November Wrap Up/ Haul/ December TBR!

In November I ended reading/ finishing five books but three of them were for some of my classes. In November I ended up reading…

  • The Big Thirst by: Charles Fishman
  • Sociological Insight by: Randall Collins
  • Class Matters by: The New York Times
  • This Star Won’t Go Out by: Esther Earl
  • The Great Gatsby by: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Currently I’m on a bit of a book buying ban and I’m only buying books that I need and that I plan on reading very soon. I did end up buying a lot of books this month but I bought them during the first week of November (most of them were less than $4) before I had decided to do the book ban. In November I ended up buying…

  • Queen of Shadows by: Sarah J. Maas
  • Empire of Storms by: Sarah J. Maas
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by: Stephen Chbosky (I already had a paperback copy so I ended up buying a hardcover copy)
  • Nantucket Sisters by: Nancy Thayer
  • Peter Pan by: J.M. Barrie
  • A Christmas Carol by: Charles Dickens
  • Uglies: Shay’s Story by: Scott Westerfeld
  • The Eternal Ones by: Kirsten Miller
  • This Star Won’t Go Out by: Esther Earl
  • Destined by: P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
  • Heartless by: Marissa Meyer

The semester of school is almost over and my winter break is over a month long so Wilmarilys and I plan on marathoning the Throne of Glass books by Sarah J. Maas so we’re going to begin reading them in December. In December I plan on reading…

  • A Christmas Carol by: Charles Dickens
  • Throne of Glass by: Sarah J. Maas
  • Crown of Midnight by: Sarah J. Maas
  • Heir of Fire by: Sarah J. Maas

Have an ALMIGHTY Day!

-Melissa

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Books I’m Thankful For!

This would have made more sense to post this yesterday because yesterday was Thanksgiving but I was with my family and just a few minutes ago I decided to write this blog post. On instagram we’re doing the #gobbledupbooks challenge for November, created by @twirlingpages and @celinereads and day 24 was books you’re thankful for and I thought it would be a good idea to explain why I’m thankful for these books. The books I’ve chosen are in no particular order for how much I’ve liked them.

I am thankful for A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks because he really got me into reading. A Walk to Remember was the first movie I saw of his and it was the first book I’ve read of his. Nicholas Sparks has had a huge impact on my reading and my life because because of him I’m obsessed with North Carolina and during the summer my mom and I actually went to North Carolina and it was one of the best trips I’ve ever went on. A Walk to Remember is my favorite movie and I remember being in fifth grade and watching the movie for the first time and since then I was hooked.

I am thankful for City of Bones by Cassandra Clare because it introduced me into the whole Shadowhunter world which I am a huge fan of. I love Cassandra Clare so much and I’ve only read TMI but I plan on reading on TID soon, I hope. But anyway, I started reading TMI when I was in middle school and I read the first three books and then senior year of high school, I finished the series and I’m so happy that I did because it was incredible.

I am extremely grateful for The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. From the moment I picked up the book i just couldn’t put it down and it today remains one of my favorite, if not favorite book. I loved the story so much and I finished it in one sitting and I don’t think I’ve ever cried so much for a book. I grew so attached to Hazel and Gus and I still get emotional thinking about the book. The Fault In Our Stars also introduced me to John Green and I just love all of his books. I’m so thankful for him writing such a beautiful story that shows a different perspective about people who have cancer.

I am thankful for Twilight by Stephenie Meyer and I know a lot of people have mixed feelings about this book but I was and still am a huge Twilight fan. I read the Twilight Saga when I was in sixth grade and I honestly owe being obsessed with books to having read Twilight. Twilight was everything to me and I remember being on the biggest book hangover after marathoning the series because I found myself thinking about all the characters from Twilight and I couldn’t find any other book that caught my interest. I will forever be thankful for Twilight really getting me into reading.

I am thankful for The Book Thief by Markus Zusak who happened to be the first book signing I ever went to. The Book Thief is honestly one of my favorite books and all I can say is that I loved the book so much. It’s one of those books that just like completely changes you and I have no words to describe what that book means to me. I loved how the narrator was death and just seeing what so many people had to go through during the Holocaust. I also loved Liesel’s love of books and it shows you how much a single book can impact you.

Lastly, I am thankful for A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas because after reading that book and A Court of Mist and Fury which completely killed me, Wilmarilys and I refer to her as the Queen because she’s just so amazing. I feel as though no one really compares to her and I’m so thankful for ACOTAR for getting me into Fantasy books. Wilmarilys and I plan on marathoning the Throne of Glass series in a few weeks, after we finish this semester. I’m so incredibly excited for A Court of Wings and Ruin and I can’t wait to see what else is in store.

***I am also thankful for Harry Potter and I didn’t include it until now because that’s just a given. I feel incredibly ashamed because I haven’t finished the Harry Potter series but Harry Potter in general has impacted my life so much.

Have an ALMIGHTY Day!

-Melissa

Life Update

I’m currently feeling very happy because after my science class that I have today, I will officially be on Thanksgiving break. My science professor is actually going to be ending class early today and we’ll only be with here for two hours and twenty minutes instead of three hours and I normally would have politics after but my politics professor cancelled class for today. I seriously need this break because I want to be able to relax without having to worry about going to classes. Lately I’ve been extremely stressed because of school. The semester will be ending soon so that means that I’ve had a lot of tests and assignments recently. Even though I’ll be on break, I still have some assignments to do but I really hope that I’ll have time to read because my reading has been extremely school since I started school. I also hope that I’ll be able to watch some Netflix because I’m almost done watching Gilmore Girls and I’m trying to hurry up and watch it so that I’ll be able to watch Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. I honestly can’t believe how quickly this semester has gone by because in about three weeks or so I’ll be done with my first semester of college. So far everything is going pretty well despite the stress and I’m trying to be positive even though I had a horrible day yesterday but I just wanted to do a little bit of an update and share how I’ve been doing. Wilmarilys is stressed as well but we’re so happy that we get five days to relax.

