WWW Wednesday 8/17

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words. Simply answer the following questions:

What have you recently finished reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?


What have you recently finished reading?

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Nothing.

So I am currently in a reading slump and I cannot figure out why for the life of me. Seriously. Just at the moment, reading is not my top priority, I had an incredibly busy weekend. I’m not a social person and I don’t go out often but over the weekend I had two birthday parties and a family reunion to go to, and now I am just wiped out.

I think my slump has been formed just by feeling busy and overwhelmed, hopefully, that changes soon.

Reading-Slumps

Wanna hear something really sad? I’ve owned Nevernight since last Tuesday, do you know how many pages of it I’ve read in the last week? 20. I’m only on chapter 3.  I’m really liking what I’m reading but I just can’t seem to sit down and read, or when I do sit down and read, I start falling asleep.

Help me!


What are you currently reading?

At the moment I’m trying to cure my slump with a cute and fluffy contemporary novel and if that doesn’t work, I have an angsty sounding NA novel that sounds like it could help. Fingers crossed.

But PS I Like You is super adorable!


What do you think you’ll read next?

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I have no idea! Depending on how I like Clipped Wings I might pick up Inked Armor which is book 2. I guess I’ll just see how it goes.


Do you have any reading slump cures? If so please help a girl out!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Ashamed that I Haven’t Read Yet

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

My Top Ten Tuesday is going to be about Books I’m ashamed I haven’t read yet.

a.k.a

Shame post.

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I’m ignoring my book goals for 2016 list for this post because that list is a work in progress and while I’m ashamed that I haven’t read anything on that list yet…because working on it.

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  1. The Lord of the Rings trilogyI’ve read the Hobbit and I loved it and I’ve wanted to continue on with the LoTR but its just not a high priority at the moment. Which makes me sad. One day.

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  2. The Book ThiefI don’t know why I haven’t read this, but it’s kind of daunting. I know it’s going to be really emotional and I’m just not ready to take that on.

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  3. To Kill A MockingbirdStrangely I never had to read this in high school, a lot of other classes did but never my class. I know it’s well loved and it’s a book that I really want to read.

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  4. ViciousYes! I still haven’t read this!!! Soon. I will read this soon!

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  5. Brave New WordA couple of my good friends have highly recommended this to me and again, I don’t have an excuse of why I haven’t read it, just haven’t yet. I love dystopian novels and this one sounds amazing but yet…I don’t know.

  6. A Cinda Williams Chima novelI have read so many good things about her series! I own the Warrior Heir and The Demon King and I just don’t know which series to start with! Also, I feel like I should finish a few series before I start another one.

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  7. The Dream ThievesA couple months ago I read the Raven Boys and I really enjoyed it, the plot was interesting and I really liked the characters but I just haven’t picked up the rest of the series yet… I own the rest of the series but just haven’t gotten to them yet…

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  8. Fear and Loathing in Las VegasHunter S Thompson is my favorite journalists, I’ve read some of his articles that he wrote for Rolling Stones and I’ve read about his opinions on Richard Nixon. So I know that I love him as a journalist. I’ve seen Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and whenever I have a bad day and need cheering up, I’ll watch the first five minutes of the movie for the bat scene and always have a good laugh. But I haven’t read this book!? I know that the book will be better than the movie but the movie can be really intense and I guess I’m just intimidated by the assumption that the book will be extremely intense.

  9. Fire and BitterblueI read Graceling last year and loved it. But I haven’t continued with Cashore’s other books, I’ve heard that Fire isn’t as good and is slow paced, but I’ve also heard good things for Bitterblue so I don’t know when I’m going to get to them.

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  10. Shadow of the WindTo be honest, I’ve owned this book for probably close to 8 years, I bought it at Borders (that has to be a good example of how long I’ve owned it.) I have picked up this book numerous times and every time I stop at the exact same page. I have never read past page 20 or something like that. Don’t know why but I’m ashamed about it.

    Interestingly enough, the same thing happened with Confessions of a Shopaholic, I tried reading it several times and only got to page 15, I think, but I just dnf’ed that one because I had no interest in it anymore. I still want to read Shadow of the Wind.

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*Bonus* A Dance with Dragons

I have been reading this book for so long…I hate myself for how long I’ve been reading this. I’m tempted to DNF it but at this point the battle between me and ADwD is personal and I refuse to let the book win…

Stubborn? Who me? Nah not at all…now if you’ll excuse me I’ll be in denial having a staredown with A Dance with Dragons.


So that’s my post of shame. Are there any of these that you want to read but havent?

The Back to School Readathon! PS I’m a cohost :D

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I’m so excited for this!

