The Things I Do When I Should Be Reading

Being a book lover and having more unread books than one person could ever read in a lifetime, one of the biggest struggles is making time to be an adult and read books. It sad that I am at that point in life where I am to schedule out time in the day that can be set aside for reading. I have even gotten to the point where I listen to audiobooks so that I can listen while I cook, clean, get ready for work and workout. There just never seem to be enough time and yet so many books that I am dying to read. There are other books I get FOMO (fear of missing out) about because everyone else has read it and is talking about it. With all of that being said I have also noticed lately that I seem to find anything and everything to distract me from reading. My procrastination always gets the best of me. I will sit down to read and then 2 hours later I have somehow ended up deep down the hole of something that was not the book I was meaning to read. I thought I would share some of those things that have been distracting me and I have been doing instead of reading.

♥ Binge Watch Netflix/Hulu/HBO

I am not a fan of silence since I live alone so I  spend a lot of time streaming TV shows and Movies. Especially rewatching tv shows I have seen so many times. Gilmore Girls is a constant fall back and a show I have seen more than 4 times completely all the way through. I usually put something on for background noise , but end up getting sucked into the show. I am currently rewatching Reign so that I can watch the final season. If you are ever in need of tv/movie recs from Netflix, Hulu, HBO, or Amazon Prime, I am your girl.

 

♥ Bothering/Playing with the Kittens

Usually my bratty cats are always bothering me and get into a lot of things making me get up and stop them. I spend so much time as I try to read chasing after them when they get into things they shouldn’t be. There are also a lot of times they bring me their toys to play fetch or I am busy cleaning up their messes. They are like having small children. Even as I am typing this I have had to get up multiple times to deal with them. On their defense sometimes they are just very cute and I spend time taking pictures of them.

 

 

♥ Social Interactions

It doesn’t happen very often, but sometimes I do come outside from my isolation from humans and do social things. A few months ago I attended the Macklemore and Ke$ha concert in Kansas City with a coworker. It was the second time seeing Ke$ha and lets just say she is my spirit animal for sure! Just recently I also went on a day long float trip down a river with another awesome coworker/friend and a group of her friends. It was definitely quite the experience, but made for some good memories. I also am a Big Sister in the Big Brother Big Sister Mentor Program. My little sister and I get together at least twice a month and always do fun things. We recently saw The Meg and let me tell you I do not believe it was something a 9 year old should see since even I jumped multiple times.

♥ NAPS

Another thing I am so very guilty of is taking naps. I struggle a lot to fall asleep and stay asleep at night, but I am a Nap Queen. I can basically nap anywhere and nap multiple times a day, you would think I am an expert sleeper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

♥ Trip to the Zoo!

I finall made it to the Omaha Zoo, it only took me a whole year. I absolutely adore the zoo and cannot believe I have waited this long to go. I could have spent all day there, the animals were absolutely beautiful, but it was so humid I was dripping sweat.

 

♥ Baking Goodies

One of my other passions besides reading is definitely baking. I enjoy being in the kitchen and baking up a mess (not so much cleaning it). I love trying out new recipes and trying different things. I spent this past weekend baking some cookies as well as watching the newest season of The Great British Baking Show!

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Things I Love…

THINGS I LOVE ...

I have fallen into the New Adult bandwagon. I am all about it and devour new adult books so fast. It is a newer genre that has appeared in the book community and is one I am really grateful for.  NA bridges the gap between YA and Adult books, which is typically more geared towards romance, but has its fair share of paranormal options. Cora Carmack has put into words better than I could what this new genre is all about…

“These could not be a better way to describe the turbulent years between adolescence and adulthood, that terrifying in-between. Whether you’re at college or moving out on your own or working your first full time job—your life seems to change radically overnight. And yet for most people in that age group (18-25ish), you’re still not completely on your own. Your parents are still a large part of your life. You’re not a child anymore, but you’re also not quite an adult. You may call yourself an adult (as will others), but deep down in side you are petrified because you don’t feel like one.
At least, that’s how it was for me. It really did feel like my world was starting from scratch. I was searching for my perfect fit in this wide world. I once likened the feeling to leaving behind a comfortable pair of old shoes for new ones that fit a bit better. It’s not that you want to stay with the old shoes that have become worn out and are a bit too snug, but breaking in those new shoes takes time and can be painful. That is what New Adult books are about to me.
Young Adult books are about surviving adolescence and coming of age. New Adult is about how to live your life after that. New Adult is the “I’m officially an adult, now what?” phase. 
 Just like growing up, that life stage is different for everyone, but I do think there are some things that are constant.”

