Monday, May 22, 2017

February, March, April 2017 Mini-Wrap Up

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FEBRUARY, MARCH, & APRIL 2017 MINI-WRAP UP

February
I read a lot of graphic novels in February, and all exclusively on February 16th, which was a Thursday. I have no idea why I read so many graphic novels that day or how I even had the time to do all that reading. I mut have skipped all of my classes that day...

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I really do love the "Saga" and "Giant Days" series. If I had to pick one, I would probably say I love 'Giant Days" more though because I can relate to them so much as a college student and I just love their journies of self-discovery and friendship. I don't even really like the new Spider-Man series that much, so I'm not sure why I'm still reading it. I guess mainly because I feel compelled to see it through to the end. As for "Around the Way Girl", I listened to it on audiobook and thought it was alright. I love Taraji P. Henson, but her book was eh.

March
I didn't do a lot of reading at all in March. Like at all...

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I was sent an ARC of "Geekerella" for an honest review by Quirk Books and quite enjoyed it. It was a sweet, concise, contemporary read. As for "Kindred", the only reason I read that book was for class, and believe me when I say if I didn't have to read it for class, I would have DNFed that sucker one chapter in.

April

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Yeah... So I only read one book in April and it was for my god-awful sociology class. I hated that class with a burning passion. However, I really enjoyed this book which I so did not expect since my professor was a quack. There were many insights and interesting stories in this book.

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Well, that's how the last few months of reading have been for me. Hopefully you guys had more fruitful months of reading and enjoyed what you read. Real talk though, you should give "Giant Days" a chance.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Mini "A Court of Wings and Ruin" Spoiler-Free Review

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Book: A Court of Wings and Ruin

Author: Sarah J. Maas

My Rating: ★★★ 3/4 (3.75 Stars)

Synopsis: Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places. 

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all. 

      I'm going to keep this review because a) I don't have that much I want to say and b) I'm still getting back into the swing of blogging.


     Overall, I really did like this book, but I will be the first to admit that it was not excellent, no where near the level of "A Court of Mist and Fury". Pretty sure the second book will always be my favorite in the series. That second book was just pure perfection to me.


     This book... I don't know, something just felt like it was lacking. It all felt rather rushed and wrapped together perfectly in a little bow by the end. The conflict was not nearly as big as I thought it would be. I think overall the plot was what was lacking for me. I did appreciate the action scenes though. Those battles were intense a.f.


     That being said, the characters definitely made this book. Feyre and Rhysand... my god I love them so much. Individually they are great characters, and together they are just perfection. They love each other so much and will do anything for each other and their people.


    I honestly don't know how I feel about the fact that this is the end of Feyre and Rhysand's stories (supposedly the rest of the series follows other characters). I've grown so attached to them, and while I do like the other characters, I don't feel like their story was fully flushed out because as I said earlier, I feel like it was rushed. Despite this, I will of course finish the series and am really interested to see who tells the rest of the stories. Almost all of the other main/close side characters, with the exception of Tamlin, grew on me and I like them a lot too, so I would be okay with reading their stories.


     Overall, I did really enjoy this book. I devoured it at lightning speed. The characters gave me so many feelings and I fell in love with them all over again. However, it definitely was not without it's flaws and did not live up to my expectations.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

So I've been M.I.A.... Reading and Life Update

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 So I've been M.I.A... Reading and Life Update

     *awkward lil' wave* Hey you guys. So it's been some time since I've written a post. Like I'm not even going to go look up when the last time I wrote a post was because I'm sure I won't like what I find. I've been hiatus as I kind of warned you guys, but it definitely lasted a lot longer than I intended. However, I'm not going to apologize or make up execuses. I needed it.


     This last semester of college was very taxing on my mental health. My anxiety and depression was probably the most intense it has ever been. And it was all due to one class. One stupid class. Amazing how everything else in your life can be amazing but one thing throws you a curveball and skews your entire perspective. That's what happened to me. Other things kind of added to this feeling, but it was definitely my organic chemistry class that was the cherry on the top.


      I didn't have the will to wake up and go to class or hang out with my friends, much less read or write on this blog. Exams have come and gone and those consumed me. They didn't go as I had planned, so that had me down in the dirt for a little while, so I decided to take a mental health break. I've been limiting my time on the Internet, especially social media, and I'm so glad I did. I needed that break.

Anyone watch the season 3 premiere of Rick and Morty? I love that show and can't wait for the rest of the season.

     Now I'm back and my mental health is improved. Still not great, but definitely a lot better. I realized that I shouldn't let one class make me feel like shit and I also remembered that as important as school is, it should not define you. Grades are not who you are, especially just one grade.


    I haven't fully gotten back into the swing of reading, but I'm making baby steps. I've read "A Court of Wings and Ruin", which I will have a spoiler-free review up soon. I loved it, but I will be the first to admit that it was not excellent, it was problematic, and definitely was not my favorite in the series.


     This past week I started my summer research internship. It's just a continuation of the research I've been doing this past year, but the job is full-time, so I'm working 40 hours a week. The great thing about my research is a lot of it is waiting around because there are certain experiments and processes that take time, so I've had plenty of time to read. During this time, I've really gotten into graphic novels. The two series I've been reading this past week are "Giant Days" and "Lumberjanes". I started "Giant Days" months ago and it is one of my favorite graphic novel series. "Lumberjanes" is new to me, but I already love it.


      I'm going to try to make more blog posts and read more this summer, but I make no promises. This summer is all about my mental health, and I refuse to force myself to do things that I know I will not enjoy or that do not benefit me. So as much as I love to read and write, I will be the first to admit there are times when I just can't pick up a book or write a blog post because I don't want to.


     If you're still reading this, thank you. I sincerely hope things are going better for you than they have been for me.


My Rating System

★★★★★ This book is a gift from the literary gods
★★★★ This book was pretty damn good
★★★ This book had potential but missed the bar
★★ I probably didn't finish this book or it was god awful
★ Why does this book exist?

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