So, over on Goodreads, I’m in a couple groups that are centered around polls. About a week ago another member named Camille posted a poll explaining that she wanted to create a readathon and was looking to see if anyone was interested in participating, cohosting, or helping with the organization. I responded that I would love to help cohost, and it’s happening!

It’s called the BacktoSchool readathon and it’s taking place from August 22nd to the 28 and I’m one of the hosts! I’ll be hosting sprints over on the btsreadathon twitter handle Wednesday the 24th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and I will probably hold reading sprints on my personal twitter 🙂

The idea is to power through as much as your tbr as you can before school starts! I know that for me especially, I had a very difficult time balancing my fun reading with my school reading and assignments.

Go to the Goodreads group for more information!

Your TBR can be however long and however you want it to be, but if you’re like me and you like to do reading challenges: here are the optional reading challenges for the readathon:

  1. Read a short book (Open to interpretation, if you consider it to be a short book then it qualifies)
  2. Read a book over 400+ pages
  3. Read the 1st book in a series
  4. Read a book from the Host Recommendations list
  5. Read a book set in Summer
  6. Read a book that’s been on your TBR over 6 months
  7. read 7 books

*Bonus Challenge!* Procrastinate and watch some Netflix!!

There’s also an Instagram challenges for bookstagram you can choose to partake in 🙂

Monday – take a pic of your TBR pile
Tuesday – your snack or drink
Wednesday – summer books recommendation
Thursday – your reading spot
Friday – show your reading progress
Saturday – a shelfie
Sunday – favorite books you’ve read for school

Please follow @btsreadathon on Instagram – Camille will be reposting her favorite pictures! You just need to use a hashtag #btsreadathonDayX (replace the X with 1-7)

My TBR

The Outsiders (Under 250 pages)
Ten Thousand Skies Above You (400+ pages)
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (1st in a series)
The Sky is Everywhere (Host Recommendation)
Second Chance Summer (Book set in Summer)
White Hot Kiss (Book on TBR for over 6 months)
I’m choosing to leave my 7th TBR book option empty and I’ll see what I feel like reading when I come to it.


So that’s it for today

let me know if you decide to participate! I think it’ll be super fun 🙂

Every Last Word mini review

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Every Last Word
by Tamara Ireland Stone
hardcover
368 pages
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis via Goodreads 

If you could read my mind, you wouldn’t be smiling.

Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.


My thoughts:

This was wonderful! Probably one of my favorite contemporaries to date. Cute and a little fluffy but it had its fair share of dark moments.

I was hooked from page 1 and I never wanted to stop reading. Sam was so endearing and my heart broke for her so many times while watching her battle her OCD and trying not to let it affect her everyday life.

One thing I really loved was how the chapter headers were set up. Part of Sams OCD was an obsession with the number 3, so the title of the book is three words, all the chapter titles are 3 words. Another thing Sam did was while making a playlist she would pick out a song that was the defining song for the playlist, within that song she would study the lyrics and pick out three words that would define that song/playlist and that was the title for the playlist. The chapters were titled the same way and I loved that! It added a special touch to how everything was set up.

I also loved AJ and if Tamara wanted to write another book centered around him, I would devour it in a heartbeat! He was a really interesting character and I really wanted more of him.

I loved Poets Corner and I found myself wishing that my school had something similar, I would have loved to have been a part of the top secret poetry club.

I really want to say more about this but I don’t want to spoil anything…I almost feel like you should go into this book not knowing too much about it.

WWW Wednesday 8/10

WWW Wednesday

Good Morning everyone!

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words. Simply answer the following questions:

What have you recently finished reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?


What have you recently finished reading?

It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

I don’t know what to say about IEwU, I didn’t love it, I didn’t dislike it. IDK

The Cursed Child by JK Rowling

Again I didn’t dislike this, I didn’t love it either, it just kinda fell in the middle. I’m glad I bought it, glad I read it that about sums up my feelings for it.

Ruined by Amy Tintera

I didn’t like this as much as I thought I would, which made me quite sad, it has a lot of potential and some great action scenes but the rest of the book fell a bit flat for me.

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone (A.K.A- The Coolest Name ever!)

This one was probably my favorite of the week. I loved it so much it’s about a girl who has severe OCD and discovers a secret poetry club at her school. It was so cute, so emotional at times, and overall I thought it was a great story. Loved!


What are you currently reading?

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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

I finally got my copy last night and I am so excited to dive into this as soon as I finish up this post!


What do you think you’ll read next?

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Beauty of Darkness by Mary E Pearson

Another book I’m excited to read, this is the last book of the trilogy and I can’t wait to see how everything wraps up.

Top Ten Tuesday: My Ships

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

I am using this Top Ten Tuesday to talk about my ships.

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I found this perfectly fitting, these are just some of my top favorite ships, I have more tv/movie ships then I do book ships but I wanted to feature book ships more. This is in no order, just as the thoughts came to me.

