I Was a Twihard

In 2009 my sister convinced me to go to a movie with her called Twilight, which was based off a book she had been trying to get me to read. My life was never the same.

Once I finished the movie my mind was blown. I was hooked, I even had my mom go buy the book for me. Before this I attested reading and never wanted to read anything! I finished the book within a week and after that I was hooked on reading!

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In the photo with the cardboard cutout and Bella Italia are in Port Angeles, WA. In 2009 they had a dazzled by twilight store with all of the Twilight products you could think of and Bella Italia was based off of the Italian restaurant that Bella and Edward go to in the movie.

I saw Twilight 5 times while it was in theaters. I then proceeded to buy a very vast collection of Hot Topic Twilight products.

My twilight collection:

  • 5 posters
  • 5 shirts
  • 3 keychains
  • 1 Edward cardboard cutout
  • 1 Edward Pillowcase
  • Rosalie’s necklace
  • 2 copies of Twilight
  • Twilight magazine
  • Twilight tote bag
  • Edward action figure
  • 2 bookmarks
  • Twilight lipgloss
  • Twilight perfume (in the shape of an apple)

I specifically became obsessed with vampire books that eventually led into loving all fantasy. I am so thankful for Twilight because it introduced me to my passion in life. Becoming obsessed with twilight led me from lower level English to honors English and eventually obtaining an English Literature Bachelors at 20 years old. Becoming obsessed with Twilight was the best

Since Midnight Sun is coming out in August I will definitely be doing a reread of the series before then.

Were you a twihard?

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The Currently Reading Book Tag

How many books do you usually read at once?

I am typically reading more than one at once. Though there is usually one that I am the most into. For instance right now I am reading P.S. I Like You and on my phone I am reading Tweet Cute, but I’m more into P.S. I Like You. Its usually two books, one physical copy and one on my phone.

If you’re reading more than one book at a time, how do you decide when to switch to reading the other book (do you read a certain amount of pages in each?)

I will usually do when I’m lounging in the house a physical copy and in bed on the phone. I will also read on my phone when I go out to eat or even at a bar!

Do you ever switch bookmarks while you’re part way through a book?

I don’t think I have ever done this, I always stay with the same bookmark.

Where do you keep the book(s) you’re currently reading?

Well I want book shelves, but the house I am currently renting has baseboard heating so I left most of my books at my parents house (they live 5 minutes away). Then my ebooks are on my kindle app on my phone.

What time of day do you spend the most time reading?

Recently I have spent the most time reading at nighttime, but it varies on the day.

How long do you typically read for in one go?

If I am into a book I will not put it down and will finish it if I can.  I would say my average is at least 100 pages at a time.

Do you read hard covers with the dust jacket on or off?

I leave the dust jacket on. For awhile I would take them off, but they always seemed to get lost or damaged that way.

Which position do you mainly use to read?

I usually prefer to stretch out on my couch or in my bed.

Do you take the book you’re currently reading with you everywhere you go?

It depends how into the book I am. If I am completely immersed into a book I will take it everywhere, but if Im not too into it I will leave it at home.

How often do you update your progress in the book you’re currently reading on Goodreads?

I try to keep updated while I’m reading, but lose track sometimes. I always record all my books on there though even if I already read them, so I can have my book count.

I’m tagging everyone who feels like doing it!

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The Currently Reading Book Tag was created by Charly Reynhorse.

Throwback Challenge: ACOMAF

I can officially say that A Court of Mist and Fury is still my all time favorite book!

Sarah J Maas packs all of the best parts of books into one! It has an amazing plot line, unbelievable character development, knock your socks off romance, and stunning world building. Some books that are the size of this one have too many events in them typically in my opinion,  but even plot point in this book is perfectly planned out and every event deserves and is required throughout this book. Most authors have all of the character development with the main characters finished by the end of the first book, it is amazing how Sarah J Maas develops character even further in the second book.

I think that this series is one of the best fantasy novels for sale. Sarah J Maas is just such an amazing author and cannot compare to any other books I have read, and I have read a lot. I would say the closest is Cassandra Clare, who is also a stunning writer. If you haven’t read the ACOTAR series, drop what you are doing and go buy this STUNNING series!!

If you have read them, what is your opinion on the series?

What book should I read next? (Hunger Games, Warcross, P.S. I Like You, When It’s Real, Eliza and Her Monsters)

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Reading Challenge

Since I have been in a reading slump for so long, I am looking for a cure. Reading is my passion and I really want to get back into it. I think What I am going to try is to read 7 books that I absolutely adored when I read them the first time! Let call it the throwback challenge 😂

I am going to try to update on here as I go along. I will be posting the 7 books that are on the list today.

