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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Ex's & OMG's Review: Turtles All The Way Down by John Green


Heather:
So like anyone who read The Fault in Our Stars I have been waiting patiently for John Green to come out with a new novel. When he finally announced Turtles All The Way Down was coming, I anxiously counted down the days for it's release. Now I admit I went into this book having very high hopes because, well I mean TFIOS was such a powerful story and remains one of my all time favorite books ever...how could this one not be just as good. So I started chapter one and quickly found my self with this deep dread that I had built my expectations too high. Before you start to hate on me let me explain, we open with Aza the main character and instantly learn that she has some deep issues of Anxiety and OCD that kinda takes control of her and gets a bit dark at times. She often refers to her life as a book or movie that someone else is writing. Her best friend Daisy, which seems to the opposite of Aza, had me questioning how these two are friends because they seem a little mismatched. As I continued I realized that through the course of their very stormy relationship they really are best friends. Okay now it took me a while to get through the first half of Turtles which center around Daisy who convinces Aza to help her investigate the disappearance of a fugitive billionaire in hopes of collecting the hefty reward from finding him. Daisy remembers Aza knows the billionaire's son Davis, whom Aza soon falls for which kinda halts the girls whole detective angle. Once the book picked up a little I found it hard to put it down. I needed to know how it ended. Most of the story is told from Aza's perspective which takes away the other characters a bit but the deeper we dive into this girls mind we see the often dark way she views the world and everything around her. Though a bit uncomfortable at times to see what she goes through while battling her anxiety and OCD it is a refreshingly honest account of what it really is like for someone who has these issues to deal with. I suffer from both of these as well and could actually relate to what Aza feels and John Green did such an amazing job at making me fell her pain. I was also pleasantly surprised that the ending of this story is actually pretty upbeat. This is definitely John's darkest book so far and I really hope everyone takes the time to read it, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Kayleigh:
My turn! :)
First I want to say that I am so thankful to Heather because she actually purchased me a signed edition of this book and when I got it I actually jumped. I have always wanted a signed John Green book and now I have one, so thank you again Heather!!
Since Heather has given you the gist of the plot I'm just going to tell you how I feel about it. I do agree that it was on the darker side but I actually felt like Looking For Alaska hit some darker points for me. So I think if you like a little more grit then you'd enjoy this one. I do agree that the ending was more upbeat than say...oh TFIOS...but I didn't really like it. I mean I guess in life things aren't always resolved and people don't always stay - and he did leave it open ended for two of the characters to reunite some day - but sometimes I read specifically for a happy ending. Although it is a John Green book so probably not the right choice for that.
Like Heather, I couldn't get into it at first. I too had built up this TFIOS love in my head and it was hard for me to not feel the same for this book. But as I continued I kept getting more and more attached to Aza. That girl goes through some serious minutes guys and imagining that there are people out there who go through these things break my heart. John Green always has a best friend in his books that are usually some of the best parts of the book but I was not a fan of Daisy for probably 75% of the book. I will say though that once her and Aza actually TALKED I got a different perspective for her and ended up really caring for her. I also loved Davis, I thought he was a fantastic character. He was so patient and sincere with Aza and I absolutely loved that.
John Green has this way to make you completely invest yourself in his stories. You don't even know that it's happening, it just does.
I would recommend this book if you are a fan of John Green and if you like more grit to your stories.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Book Blogger Test Tag


1. What are your three book pet peeves?
Cover changes, height differences, killing off characters I love and adore - that's directed at you John Green.

2. Describe your perfect reading spot.
In a super comfy chair with a blanket and pillows.

3. Tell us three book confessions.
I tend to buy books in bulk, I've only paid full price for one hardcover book ever, I have books all over my house - anywhere you can put a book I have one there.

4. When was the last time you cried reading a book?
Hmm...let me take a quick look at my Goodreads...I think I teared up in Under The Lights by Abbi Glines.