Have an ALMIGHTY Day!

-Melissa

       

Yes Please Book Review!

Recently I finished reading Yes Please by: Amy Poehler and I definitely recommend whether you’re a fan of hers or not. I like Amy Poehler and I think that she’s funny but it’s not like I’m a major fan of hers but I had been wanting to get her book because I heard good things about it so when I saw that it was in the bargain section at Barnes and Nobles, I decided to pick it up and I’m happy that I did. I thought that the book was a fun read and I liked reading about her life and she ended becoming famous as well as her struggles with comedy until she ended up being on SNL. I thought that the book was funny and although she does talk about some serious times in her life, like her divorce and her having used drugs before, she writes about it in a light hearted way which I found very enjoyable. I learned things about her that I had no idea about and I loved reading about her friendship with Tina Fey because I think that they’re brilliant together. I usually don’t read a lot of nonfiction or autobiographies but I feel like I really should start reading more of those kinds of books. Overall I thought it was a good read and now I definitely want to read Tina Fey’s book Bossypants.  

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Have an ALMIGHTY Day!

-Melissa

College Life v. Election Night

I have absolutly no words to describe how I’m feeling right now. I have no words for the historical event that happened last night. Last night was extremely stressful, not just for me, but for America. I was up late last night watching the results and I have to say that election night was even more stressful than my entire college experience up till now. I seriously cannot believe the result of this election. I honestly never saw this coming.

I’m being completely honest when I say that I am extremely disappointed in America. The entire night consisted of me staring at the US map seeing what states were leaning which way and which candidate won which state. I was also texting the co owner of the blog, since we don’t live together, about the election. We were both and I guess you could say still are in shock. Last night I kind of saw the light at the end of the tunnel slowly dim as the states kept changing colors. I tried to stop watching the election results to try and reduce my stress but I couldn’t I took a short break, then I went right back to staring at the screen watching the states continue to change color. It’s really scary how a small percentage difference greatly affects the results.  

I don’t think that I’ve felt that stressed out, I literally was starting to break out. College so far has not driven me to that level of anxiety, but I surely felt it all last night. The workload and study time in college may be more than I would prefer to have but it’s definitely manageable. I don’t know how I’ll manage life now, with the dramatic changes I’m sure are going to happen. Today has been a gloomy day, you could see it and you could just feel when you look outside.

I know the election is over and the next president has been chosen, but I think I speak for both of us when I say that we still stand with her.

Have an ALMIGHTY Day!

-Wilmarilys

October Wrap Up/ Haul/ November TBR

October was a very bad reading month for me. I literally have like no time to read because of school and I probably won’t have a very good reading month for November. The two books I did manage to read in October were…

  • The Perfect Protein by: Andy Sharpless
  • Yes Please by: Amy Poehler

While I didn’t read a lot of books in October, I definitely bought a lot of books but a lot of them I got for cheap and I had coupons for quite a few of them as well. I also did buy some books that I already own a copy of. The books I bought in October were…

  • Throne of Glass by: Sarah J. Maas
  • Crown of Midnight by: Sarah J. Maas
  • Heir of Fire by: Sarah J. Maas
  • The Bane Chronicles by: Cassandra Clare
  • Yes Please by: Amy Poehler
  • Fallen In Love by: Lauren Kate
  • Something In Between by: Melissa De La Cruz
  • Replica by: Lauren Oliver
  • Stealing Snow by: Danielle Paige
  • Yellow Brick War by: Danielle Paige
  • Isla and the Happily Ever After by: Stephanie Perkins
  • Message In A Bottle by: Nicholas Sparks
  • The Sweet Far Thing by: Libba Bray
  • Uglies by: Scott Westerfeld
  • Pretties by: Scott Westerfeld
  • Specials by: Scott Westerfeld
  • Extras by: Scott Westerfeld
  • Someday, Someday, Maybe by: Lauren Graham
  • The Great Gatsby by: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Jungle Book by: Rudyard Kipling

For November I’ve decided to keep my TBR small because I have so much work to do for school because this will be the last full month before the semester ends. For November I hope to read…

  • The Great Gatsby by: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Stealing Snow by: Danielle Paige
  • Three Dark Crowns by: Kendare Blake

-Melissa

October Wrap Up/ Haul & November TBR

October was not one of the best reading months I have had this year. I only read three books this month, which I am extremely sad about. School has really taken up most of my time and when I do have time I’m too tired to read (I know like how dare I say that, but I can’t help it) so I watch Netflix and catch up on some shows. This month I read:

  • Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
  • Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
  • The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novel by Stephenie Meyer

I didn’t read so much this month, but I might have gotten a few books. I justify all twelve of my purchases because of the book signing we both went to at the beginning of the month and the Throne of Glass reading marathon we’re going to be doing during our winter break. In October I bought:

  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
  • Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

I bought The Uglies Series (Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras) by Scott Westerfeld signed because he was at the Barnes & Noble that I went to for the signing a few days before I went.

I bought these books especially for the Teen Panel:

  • Something In Between by Melissa de la Cruz
  • Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
  • Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige
  • Replica by Lauren Oliver

I know that I’ll probably have another slow reading month but, my TBR for November:

  • The F- It List by Julie Halpern
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  • The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

Have an ALMIGHTY Day!

-Wilmarilys