There are many things that I adore about these books and keep me coming back for more…

♥ Relatability   

New Adult books tend to focus on the age group of 18-25. Since I fall within this age range I am able to easily relate to the characters and what they are going through.

♥ Real Life Struggles 

I have found that in New Adult more than Adult Romance novels focuses a lot of self-discovery as well as taboo topics not found in Young Adult. There is more than just a romance story, but a life story with some romance in it. New Adult covers topics such as sexual assault/abuse, mental illness, drugs, friendships, careers, school etc. It really encompasses all aspects of life and I find I can relate to many things that happen as I have or I am experience similar things.

♥ Intense, Gritty and Raw Passion

This does not only refer to the romance, but also the story as a whole. The stories are gripping and real, letting the walls down and showing the vulnerability found within everyone. It shows all sides of relationships not just the sparkling and glittery, but the tough, real and sometimes bad parts of relationships.

♥ Relationships 

From all the New Adult books I have read they tend to highlight and develop more than just a romantic relationship, but all forms from parent/child, siblings, and best friends. I love to see this happen. I think having these other relationships evolved and working on them as well is so true to this time in someones life. It also adds to the element of self discovery and finding ones self.

♥ Author Cross-Overs

I love that there are many YA authors who have started writing NA. There are so many that have that awesome writing style and character development that you love that appears in old characters within their NA novels!

♥ Happy For Now Endings 

Keeping with the realistic aspect that is brought from the new adult genre, it shows that there doesn’t always have to be a happily ever after. It is okay to have a happy for now ending to a story because life isn’t a fairytale and there are not always happily ever after endings.

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Volition by Lily Paradis                          ♠ I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre 

Rule by Jay Crownover                        ♠ Inspire by Cora Carmack

Losing It by Cora Carmack                  ♠ All Lined Up by Cora Carmack 

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For more information, books and recommendations check out these links! 

New Adult Genre                                              ♦ NA Next Big Thing 

Cora Carmack- What NA Means To Me            ♦ NA Book Rec Vlog – Kassidy

NA Alley                                                            ♦ NA Book Rec Vlog- JBookLover

A Beginner’s Guide to NA                                 ♦ Epic Reads Favorite NA

Addicted to NA Reading List                             ♦ Butterflymybooks- NA Book Recs

Diving Back Into Old Loves…

It has been awhile since I have posted a rant/thought type of post! I always feel like I have a lot to say and like getting my thoughts out and hearing thoughts and opinions from others on certain topics. I would love to hear everyone’s thoughts and especially if you would like me to create a post on any topics or issues. Okay let me get into the topic of thought…

BOOKS OF THE PAST

I recently moved back home and whole putting all my books together with those from my “childhood” I realized how much my book taste has changed. It kind of made me sad looking at my shelves and realizing there are a lot of authors/genres that I haven’t read in forever and have neglected. I own a countless number of historical fiction book regarding WWII. I was in love with history and still to this day I have a huge interest in history and mainly WWII. I took many course in college regarding the topic and can’t believe I haven’t read any historical fiction all year. I also was a huge fan of Nicholas Sparks and would always get the books as presents from family when younger because they all knew about my love. I noticed when I was looking at my shelves there are many I own and have not read yet (which I will be changing this upcoming month). Although I understand you grow out of old favorites and have ever changing interest, there are elements from those books I use to love that I feel like I have been missing and compromising for other books.

So what are your thoughts about going back and reading genres and authors that you use to love (and I don’t mean re-reading books). Do you think there is a point where you just really do not enjoy a certain author or genre. (Also I am not referring to growing out of like from child/middle grade to adult because they still have similar genres across the “age” groups) I guess this can also go with thoughts and opinions on reading YA as an adult. I am all about it and don’t think that there is anything wrong with reading about kids younger than me and such….I would love to hear you thoughts and opinions!

Making Up For Monday [7/28]

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Today’s Question: Is there any books that made you angry? If yes, why?

I feel like this is a terrible question to ask me because I will go off on a rant about all the things. I don’t want to completely tear apart any books because I feel like that is counterproductive to the whole loving books and getting people to love books thing I am trying for! I will list some books that made me angry and I will also list some components in books that make me angry so as to try and not go off on some crazy long rants.

