March Wrap Up

March was another slow reading month for me, I just haven’t felt like reading lately and when I do read I just get really busy out of nowhere. Basically, the only thing that kind of saves me during these slumps is getting the new releases that I’ve been waiting for. I’ll get the new book, spend a week or so reading it and then that’s that. The cycle repeats itself. Has anyone else ever gone through something like this?

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A Conjuring of Light
by Victoria Schwab
rating: 5 out of 5

A brilliant masterpiece of a finale to a wonderful trilogy. While it took me almost two weeks to read (I didn’t feel like reading most of the days) I enjoyed every page of this book, felt like my heart was being ripped to shreds, and cried so much.

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The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
rating: 5 out of 5

Number 2 of my top ten highly anticipated books of 2017 list, and again, I loved this so much! Honestly, I don’t know what to say about this at all.  It’s raw, emotional, it doesn’t hold back, it was realistic and perfect. Starr had wonderful character development and all of the characters were amazing. I cannot say enough good things about this book.

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Thirteen Reasons Why
by Jay Ashur
rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Overall I didn’t think much about this book, I think it’s a little overrated and overhyped, yet I loved the mystery and the suspense this book had and I never wanted to put it down.

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Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda
by Becky Albertalli
rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Audiobook reread. Just as amazing as the first time I read it! The narration was spot on and I was giddy smiling all over again. I need more Simon in my life!
PS: how excited are you for the movie?

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How to Date a Douchebag
by Sarah Ney
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Honestly I was kind of bored for most of this book and so many of the characters problems would be solved if they would just communicate with each other, like seriously how hard is that???

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Fandom

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

April 4: Fandom Freebie — top ten fandoms I’m in, 10 reasons X fandom is the best, must have merchandise for x fandom, etc. etc.


My fandoms

Star Wars- Star Wars is probably the first fandom I ever joined, I was watching Star Wars at like age 6 or 7 so there was never really a point in my life where I didn’t know about Vader and Luke lol. Star Wars is also the fandom that I own the most merch of. I have a ton of Darth Vader stuff: shirts, a mug, funkos, little knick knacks that are given to me as gifts.

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Harry Potter

We can’t have this list without mentioning Harry Potter, one of my friends and I are currently marathoning the series over our weekends. I don’t own much merch for this fandom tho, I have a pair of Slytherin sweats and that’s about it. But I love reading fanfic for this fandom and I could spend all day reading all of the fandom related posts on Tumblr.

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Lord of the Rings

I will never say no to revisiting Middle Earth, I still haven’t read the books but one day I will.

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Batman/DC

One of my absolute favorite fandoms! I love Batman, Gotham is my favorite area of the DC universe. I love how complex the villains are and how complex Batman himself can be.

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Captain America/Marvel

Who didn’t see this coming? I love my Captain.

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ACOTAR/TOG

Finally another book related fandom. Again probably saw this coming

Chekov/Star Trek movies

Lol my sole involvement in the Star Trek fandom is centered around this guy. I fell in love with him almost instantly and spend a lot of my time looking at Chekov pins on Pinterest whilst trying to perfect my Russian accent so I can mimic his lines.

P.s. I always refer to him as my precious Russian cupcake.

Deadpool

I dont think I need to say anything to explain why I love him.
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Arrow and Flash

A Fandom that I am slowly backing away from, my interest in the shows have died down a little but I’m hoping once I sit down and binge, I’m sure that’ll change.

Game of Thrones

Another fandom that I am slowly losing interest in. ImI’must almost feeling like I’m over it.

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What are your fandoms?

Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Read in One Sitting

tttMarch 21: Read In One Sitting Theme: Top ten books I read in one sitting

So.
Many.
Good.
Books.

For all of these books, I was hopelessly glued to these pages, just obsessed with the story and couldn’t stop reading. Good luck trying to take the book from me when I reach that point. For all of these, I started and finished them all in the same day.

 

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Hopeless
A Thousand Pieces of You
By Your Side


Just Listen
Every Last Word
This Savage Song
The Unexpected Everything

I never thought I would do: Unhaul

Yes, this is my unhaul. For the last few weeks, I’ve been doing a lot of spring cleaning. I’ve donated three big bags of clothes, shoes, purses, and I’ve just been trying to really downsize the amount of clutter that’s going on in my room right now.

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But I didn’t think that getting rid of any of my books was going to be happening but over the weekend I found myself thinking about some the books I had and I just wasn’t sure why I was hoarding them. It’s not like I was ever going to reread them and why am I holding onto books that I didn’t even like?

I knew that if I didn’t start gathering these books together now that I was never going to, in fact, I’m already starting to doubt myself over some of the books listed below…

Continue reading “I never thought I would do: Unhaul”

Some Books Ive read lately

Something really exciting happened!

I gave my dad a copy of Ready Player One and he loved it!
Honestly, this made me so ridiculously happy.

I also lent him my copy of Red Rising and he’s reading that right now.


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Addicted to You
by Krista and Becca Ritchie
rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My thoughts: A fun yet serious New Adult romance that follows the lives of Lily Calloway who is addicted to sex and Loren Hale who is an alcoholic. Since both of them come from wealthy families appearances are everything and these two are hiding their addictions by pretending to be in a relationship. I almost hate to say this sentence but there was something about this book that was really addicting. I didn’t want to put it down and just wanted more. These two characters are so deeply flawed and hurting so badly that I just wanted to reach through the book and comfort them.

