.

If you want to read my full thoughts I wrote a very lengthly review because I had a lot of thoughts on this book and the series as a whole. Be warned my review is rambly and kind of stream of consciousness. My review:

Sublime by Christina Lauren: 2-3 stars
I wanted more from Christina Lauren so I borrowed the audiobook Sublime by the writing duo. This one was just not for me. It wasn't bad but was not as enjoyable as Roomies.

This book is about how Lucy can only be seen by Colin. They find out that Lucy died and then came back. They both try to figure out why. Colin and Lucy start developing a relationship. Lucy and Colin cannot touch or be close because Lucy is a ghost. One day they find out that they can be together if Colin has near death experience.

I enjoyed the beginning of this book. I found it interesting to figure out what happened to Lucy but when the book started to be about these near death experiences it just became a hard story to listen to. It was hard because Colin wanted to die or almost die to be with Lucy when she was already dead.

A List of Cages by Robin Roe

This is a survival story. Adam Blake is an aid to the school psychologist for his senior year of high school. One of the duties as the aid is to try and bring in a student who will not show up to the school psychologist's office. This student is Julian and Adam realizes that Julian is the same person that used to live with him. Adam's mother was Julian's foster parent for a time before Julian's uncle Russell came to take Julian away. Julien's uncle is not a good guardian.

**Be aware that this story does deal with abuse.**

I am very conflicted on how I feel about this story and the characters. I loved the main characters Julian, Adam, Emerald (sometimes), Charlie, Jesse, etc. The group of friends in this book is amazing. The characters that I could not stand in this book were the adults. I disliked almost every adult except Adam's mom. Every other adult was a complete asshole. There were many times where I was literally yelling at the book because of something that was said or how an adult handled a situation. It was so infuriating.

I don't think I am going to give this book a star rating. I don't know what I would rate it if I wanted to.

This book is one that will stay with me for a while. I finished this book out in my car while I was waiting for it to warm up and have thought about this book all day.
I have taken this book with me for the past few days. It has bends in the cover and coffee spilled on the spine. This book is easily one of my favorites. I want to go back one day and just take a highlighter to it.

This book teaches a valuable lesson of how people can drastically affect someones life for the better.
I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

Dear Martin by Nic Stone: 3 Stars
This was one of my most anticipated releases of last year and I can't believe that I just read it now. I wish I read Dear Martin as soon as it was released.

This book is about Justyce McAllister writing letters to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. about the ongoing racism that is happening in society today. Justyce wants to be more like Dr. King and implement his teachings in his everyday life.
This book does deal with racism, it talks about police brutality, racial profiling, and much more.

Go read it if you haven't. Its very short and will probably take a couple hours to finish. I listened to it on audiobook and the audiobook is 4 hours long.

I know that 3 stars is not considered a high rating but don't be fooled. I really enjoyed this book. The only reason that I docked some stars is because it was not long enough. I felt like I was just really getting to know all these characters and then it ended. I want more.

Subject Matter:
Don't fooled by its size this book may be short but it packs a punch. So much happened. I had to listen to some of it twice because I could not believe the things that were happening. This book shocked me so much that there were times that I was listening to this book and I said out loud "There is no way that that came out of that persons mouth". There were many times where my jaw dropped at some of the discussions that were happing.

I listened to this on audiobook and that is how I would recommend people consume this amazing story.

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hover: 3.5 Stars

I thought that this book was okay but the topic is what made me dock it stars.

This book is about people in relationships cheating on each other. Not one character has a good relationship in this book. Every time that Ridge and Sydney would have a cute moment I would just feel so bad for Maggie.

The reason that I rated it as high as 3 stars is because Colleen Hoover's writing is addicting. I finished this book in like two days.

One thing that I like is that there are song lyrics written down. I found the songs on YouTube as well so that added an interesting experience to this book.

Not my favorite Colleen Hoover book but it was okay.

The next few books are the ones that I read for the Biannual Bibliothon. 

Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover: 1.5 stars (A book under 200 pages and a sequel)

This is book 2 (or 1.5 according to Goodreads) in the Maybe series by Colleen Hoover. This book focuses on the two other roommates, Bridgette and Warren, that were in the first book Maybe Someday.

This book was not good. I liked that there was more of a backstory for Bridgette but this just isn't Colleen's best work.

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren: 1-1.5 Stars (A back list title)

Chloe Miller is interning for Mr. Bennett Ryan as a requirement for her MBA. She does not like her boss and calls him Beautiful Bastard around her friends. Well one day Mr. Ryan and Chloe decide to just start sleeping together. She calls him an ass and a bastard a lot. He is also constantly rude to everyone and yet they keep sleeping together.

