Wednesday, August 31, 2016

August 2016 Wrap-Up

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Hello everyone! Can you believe it's the end of August already?! I feel like this year has just absolutely flown by for me. On the other hand, I started school back this month! It's my second week and it's not hard at all yet thankfully. I hope it stays that way.

1. Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
2. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne
3. The Wicked + The Divine Single Issues 1-4 by Kieron Gillen 
4. The Universe of Us by Lang Leav
5. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
7. The Assassin and the Desert by Sarah J. Maas

1. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
3. The Assassin and the Underworld by Sarah J. Maas

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Goodreads book tag!

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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.

Top 5 Book Boyfriends [Feature and Follow #1]

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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. 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Instagram Round-Up #2!

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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 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

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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.

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!

Book Review || Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Title: Caraval
Author+Stephanie Garber
Pages: 401
Rating: 5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads
Before you enter the world of Caraval, you must remember that it’s all a game . . .

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

Then, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation to Caraval finally arrives. So, Tella enlists a mysterious sailor’s help to whisk Scarlett away to this year’s show. But as soon as the trio arrives, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nonetheless soon becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with her sister, with Legend, and with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

This is one of my top two favorite books that I've read so far this year. I raved so much about it on my bookstagram I think my followers got super tired of me for it. Lol. Not only is the game playing with Scarlett's mind, but it played with mine as well. "Remember that it's all a game." But it's so easy to forget.
There is so much action and drama packed into this book. I judged this book by its cover and I was so happy it lived up to its impact it had on me. The magical way Garber has of writing stole my heart and I don't think I'll be getting it back anytime soon. Can I have the second book now? Even though the first one isn't even out yet? Can I have the movie? I want it all, right now. It's very hard for an author to be able to illicit that sort of craving from me, but Garber managed it.
The way she set up the magical Caraval was amazing, the descriptions were perfection. It all played out in my head so well. I loved the characters, even though at times they were extremely frustrating, as with all the books I've ever read, so that's expected. It makes the story even better it seems like. This book has it all: magic, romance, heartbreak, death, sadness, happiness, mystery, suspense. The list goes on and on.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Book Review || The Universe of Us by Lang Leav

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Title: The Universe of Us
Author+Lang Leav
Publication: October 4, 2016
Pages: 240

I want to thank +NetGalley for the chance to review this book. All opinions herein are of my own and are not swayed by any outside influences.

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Lang Leav presents a completely new collection of poetry with a celestial theme in The Universe of Us.

Planets, stars, and constellations feature prominently in this beautiful, original poetry collection from Lang Leav.  Inspired by the wonders of the universe, the best-selling poetess writes about love and loss, hope and hurt, being lost and found.  Lang's poetry encompasses the breadth of emotions we all experience and evokes universal feelings with her skillfully crafted words.

Before we start, I'm going to say that this book is already the number 1 best-seller in family poetry on Amazon, before it's even out yet. That is how much faith people have in Leav's work, and for good reason: she has a way of putting the words that have been scrambling around in your head down on paper in the utterly best and most beautiful way that could ever be possible.

The sky or universe has always been referred to when telling someone how much you love them. "I love you to the moon and back." "I love you as big as the sky." "I love you more than there is all of the stars in the universe." The universe is so amazing and jaw-droppingly vast and wonderful, we want to let our significant others know that we think that they are on par with it. This is what Leav is expressing in The Universe of Us.

I have never read another author of poetry who could illicit actual tears from me other than she did within her latest book. I feel emotions so strongly when I'm reading her books that I have to put the book down out of fear for getting tears on the page and smearing the ink or damaging a page to where I can't go back and read the words anymore. I find myself re-reading the poems over and over again if they hit me a certain way. I want to memorize it and refer back to it to let someone know how much they mean to me. I save them in my phone notes so I can show my friends when I see them face to face so they can experience the same emotions I've experienced reading it. There is just something so raw and jagged about the way Leav writes that leaves me sobbing and gripping the book saying "Yes. Someone else has felt what I've felt. I understand. I'm so thankful you do too so I'm not alone anymore."

