August Haul/Wrap Up & September TBR!

In August I read 8 books, I did not think that I read that many. Honestly I thought that I had a slow reading month, but I read:

  • Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
  • Five Summers by Una LaMarche
  • The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
  • Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  • The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
  • So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti

In August I purchased:

  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
  • Phoenix by Elizabeth Richards
  • So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti
  • Identity Crisis by Melissa Schorr
  • The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
  • Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
  • The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

I also hauled some books from Book Outlet but I’ll just post a picture of the haul instead. I’m not sure how much reading I’ll be able to get next month since I start school and I’m not sure what my exact schedule is going to look like. I plan on reading:

  • Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario
  • Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
  • Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
  • Side Effects May Vary Elizabeth Murphy
  • The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Let’s see if I can complete my TBR for the month, I kept it relatively short because I want to see what my life is going to be like when I start college and how much reading time I’ll have.

Have an ALMIGHTY Day!

-Wilmarilys

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Bargain Books!

We all love books, obviously because what there not to love. I mean apart from the occasional heartbreak while reading or when finished. Sometimes the heartbreak happens to our wallets and most of the time we can’t help it. When we see books that we like we just have to have them, no matter what. I myself am guilty of this, I buy books like crazy, it’s sort of a problem, a problem that I do not like to admit to people.

I do not like paying full price for books, especially if they are hardcover. I usually don’t pay full price for books, but if it’s paperback then sometimes I do, but a lot of my books I bought them from the Barnes & Noble website because I am a member so I get discounts, coupons, and free shipping. There are so many different places that I have gotten my books from, so I’m going to share a couple: Barnes & Noble, Target, Amazon, Thriftbooks.com, Book Outlet (the website, I don’t live in Canada so I’ve never been to the store, but I might be going soon), Bookdepository.com  and Ebay (when I want a certain edition that I can’t find anywhere else). There is also this store in our area called Ollie’s Bargain Outlet and they have really cheap books so when I go and see some books that I would read I more than likely buy them.

I have a hard time resisting books that are cheap and in good condition. If you have the same problem as me  (I wouldn’t really consider it a problem…) I would definitely recommend checking out some of these websites if you want to find some book deals.

Have an ALMIGHTY Day!

-Wilmarilys

New Posting Schedule!

Hi fellow book lovers! I’m just writing this post to inform you guys about the new posting schedule. We start college this month and we wanted to share our experiences with you guys so we will try to post an update about our experience at college weekly. That’s the only new addition to our blog, but the schedule has changed. It is now:

Sunday: Weekly Quote

Tuesday: College Life

Thursday: Miscellaneous  

Saturday: Book Review

On the very last day of the month we will be posting our monthly haul and wrap-up, as well as the next month’s TBR

Have an ALMIGHTY Day!

-Melissa & Wilmarilys

Five Summers Review!

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I recently read my first Una LaMarche book, Five Summers and I have to say that I can’t wait to read more by her. I’m not really sure how I came across the book, but I believe that my aunt sent it to me as a present awhile back. I have been meaning to read the book for a while now and I finally decided to add it to my August TBR.

Five Summers is the story of four friends, who met in summer camp and created a long lasting friendship. The group of girls called themselves the JEMS: Jo which is short for Johannah, is the daughter of the camp director, Emma and Skylar became instant friends on their first day of camp, and Maddie who always looked forward to leaving for camp and living another life.

The story is told from a couple of different perspectives. Each of the JEMS has their own voice; well multiple voices because the girls have chapters in which they are talking about a past memory from their earlier years at camp.

Of course this book is all about summer camp and their experiences at camp, but it’s so much more than just camp. The story is about friendship and trust, about deciding what things are more important. After their final year at camp the girls promised to keep in touch, but the everyday lives got in the way. The girls tried to keep in touch, but as time went by it got the messages passed between the girls decreased. It wasn’t that the girls didn’t want to still be friends, it was just that it was hard for them to find the time in their “normal” everyday lives.

The girls did eventually reunite again at the same camp that they meet at for a reunion weekend celebration. None of the girls knew what to expect when they arrived on camp. Two of the girls were already on the camp because they were counselors, but the other two had to drive to the camp to be there for the weekend. They all had different things on their mind on the hours leading up to the reunion. I won’t mention the things that were on their mind because it’s kind of crucial to the story.

The girls have begun to grow apart, but the strength of the friendship they had before leaving camp was still there. The girls just needed to remind themselves that their friendship was more important than anything. The weekend started off very rocky for all the girls. The girls were apart for so long that they didn’t want to hurt the others feelings or change the way the other girls saw them. It took them a while to remember that best friends don’t care about the superficial stuff. They made a pact to be best friends forever and life and boys  got in the way, but they found there way back to each other.

Five Summers is a story that represents what true friendship is, it shows that love conquers all, even the love between best friends. I truly recommend reading this book and if you already did maybe you would enjoy watching Dead of Summer on Freeform, it’s about a summer camp too, it’s not like Five Summers, but you might like it.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Have an ALMIGHTY Day!