#1 Olicity (Arrow)

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Okay, this may be my #1 ship. They’re just so perfect for each other!

#2 Snowbarry (The Flash)

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I know this will never happen but these two would be so adorable!

#3 Jem Carstairs and Tessa Gray (The Infernal Devices)

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Sorry to the Will/Tessa shippers but I loved Jem from the start and wanted him to be with Tessa.

#4 Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn (Lady Midnight)

I don’t think my heart ever recovered from these two…

#5 Celeana Sardothian and Chaol Westfall (Throne of Glass)

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I basically just refuse to get off this ship, it’s sinking but it’ll have to take me down with it!

#6 Feyre and Rhysand (A Court of Mist and Fury)

A.K.A THE MOST PERFECT COUPLE EVER!!!!

#7 Jaimie and Claire Fraser (Outlander)

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You can’t not love these two.

#8 Khalid and Shazi (The Wrath and the Dawn)

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#9 Kaz and Inej (Six of Crows)

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I remember reading SoC and just feeling super frustrated that this ship wasn’t going anywhere until the last few pages if this ship does not sail in Crooked Kingdom, so help me god I will cry for days.

#10 Steggy! Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter (Captain America)

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I can’t forget these two. This is the ship that brings out the most feels for me!

 


Those are my favorite ships,
who do you ship?
Do we have any similar ones?
Do you disagree with any of my ships?

July Wrap Up

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The Lost Hero
by Rick Riordan
my rating 3 out of 5 stars

There is just something with me and Rick Riordan, I don’t think his books are for me, I didn’t love Percy Jackson and I didn’t care for book 1 of this series either, I still plan on continuing on, but this was so slow and I had to force myself to keep reading at so many points

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Dragonfly in Amber
by Diana Gabaldon
my rating 5 out of 5 stars

I did it! I finally finished DiA! Cue happy book dance! Once I got really absorbed into the story I didn’t want to stop reading it at all.

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Dreams of Gods and Monsters
by Laini Taylor
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I heard so many good things about the 3rd book in this trilogy and I was a little nervous going into it but I shouldn’t have been, this was beautiful and a perfect masterpiece! If you haven’t read Daughter of Smoke and Bone yet I highly recommend picking it up.

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This Savage Song
by Victoria Schwab
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Another Victoria Schwab masterpiece, I cannot praise this enough, I love her writing and especially her worldbuilding I always feel like I’m there with her characters.

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Open Road Summer
by Emery Lord
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

After reading this Savage Song I was craving a little bit of a contemporary read and decided to pick up Open Road Summer and I really enjoyed it, there was a great friendship between the girls and a fun romance, the MC was super badass and I loved it.

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Point of Retreat
by Colleen Hoover
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I was craving me some CoHo and decided to pick up Point of Retreat, now I did not like Slammed, the type of romance drove me nuts but the relationship did change a bit and that made it easier for me to get through this. There are still some parts that did irritate the crap out of me but overall it was okay.

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Red Rising
by Pierce Brown
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Wow. Just wow, this book blew me away, it was so good! I would recommend having Golden Son nearby to pick up asap after reading RR, seriously, the wait to get my hands on Golden Son is killing me!

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Hopeless
by Colleen Hoover
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Red Rising put me in a bit of a reading slump so I picked up Hopeless and I am so glad I did, I was hesitant to read it since I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews but I loved it so much!! It was heartbreaking and…well mostly just heartbreaking.

what can I say? I like to feel the feels.

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Losing Hope
by Colleen Hoover
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Oh, look more heartbreak! Seriously, this was more heartbreaking than Hopeless, I didn’t think it was possible but it was.

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Finding Cinderella
by Colleen Hoover
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Overall this was just alright, it didn’t really do anything for me but it was nice to see more of Six.

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Zenith
by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsey Cummings
my rating: 2 out of 5 stars

I wanted to like this, I really really wanted to like this, but mostly because it’s Sasha you know? But yeah I did not enjoy this.

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Of Poseidon
by Anna Banks
my rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

While I was vacationing in Hawaii I decided that I needed a mermaid read to read while I was on the beach and I thought this was alright, I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it. Just meh.

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Paper Princess
by Erin Watt
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

OMG OMG OMG!!! Loved this! Ari over at the daydreamingbookworm has been raving about this and psyching people up for Broken Prince and I decided that I needed to read this immediately. I was going to wait until book 3 came out but I couldn’t wait.

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Broken Prince
by Erin Watt
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Just as good as book 1! Seriously go read these!

Completed Audiobooks

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Snow Like Ashes
by Sarah Raasch
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I had forgotten how much I liked this world and how much I liked Meera! The narrator was great and overall I had no complaints about this.