5. How many books are on your bedside table?
There are currently none on top but underneath there are about 8.

6. What is your favorite snack while reading?
I like snacks so whatever I'm feeling in that moment.

7. Name three books you'd recommend to everyone.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

8. Show us your favorite book shelf.
Unfortunately I am not home atm so I cannot.

9. Write how much books mean to you in 3 words.
They mean everything.

10. What's your biggest reading secret?
I don't think I really have a reading secret. Sorry. :O

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: November 21, 2017




Top Ten Books I'm Thankful For:

10. A Bend in The Road by Nicholas Sparks
-This is the very first Nicholas Sparks book I ever read and it started a serious love affair for me. I couldn't stop reading him and to this day he is one of my favorites.

9. Anna & The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
-I remember renting this book from the library and bringing it to work with me when I was like 21. I was working at a gift shop and when we didn't have customers I was allowed to read. I brought this one with me and was completely lost in it from the moment I opened it. It made me so darn happy inside.

8. That Time I Joined The Circus by J.J. Howard
-I'm thankful for this book because not only is it super duper good it's also the very first book I ever received from and author.

7. Rule by Jay Crownover
-I LOVE the Marked Men series. L.O.V.E. it. This was one of the first books I ever bought on my kindle and I was simply obsessed.

6. The Kiss Off by Sarah Billington
-This book is the reason I started my blog. I know I've shared the story before but in case you don't know it I'll give you the short version. I read The Kiss Off and reviewed it on Goodreads. Sarah Billington commented on my review and I fan girled for like ever. After I settled down for 5 minutes I decided right then to create A Book Lovers Playlist.

5. Literally every book I've read by Abbi Glines
-I love her so much guys.

4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
-My brother was going through chemo when we decided to read Perks together and it changed us both. We went to see the movie right after and I remember crying so much in it that afterwards my brother couldn't stop laughing at me - even though he cried too. When we were walking out and he was laughing I felt infinite. I felt so grateful for my brother and because of that I will always appreciate and be thankful for Perks.

3. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
-When I read It Ends With Us I cried and cried. I needed this book and I didn't know it. I was going through a lot at the time and it got me. I will always be thankful for this one.

2. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
-The Twilight Saga is the first series I ever remember loving with all of me. It was a huge part of my teenage life and I'm so thankful that I still own all of them. Multiple copies. The white editions. Box set. Oh yes.

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
-I'm fairly sure I don't need to tell you why I'm grateful for this book. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: November 14, 2017

Top Ten Books I Want My Child (Or Future Children) To Read:

10. Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants by Anne Brashares
I'm not sure this is a series my son would enjoy of course but I do have a niece on the way so I'll definitely recommend it to her some day.

9. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
Now there are some scenes in the book that I'm not sure I'd want my kid reading but the overall message is so important. I want my son to treat women the right way and if I ever have a daughter I want her to know her worth.

8. Without Merit by Colleen Hoover
As with the last one I said this one has an important message I feel. I want my son to know that things aren't always as they seem, to stick up for himself when he needs to, and to know just how much I love him.

7. Percy Jackson and The Olympians by Rick Riordan
My brother and I read this series together ages ago and it meant the world to me so I'd love for my son to read them too. Maybe when his cousin is older they can read them together like my brother and I did. 

6. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The Outsiders is literally the only book I had to read in school that I actually enjoyed. There are so many lessons in it and now as an adult I understand why they want you to read it so bad.

5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
"And in that moment I swear we were infinite" is tattooed under my collarbone/shoulder because this book means so much to me. It should be recommended reading in school and I know when my son gets older I'm going to ask him to read it.

4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I think everyone should read The Hunger Games so obviously I want my son to.

3. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
I know what you're all thinking, why would you want your son to read Harry Potter when you've never read it. Well the answer is because I wish I had read it when I was younger. I remember everyone loving those darn books and I couldn't relate. They are some of the biggest books of my generation and I'd like him to experience them.

2. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
-I'd like my son to read Twilight because it meant so much to me. I know a lot of people hate on the books - especially dudes - but it was such an important part of my life that I think it would be cool for him to enjoy it also.

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
-This book changed my life and it's no secret how much I love it. I mean I have "Okay" tattooed to my arm so I think that kinda shows you how much it means to me. I would love for my son to read this someday because it's my absolute favorite.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Full House Book Tag


1. Danny Tanner:
A book that needs to be cleaned up because there are loose ends or plot holes.
Allegiant by Veronica Roth. *insert eyeroll*

2. Joey Gladstone:
A book that made you laugh.
Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella.

3. Jessie Katsopolis:

A book that has a great cover.
The Selection by Kiera Cass.