Join if you want or just follow me on my journey to rediscover my passion!

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Life Update!

I am so sorry that I have been absent for so long! About a year ago I started dating my boyfriend and got in a BIG reading slump. I blame my boyfriend for distracting me😜

Here is what has been going on in my life:

April 2019- I started dating my friend who I had known since October and had no clue he liked me😂

May 2019- I went on a cruise to Alaska with my best friend.

June 2019- I joined a co-ed softball team with my boyfriend! I mostly kept score because I SUCK at softball!

July 2019- I moved into a house with my boyfriend!

August 2019- Took my boyfriend to his first Major League Baseball game. This was a huge deal for him because he is obsessed with sports and baseball is his favorite!

September 2019- I took my boyfriend to the fair I have worked at every year since I was a kid.

October 2019- I quit my job and was unemployed for my first time since I started working, but I won a costume contest at our local bar as pennywise!

November 2019- I got a bartending job at a ski mountain. It is actually very hard to get a bartending position right away because there are only 4 and I was so amazed that I got it!

December 2019- First Christmas with my boyfriend and both our families was absolutely amazing!

January 2020- Spent the month working non stop, at one point I worked 14 day straight!

February 2020- First valentines day with a boyfriend ever! I just made him buy all my favorite candy and we had a steak dinner!

March 2020- This is when sh*t got crazy! I got laid off due to coronavirus. I got another job and after my first day idaho got shut down.

Ever since march I have been unemployed and at home. All I have been doing is play my switch, watching tv, and reading. I am going to try posting on here at least once a day!

 

What has everyone else been up to?

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Author: Rainbow Rowell

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you…”

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say . . . ?

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Spoiler free Summary:

I recently read a couple books about people who met online and later met in person and found this while looking for another similar to the others. I have heard so many good things about this book over the years and was excited to read it since I loved Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I ended up starting this when I got on my cruise, but honestly had the hardest time getting through the first half, it just seemed to go on and on with useless information.

I thought some things that didn’t seem like they belonged were the Y2K aspects and the going to the Sacajawea concerts. I mean don’t get me wrong after halfway through I was fully invested and loved it, I just had a hard time getting to that point. Then when things began to speed up I couldn’t put the book down and Rainbow Rowell’s genius came out to shine.

I really think this can be a very good book for people to read because all of the topics that it touches, just know not to give upon on it if you don’t like the beginning. I will definitely try reading more of the authors book in the future.

I would recommend this to anyone likes contemporary and romance!

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Alex, Approximately 

Alex, Approximately

Author: Jenn Bennett

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

The one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is a whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…

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Spoiler free Summary:

I recently read P.S. I Like You by Kasie West and really enjoyed it and wanted a read similar to it and found this book in the search. This is one of those super easy and fun reads that could help you get out of a reading slump if you want. I started and finished this book on my two flight today and really enjoyed it!

I really enjoy when authors can incorporate things such as texting and messaging so well into novels. One thing I hate is when it is hard to distinguish the difference between messages and real life and the author did an awesome job on letting you know. It really shows people where we have come over the years, being able to making friends over apps who share your hobbies, without ever knowing who they truly are.

I really liked the growth that the author showed in the characters from beginning to end. One thing that I didn’t like was that the author gave away the mystery by revealing who Alex would be in the book description. I mean I still guessed it in this book and P.S. I Like You, but I still enjoy to be questioning it until the very end. So, I would say that was the biggest downfall in the whole book. Otherwise it was such a fun read!

I would recommend this to anyone likes contemporary and romance!

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The Soul’s Expression

The Soul’s Expression

Author: Amy Alston

Genre: Historical, Romance

Goodreads Summary:

Katherine did what was expected of her, she married the man her parents deemed suitable. However, she could not do all that was expected of her. 

After less than a year of marriage, Katherine is coerced to a doctor’s office, where she must admit the humiliating fact that she hasn’t shared her husband’s bed. She knows what the diagnosis will be and the degrading treatments women with hysteria are subject to. But with a judgemental mother-in-law in tow and an impatient husband at home, the choice is not hers. 

Despite herself, she comes to trust the unusual and unconventional man treating her. And, when her increasingly volatile husband threatens to force from her that which she’s unable to give, she feels she must acquiesce to all of her doctor’s recommendations.

