Stranger Things Book Tag

Stranger Things

I discovered that a book tag had been created by Nisha @ A Running Commentary based on this brilliant show. I saw this on Nut Free Nerd! I absolutely loved this show and thought it was the season to do this!

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THE FIRST BOOK IN A SERIES THAT LEFT YOU INTRIGUED AND SLIGHTLY CONFUSED

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THE EIGHTH GUARDIAN BY MEREDITH MCCARDLE

This is a book that when I read it, I absolutely loved it. It pulled me in with the action and time travel. I have to admit though it was a little confusing at times and kept me intrigued the whole time. I think it is about time I pick up the second book. theupside-down

A BOOK WITH A SETTING YOU WOULD NEVER WANT TO LIVE IN

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The fact that this is a world in which many woman are oppressed makes for a setting in which I do not want to live in.

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A BOOK YOU OWN THAT IS SOMEWHAT DAMAGED, BUT LOVED TO PIECES

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I have read this book so many times. It is not my favorite book, but one I truly adore. Each time I read it I discover something new, whether it be a different emotion or view point.

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A TRILOGY YOU ALWAYS GO TO WHENEVER YOU NEED A PICK-ME-UP

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THE SPLINTERED TRILOGY BY A.G.HOWARD

I absolutely love this story and the writing. I believe that each of the three books has something to offer and doesn’t have one that is bad. I have been thinking about how I need to reread this soon.

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A BOOK WITH A TERRIFYING BEAST YOU WOULDN’T WANT TO FACE IN A DARK ALLEY

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The men in these book are ones I would not want to face alone in a dark alley. Although not all of them are mean or look like beast I am still fearful of them.

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A BOOK WITH A VILLAIN WHO IS BOTH MANIPULATIVE AND DEDICATED

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Joe is a very manipulative villain and never gives up on what he wants. Even when I thought he was done he came back with a vengeance.

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A BOOK YOU DIDN’T EXPECT TO LOVE

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I was a beta reader for this book and it sounded intriguing, but I am weird about contemporary and new adult so I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this book. I have now read this like a total of 3 times since I have received it.

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A BOOK WITH A SETTING THAT’S JUST A LITTLE BIT STRANGE

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The setting of this book is a juvenile detention center that keeps jumping back and forth between the past and present.

Feel free to do this yourself if you loved this show as well! I tag everyone!

What are your favorite things about this show? or the books I listed?

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All Hallow’s Eve | Quotes

∅ “It wasn’t like in the storybooks. No witches lurked at crossroads disguised as crones, waiting to reward travelers who shared their bread. Genies didn’t burst from lamps, and talking fish didn’t bargain for their lives. In all the world, there was only one place humans could get wishes: Brimstone’s shop. And there was only one currency he accepted. It wasn’t gold, or riddles, or kindness, or any other fairy-tale nonsense, and no, it wasn’t souls, either. It was weirder than any of that. It was teeth.”
Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

∅ “Monsters, monsters, big and small,
“They’re gonna come and eat you all.
Corsai, Corsai, tooth and claw,
Shadow and bone will eat you raw.
Malchai, Malchai, sharp and sly,
Smile and bite and drink you dry.
Sunai, Sunai, eyes like coal,
Sing you a song and steal your soul.
Monsters, monsters, big and small,
They’re gonna come and eat you all!”
Victoria Schwab, This Savage Song

∅ “It was a house for those who could not take care of themselves, for those who heard voices, who had strange thoughts and did strange things. The house was meant to keep them in. Once they came, they never left.”
Madeleine Roux, Asylum

∅ “The mad sometimes drilled holes in their own heads to let the demons out. To relieve the pressure of thoughts they could no longer bear. Jude understood the impulse. Each beat of his heart was a fresh and staggering blow felt in the nerves behind his eyes and in his temples. Punishing evidence of life.”
Joe Hill, Heart-Shaped Box

∅ “I laugh maniacally, then take a deep breath and touch my chest- expecting a heart to be thumping quickly, impatiently, but there’s nothing there, not even a beat.”
Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho

