Saturday, August 27, 2016

Goodreads book tag!

Heya! I woke up this morning to an e-mail telling me Ellisferrell, a blog I follow, recently posted a book tag, so I felt like following in their footsteps!


What was the last book you marked as read?
Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I was lucky enough to score an ARC. It was so good.

What are you currently reading?The Dream Thieves by +Maggie Stiefvater and The Night Circus by +Erin Morgenstern 

What was the last book you marked as TBR?
The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin

What book do you plan to read next?The Assassin and the Healer by Sarah J. Maas

Do you use the star rating system?Yup! It helps me keep track of what the best book I've read were, the "meh" ones, and the horrible ones.

Are you doing a 2016 reading challenge?No. At the beginning I didn't think I'd read as many books as I have. So I should have done it anyway.

Do you have a wishlist?My TBR is my wish list. :p

Do you have any favorite quotes? Would you like to share a few?
"Time is a river, and it flows in a circle. I love you." - Eleanor by +Jason Gurley 

Who are your favorite authors?I absolutely adore +Jodi Picoult and Gillian Flynn. I've read all of their books, except one by Gillian Flynn. But I'll read that one soon.

Have you joined any groups?I did when I first started but never really got into them.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Top 5 Book Boyfriends [Feature and Follow #1]

Heya everyone! This blog hop is was created by Parajunkee and Allison Can Read. The idea behind it is to meet and follow new bloggers and be involved in an awesome book blogging community! I've found the most amazing blog through these blog hops, but this is my first time participating.

If you're feeling up to it, you can follow me on Instagram, Twitter, or via my blog's FB page located here. I would be so appreciative of it if you did. And thanks so, so, so very much in advance. <3

This week's prompt was "Top 5 Book Boyfriends" and a few names popped up rather quickly.

1. Dimitri Belikov from The Vampire Academy series. 
I love him so much. I quickly had the biggest crush on him as soon as I was introduced to him in the books. The movie...not so much. That was the biggest book-to-movie adaption flop in the entire world. *eye roll* He was just so moody and intelligent and swoon-worthy. WHY isn't he a real person? Not that I'd have the SLIGHTEST chance, but a woman can dream.

2. Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter series.
There was just something about his adorable dorkiness and quirkiness that made me fall head-over-heels for this boy. It could have been the red hair and his hilarious avoidance of spiders that made me laugh so much. Or just in general as to how he could make the worst of times still seem funny by a quick remark. I even had a HP book where I put a heart around Ron's name every single time it was mentioned. How sad and obsessive is that? Lol!

3. Marco Alisdair from The Night Circus.
So there's not a movie out so I can't steal a picture of his actor...but he is just PERFECTION in every sense of the word. I'm reading the book right now and I'm just hoping with fingers crossed my heart isn't going to be shattered into a million and one pieces after I'm finished.

4. Adam Parrish from The Raven Boys.
Maybe it's the fact that he's so stubborn. Maybe it's the fact that he's an incredibly hard worker. Or maybe it's the fact that even though he grew up in a super shoddy environment he's still such a nice, warm, and misunderstood person. I knew as soon as I read about him he'd be my crush out of the other boys in the book.

5. Noah Calhoun from The Notebook.
For obvious reasons. But I would do like to do without the constant sadness in my life. I still ugly cry when I watch this movie. Straight sobbing. It's horrible to see. 


Instagram Round-Up #2!

Hello everyone and welcome back to my second Instagram round-up! All photos are from my Bookstagram which can be found here OR @bookishsabrina.

August 22, 2016
My copy of Sleep Tight by Jeff Jacobson. I picked this book to achieve my tag of "Cracked spines" in the "challengebooksandsuch" challenge!
August 23, 2016
Had to take a photo of Gillian Flynn's novel "Gone Girl." Is Gillian on anyone elses' top three favorite authors list like she is on mine? I ADORE her books. I still need to pick up "The Grownup" though!
August 24, 2016
I got challenged by @dangitdraco https://www.instagram.com/dangitdraco/ for the "comfortreads" tag. I chose a book of poetry my sister's friend has out, "The Goddess Path" and "Twilight" by Stephanie Meyer.

August 24, 2016
I just had to take a "shelfie" with my sister's bookshelf since I actually wasn't at my house that day to fufill my challenge by @cozy_reads for the #10thingsilove tag. Who doesn't love a nice bookshelf? ;)

August 25, 2016
I got tagged by the wonderful @anna_inbookland for the #chaptereleven book challenge! The book featured is "Bradstreet Gate" by Robin Kirman.

August 26, 2016
And last but not least is a photo of my ARC copy of "The Castle in the Mist" by Amy Ephron. I maps in books. Does anyone else?
Thanks so much for being here for my second round-up! If you're a bookstagram or have any recommendations of your favorites, let me know in the comments below! <3

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Book Review || Bradstreet Gate by Robin Kirman


Title: Bradstreet Gate
Author: Robin Kirman
Pages: 336
Rating: 5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Georgia, Charlie and Alice each arrive at Harvard with hopeful visions of what the future will hold. But when, just before graduation, a classmate is found murdered on campus, they find themselves facing a cruel and unanticipated new reality. Moreover, a charismatic professor who has loomed large in their lives is suspected of the crime. Though his guilt or innocence remains uncertain, the unsettling questions raised by the case force the three friends to take a deeper look at their tangled relationship. Their bond has been defined by the secrets they’ve kept from one another—Charlie’s love and Alice’s envy, Georgia’s mysterious affair—and over the course of the next decade, as they grapple with the challenges of adulthood and witness the unraveling of a teacher's once-charmed life, they must reckon with their own deceits and shortcomings, each desperately in search of answers and the chance to be forgiven.

A relentless, incisive, and keenly intelligent novel about promise, disappointment, and the often tenuous bonds of friendship, Bradstreet Gate is the auspicious debut of a tremendously talented new writer.

Mini-review:
Bradstree Gate is about the murder of Julie Patel, and who possibly could have done it. Three Harvard students, Alice, Georgia, and Charlie plus a professor named Rufus Storrow have been sent back in time due to the 10 year anniversary of Patel's death. A journalist drops in on Georgia to let her know that there have been new developments on the case, and that Storrow is back in town. Throughout the book, it tells the aftermath of the murder of Patel has affected each character over the course of the ten years. 
I personally liked this book quite a bit, despite its low ratings on Goodreads. I dog-eared two pages in the epilogue so I'd be able to go back and find two quotes I liked so I could include them in my 2016 end of the year round up post of best books I've read. Even though the characters seem stoic and the book itself is of a depressing subject matter, I found the writing was both elegant and very easily readable while pulling me in and hypnotizing me. I read the first 100 pages just in the bath before I could put it down and actually finish showering. Lol!