Books I was upset with:

♠ Arena One by Morgan Rice

♠ The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda

♠ Dead River by Cyn Balog

(There are many more that I had big problems with parts and such, but recently these three have really frustrated me completely)

Components that make me mad in books:

♠ Love Triangles (when the whole book revolves around the love triangle, don’t get me wrong I do get a little turned off from a book when there is a love triangle, but I can handle it and even somewhat like a book as long as its not the main plot of the story)

♠ Grammer ( There are editors for a reason. And I am not talking about ARC copies, I understand they sometimes have problems. I am referring to finished and published copies that are full of grammatical errors, misspellings etc.)

♠ A weak and dependent main character ( Now sometimes I understand this is necessary and makes a story, but I can’t handle the girls that are so dependent on a guy and never grows or develops. I am not about those needy people)

♠ Unnecessary Fluff ( I am so mad when I am reading a book and half of the book is boring and wasted information just used to fill pages and doesn’t build or lend to the plot at all)

♠ Open endings ( Now this is a really big thing that bothers me personally. I have a huge thing with endings and I understand sometimes an open ending make the story and adds to the overall atmosphere and feeling of the book, but than there are those that leave so many unanswered questions and they are standalones and you never find out what happened)

♠ Obvious sequel ending ( I just recently read The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater and I loved the book as a whole and than there is the ending. The ending ruined some of the book for me because she threw in some unimportant, unnecessary information that lets you know there is another book. I thought it completely ruined that last part of the book. Without that part the reader already knew there had to be another book and it was just pointless and annoying that she added it.)

 

I think I will stop for now. I could probably go on forever and make a post just about components of books that make me mad (If you would like one let me know). A lot of these are things that I personally dislike and I would love to hear what some of your pet peeves are with books or what makes you mad when reading a book. Or even what books frustrated you to no end! 

 

COVER REVEAL | Charmed by Michelle Krys

So if you don’t already know (even though it has been all over my blog recently and such) I REALLY enjoyed Hexed by Michelle Krys. It was a comical witch novel in which I reviewed [x], held a giveaway and even did an interview of the author Michelle Krys [x] (and this won’t be the last you see of her on my blog !) It was a refreshing, fast paced book and I am having trouble with patience and the ability to wait for the next book. So you could imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon a post by YA and Kids Book Central revealing the cover of the sequel! I just had to make a post and do a little fangirling and promoting of a fantastic author and her debut novel!

And here it is!!!!

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I am not as totally in love with Charmed’s cover as I was with Hexed, but I still think it is fantastic (beside the fact that I think Indies pose is a little awkward and she looks a little too realistic where I thought on Hexed she looked a little more cartoony- if that makes sense) But still so awesome! And I hope the book without the dust jacket is just as beautiful and stunning as Hexed!!!

Check out YABC post for more information about the cover/book and words from the author! They are also hosting a giveaway so check it out!

 

What are your thoughts on the cover? What do you think of the few reactions/fangirling posts I have put up? (It is something that I don’t normally do, but if it is something people like I will continue to do it more, etc. ) I would love to hear your thoughts/suggestions etc.

Creating a TBR List

I have been working on coming up with a TBR List for June and it is proving to be very difficult! There are so many books I want to read. I know I am horrible at following my list I create anyways, but I like to have it so that when I struggle to pick a book to read next I already have a laid out list of what I would like to read in the next month.(If that makes sense. I just reread that sentence and I am not sure if it sounds as good as it did in my head. Oh well)

I want to make progress in my TBR pile and get a lot of books read in the next couple of months. I also have some e-arcs to read and books to review that will be put on my TBR List. I also plan on participating in #SummerofSpells which is a Harry Potter read-a-long being hosted on twitter (mainly) by some booktubers and other book bloggers. But other than that I just have so many books I want to read I can’t narrow down my list.

It is just to hard so I guess the reason I am writing this post is to ask for help. If you follow my blog you should be familiar with a lot of the books I own (or if you don’t you could just go through my past TBR List because most of them haven’t been completed or my book hauls!) What books would you like to see me read and review? Are there any books you are planning on reading in the next month and would like to have a buddy to do a read-a-long with? A book you absolutely loved and want someone else to read it? Any ideas or suggestions are greatly appreciated! 

#Trending

I feel like there has been a big trend taking place recently. What is that trend you ask?