∅ “I guess Satan was the first superhero […] In his first adventure, he took the form of a snake to free two prisoners being held naked in a Third World jungle prison by an all-powerful megalomaniac. At the same time, he broadened their diet and introduced them to their own sexuality.”
Joe Hill, Horns

∅ “Sometimes I think illness sits inside every woman, waiting for the right moment to bloom. I have known so many sick women all my life. Women with chronic pain, with ever-gestating diseases. Women with conditions. Men, sure, they have bone snaps, they have backaches, they have a surgery or two, yank out a tonsil, insert a shiny plastic hip. Women get consumed.”
Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects

∅ “I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ. Slit me at my belly and it might slide out, meaty and dark, drop on the floor so you could stomp on it.”
Gillian Flynn, Dark Places

∅ “I think about how fragile we are here – like fish in a glass bowl with darkness pressing in on every side.”
― Carrie Ryan, The Forest of Hands and Teeth

∅ “I was born on the night of Samhain, when the barrier between the worlds is whisper-thin and when magic, old magic, sings its heady and sweet song to anyone who cares to hear it.”
― Carolyn MacCullough, Once a Witch

∅ “Every Halloween I missed being a kid, getting to dress up and eat tons of candy. The only thing I got to do now was…eat tones of Candy. Not half bad”
― Jennifer L. Armentrout, Obsidian

∅ “No more Internet. No more social media, no more scrolling through litanies of dreams and nervous hopes and photographs of lunches, cries for help and expressions of contentment and relationship-status updates with heart icons whole or broken, plans to meet up later, pleas, complaints, desires, pictures of babies dressed as bears or peppers for Halloween. No more reading and commenting on the lives of others, and in so doing, feeling slightly less alone in the room. No more avatars.”
― Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven

2016 Bookish Bucket List | Update

DECEMBER-2

I have been so busy lately and reading has been put on the wayside along with my blog. I hate that I have been so busy and havent spent much time in the book world. I feel so lost and behind on the new books and bookish happenings. What is new?

♠ Read at least 50 books. [ I have read 18 books and DNF 1 book so far!]

♠ Finish the Harry Potter series [ This probably wont be a thing until Christmas time, but I really want to get around to it.]

♠ Read at least three daunting books. [ I have read 1 so far! The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson and that might be it for the year :/There are so many books I have that fit this I wish I could get to ]

♠ Keep up with reviews and review copies. [ This is like a never ending struggle. I think once I am back home this will be an easier task for me]

♠ Keep my book purchasing to sequels. [ I have been acquiring a lot of books lately…oops. I have found so many cute bookshops during my travels and a lot of bargains for books I have been looking for.  ]

♠ Read More Diversely {5 non-fiction}. [ I have read 1 non fiction so far but have so many that I want to get to. I am currently reading a non-fiction that is absolutely amazing!]

♠ Revisit My Past [ This hasn’t been a thing yet, but there is time. Although probably not anytime soon]

♠ Start New Blog Series. [Its a work in progress that wont happen anytime soon. I have a lot of ideas. I just need to implement them.]

♠ Complete My 2016 Challenges.  This includes completing 10 series, the 30 books of my TBR challenge, at least 5 LGBTQIA books and the 40 books of the Popsugar Reading Challenge! [A lot of these I will not be able to get to]

♠ Make New Blogging Friends. [ I am trying!]

 

What are some of your 2016 goals/resolutions?

Honor by Jay Crownover | Blog Tour Release Blitz

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jay Crownover returns with her most complicated hero yet, in the first book in the romantic suspense series The Breaking Point.

 

 

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Don’t be fooled.

Don’t make excuses for me.

I am not a good man.

I’ve seen things no one should, done things no one should talk about. Honor and conscience have no place in my life. But I’ve fought and I’ve survived. I’ve had to.

The first time I saw her dancing on that seedy stage in that second rate club, I felt my heart pulse for the first time. Keelyn Foster was too young, too vibrant for this place, and I knew in an instant that I would make her mine. But first I had to climb my way to the top. I had to have something more to offer her.

I’m here now, money is no object and I have no equal. Except for her. She’s disappeared. But don’t worry, I will find her and claim her. She will be mine.