4. DJ Tanner:
A book or character that has taught you a lot.
Augustus Waters.

5. Stephanie Tanner:

A book you can't stop talking about.
I feel like I've talked about Dangerous Lies so much this year so we'll go with that one.

6. Michelle Tanner:
A book or character that you quote a lot.
I quote The Fault in Our Stars and Perks of Being a Wallflower almost daily.

7. Rebecca Donaldson:
A book or character that you relate to the most.
Don't laugh but I feel like Bella from Twilight. She's a huge reader like me, I bet she would've had a book blog if Edward wasn't so darn distracting. We are both Team Edward. We both have brown hair. :P

8. Steve Hale:
A book that you ate up (couldn't put down)
I remember reading Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout and not being able to put it down.

9. Nicky and Alex Katsopolis:
A book that needs a sequel.
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. PLEASE!

10. Kimmy Gibler:
A book or character that you've grown to love.
Nan from the Rosemary Beach series by Abbi Glines.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Spooky Scary Book Tag


1. What goes bump in the night?:
Name a book that has legitimately scared you while reading it.
I remember getting scared reading Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick. I think because it's something that can really happen so it freaked me out man.

2. Jack O Lanterns and Classic Costumes:
A book you always reach for during Halloween time.
I always want to read Harry Potter and then don't.

3. Black cats and magic mirrors:
A book you love that is laced with superstition and/or magic.
The Hex Hall series! Gosh I miss those books, maybe I'll reread those again soon.

4. Witch's Brew:
Favorite witch character in any book/series.
Well Sydney becomes a witch in the Bloodlines series and I adore her so I pick her.

5. Ghouls and Ghosts:
A book that still haunts you to this day (good or bad)
Um, Looking For Alaska by John Green. I couldn't stand Alaska and I think about it a lot even though it's been years.

6. Haunted Graveyard:
You're all alone in a haunted graveyard, you get ONE book to give you comfort, which is it?
Why on earth would I be alone in a haunted graveyard?! Probably a Colleen Hoover book or something by Sophie Kinsella because she's so darn funny.

7. The Undead:
Favorite supernatural creatures to read about.
Vampires. All day e'ry day.

8. In the dead of night:
Pick a book with a black cover.
Fallen by Lauren Kate is mostly black and it's goooorgeous.

9. Trick or treat?
Treat of course. I'll take a Reese's pumpkin please and thank you ;)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Under The Lights by Abbi Glines

If you read my post on Tuesday then you know that I've been in a reading slump so I picked up an Abbi Glines book to save me. After I finished Boys South of the Mason Dixon I decided I needed more Abbi Glines so I grabbed Under The Lights. I had bought this book over a month ago along with some others and I've been keeping it for this exact moment.
I read Until Friday Night this year too so hopefully you've read that review. If you haven't you can by clicking HERE
In Until Friday Night we meet Brady and Gunner and in this installment we get to see a love triangle form between them and their childhood friend Willa Ames.
Willa and the boys were best friends throughout childhood until she moved away when she was 11 years old. Her mother had her at like 15 years old and unfortunatly never really did a good job at being a mom. When Willa turns 11 her mom is married and having another child so she decides to take her from her grandma and raise her. That is until an extremely traumatic and heartbreaking thing happens to Willa landing her in juvie. The day she gets out her bags are packed and she finds herself homeless so she calls her grandma who is the only person who is willing to take her in.
When they were kids Willa was best friends with Gunner - the rich kid with the cocky attitude and adorable smile - and had a crush on Brady who lets face it is the all american boy. However now things have changed a little and she begins to notice that Brady isn't the boy giving her butterflies anymore.
As are her other books Under The Lights is told in multiple perspectives. I really liked getting to hear from Brady, Gunner, and Willa. I will tell you I was conflicted as to which "team" I was on at first. I mean I went into it thinking she'd be with Gunner but Brady is really nice so it was hard for me to not want to root for him. But after getting a few chapters in I realized there was no way I couldn't be Team Gunner.
So much happens in this installment of the Field Party trilogy and I absolutely loved it. If you're a fan of Abbi Glines - or even if you're not you crazy cat - then I definitely recommend this!!


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