-Wilmarilys 

Series’ I’m Ashamed I Haven’t Read…So Much Shame

Everyone that loves books I’m sure has been through the struggle of having extremely long TBR lists and because of this, often there are books that we really want to read but for some reason we just don’t get around to reading. I know this is true for me, because although I don’t physically own a lot of the books on my TBR list, my list has over 400 books on it that I want to buy and read. Because I have such a long TBR list, there are some books/series that I’m ashamed that I haven’t read. Below I have compiled a list of series’ that I’m ashamed that I haven’t read and I’ll be explaining a little bit about why I haven’t read that particular series. This list is in no particular order other than the first book which is the series that I’m most ashamed and embarrassed about not having read.

  1. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

I feel as though everyone has read The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. I haven’t read this series because I haven’t wanted to or because I don’t like Cassandra Clare, it’s just that I don’t have the books. I really want to read these books because I’ve read The Mortal Instruments books and I loved them and they’re one of my favorite series of all time and after having read TMI, I want to read TID even more but for some reason I just haven’t boughten them. I plan on getting the new cover ones because I think the spines are absolutely gorgeous and this series is definitely on the top of my list of series’ that I want to read.

  1. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Cycle is a series that I have been wanting to read for a while because I’ve heard such great things about it and because I’ve previously read other books by Maggie Stiefvater. I read her Wolves of Mercy Falls series and I really enjoyed it and I hear that The Raven Cycle is even better than the Wolves of Mercy Falls series so I’m really excited to eventually read it.

  1. Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi

I actually have absolutely no reason for why I haven’t read this series other than the fact that I don’t own that books and that I have such a huge TBR pile that I keep pushing back buying and reading these books for no apparent reason. Everyone raves about this series and I’m desperate to read but just haven’t had the chance to do it yet.

  1. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

This is definitely a series that I want to read so badly because I’m very interested in reading some retellings because I think that I’ve only ever read like one and I would really like to read some more. These books sound fantastic and the covers are so beautiful and for some reason yet again, I just haven’t bought the books so that I can see why everyone else thinks that they are so wonderful.

  1. The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

For a while I’ve been meaning to get these books and I actually had planned to buy and then marathon the books before The Crown came out in May but I just never ended buying the books. I’ve heard that these books are great and super easy and fast reads. A while ago I was at Target and they were selling the box set for the first three books and I was going to get them but decided not to because I wanted the hardcover versions and they only sold them in paperback but The Selection Series is definitely at the top of my list for books that I plan to get and read.

  1. Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

The Throne of Glass series is definitely a series that I’m ashamed that I haven’t read. I had planned on buying and reading the first 4 books and companion book before Empire of Storms came out because I wanted to go to a book signing of hers that is being hosted nearby where I live but I haven’t gotten the books yet and I probably won’t have enough time to read them but one of the next books I plan on buying is Throne of Glass because I have heard such amazing things about that series and I’ve actually read both A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury and they were so fantastic. A Court of Mist and Fury is actually now one of my all time favorite books ever and I was actually able to meet Sarah J. Maas and get ACOTAR and ACOMAF.

  1. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

All I can say for this series is that I feel absolute shame for not having read this series. I love Harry Potter so much and have seen the movies like a million times but I feel like such a fake fan because I have not read the books. In my defense I have read the first book twice, once in fifth grade and another in the seventh grade and I’ve read the second book but I haven’t read books 3-7 and now 8 with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child just being released. I only own a copy of book one and three and I just don’t why I haven’t read the books. I’ve been meaning to buy them lately but I want the paperback UK editions, that are available on Amazon UK and I just haven’t gotten them yet but I plan on buying them very soon because I just need to read this series. It’s not the same thing to watch the movies than to read the actual book.

-Melissa

I Almost Forgot About You Review!

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Recently I finished reading I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan and I was actually really surprised by how much I ended up enjoying reading the book. I had never read anything by McMillan before and had actually never heard of her because the books that she writes are typically books that I wouldn’t read. I tend to read a lot of young adult, contemporary and this book is considered women’s fiction and is an adult book. Before I even started reading this book I was very hesitant because I wasn’t sure if I would end up liking it so I went in reading the book with hesitation. At first I actually judged this book far too quickly because I remember being only barely a chapter in and I was already thinking that I wouldn’t like it but after I finished reading the first chapter, I just couldn’t put the book down. I ended reading the whole thing within like two days because I was eager to find out what was going to happen in the main character Georgia’s life.