Like I said, don’t be fooled. I am not the devil in disguise… I’m the one standing front and center.

Order HONOR in ebook or paperback, releasing 10/18/16

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EXCERPT

KEELYN

Maybe if I hadn’t spent the last six months slinging pancakes and greasy hash to hungover hipsters and avoiding the too-curious eyes of the cops who like to hit up the diner for early-morning breakfast, I would have noticed the ominous shift in the air.

Before I came to Denver six months ago, my senses had been honed to pick up on the slightest threat. Before, anything that might be dangerous, that might put me in peril, had made my skin tingle, made everything inside of me vibrate with awareness. Now I had settled into a simple, dreary rhythm. Every day was the same as the one before it and there was no outside threat constantly hounding me, hunting me, haunting me. I let my guard down. I had gone soft, and as a result the biggest danger of them all managed to slip into my new normal without giving any kind of hint he was there.

My nonslip shoe—that were probably the ugliest things ever made but absolutely necessary considering the greasy food the tiny kitchen pumped out—squeaked on the laminate floor as I made my way over to the lone patron who had taken the last available seat in my section. The massive plastic menu completely covered his face, but the Rolex on his wrist and the perfect cut of his suit jacket let me know he wasn’t my typical kind of customer. There wasn’t a flannel shirt or police blues in sight, and as I got closer, a whiff of something exotic and familiar engulfed my senses and stopped me in my tracks. Of all the things I had left behind, he was the one I had tried hardest to forget.

The tingling across my skin spread. My tummy tightened. Blood rushed loudly between my ears. My shaking fingers curled around the pen in my hand like a weapon. Before I could pull it together and walk away, the menu lowered and I was pinned to the spot, immobilized by eyes the color of spice rum.

They were wicked eyes. Eyes that saw far too much and gave nothing away. Eyes I daydreamed about. Eyes that caused me to wake up in a cold sweat. Eyes that turned me inside out and shook me up as they made a slow perusal from the top of my head to the tips of my god-awful shoes, returning to my face and staying there as I struggled to keep my shit together.

He slowly put the menu down on the cracked tabletop and leaned back in the booth. He was strikingly out of place here and I absolutely hated how that sexy twist of his mouth, a mouth that I dreamed about almost every night, made my traitorous heart flutter and my pulse kick.

I was also strikingly out of place here, but I’d learned to fake it. He, obviously, never bothered to fake anything. He wasn’t a man with virtuous intentions and he never pretended to be.

Gone were the mile-high stilettos that I always wore. In their place I now donned work shoes that prevented me from falling on my ass as I ran food and dirty dishes to and from the kitchen. I was hiding in plain sight, knowing that the last place on earth anyone who might come looking for me would check out would be this greasy spoon. This was the opposite of me and the life I had always lived, so even though I could afford better, craved more, this was where I needed to be…until he showed up.

 

 

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jay-crownover-headshotAbout Jay Crownover:

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men, The Point,and the Saints of Denver series. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

 

 

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday|Top Ten Bookish Characters I Would Name My Cat After

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is Top Ten Bookish Characters I Would Name My Cat After! If you didn’t already know I am obsessed with my cat and love cats so much.

Dinah or Cheshire (Chess) from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
This has been one of my favorite books for like ever. I am almost as obsessed with this book as much as my cat so no wonder why I would pick to name my cat after it. 

Tamlin or Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses
I love interesting names that are not used much in real life for individuals. And why would I not want to use some beautiful fictional men names!

Phury or Wrath from The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series 
– J.R Ward has some awesome names throughout her books. I think Phury and Wrath make cute little hell kitten names.

Wolf from Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles)
– I mean this is pretty self explanatory right. It makes so much sense to name a cute little kitten wolf!

Thorin from The Hobbit
 – If you haven’t noticed the pattern I love fierce names for little cats!

Katniss from The Hunger Games Trilogy
– It ironic, therefore the perfect name for a cat

All the names for The Lies of Locke Lamora
– This is one of my favorite fantasy books and I love all of the names

What book characters would you name your child/pet or car after?

