MAY WRAP- UP | 2016

I usually do these in video form but I am really going to try to do them written so here I go.

In the month of May I only read 3 books. I know it doesn’t seem like much but I am pretty happy with the books and the amount of books that I read due to the fact that I was pretty packed with work and just life happening.

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The first book that I read was The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani which is the first book of a middle grade fantasy trilogy. This book was our World of World (WOW) book of the month for April. (WOW is a goodreads/booktube reading group that I am part of with 3 other people). For a middle grade book, this story had a surprising sum of darkness and depth. It questions the nature of friendship, good and evil, and it tells us that it is our choices in life that matters in the long run, that our nature is self-determined. I appreciate what the author tried to tell us in this book, I really did but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would’ve wanted. As I said before I was having a lot of stuff going on that my reading enjoyment wasn’t up to par with the book. I loved the characters, well, some more than others but over all I really did love them. I will continue with the series but mostly because I want to know what happens next after that ending which was made it for me.

Rating: ★★★

 

23309634The second book that I read was Before We Were Strangers by Renée Carlino which is a New Adult/Contemporary set in New York. I’ve never been to New York but Im starting to understand why so many timeless works of fiction happen in a place like that. This love story is spanning over more than a decade, this is a story of two young people who simply met too soon in life to truly appreciate what they had found in one another, whose lives take off in different directions but eventually it will bring them back to each other, where they had belonged all along. I am always a sucker for these kinds of stories and this was the exact book that I needed to read at the right time. Matt Shore and Grace Starr met on their first day of senior year at college, and from the moment they laid eyes on one another, they became inseparable. They were both creative, determined and strong-willed, they shared quirkiness which made them perfect partners in crime and they always encouraged themselves to follow their passions and ambitions. But as everything goes up it eventually all came down crashing down and as their final year of college came to an end, their relationship too quickly falls apart, leaving them heartbroken and mournful of all they had lost forever wondering if they’d ever find such happiness again as the one they had found in each other’s arms.

Rating: ★★★★★

28438516The third and last book that I read in the month of May is Deception by Aleatha Romig which is a New Adult or Adult / Suspense book. It contains explicit sexual content so if you are under 18 I’d advise you not to read this haha. I can’t tell you much of this book because it’s the third book in a series but what I can tell you is that in this third book in the ‘Infidelity’ series, Alexandria’s life continues to prove to be ever more complicated than imagined. Betrayal after betrayal comes to light, revealing a complex web of deceit. The manipulations and lies are everywhere, with her own family seemingly controlling things from afar. Despite a few rough patches, this book shows Nox and Charli settling into a more stable relationship. However, secrets revealed about Nox’s business affairs may prove to haunt them yet. It seems that his life is not entirely his own, much like Charli’s. What made this book memorable to me is that there is so much more than meets the eye and that not everything is what it seems, just when you think you know where the story is headed you are hit with a plot twist. I will definitely keep reading the series or anything else by Aleatha Romig cause her writing and her characters are just so addicting.

Rating: ★★★★★

So those are all the books that I read in May. I also have them in my month wrap-up in video form in my booktube channel if you want to check that out.

Thank you if you have made it this far and please tell me what you’ve read in the month of May and if you enjoyed it!

 

MY BOOKSHELF OVERVIEW & STORY TIME

I had wanted to get a bookshelf since I started collecting books and that was back in the summer of 2014. I had researched in every store for their selection of bookshelves but not one of them catched my eye or just wasn’t the “right” one. I was also afraid that if I got one from a specific store that with time they will start to bend due to the quality of the bookshelf. I follow a friend’s business on Instagram and she works with designers, she is architecture and so I messaged her if they did bookshelves and her reply was “YES!” and this was the start of something new.

We got in contact and we set up a meeting for her to come and take measurements of my room to see where it would be fit to have my shelf. She is a friend I’ve known since middle school I guess you could say and we just got back in contact so after she measure my room and had a few days to come up with a few designs we met up again and agreed on one designed BUT then we set up another meeting due to the fact that there were some measurements that needed to be done and long story short they had to redesign everything. They even measured my books!

At the end of everything I picked a designed that worked best for the space and loved. My bookshelf consists of one shelf and two separate floating shelves’ coming out of it, if that makes sense. On one of the floating shelf’s it has my initials “I and M” as bookends and on the other shelf it has cubes. Each shelf on my bookshelf fits according to my books measurements so it all worked out best. Also, the floating bookshelf closest to my bed has a LED light just so that I can read at night so that was pretty cool that they thought of that when they designed it.

Im in love with my bookshelf cause I picked up the designed and no one else has this. Its literally all me.