Swept up in a surge of self-discovery and sexual awakening, Katherine faces a new reason to be terrified. One she could never have imagined.

Due to adult themes and language, this novel is intended for readers 18 and over.

 

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Spoiler free Summary:

I’m typically someone who sticks to anything and everything paranormal. I came across this book and was very intrigued. This is a topic that was covered not only in my history classes in college, but also my women’s writer class (I was an English Lit major). Hysteria is something that many women were accused of and sentenced to places such as the Mary Magdalene Hospital. Women could go there for things such as being a prostitute, pregnancy out of wedlock, and any man wanting to commit a woman.

The book started off with Katherine, the main character, who is forced to seek a doctors attention for the problem of not being able to bed her husband after 8 months of marriage. She is sure that the doctor is going to accuse her of hysteria and give her surgery or commit her. Then when she gets to know Dr. Hershaw and she discovers that he is truly wanting to help her. Bring in a mistress, drugs, and a budding romance and you have the perfect mixture for a historical romance that you cannot put down until the end.

I really enjoyed the ideas and concepts that the author put into the making of this book. This is a part of history that I had some background knowledge on and this really built off of that. It was very evident that the author did a lot of research into the making of this novel. I would definitely suggest this book to anyone looking for an intriguing historical romance!

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Midnight Magic

Midnight Magic

Author: Jo-Ann Carson

Genre: Paranormal, Romance

Goodreads Summary:

Midnight Magic: A Ghost & Abby Mystery

Ghostly Charms, Magic Spells and Secrets.

As the janitor in a haunted house, single mom Abby Jenkins has many contacts with the living and the dead in the small Pacific Northwest town of Sunset Cove, which puts her in a perfect position to solve local mysteries. Or so she thinks. Hired to find diamonds hidden in a haunted manor she gets help from a Viking ghost with existential issues. Will she survive? This book contains bad-boy ghosts, mischievous magic, and a woman who knows what she wants in a Viking hayloft.

Spoiler free Summary:

I am always looking for new romance paranormal book. This being because this past year I really discovered my liking to them. I stumbled across Midnight Magic and thought the plot sounded like nothing I have ever read before in the past. This book was such an interesting take on the typical private investigator plot. It has a little bit of paranormal for everyones taste from sexy viking ghosts to blood sucking beings to witches.

The book started off with Abby, the main character, looking to start up her new private investigation service in the town of Sunset Cover. Her current job is being a janitor and is not enough to support her children, especially since her boyfriend is a viking ghost and cannot make any money. Then it switches to her boyfriend who is seeking out a way to become human once again so that he may be with Abby. Bring in a dark sorcerer and an investigation job to find secret jewels and you have the perfect concoction for a page turning paranormal book.

I really enjoyed the ideas and the concepts that the author put into the making of this book. I love when I can find a story that truly intrigues me and is out of the box thinking compared to other that you find in its genre. If an author tries to mimic others with a slight difference it really turns me off from wanting to read it.

I would definitely suggest this to anyone looking for a new paranormal read. I am sure I will end up read the next one in the future!

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Batman Nightwalker

Batman Nightwalker 

Author: Marie Lu

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Goodreads Summary:

Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

 

Spoiler free Summary:

I read Wonder Woman back in September and was really excited that is was a whole succession of books by various YA authors. I decided to get the LitJoy crate batman box because it included a signed copy and some other goodies. I immediately packed the book to bring on my vacation to Mexico.

Just off the bat I was very intrigued with the book. The reason being that it started of with Bruce’s 18th birthday. When watching all of the batman movies they are always centered around once he is older and fully developed. So I like that Marie did not stick to the batman stereotypes.

Marie used the perfect combination of character that are always in the batman world and new ones to juice up the story. When I pick up a book I want it to be a story I have never read or seen before. On that aspect she completely amazed me. the character development helped make the story that much better. She also threw some curve balls into the story that I did not see coming, which I LOVE when authors can accomplish that.

I really enjoyed Marie Lu’s rendition on batman, it was definitely a new twist to a story that has been told over and over. You can really tell that she put a lot of thought into the making of this novel. I would suggest this book to any super hero junkie in look of their next fix.

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My only complaint with this book was the relationship between Bruce and Madeleine. I felt that Marie wanted some sort of love interest to be involved and decided to say they liked each other. I just feel that a guy and a girl can develop a friendship without it turning into a romance. I just seemed out of place. But that was the ONLY thing that I did not like!

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