 

 

 

11 Question Tag

I was tagged on tumblr by the lovely Kayla’s Reads

Rules: Answer the random 11 questions posted for you. Create 11 new ones and tag 11 people.My 11 questions are as follows:

1.) If you could pick one place that means the most to you, what would that place be?

The dock on the lake that I grew up on

2.) What is your favorite time of day and why?

Nap time- self explanatory

3.) A true classic– physical book or e-reader and why?

physical book all the way. I like holding the book and flipping to see how many pages are left in the chapter or seeing how much I have left to read in the book.

4.) What is your favorite genre of book and why?

Fantasy! I like the creativity and magic. I like how anything can happen. I love the worlds and all that is described out by the author.

5.) What is your favorite bookish (or TV show if you prefer) ship and why?

This one is too hard to answer. I think right now the one I can think of because I am watching it is Jess and Rory from Gilmore Girls

6.) What fictional world would you most like to visit?

Middle Earth !!!

7.) I’m stealing this one from @bookish-dork but it was such a good question: what’s your favorite quote and why?

One thing I love about books is the quotes and I have so many favorites. I decided to pick this one, it is just so beautifully written.

“The moon is a loyal companion.
It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human.
Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.”

  • Shatter Me, Tahereh Mafi

8.) Would you prefer to shop for books online or would you rather visit the bookstore?

I would rather visit the bookstore I could spend hours there, but books online are cheaper

9.) Why is reading so special to you?

Because it is something I do for myself

10.) If you’re reading a book and it’s not holding your interest, do you quit reading it or do you always push through to the end?

It depends if it is a stand alone I will put it down

11.) What is your favorite season and what do you like most about it?

Fall. The clothes, the atmosphere, the pumpkin patches and apple orchards, the pumpkin spice and the leaves changing

Questions to be answered by those who want to do the tag!

  1. What Hogwarts house are you?
  2. If you were a plant which would it be and why?
  3. What is your favorite TV show to binge on Netflix?
  4. What is your favorite kind of coffee?
  5. If you had a pumpkin what would you name it?
  6. Where is your vacation destination?
  7. If you were a color which one would you be?
  8. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life which would it be?
  9. Physical or e-books?
  10. Describe your perfect fall day
  11. What are your thoughts on 2016?

The Cruelty by S. Bergstrom | ARC Review

 

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THE CRUELTY BY S. BERGSTROM

Genre: Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery

Source: The publisher in return for an honest review

Publication Date: Feb. 7, 2017

Synopsis:
When her diplomat father is kidnapped and the U.S. Government is unable to help, 17 year-old Gwendolyn Bloom sets off across the sordid underbelly of Europe to rescue him. Following the only lead she has—the name of a Palestinian informer living in France—she plunges into a brutal world of arms smuggling and human trafficking. As she journeys from the slums of Paris, to the nightclubs of Berlin, to the heart of the most feared crime family in Prague, Gwendolyn discovers that to survive in this new world she must become every bit as cruel as the men she’s hunting.

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A fast paced action packed mix between Taken and The Wanted.

Gwendolyn Bloom is a well-cultured feisty teenager who is just trying to make it in a preppy and snobby school in NYC when her father who is a U.S Diplomat gets kidnapped.

The writing immediately pulled me into the book. I wanted to be best friends with Gwendolyn and was cheering for all of her sass. The Cruelty was chock full of intrigue right from the beginning. Everything was happening so fast and you were as lost as Gwendolyn with the mystery of her father’s disappearance. I do not want to go into much detail because I do not want to ruin the story for everyone but there were tons of surprises and I never knew where the story was going. Gwendolyn’s adventure to find her father took on the experience of a Liam Neseon movie, specifically taken. There were times where it seemed unrealistic for what Gwendolyn was doing, but I was impressed with how realistic the story was and how true it held to the fact that Gwendolyn was a teenage girl with little experience.

The book had me hooked from the beginning and I had to know what was going to happen next. The story was layered with surprises and twists and showcases a strong female lead. She is a great role model for younger women to show them how strong and determined a girl can be and how she is able to do anything on her own.

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