Books to Movies 

Book Adaptations

Movies Based on Books

Whatever you would like to call it, it has recently taken over the movie industry. I feel like it is the only thing anyone can talk about lately. It is all over social media. It also seems to be favoring YA books. I know this has always happened, but I feel like lately it is very present and a lot all at once.If you were curious and haven’t been paying attention/live in a cave or just haven’t heard. Here is a list of some Ya novels with movie plans in the future (as of right now)

  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Which will be split into two parts and follow the previous two books which came out in 2012 and 2013 and Mockingjay is set to come out in the fall of 2014 (pt.1) and 2015 (pt.2)
  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Divergent just came out this spring and Insurgent is set to follow next spring (2015))
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (June 6th 2014)
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry (August 15th 2014)
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner (September 19th 2014. And one I am really excited for because of Dylan O’Brien!)
  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman (August 22nd 2014)
  • Fallen by Lauren Kate (2015)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair & The Magicians Newphew by C.S Lewis (neither has a set date but is in the works)
  • Mrs. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (July 31st 2015 and is being directed by Tim Burton!)
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (in development)
  • Angelfall by Susan Ee (in development)
  • The Raven Boys and Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (in development)
  • The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (in development)
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore (it says 2014 but has no other information so I don’t believe it will be this year)
  • Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout (in development)
  • A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (in development)

These are just some of the many that are in the works. Here are so sources you can go to in order to check out more if you feel so inclined.

http://www.buzzsugar.com/2014-Movies-Based-Books-30889382

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afzagvCOox0

http://www.bigbookstinyvoices.com/2013/03/16/60-upcoming-young-adult-book-to-movie-adaptations/

I am not sure how I feel about all of these. Sometimes I really enjoy when a movie comes out that is based on a book I love. Other times the adaptation is horrible and such a waste of money. The other thing I don’t like is all the hype that the book gets because of the movie. I should preface this by saying its great for the author that a bunch a people go out and buy the book and support the author and fandom. This thing I dislike is that people only read it for the purpose of reading it before the movie and do not even care about the wonders the books truly hold! Sometimes its those people that can ruin the book for me. Also I think it deters people from reading the book because why read it when you can just watch the movie. I also am really beginning to had how they split movies into parts. The Mockingjay most definitely (in my opinion) does not have enough to be split into two parts and I feel like it is the movie industry just trying to make more money. The fact that the Lord of the Rings movies were each their own and the books are so much bigger than The Hobbit, but yet the Hobbit is being split into three parts.

I will end my rant now! If you stuck around to read this far I applaud you!

So what are your thoughts on the growing trend and popularity of Book to Movie adaptations. I would love to here some other thoughts/opinions/ what one you are most looking forward/etc.

Catching Up On Reviews….Finally

I am taking procrastination to the max with school since I have 11 days until Graduation and one week left of classes. I am so ready to be done and don’t want to deal with anything related to homework and class. I am not really feeling up to watching hockey with my dad and brothers so I was isolated to my room. I figured this would be the perfect time to try and play catch up on reviews that I have been putting off forever. I am going to try my best, but they will probably be very brief and more like my thoughts and opinions. But at least I am trying (that is what counts right?) So keep a look out for my updates and feel free to share your thoughts and such on them. There are some that I have decided besides my rating I am just not going to review (mostly novellas/classics). If there are any that I have decided not to review but you would like to know my thoughts on the book etc. let me know. I would love to hear other opinions (etc) !  Happy Easter to those who celebrate and Happy Lazy Sunday to all of the rest !

[ Still working on:

  • Song of the Lioness quartet (I will do a series review of this once I finish the fourth book rather than one for each)
  • Aquifer- Jonathan Friesen
  • On Fire- Nancy Holder
  • *Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien (still not sure if I want to review this)
  • Proxy- Alex London
  • Wintergirls- Laurie Halse Anderson ]

Book Problems: Matching Books

            I am very OCD about my books matching. I hate it when they do cover changes and I hate  having books in paperback and hardcover in the same series. I like them all to match, it just looks better that way (in my opinion). This is causing me to be faced with a great dilemma. I have recently started some series/trilogies/etc. that have a book coming out later this year. Some of these are older series so I have gotten the first books for cheap in paperback. Now I find myself holding off on reading any of them because I know I will want to finish the series leading me to buy the newly released book (which will only be in hardcover). The wait for a book to come out in paperback takes FOREVER! The biggest issue is everyone all over social media in the book world is raving about these books, which make me want to read them even more. I have no idea what to do. Does anyone have any advice/suggestions or want to rant and vent with me on the subject matter?

In Need Of A Recommendation

This book slump I am in is killing me. I am currently trying to read Catch A Falling Star by Christine M. Butler. Not that it is bad or anything (I am not far enough into it to make that call yet), but I think I am driving myself to not like it because of this slump I’m in. I think I am still in my book hangover from ending the Vampire Academy Series, but it needs to end like now! I am trying to keep up with my reading and want to read I just feel like I need a really amazing book to get me out of it. Does anyone have any amazing books that will get me out of the horrible book slump?