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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Throwback Challenge: ACOTAR

As you all know by now I am completely obsessed with Sarah J Maas. I love all of her books, but I read the A Court of Thorns of Roses series first. It holds a special place in my heart, I even have a tattoo for the second book.

Rereading this series is just as fun as the first time around because when you reread anything you will usually pick up on things you didn’t notice the first time around. Personally I am a very fast reader and sometimes I go so fast that I won’t pick up on all of the details. That is one thing I love about this series, Sarah is amazing at character and world building. It is not hard to imagine these beautiful worlds that she has graciously created for us.

One thing I love about rereading the series is that I know who’s going to end up with who and what happens at the end of the series. I love it because its so fun to see how the characters act when they first meet.

A Court of Thorns and Roses is the best retelling on the market in my opinion. Sarah J Maas starts it out as being a beauty and the beast retelling, but vastly takes a turn when she introduces all the amazing plot points. The second book is really where I lost my mind reading it the fist time. I cannot wait to read the second again because it is my all time favorite!!

Have you read this series? What are your thoughts?

psa I might be delayed on the next post because my boyfriends 2 year old is with us for two days and I want to spend the time with her! I will update by Friday!

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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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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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Book Expo America and BookCon 2018

Book Expo America and BookCon

As many of you know I am pretty recent in the blog and youtube community. I have been following book people since high school, but did not start actively posting until about August or September 2017. Since I have been following everyone since I was about 16 I have constantly heard of Book Expo and BookCon and have always been super jealous of everyone going. Every year I have told myself “one year I will go to this.” I am happy to say the day has come!

In February I bought my older sister and I tickets to BookCon. Then I decided to apply as a blogger to Book Expo, but I was fully aware that I have very little followers and views. I totally expected to get rejected, I was mainly applying to know the process and know what I should try to fix on my bogs to get accepted the next year. I had up to 21 business days to get a reply on my status. Once I hit the 21st day I was a bit down that I hadn’t heard ANYTHING, not even a rejection.

Then it happened.

I was on my home from dropping someone off at the bar at night and saw an email ding on my phone. I just figured it was for my work, then I saw it said Book Expo. I did a mini freakout and was so nervous to look. Then I decided to finally brave it and went into the email. Then I saw the best words ever “Your request for a badge has been approved.” I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, against everything I thought I was actually approved!

So, I am so happy to say I will be on my way to New York for the best 5 days of my life at the end of May!

Is anyone else going? Please let me know because I will be at Book Expo by myself and need people to brave the crowds with me!

p.s. If you have been and have been and have any advice please comment it 🙂

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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.

**SPOILERS**

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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