I Almost Forgot About You follows the life of Georgia Young who is a woman that is in her fifties, has two grown daughters, that has been divorced twice, and who is an optometrist. Georgia is a woman that has decided that she is no longer happy with her life and that wants to begin making changes such as quitting her job that she finds extremely boring and selling her house. Throughout the entire book, Georgia is sort of at a crossroads because she isn’t exactly sure what she wants to do with her life and is hesitant to make changes because she feels as though she is too old to reinvent herself. As Georgia is trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life, she decides to try contacting all of the men that she has ever been in love with to see how they are doing and let them know that she hasn’t forgotten about them. Through this journey of contacting these men from her past, she is about to find closure with her two ex-husbands, gain friendship with one of her past lovers, and even find love again with someone that she almost forgot about. Georgia is also able to realize that she has a passion for decorating furniture and that it is never too late to make changes in your life and that you are never too old to find love.

What I liked about this book was really how fast-paced the book felt even when much wasn’t going on. This book was very interesting to me because I had never read a book before with a character of her age and throughout the entire book I was eager to find who Georgia would end up with and see how she was able to grow and find what passions her. Like I previously said before I wasn’t expecting to like the book at all but I was very surprised. I might consider reading more books by McMillan in the future because after having read this book, I’ve done research and have seen that her other books have very good reviews.

*This book was sent to me by Blogging for Books for this review.

-Melissa

 

So Much Closer Review!

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Recently I bought and read the book So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti. I ended buying this book because it was a hardcover for $0.49 so of course I had to get it and I’m actually really happy that I did. Before reading So Much Closer, I had never read a book by Colasanti but I had heard of one of her books titled Something Like Fate and I remember having wanted to read it. So Much Closer is the first book I’ve read by this author and I quite enjoyed it a lot. There were some issues that I did have with the book but overall I really liked it and it reminded me a lot of Sarah Dessen’s writing style.

So Much Closer is a book about a girl entering her senior year of high school named Brooke Greene that despite quite literally being a genius, refuses to do well in school because she doesn’t believe in the public school system. . Brooke has been in love with the same boy, Scott Abrama for years but he never seemed to notice her. Scott is a popular jock at the school that Brooke goes to and is one of the star athletes of the lacrosse team. One day during their junior picnic, Brooke decides that that is the day that she will tell Scott that she has been in love with him for years because she fears that she’ll get the courage to ever tell him again. As Brooke makes her way towards Scott, they begin talking and Scott laments never having spoken to her because he is moving in a few days to New York so they’ll never get to know each other. Brooke is devasted that Scott is moving and she decides that the Knowing (a strong feeling that she has that she and Scott belong together) is telling her that it is her destiny to leave New Jersey and move in with her father that she hasn’t spoken to in years and that lives in New York. Despite Brooke having always wanted to move to New York, she moves to follow Scott and make him realize that they belong together. Having made this decision, Brooke leaves her life behind in New Jersey and sets out to find Scott. Brooke ends up going to the same school as Scott and she is overjoyed when she realizes that she could have a shot with him until she realizes that he has a girlfriend. While Brooke is trying to make Scott realize that they belong together, little does she know that her life is changing as she’s spending time in New York City, making friends with a girl who annoys her at first, and tutoring a boy named John that struggles in school. Eventually Brooke and Scott get together and things aren’t like Brooke imagined they would be. Brooke is consumed with thinking about Scott that she doesn’t realize that he may not be the right person for her and that the person that is changing her and making her realize who she wants to be is much closer than she thinks. Brooke life is changing in more ways than one and it has nothing to do with Scott and eventually realizes that she made the right decision by moving to New York even though it was for the wrong reason.

Having been the first book I read by Colasanti, I was actually really impressed and definitely would like to read more of her books. At first when I started reading So Much Closer, I thought that Brooke was absolutely crazy for moving to New York to follow a boy but I liked how she ended up realizing that her life doesn’t revolve around one boy and how she found out the career that she wants to pursue. I feel like even though it would quite a short book, Brooke grew up a lot and learned to express her feelings more clearly. I also really enjoyed the dynamic between Brooke and John and how much she was able to help him by being his friend and tutor. I would definitely recommend others reading this book and I think that it’s a cute, short contemporary book about finding out who you are.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Have an ALMIGHTY Day!

-Melissa

Books Turned to Movies In 2016!

This year a lot of books that I have read or plan on reading have been made into movies. I wrote down a couple of the movies that I am excited to go see even though I haven’t read the book version of all the movies I would like to go see. I hope to read the books to the movies before going to see the movie, but I’ll be starting college soon and I don’t know how much time I will have to read.

  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins comes out October 7

I haven’t read this book, nor do I own a copy so if I do go watch it I might not have read the book before hand.

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling comes out November 18

The same thing for this one, but I will definitely be reading it before I go and watch this one.

  • Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs comes out December 25

I have read and do own this book, so I will definitely be going to go watch this movie, although I am a bit upset that the movie isn’t going to be like the book.

  • The November Criminals by Sam Munson, the release date is TBD

I have not read this book yet and I do not have a copy of it, but on my defense when I was going to read it, it was sold out liker everywhere, I literally could not find a place to buy this book, but I will be purchasing soon. Hopefully before the movie, but who knows when it’ll come out.

Have an ALMIGHTY Day!

-Wilmarilys