Top 5 Wednesday | Books Set In Non Western World

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey (YouTube, Goodreads) and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is Books Set In Non Western World 

♦ Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (Afghanistan)

♦ Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys (Lithuania/Siberia)

♦ The Martian by Andy Weir (Mars)

♦ Cinder by Marissa Meyer (New Beijing)

 

What are some of your favorite YA books set in the non western world? 

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord | Book Review

OPEN ROAD SUMMER BY EMERY LORD 

Genre: YA Contemporary

“You are the only person who can build emotional barriers, but you’re also the only person who can topple them. Other people can’t knock down the walls you’ve built, no matter how much they love you. You have to tear them down yourself because there’s something worth seeing on the other side.”
Emery Lord, Open Road Summer

Synopsis:
After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own.

Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence.

This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking.

A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.

Goodreads | Amazon 

I am never drawn to contemporary books, but it is a thing to do in the summer and I am happy I picked this one up. It is based on two friends during the summer time and gave me exactly what I needed. This is a fun summer road trip following Dee’s music tour as Dee and Reagan work though situations in their lives while enjoying the time together.

I could not put this book down, it was a fast read and so much fun. I loved the friendship between the two girls and how much they were there for each other. They each had such different personalities and different ghost they were dealing with in their past. I really found a connection to Reagan and some of the things she was going through. She had developed so much throughout the story and it was really nice to see. Of course there is a love interest and at times it took away a little from the two girls,  but it added a deeper layer to the book as well.

The music aspect was so intriguing and nice to read about. I sometimes think that music isn’t used enough in books. Or is a focus in many books. I like that it showed some real realities that accompany the entertainment world and made Dee an actual human with flaws and a past.

Overall I thought this was a great and fun read. It is perfect for the summer time and included so many fun summertime things. The relationships were really well done and it showed all sides of those relationships, the good, bad and the ugly. I also really appreciated that there was a guardian figure present because in so many YA novels these kids run around all on their own. The characters were complex and the storyline was sometimes a little deeper than just a fluffy contemporary, but it was such a fast gripping read.

You might also like:

Kissing in America by Margo Rabb

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Friday Reads | Last Moments of Freedom

downthebookhole

This is my last free weekend for awhile. Next weekend I am moving for my new job so it is going to be crazy busy with the packing, unpacking etc. The weekends that follow that are going to be busy with trying to get settled into a new location, work and doing all the things one must do when they move to a new state. So between packing and just straight up relaxing this weekend with a friend, I am going to try and read as much as possible. I am also trying to write some posts in case I do not have much time in the next few weeks. I am currently about a third of the way through Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. It is taking me a little longer than I had hoped to read this book because it take a lot of focus from me, but I am enjoying it. I am also thinking about starting The Politics and Civics of National Service: Lessons from the Civilian Conservation Corps, VISTA, and AmeriCorps by Melissa Bass. I served 2 years recently in AmeriCorps NCCC and it had a huge impact on my life. With the new changes going on in my life I am really missing the people I met and friends I made in this program. National service and civic engagement has become a huge part of my life and is really important to me. And because I like to make things difficult for myself and seem to work better multitasking I will probably be picking up another smut books just to break up the others.

What are you reading this weekend?

 

Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward | Book Review


LOVER ETERNAL
 BY J.R. WARD

Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

“How can you stand to have me near you?” “The only thing I can’t handle is your leaving.”
J.R. Ward, Lover Eternal

Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood
#1 Dark Lover

Synopsis:
Within the brotherhood, Rhage is the vampire with the strongest appetites. He’s the best fighter, the quickest to act on his impulses, and the most voracious lover-for inside him burns a ferocious curse cast by the Scribe Virgin. Owned by this dark side, Rhage fears the time when his inner dragon is unleashed, making him a danger to everyone around him.

