WWW Wednesday 1/25

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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?


Forbidden
The heartbreak!!!

The Sun is Also A Star
Super cutesy! I loved!

Elena Vanishing
This was rough. It’s a memoir about struggling with an eating disorder, it’s a very raw look into anorexia.

History is All You Left Me
I liked this book, I wasn’t blown away by it and it took about 100 pages for me to actually get into the story and every time I had to put the book down, it was a struggle to get back into it.


What are you currently reading?/What do you think you’ll read next?

A better question might be what am I not currently reading?


Ice Like Fire
Golden Son
Crystal Storm
1984
Soulless
Captive Prince

These are all books that I have started but not finished. My goal is to finish all of these before the end of January. Kind of ambitious but it would be awesome to start February with a fresh slate.

We’ll have to check back in next week and see how I did.

Checking out a To-Be-Read Calculator

A while ago, Maren over at The Worn Bookmark posted about the Never Ending TBR pile and I can totally relate to that so I checked out the post. She was talking about how she and Ashley  were talking about their TBR piles and found a site that calculates how long it would take them to read their tbrs, and I thought to myself “I have gott (hehe) to check this out”

It’s fun to look through this, although I think it would take me longer than the time it estimates since a lot of my tbr consists of bigger books and it takes me a while to read those bigger books. I may try to (remember) to do this yearly. I think it would be interesting to compare these, or maybe I should wait until I’m 27 and see how the progress goes. I love comparing data like this.

The only problem with this is I would have to go on a book buying ban for the 2 years and 2 months and there is no way I could ever be able to do that! I can’t even go 2 weeks without going book shopping!

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WWW Wednesday 1/18

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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?

We Should All be Feminists

The Fangirls Guide to the Galaxy

Milk and Honey


What are you currently reading?

For right now I decided to put Soulless and Crystal Storm on hold, I’m just not in the mood for them right now, I’m slowly making my way through Golden Son by Pierce Brown, I’m really liking it so far but I havent gotten absorbed into yet so reading progress is slow.

On the other hand, I am flying through Forbidden. It is heartbreaking!

Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma


What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m not sure what I’ll end up reading next, probably Morning Star, maybe something else, it’ll really depend on my mood.

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Morning Star by Pierce Brown


What are you reading this week?

Top Ten Tuesday: 1/17 LGBT books I’m adding to Mount TBR

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

LGBT Books I’ve decided to add to Mount TBR

Over 2016 I learned that I love books that have a m/m relationship and I want more of those, I also want to check out books that feature a f/f relationship. Since I wasn’t feeling today’s topic for TTT (which was about underrated books you read in 2016) instead I wanted to talk about LGBT books that I need to read and of course, I want more recommendations if you have one that isn’t on this list please leave it in the comments below. And looking over this list I realize it’s focusing more on LG and there aren’t any for BT, I’m sorry, that’s an area I really do want to look into more and again if you have any recommendations please send them my way. I want to really broaden my reading horizons this year and focus on more diversity.


 

Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters
Huntress by Malinda Lo
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King


Everything Leads to You  by Nina LaCour
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
Every Day by David Levithan


We are the Ants by Shaun David Huthinson
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M Danforth


Him and Us by Sarina Bowen


I’ve heard great things about all of these books and all of these authors. Please let me know if you’ve read any of these and which one I should start with 🙂 at the moment I’m thinking I’ll start with either Of Fire and Stars or Him, simply because I already own both of them.

Also, please all your recommendations. Just note that I’ve already read Simon vs Homo Sapiens, Aristotle and Dante, More Happy Than Not, I’ll Give You the Sun. I think those are the popular recommendations.

Thanks for reading!
Cassidy

 

The Song of Achilles review

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The Song of Achilles
by Madeline Miller
paperback
378 pages
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their difference, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess.

But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.


My thoughts:

Do you ever randomly pick up a book that’s been on your shelf for a couple of months, a year, or years?  Then when you’re done reading it you’re just sitting there in tears, clutching the beautiful book to your chest, and in the back of your mind, you’re just kicking yourself for not reading it sooner? I do that all the time, I did that with Ready Player One and now with The Song of Achilles. Why didn’t I read this sooner?! This wonderful book could have been in my life that much sooner!

Ok first of all, can we agree with a sure sign that you love a book is when you have to have it with you whenever. Now when I say that it’s because I now own this book in every format that you could possibly think of. I own an ebook, a paperback copy, and the audiobook. My goal was to make sure that I would be able to pick up this book anytime my little heart desired.

I read this book about a month ago in mid-December and I am still thinking about it a month later in mid-January. I adored the writing, the characters were heartbreaking, and overall I think this had to have been the best mythology retelling I have ever read. It stands out so much in my memory, I never wanted this book to be over.

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The writing was so beautiful to me it felt like a love letter, not only to but also about Achilles. In high school, one of my English classes focused on Greek Mythology for a good month or so. We studied the Iliad and the Odyssey and of course, The Battle of Troy. So I knew what was coming but at the same time, I didn’t know what to expect, how was Miller going to keep the story going after certain events?