I did not intend to read Beautiful Bastard for the Biannual Bibliothon but I wanted to read something that would be quick to get through. I started The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown and I am liking it but it started out slow. I could barely make it through the first chapter because it is about a women who is married to a possessive man and that is not something I want to read about at the moment.

This book is not what I expected at all. I went in only knowing that it was Twilight fan fiction.

But I soon found out that this book is Fifty Shades of Grey.
I had no idea going into this that it was going to be some erotica romance between an intern and her boss.

Just exchange the names Christian Grey and Ana Steele for Bennett Ryan and Chloe Mills then you get the same story.
This book started out with a sex scene which was abrupt. I was 10-20 pages into this book and they are already having sex with each other..

I think I am going to give it a 1.5 stars because it kept my attention but there was absolutely no plot to this. (I guess Chloe getting her MBA could be the plot but other than that there was nothing to this book.)

I looked and saw that this is an anthology series so the other books focus on different characters. I don't think that I am going to continue with this series.

I feel betrayed by the people who rated this book. It has over 4 stars on Goodreads! I don't understand...

I would not recommend this to anyone.

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson: No Rating (A book about mental illness)
I enjoyed listening to this book and I would recommend that everyone listen to this book.

This is a book about how the author deals with her mental illnesses.

This truly is a book that everyone should read. If you are thinking about reading any of the books that I have read this past month, read this one.


Big Eyes
I was scrolling through Netflix trying to find something to watch and I found the movie Big Eyes. I remember hearing about this movie when it came out a few years ago.

This movie is about this women who paints these children with big eyes. That is all I want to tell you.  

For ninety-nine percent of the movie I was angry I just wanted it to be over. I sat through the torture just to find out if she was going to do what I kept hoping she would do. 

The ending made up for the anger I felt throughout this movie. 
I will tell you that this is not the best movie that I have seen and I'm not entirely sure I would recommend it to someone unless they enjoyed movies that turned out good in the end. 

It was just an okay movie for me.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
I saw this in IMAX and it was amazing.

I was worried at first because I enjoyed the first one as a kid and I was afraid is was going to be a bad remake.

The guy with the gun in the first movie was down right terrifying to me as a child. So I went into this movie expecting a thriller/action type movie. Nope. This movie was more of a comedy then anything. I laughed so much while watching this. Kevin Hart made the movie. His character is great.

I would 100% recommend this movie.

On The Blog

Normally I would not do an "On The Blog" wrap up of the month but I have posted quite a lot this month and would like to show you what I have posted if you haven't already seen it.

What Happened in December
I talk about the movies, books, and TV shows that I consumed in December.

Pop Sugar Reading Challenge 2017
I wrap up what I read for the challenges.

6 Books That I Would Like To Read in 2018
I feel like the title is self explanatory.

Thoughts on Book 4 in The Millennium Series
I rambled through my feelings on The Girl in the Spiders Web.

Winter Biannual Bibliothon 2018
I made a TBR (to be read) pile for the Winter Biannual Bibliothon.

If you have made it this far thank you for reading. Let me know what books and movies you read and watched this month.

I hope you have a good day.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Winter Biannual Bibliothon 2018

One of my favorite read-a-thons to participate in is the Biannual Bibliothon. The winter one is happening January 20-26. There are seven challenges for this round and I have doubled up on a few.

Seven Challenges, maybe 7 books:

1. Read the group book: The group picked is Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller. I am in the middle of reading Otherworld. I put it down because I started the Diviners by Libba Bray.
I am super excited to get back into this book because I was really enjoying it.

2. Read a sequel: Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover.
I have not read Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover and I need to. Maybe Not will work for one other challenge and that is why I selected it. So I may have to read Maybe Someday during the read-a-thon as well.

3. Read a book you have never heard of before: The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown
I picked this book up from a used book sale a while back because I remembered Bree Hill talk about it on her YouTube Channel but I have since forgotten what it is about.

4. A book about mental illness: A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis Or The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

I am not sure if A Madness So Discreet deals with mental illness. On the back of the book it says that the main character is locked away in an insane asylum so I'm not sure if she is struggling with a mental illness or if she was just forced into an insane asylum by her family.

Another book I have was actually on a mental illness book list on Goodreads and that is The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-Time. I have no idea what this is about but I have heard great things about it.

I might read one or both. Not sure at the moment. (If you have read A Madness So Discreet please let me know in the comments if the main character has a mental illness.)

5. Read a book mentioned in another book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter was mentioned in A List of Cages by Robin Roe. (Order of the Phoenix was mentioned but I have not read any of the Harry Potter books so I am going to read the first book.)

6. Read a book under 200 pages: Maybe Not by Colleen Hover
This is the only book that I own that is under 200 pages.

7. Read a book that was published before 2017: The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown

That is my stack of books for the winter Biannual Bibliothon.