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Instagram Round-Up #1!

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Hello everyone! I'm going to start a *hopefully* weekly post of my IG photos. I started my bookstagram less than a week ago and I've had a downpour of love and welcome from the community! Feel free to follow me here if you wish to do so!
August 11, 2016
Started my strictly book related Instagram on the 11th, and this was the first photo on it. Featuring my fox socks and an ARC of Caraval by +Stephanie Garber 

August 11, 2016
This is a letter to Scarlett, the main character in Caraval giving her a warm welcome to the game. I felt the need to snap a photo. 

August 12, 2016

This was the last photo of Caraval I posted on IG. I couldn't help but rave about it. It's just so pretty!

August 13, 2016
My friend Kaley has a small little book box down the road from her so we paid a visit to it and I had to snap a photo of course. There's nothing like this close to where I live, so it's so exciting to see one of these! All you do is drop off books you're done with, and then pick new ones out of the box you wanna read. How cool is that?

August 14, 2016
 The Ten Best Days Of My Life by Adena Halpern and Anarchy and Old Dogs by +Colin Cotterill are the books I got from the book box. I picked the flower to add to the purple on the book. I enjoyed the smell of it all day behind my ear afterwards. ;)

August 15, 2016
I entered a giveaway contest on IG! I had to enter because not only do you have a chance to win Once Upon a Prince and Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck, but you can win a set of pineapple magnetic bookmarks and a Moongs panda sticky notes. Perfect props for future book spreads! You can enter on Instagram here. And here is their actual website!

August 15, 2016
I received this ARC of Ghosts by +Raina Telgemeier from +Scholastic! It looks like it'll be a fast read, and the synopsis is amazing.

August 16, 2016
After I hit 50 followers on my bookstagram IG, (61 now!) I decided to finally write a post telling my followers who I was and some facts about my life.

August 16, 2016
And last but not least, my FIRST book spread ever! I was tagged by owlreadnow for the bookishletter tag and my letter was J. It's not the best, but it was an attempt and I had a ton of fun finding things to match my lovely copy of Jane Eyre.  

Monday, August 15, 2016

The Pokemon Go Book Tag!

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This awesome tag was thought up by Aentee from Read at Midnight! I'm using the images she's used as well. Go check out the blog if you're feeling up to it. You won't be disappointed. :)

I can't think of a specific book that I read when I was younger that kick-started my reading obsession, but I know I read a lot of random children's books. I do remember getting into Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events books. I want to re-visit those soon. They were so good!

I know this is probably on everyone's list, butttttt the Harry Potter books. If that's not what she meant by classic, then I'd go with The Picture of Dorian Gray by  Oscar Wilde. I loved that book so much for some reason, and if anyone asks me for a rec of a classic, it's always that one.

I'm gonna have to go with Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. I've seen this book everywhere and it just makes it so hard to pick up. As well as all of her other books. I've just seen them so much it's turned me off to reading them. I don't know if it's because of all the hype I've seen or if it's just because they don't sound like books I'd be interested in.

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. Obviously it reminds me of other books because it's based off of the characters in The Wizard of Oz, but I still love how she crafted the story and made it her own.

I have a book on my bookshelf with all three of the books in the His Dark Materials books by Philip Pullman that I have yet to pick up because it is just straight up massive as well as paperback, so it's freaking heavy. I would have done better with all three of them separate books, but I got it as a gift so I will be reading it anyway eventually.

Eleanor by Jason Gurley. I sat up one night and read from a little bit before the middle to the end. I stayed awake until 7 in the morning just to finish that book specifically because I refused to put it down until I finished it. I gobbled it up.

ANYTHING BY JODI PICOULT I WILL READ. All caps because it is so, so true. I've read every book she's came out with and have not been disappointed. Her writing is so beautiful and heart-wrenching in the most wonderful of ways.