It turns out, she handled it perfectly, I obviously can’t tell you how because of spoilers.

Even though I knew what was going to happen, there was something about Miller’s storytelling that just added a strong anticipation, I couldn’t stop turning the page and I couldn’t read fast enough, I was addicted.

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Can we talk about the characters? Patroclus was so awkward that it was adorable, I experienced that secondhand embarrassment for him, some of it was accompanied by the giddy smile that’s usually reserved for Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

There were also some great cameos/minor characters, Chiron (which made me think of Percy Jackson, and Odysseus were the ones I was excited to see right away.

I ended up shipping Patroclus and Achilles right away, and not because the synopsis hinted at it, I mean I just barely glanced over the synopsis before I dove into the book. But right away you could tell that they would help each other grow, they made each other stronger and better. They learned how to trust, and how to love themselves and each other. It was beautiful and writing this is making me want to tear up all over again.

But of course, nothing gold can stay, happiness does not last forever.
The unhappy thing happened, and just when you thought “okay, there is no way this can be any worse,” nope Miller proves you wrong and your heart breaks all over again.

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Writing this review has really made me want to reread this again, hell I wanted to reread this as soon as I hit the last page of the book. It’s a beautifully written tale of friendship, love, adventure, and Greek mythology.

P.s. Which cover do you like more?

I’m equally torn for different reasons. For the US cover, I love that blue background, it’s probably my favorite shade of blue and it makes the helmet just pop out at you.

But then, you look at the UK cover and in my opinion? It. Is. Stunning. I adore the red font and the red background, also that gold armor with the filigree just captures my attention.

The only negative I think of is this, I don’t know why but there is something about that armor that isn’t screaming “Greek” to me, I don’t know what else it’s making me think of, but if I didn’t know anything about the book, I don’t think I would pick it up and think “oh this is probably set in Ancient Greece.” Is that just me? Let me know if you get what I’m trying to say.

WWW Wednesday 1/11

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I didn’t post anything last week because I was pretty sick and the last thing on my mind was posting to the blog, also I hadn’t been reading much. I don’t read a lot when I’m sick, mostly because I’m always so tired and groggy that nothing ever sticks with me when I try to read. So I watched a lot of TV instead. I ended up binge watching seasons 1 and 2 of Vikings and season 3 of Orphan Black. Then once I started feeling better, I got sucked into a Dragon Age Inquisition obsession and that’s all I’ve been doing in my spare time.

In other news, today is my birthday!
I’m turning 25!

I’ll be sure to post a wrap up of the day later tonight but I am so excited to see what the day brings 🙂

What are some things you like to do on your birthday?


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?

Since the  new year started I’ve read quite a few books


Stroked Long
Stroked Hard

Omg this series was so good! Stroked Long was my favorite, but Stroked Hard is hilarious! PS, how perfect are those abs on Stroked Hard? Drool worthy


Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas
This was pretty good but there was just so.much.angst! Should be called Angst 57!

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
This was just as delightful as is was when I read it as a kid. Although it seemed to be more frustrated to be an adult and seeing how the adults in the book were so oblivious and unwilling to really help the orphans.

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Sweet Evil
Sweet Peril
Sweet Reckoning

I wasn’t that impressed by Sweet Evil, I’m not a fan of overly innocent and naive characters, the dialogue was so incredibly cheesy! And the timeline transitions were really choppy. But the series really improved from that point on you could really see how Wendy grew as an author and polished off the rough spots that Sweet Evil had.

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Tell Me Three Things by Julie Baxbaum

When I started this book last month I wasn’t impressed with the beginning, it was very slow paced and I couldn’t bring myself to really care, but as the story went on it really improved and suddenly I was very invested in finding out who SN was. Great character development and great life lessons.

Also one of the best quotes I have ever heard. My favorite line in the book was

“My life is a shit sandwich, with a side of jizz veggie burger”

 

 

 


What are you currently reading?

Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes

I started this yesterday and I’m only a few chapters in so I’m still familiarizing myself with the world.

Soulless by Gail Carriger
I started this when I was sick and I’m only 50 pages in so far but I am liking what I’ve read, I wasn’t expecting it to be so witty and funny.


What do you think you’ll read next?

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The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

I really want to start this series and in fact I bought all the books in this series for my birthday so I’m hoping to get to them soon.

January 10: Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To (But TOTALLY plan to)

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January 10: Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To (But TOTALLY plan to)

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


I feel like this is a giant shame post

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I offer no excuses. I almost can’t believe that I never got to any of these last year, but at the same time, I can believe it because I failed almost every goal I set. I promise that I will be getting to all of these books soon. I’ve heard amazing things about each and every one of them.

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Never Night by Jay Kristoff


Morning Star by Pierce Brown

Heartless by Marissa Meyer


And I Darken by Kirsten White


Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

The Raven King by Maggie Steivater


Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee


What are some books you wish you had been able to read in 2016?