Favorites of the Month

Dreams of Gods and Monsters
This Savage Song
Red Rising
Hopeless

 

 

 

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WWW Wednesday 8/3

WWW Wednesdays

I am so tired. My plane didn’t land in Washington last night until 10:00 p.m. and I didn’t get home until about 12:30 a.m. only to have to wake up at 6:30 this morning to go to work. I’m still on Hawaiian time and while it may be 9 a.m. in Washington, it’s 6 am in Hawaii. I already know it’s going to be a long day.

And I have come to a conclusion. Traveling is for social people.
I am not a very social person and everyone at work keeps coming up and asking how my trip was, they don’t want any details they just want to hear that it was good.

I was planning on writing a long post about my trip and adding in pictures of everything but lately, I’ve been thinking that I’m going to create a separate page for my trip, so I will have that up soon…within the next few days for sure.

only 12 hours until I can go back to bed! (But it’s not like I’m counting or anything….11 hours and 59 minutes to go…)


WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words. Simply answer the following questions:

What have you recently finished reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?


What have you recently finished reading?

I hit a bit of a reading slump so I picked up some NA novels hoping they would help keep the slump at bay, it helped but I still feel slumpy. On the bright side, I loved all of these and read each book in about one sitting, I was glued to my e-reader.

Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen

I loved this so much! It was so good and wonderfully smutty, I was addicted to this and I could not put it down.

Paper Princess by Erin Watt

I have a lot of love for this book and was so glad that I decided to pick this up.

Broken Prince by Erin Watt

That ending was so cruel!!!


What are you currently reading?

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I don’t know what I want to read at all! Does this happen to anyone else? I’ll think of a book to read and that will be option 1, but then another book will pop in my head and I’ll think, yes I’ll read that one, but then ANOTHER book comes to mind and this just keeps happening over and over and I can’t decide what to read! 😦 it’s so overwhelming!

I think the fact that I’m a bit overwhelmed from traveling and jumping back into work isn’t helping, I think once I get unpacked and cross off stuff from my to-do list I’ll have a better chance to pick up something to read.

Today I brought Golden Son with me to read on lunch and on breaks but if it’s not gonna be doing it for me then I won’t force myself to read it.


What do you think you’ll read next?

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Hopefully, something that gets me out of my reading slump.

I might go over to Barnes and Noble today to pick up It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover, CoHo usually helps with book slumps.


Thanks for reading this pretty chatty post, what are you reading this week? Do you recommend anything to cure the reading slump?

August 2: Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card

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August 2: Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card

This is an interesting and thought provoking prompt.

Please tell me I’m not alone in this.

So while I have a never ending TBR pile… I also have a never ending wish list. Someone please tell me that you are the same way!

Its so bad! Sometimes I get ideas like “Hey I should get my TBR to 150 unread books before I buy some new ones.” A.k.a a book buying ban or sometimes I go through my Amazon wishlist and think “do I really need to get that? Lets go through and delete 20 books or so.” So I’ll do that and, in all seriousness, about 3 or 4 days later I go back and re-add them to the list. *Shaking my head at myself*

Instead of going with the books that are in my amazon cart right now, these are the books I would most likely buy if *basically* someone else paid for. That sounds a little bad…

Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card

  1. Hamilton: The RevolutionI want this so badly! I don’t know why I don’t just order it on Amazon but for whatever reason, I just haven’t yet.
  2. The World of Ice and Fire by George R.R. MartinThis book is beautiful!!! I flipped through it once at Target and its beautiful and again I don’t know why I haven’t ordered it.
  3. Prudence by Gail CarrigerThis is one of those books that I want to get in Hardback and the hardback is almost $20 on Amazon

  4. The Complete Wreck by Lemony SnicketI started reading this a kid, I read up to book 7 I think…and basically I just got burnt out and never picked them up again. Lately I’ve really been wanting to see how the series ended.
  5. TravelerLast year I read Seeker and I didnt really like it, when I read it I was in a reading slump and had to force myself to read it, but when I start a series I have a strong desire to try to see it through to the end.

  6. The Last StarI haven’t heard many good things about this 😦 I want to read it but I don’t want to buy it…ya feel me?
  7. Bloodline (Star Wars)
    This is another book that’s just a little bit too expensive for me to want to pick up.
  8. House of Leaves
    I’ve read really good things about this book, I’ve seen it at Barnes and Noble and have flicked through it a couple times and while my interest is peaked I’m not in a big rush to purchase it.

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    Kind of the same with House of Leaves, I’ve heard great things about it, but its a low purchase priority
  10. The Outlandish Companion
    This is one of those books that I’m not sure if I need it, it looks like something that would be nice to have to help refresh my memory but overall, I cant decide if I’m ever actually going to buy this book. But I for sure would if I had a gift card haha