So I skipped over a few of the questions because I didn't have an answer for some of them, but you can find the full list of questions at the blog I mentioned at the beginning of this post. I'm not going to tag anyone, but as always, feel free to play along and have fun! 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Comic Book Review || Who Killed Kurt Cobain?: The Story of Boddah

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Title: Who Killed Kurt Cobain?: The Story of Boddah
Author: Nicolas Otero
Pages: 152
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Synopsis from Goodreads:
The most iconic singer/songwriter of his generation, Kurt Cobain left behind a phenomenal body of work, legions of fans, and a mystery a final letter addressed to Boddah. Now, award-winning creator Nicolas Otero brings the story of this note to life in the original graphic novel WHO KILLED KURT COBAIN?
Based on the French novel, Le Roman de Boddah by Heloise Guay de Bellissen, this adaptation a work of fiction recounts real-life events from Cobain s life, as narrated by his childhood imaginary friend, Boddah.
Through the eyes of Boddah, readers get a front row seat to the highs and lows of one of music's most influential voices like they've never experienced before. Trace the arc of modern rock's greatest icon from the dark clubs of Seattle to the bright lights of the world stage and all the angst, horror, and thrill that came with that ride in this captivating graphic tale.

When I saw this was an option to read immediately from Netgalley, I leaped at the chance to read it. I love Nirvana, and I especially love Kurt. Not only was his death horrible, but all of the theories surrounding the death made him passing ten times worse. We truly did lose an extremely influential musician in Kurt, so I read and listen to anything and everything I can when it comes to him so I can live vicariously through books and music since I was born only a year after he passed away.

This comic goes through the various states of Kurt's life. His rise to fame, his addictions, and ultimately his death, told through the eyes of his imaginary friend, Boddah. It is insanely graphic, and anyone who loves Kurt will be touched by the amount of things he had to and chose to go through being such a young man, so this comic picked at the raw edges of my heart. I love comics that seem to have a manic style of writing and art, and this comic was perfect at displaying that writing style.

It truly is a mesmerizing comic to flip through and read, and I'll definitely be buying the finished copy when it comes out in *hopefully* November. 

Friday, August 12, 2016

The Harry Potter Book Tag

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Even though I wasn't tagged, I wanted to do it anyway! There's only one rule to this book tag: You can't answer any of these questions with any of the Harry Potter books. I found this book tag from here. Make sure you check her blog out!

A book you found interesting but would like to re-write
I don't have an answer to this question, actually. I'm definitely more of a reader than a writer, so I wouldn't be able to take over someone's story and tell them how I would re-write it. I know there are a few books where they were standalone books than left major cliffhangers for the readers to come up with the answers to the questions on their own, and I dislike that so much, but I wouldn't go and completely muck up someones story just because of it.

A first book in a series that got you hooked:
Shiver by +Maggie Stiefvater 
I remember reading this book when my teacher in high school sent it with my boyfriend home for me to read when I was about to pop with my son Alec. I fell in love so fast with not only the writing, but the font, as well as the different colored text. I just remember it being so different from all the books I had read before it definitely left a lasting impact on me.

A book you wish you could have right now:
The May Queen Murders by +Sarah Jude 
I've heard nothing but good things about this book, so it's the highest on my wish-list currently.

A killer book:
An Evil Mind by Chris Carter 
This book qualifies because it's about a serial killer who is always one step ahead. A sadistic serial killer who likes to kidnap, mutilate, and torture. On top of that it has amazing character development and suspense. 

A book you found confusing:
I haven't really found any books I've read confusing.

Your spirit animal book:
This is the best book I have ever read. Anytime anyone asks me for a book recommendation, this is what I give them. It has the perfect amount of grief, hope, and love within its pages that I just think everyone should read this book.

A dark, twisted book:
Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
I feel like this is a given, because it's a book that I *think* most people have either heard of or read, but if you haven't, trust me on this: it is the most twisted story I've read.

A book that surprised you in a great way, reveals to be more than it is:I'm gonna go with Eleanor by Jason Gurley again. It turned out completely different than how I thought it would, and it was such a good surprise that it stuck with me and it's the book I rave about the most here on this blog.

That's the end of the book tag, and since I don't really talk to many bloggers on a daily basis, I nominate anyone who feels up for doing it! :)