If you are participating in the Biannual Bibliothon let me know what you plan on reading.

I hope you have a good day.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Thoughts on The Girl in the Spiders Web by David Lagercrantz

The Girl in the Spiders Web is the fourth book in the Millenium Series. If you did not know the original author Stieg Larsson died thirteen years ago but David Lagercrantz was picked up to continue the storyline that Stieg Larsson created.

Since this is the fourth book in the series I am going to be talking about the other books briefly and I want to get into a spoiler discussion on this book so if you do not want to be spoiled for the previous books or this novel I would leave now.

I read the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo right after I watched the movie. Normally, I would not have done that but I did not know that it was a book series before watching the film. I remember that my best friend and I wanted to go see a movie together. (This was when the American version with Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig came out). I remember seeing the trailer for the movie and how it was this murder mystery with that this punk girl riding around the city on a motorcycle. We were both intrigued and saw the movie. We had no idea that it was rated R or what the majority of the premise of this movie was. It was a shock watching the movie but after exiting the theatre all I wanted to do was run to Walmart to see if they had the book.

Luckly, they did and I immediately started reading it. I remember being so engrossed in this series that I told my grandmother about it. I talked about it so much that she started reading it too.

I remember that when I finished the third book in this series I wanted more. I wanted more mysteries for Salander and Blomkvist to solve. The ending of the third book just left me hanging. I knew that there had to be more books with these characters. That is when I did some digging, found out that Stieg Larrson died, and all the controversy surrounding his partner and the series.

With all of what I read regarding how the family dealt with his estate I really had no interest in continuing with the series. I knew that they were in the process of finding another author to pick up where Stieg Larsson had left the series but I just lost interest. I felt like no one could do Lisbeth and Mikael justice.

Which brings me to now...

Last week I was scrolling through the books on my library app and there was a section that said something like "soon to be movies 2018" so I scrolled through that section. That is when I found The Girl in the Spiders Web. I thought 'There is no way this is happening'. Well I was wrong. They are skipping books two and three to make book four a movie. (I know that there are the Swedish versions of the series and I have watched them. It just seems weird that they are skipping some pretty big events in this series by making book four into a movie.)

Anyway after hearing that there is going to be another movie and that there is a new book, The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye, I wanted to give this series another chance. I did not have high hopes going in, like I said earlier, no one can do Lisbeth and Mikael like Steig Larsson.

Honestly I was right. This book for me felt hollow.

According to Goodreads I read the original trilogy about four years ago. So I don't remember the small details in the trilogy and I am not sure what I wanted out of this story but I expected more from Lisbeth and Mikael.
On the cover it says A Lisbeth Salander Novel well I don't think that there was much of Salander in the novel. She was brought up more at the end because she was taking care of August but she was not the main person in the novel and neither was Blomkvist. To me it felt like I got more from the cops than I did the two main characters of this series.

I understand that the cops are supposed to be brought up a bit because this book deals with the corruption of the government but it was just to much.

I wanted more interaction from Mikael and Salander. They corresponded very briefly in this novel and it was kind of upsetting. They are supposed to be a team.

A few things that just made me angry:
There is a rape torture scene in this novel that is completely unnecessary. Zander gets raped and tortured by a women whose name is escaping me. (I listened to this book on audio and this was just terrible.) I did not want to go back and listen to find her name.

 There is a scene at the end of the book where a man was talking about how drunk him and his partner were and how he had sex with her so many times. (Very Uncomfortable to sit through. Completely unnecessary.)

This next bit did not make me angry per se but I just do not understand why it was done this way. What I am talking about is that in this book the author announces characters like Lisbeth and Mikael; telling the readers who they are and what they do. This is book four in a series I do not need the author to reiterate for me that Mikael is a journalist at Millenium Magazine and that Lisbeth is this renowned hacker.

The last thing that really got to me, I touched on this earlier, is that Mikael and Lisbeth do not meet again until the end of the book. This to me is very infuriating for a few reasons, the first is that they are the main characters of this series they should meet up more than once. I get that this story dealt with being under the radar but still. The second reason that this made me mad is because the ending felt like the same ending from the third book. I remember at the end of the third book they finally meet up again and they agree to be friends and to hear the same ending almost for this book is just irritating.

After I finished this book I was super excited to start the next one. I guess I was just on a book high or something but now that I think about it more I do not want to. I have also seen some of the reviews for this next book and they are not good.

I don't think I ever mentioned this but I gave this book 2 stars.

So there are all my rambly thoughts on this book and the soon to be movie. I have no idea if I am going to see the movie or not. I am going to wait and watch trailers for the movie. Then I'm going to decide.