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by Krista and Becca Ritchie
rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This a novella taking place in between Addicted to You and Addicted for Now, this one was a bit slower paced then Addicted for Now was but it was still very enjoyable.

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Wires and Nerve
by Marissa Meyer
rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My thoughts: I really enjoyed this, I loved the storyline and the artwork, and it was so nice to be back in the Lunar Chronicles world and to be with these characters again. I also enjoy seeing what’s coming next, every time I think I’m satisfied with the ending for this series a continuation of the story is created and I just want more. The only thing that bothered me was Winters character, she didn’t feel like the Winter we had gotten to know and loved and I know she had the device surgery but still her quirkiness wasn’t there and I missed it a lot.

By Your Side
by Kasie West
rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I was really excited to read this and I got even more excited while reading it because the main character had anxiety, mental health is so important and I love seeing it brought up in books. Kasie West is probably my favorite contemporary author, her books are an auto-buy for me. Plus what kind of book nerd doesn’t fantasize about being locked in the library for a long weekend? That girl is living the dream. By Your Side had a good balance of cutesy love mixed with serious-bringing-you-back-down-to-Earth-ness.

The Distance Between Us
by Kasie West
rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I needed another Kasie West book after By Your Side and this was calling my name. It was cute and I loved the quirks Kasie adds in her books and I really loved the “dates” that Caymen and Xander went on.

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Caraval
by Stephanie Garber
rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Number 3 of my top ten highly anticipated books of 2017 list and I adored this so much. I couldn’t get enough of it.

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Crystal Storm
by Morgan Rhodes
rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

And then there was this, there was so much build up in this book that it was kind of slower paced and almost boring. I’m glad I finished this and I am looking forward to book 6 and seeing all of the build up pay off.

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The Princess Saves Herself in this One
by Amanda Lovelace
rating: 5 out of 5

Oh my love! This was amazing and I couldn’t ask for anything better, these poems were beautiful, raw, and packed with emotion.

 


What am I currently reading?

Ice like Fire by Sarah Raasch
HAHAHAHAHAH I started this in November! Hahaha and I haven’t picked it up since! I just wasn’t in the mood for this back in November and had to put it aside. I really want to get through my Goodreads currently reading pile and I think I’m ready to pick this up.

Golden Son by Pierce Brown
Another book I’ve been reading this book for so long, I started this on January 17th and I am only halfway through it now. For some reason whenever I read this I only seem to sit down and read like 30 pages, maybe 50 max. Then I don’t pick up the book for a couple days. That isn’t to say that I’m not enjoying it, there’s just a lot going on and a lot of build up. Once the ball starts rolling I’m sure I’ll be glued to the book.

I’m back from involuntary haitus

Hey there, it’s been a while.

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It’s been about a month since I last posted anything. I ended up taking a bit of a mental health break because I just wasn’t feeling what I had been posting. I decided that I needed to take a step back and reevaluate what I was doing.

For a while I was only posting WWW Wednesdays, Top Ten Tuesdays, Hauls, and Wrap Ups with a few reviews and tags sporadically thrown in. For a while I wasn’t feeling like reviewing any of the books I was reading because none of the books I was reading were blowing me away. I was walking away after finishing a book thinking “That was alright, I enjoyed it, don’t know what else to really say,” I have a difficult time reviewing a book that I was feeling very meh about or when the book was just okay. Its a lot easier for me to review a book that I either Loved or Hated.

Around the second week of January I started realizing that my disinterest in my blog, reading, tv shows, etc. was being caused by my depression and pressure that I had put on myself. I lost interest for a while and that really sucked, I would open up a new blog post and my mind would just be blank. I had nothing. I’m still in the midst of said depression episode but I’m attempting to crawl my way out of it.

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I’ve been fighting depression for a few years now and some days are better then others and sometimes I just get burnt out by life. When that happened I lost interest in my books, my writing, my blog, the tv shows I watch, and the video game I was playing. Don’t ask what I did with my nights because I don’t even know. Again, I got nothing.

One thing that I think I’m going to do is switch this blog from being fully book related to being more of a “lifestyle” blog or a general “I’m going to write about whatever I feel like writing that day,” type of blog but just to be specific here are some the topics I’m going to be exploring.

Books- How can I not be expected to not keep  writing about books? I will still post TTT, WWW Wednesdays, Hauls, Wrap Ups, tags, and reviews. Books will still be the primary focus on this blog but I just don’t want to feel limited.

Writing- Whenever my depression worsens my writing is the first thing to suffer, thank god I am not a writer that has to worry about pushing through to meet deadlines. I have two novels that I am slowly (very slowly) working on and I have two other ideas for novels that need to be explored. I plan to be posting writing updates either weekly or twice a month. I also made a new goal to either be actively working on my novels or if I’m not then I need to choose a random writing prompt from the jar of prompts and either incorporate it into one of my novels or just write a short story with it. Either way I need to start writing more.

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Working out and Diet- Just to clarify, I am not going to be posting work outs or diet plans. I am not going to be posting work outs or diet plans. I am neither a personal trainer or a nutritionist. I want to post little snippets of my journey to eat better and get into better shape. The thought is if I post about it here then it’ll keep me motivated.

That’s really all I can think of for now. I want to get back into my bookstagram and I’m trying to be more active on Twitter, but I was hating the thought of leaving my blog unposted for so long. I may take a couple more days just for mental health reasons but I’ll post again soon.

Until then.
Thanks for reading!

-Cass

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.