Mary Luce, a survivor of many hardships is unwittingly thrown into the vampire world and reliant on Rhage’s protection. With a life-threatening curse of her own, Mary is not looking for love. She lost her faith in miracles years ago. But when Rhage’s intense animal attraction turns into something more emotional, he knows that he must make Mary his alone. And while their enemies close in, Mary fights desperately to gain life eternal with the one she loves…

Goodreads | Amazon 

review

These books. There are parts that are so cheesy and unrealistic, but J.R Ward is an amazing writer. Only the second book in the series and I am so hooked. I am not a huge fan of romance novels at all, but Ward does so well with character and plot development. Although each book focuses on a relationship they all each continue with the war between the brotherhood and the lessers and the situations going on with all of the brothers. The books are such fast reads as it has an engaging plot and the switch between POV each chapter keeps you wanting more.

I love Rhage as a character and his relationship with Mary was so beautiful. He showed such dedication and really did everything for Mary. There were times I just wanted to smack Mary, but could understand where she was coming from. I was extremely happy with how this romance played out and thought it was perfect.  We get to learn so much more about each brother in this book and really start to get to know them.

So much is going on with the brotherhood and the plot thickens as more of the background is laid for the brotherhood and the lessers. I am definitely pulled in by the plot and liked how in this book there was more of a focus on what is going on rather than the romance.

Overall I think these books are really great guilty pleasure reads. There is a good storyline, lots of action and smoking hot vampires. There is also a lot of depth the the romances and they are not easy and perfect ones. These characters are damaged and flawed and I love that.

Top 5 Wednesday | Children’s Books

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey (YouTube, Goodreads) and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is Children’s Books

♣ Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

♣ American Girl Books (The Original Ones) by Various Authors
 
♣ Ever After High Series by Shannon Hale

♣ Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

♣ Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce

What are some of your favorite childhood reads? 

Fight Like A Girl Tag | YA Edition

No one tagged me, but I saw this and thought it would be fun to do! I am also all about strong females! If you do this leave me a link to your post in the comments.

THE RULES

  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Mention the creator Krysti at YA and Wine
  • Match at least one YA girl with each of the themes below.
  • Tag as many people as you like!
WARRIOR GIRLS

Alanna from Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce. She pretends to be her brother and goes off to get trained as a page. She eventually makes it to a knight!

GIRLS WHO FIGHT WITH THEIR MIND

Denna from Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst. She is brilliant and is able to use her brain to her advantage.

GIRLS WHO FIGHT WITH THEIR HEART

Elisa from The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. I think she is a very atypical heroine, but has so much compassion and heart.

GIRLS WHO ARE TRAINED FIGHTERS

Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead. Rose will always be one of my favorite female heroines and she has some awesome fighting moves.

STRONG GIRLS OF COLOR

Rue from the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. She gave her life for Katniss and became a symbol.

GIRLS WHO FIGHT TO SURVIVE

Rose from Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell. Rose does everything she could in order to survive because others gave their life so she could.

GIRLS WHO ARE WEAPONS MASTERS

Katniss from the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I mean the way she uses that bow would make me run.

GIRLS WHO DON’T CONFORM TO GENDER ROLES

This one is a little hard. I do not think I have read enough books to have an answer for this.

GIRLS WITH KICK-BUTT MAGICAL POWERS

Vin from Misborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. The whole magic system in this trilogy is so awesome and Vin does some great things with her powers.

STRONG GIRLS IN CONTEMPORARY NOVELS

Reagan from Open Road Summer by Emery Lord. I love her! She stands up for herself and takes care of herself even though she has been through some stuff.

SERIOUSLY FIERCE GIRLS

Kate Harker from This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. Kate is such a kick ass female. She is also super sassy which I love.

Who are some of your favorite strong females?

June Book Haul | 2017

I haven’t bought many books this year. So it has been awhile since I have shared a haul. I have really been trying to focus on reading the books I own on top of being in a bit of a slump all year. It is getting all better and I have been needing to get my book fix. Have you read any of these books?

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From The Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

♠ The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Did you get any good books in June?

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From The Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder| Book Review


ON TYRANNY: TWENTY LESSONS FROM THE TWENTIETH CENTURY BY TIMOTHY SNYDER 

Genre: Non-fiction, Political

“Modern tyranny is terror management. When the terrorist attack comes, remember that authoritarians exploit such events in order to consolidate power. The sudden disaster that requires the end of checks and balances, the dissolution of opposition parties, the suspension of freedom of expression, the right to a fair trial, and so on, is the oldest trick in the Hitlerian book. Do not fall for it.”
Timothy Snyder, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

Synopsis:
An historian of fascism offers a guide for surviving and resisting America’s turn towards authoritarianism.