If you have read this book let me know what you thought.

I hope you have a great day.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

6 Books That I Would Like To Read In 2018

I set my reading goal on Goodreads at twelve books for this year.

I want this year to be stress free. I stressed myself out last year over the number of books I was reading, if I was going to complete the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge, and if I was going to participate in the many read-a-thons that I was interested in.

I am not doing that to myself this year. My goal this year for reading (and my personal life) is not to stress.

If I don't read these six books this year or complete my reading challenge thats okay and I am putting these six books aside because I feel like it is always good to set a goal for myself.

On to the books...

1. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

I read the Diviners (book 1 in this series) last month and was blown away. I love that book and cannot wait to continue on with the series.

If you do not know about the Diviners it is a murder mystery paranormal book set in 1920s New York. There is a whole bunch of characters and you follow their journey to find this serial killer.

2. Before The Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray
This is book three in the Diviners series.

3. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
All I know about this book is that it is about four broke college students moving to New York.

4. Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Breenan, Maureen Johnston, and Robin Wasserman
This is a collection of novellas from the shadowhunter world. I believe they follow Simon but I could be wrong. I want to read this, Lady Midnight, and Lord of Shadows in preparation for Queen of Air and Darkness.

5. Beautiful Bastard or Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren
I just finished Roomies by Christina Lauren and I need to read more from them. I have Dating You/Hating You and the first book in the Beautiful Bastard series. I am just unsure which I want to read next.
I am not sure what Beautiful Bastard is about and I think that Dating You/Hating You is a love to hate story.

6. The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes
I think that this book is about a murder mystery and how a diary helps them solve the murder. I could be wrong.
I really enjoyed The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes and I am excited to read more of her work.

Those are the six books that I would love to get to this year. What books do you want to read this year?

Thanks for reading!
I hope you have a good day!

2017 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge Review

I tried to finish the challenges for the pop sugar reading challenge last year.

Even though I did not complete all the challenges I am glad that I was able to mark a few off.

I am going to list the challenges and the ones that I did not complete are highlighted.

1.  A book recommended by a librarian.
2.  A book that has been on your TBR way too long
3.  A book of letters
4.  An Audiobook- Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
5.  A book by a person of color
6.  A book with one of the four seasons in the title
7.  A book that is a story within a story-The Diviners by Libba Bray
8.  A book with multiple authors-Let it Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle, Maureen Johnson
9.  An espionage thriller- The Sacred Lies of Minnow By by Stephanie Oakes
10.  A book with a cat on the color
11.  A book by an author who uses a pseudonym- Fifty Shades Freed by E. L. James 
12.  A bestseller from a genre you don't normally read- Grey by E. L. James
13.  A book by or about a person who has a disability
14.  A book involving travel
15.  A book with a subtitle- Stars Between the Sun and Moon: One Woman's Life in and Escape to Freedom by Lucia Jang and Susan McClelland
16.  A book that's published in 2017- Darker by E. L. James
17.  A book involving a mythical creature
18.  A book you've read before that never fails to make you smile
19.  A book about food
20.  A book with career advice
21.  A book from a nonhuman perspective
22.  A steampunk novel
23.  A book with a red spine- Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
24.  A book set in the wilderness
25.  A book you loved as a child- Matilda (I never read the book as a child but I loved the movie.)
26.  A book by an author from a country you've never visited- I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
27.  A book that has a characters name in the title- The Giver by Lois Lowry
28.  A book set during war time
29.  A book with an unreliable narrator- Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker
30.  A book with pictures- Saga Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
31.  A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you
32.  A book about an interesting woman- Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso
33.  A book set in two different time periods
34.  A book with a month or day of the week in the title
35.  A book set in a hotel- Thanks For The Trouble by Tommy Wallace
36.  A book written by someone you admire- I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
37.  A book becoming a movie in 2017- Fifty Shades Darker by E. L. James
38.  A book set around a holiday other than Christmas
39.  The first book in a series you haven't read before- Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
40.  A book you bought on a trip
41.  A book recommended by an author you love
42.  A bestseller from 2016- Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
43.  A book that has a family member term in the title- Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan
44.  A book that takes place over a characters life span
45.  A book about an immigrant or refugee
46.  A book from a genre/sub-genre you've never hear of 
47.  A book with an eccentric character
48.  A book thats more than 800 pages
49.  A book you got from a used book sale
50.  A book that's been mentioned in another book
51.  A book about a difficult topic
52.  A book based on mythology- Norse Mythology by Neil Gaimen

If you participated in this reading challenge I would love to hear about what books you read for the challenges.

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

Spring Break TBR!

I am on spring break for March 3rd to the 11th. I have to work for some of the break. When I am not working I plan on reading. I want to t...