I made a bookshelf overview on my channel so now you get to look at my bookshelf in all its glory! I’ll soon have bookshelf tour when I have time to edit and film all of that.

If you have made it this far, thank you for reading this I just wanted to share something.

WHY I WON’T READ/FINISH SHATTER ME SERIES

A have uploaded two videos and in those two videos I have discussed that I won’t finish the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. I have read her first two books, Shatter Me and Unravel me, I have also read her two novellas, Destroy Me and Fracture Me but I won’t read Ignite Me. Why? Well let me tell you that after reading Fracture Me I was pissed.

 

Disclaimer:

These are just my personal opinions and thoughts about the books/series. If you love the series and love Warner, GREAT! I just don’t.

I am one of those people or one in a million that actually fell in love with Adam Kent and Im pretty sure that everyone fell in love in with Warner after reading Destroy Me and for me that wasn’t the case. I felt like Destroy Me was done so that I would feel bad for Warner and to make him a victim so that the things that he had done were justified. First and foremost, No.  Literally all I could think of after reading was “Murder is still murder” YOU CANT JUSTIFY EVERYTHING BECAUSE YOU WERE TREATED BADLY. There are two ways to cope with this, you have choices and he made those choices how are those choices justifiable? oh because you were a victim in all of this right. kfajdsklfa

Back to Fracture Me.

This novella was 40% Adam and 60% someone else. I understand that everything he’s been through has definitely “toughed his personality” and that he’s going through a hard time. It must be exhausting to keep fighting for love, for family, and for peace all at the same time.

But Adam deserved to be developed in a believable way not in a way that made Warner look like the good guy.

The first thing that bothered me about Fracture me was the way that Adam regarded Juliette was so off. In the last two books he always believed in the goodness of her powers and fought for her (there are even many quotes about this in the books), while here in Fracture Me he kept treating her like a fragile vase ready to break any second. Also, how he just gave up on her?

What happened to

  • “It’s been me & you against the world forever”,
  • “I’d follow you anywhere, you’re the only good thing left in this world”
  • “You’re the only one I’ve ever wanted and that’s never going to change”

I get that Juliette hurt him, but he flipped 180 degrees.

The second thing is that I thought that in Fracture Me we’d get to know Adam. His past, his parents, his thoughts, what he likes..something about him. The whole novella was his pov about a war.

Warner is an a+ complex character I am not going to deny that and a wonderfully complex villain character but like I know he had a crappy childhood and whatever but you can’t use that as an excuse for how he’s handled situations and things.

HE HAD CHOICES!!!

BUT the other thing about Fracture me that made me angrier was  the tag line “I will not lose her.” or the commentary was “In Fracture Me, Adam, Juliette’s first love, will do anything to get her back.” and none of that happened?!

and that is why I won’t read/finish the series.

Rant Over.

 

BOOKS I WON’T READ

There are  books that you are not interested on reading or you have lost interest in reading and this is the case with some of the books I mention in my video.

Like I stated in my video, this does not mean that the books are bad or am shaming you for loving them I just don’t have an interest in them or have a personal opinion on them.

What are some books that you won’t read?

UNPOPULAR OPINIONS BOOK TAG

We can all agree that we are all different and that not everyone is going to like the things that we like or love in some cases and this was just the perfect way to tell you some of the things that I dislike about certain books, characters and other things.

The tag was created by a booktuber by the name of TheBookArcher and Ive been wanting to do it for a while.

Disclaimer: This is not an attack on the things that you love or like, these are just some of the things that just didn’t sit well with me but you are allowed to like them. It is not personal.

What are some of your unpopular opinions?

Before We Were Strangers by Renée Carlino | Book Review

I have a book review for this book on my book channel, which I will link down below:

 

I really liked this book over all. I rated it 5 stars mostly because I think it was what I needed and everything was perfect. I loved the story and its characters but most of all I loved the setting that we got. I have read a Renée Carlino book before and that was Sweet Thing. I didn’t really love it as much as I love this book. This book could be predictable but none the less I didn’t really care because i enjoyed the characters and the story. I loved how we got Matt’s point of view a lot more than Grace’s, mostly because Matt seemed to be a lot more complicated and was the most fucked over with in the book. I loved Grace’s free spirit in this book, especially when we get to know her back in College. She is very multidimensional and I loved that about her.

Have you read any of Renée Carlino’s books before? If you have, tell me down below which one I should dive into next!

APRIL WRAP-UP | 2016

So April is done and I read 4 books which is a pretty decent amount of books.

  1. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – 5 stars
  2. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – 5 stars
  3. Too Late by Colleen Hoover – 5 stars
  4. Breaking Her by R.K Lilley – 3 stars

I talk a little bit more of those books on my channel so Ill link the video down here!

What did you guys read in April?