On November 9th, millions of Americans woke up to the impossible: the election of Donald Trump as president. Against all predictions, one of the most-disliked presidential candidates in history had swept the electoral college, elevating a man with open contempt for democratic norms and institutions to the height of power.

Timothy Snyder is one of the most celebrated historians of the Holocaust. In his books Bloodlands and Black Earth, he has carefully dissected the events and values that enabled the rise of Hitler and Stalin and the execution of their catastrophic policies. With Twenty Lessons, Snyder draws from the darkest hours of the twentieth century to provide hope for the twenty-first. As he writes, “Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism and communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.”

Twenty Lessons is a call to arms and a guide to resistance, with invaluable ideas for how we can preserve our freedoms in the uncertain years to come.

Goodreads | Amazon 

This is a book that I believe everyone needs to read regardless of political affiliation and thoughts on current government officials. So many of the points that Snyder makes are so relevant to the current state of our society and makes some great comparisons to history. It was a super quick read that I was able to read in one plane ride.

Snyder goes through 20 lessons and things we as Americans should do in order to save our society from repeating history and letting the US fall to a tyrant. I will say that Snyder is a little biased, but makes relative arguments from past situations in history mainly around communism and racist leaders in Europe and Russia. He also references some great literature such as 1984 by George Orwell and Fahrenheit 451by Ray Bradbury.

I do believe that sometimes history repeats itself because we don’t learn, change or notice  certain things. Snyder explains how we as citizens have so much power even though it sometimes doesn’t seem like it. It is by manipulation, persuasion  and charisma that political leaders take ultimate control. I think it is important for people to educate themselves on situations and political points before make decisions and getting into arguments with others. It is ultimately up to us, the people to make sure our country doesn’t fall to a tyrant and destroy itself.

 

Current Reads | Hectic Life Edition Continued

Getting the news of a job offer and having to put into works everything involved with moving has kept me super busy. I was able to finally finish Lover Eternal  by J.R Ward. I am still slowly making my way through American Gods by Neil Gaiman on audiobook. The main book I have been reading is Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. It is something I do not read much of and I am really enjoying it. I am slightly confused by what is going on, but overall I think it is great so for. I am also going to be picking up Open Road Summer by Emery Lord to buddy read with Tina @asreadbtTINA .

What are you reading this week?

 

Books Best Friend | Reading Nook Edition


I have decided to do a series on my blog dedicated to where to find those all amazing things that book lovers need in their life or things based on books that we love. I am always spending time lost on the internet searching for cute bookish things and I thought I would make it a little easier for others and share the cute things that I have found. My first post was dedicated to those things that I would not be able to read a book without. This post is one I have been wanting to do for awhile and have been thinking about a lot because I am just about to move and get a new apartment. I was reached out to pair up with Arhouse to create a post about my ideal reading nook! 

Belle Style Shelves

Being an avid reader and book lover I have always been envious of Belle and that beautiful library she is presented. I am big on a modern antiqued look. There is such a classic and grandeur look about a huge bookcase with a rolling ladder. Arhouse has this beautiful version of this bookcase as well as a smaller more modern style.

Each one has a slightly different look and vibe, but in the end they fit that category of having an amazing bookcase with a ladder.

Athens Modular Library– $3,770.00
Colton 34″ Library – $1,449.00

   

 

♣ Cozy Seating 

 

Comfy big chairs or couches are a must for a reading nook. I need somewhere to curl up with my awesome read.

Clementina Arm Chair – $298.99

 

 

 

 

Newark Rattan Papasan Chair– $155.99

 

{below}: Zack Mid-Century Fabric Loveseat – $354.99

 

 

 

♣Built Ins 

I have always wanted big bay windows with the little book nook with shelves and sitting built in. 

 

What are some of your must haves for a reading nook?