Books I’m Not Finishing

Here is an important lesson: Life is too short to read through books you aren’t enjoying. I had an entire stack of books I was half way through, or haven’t started. I made a video talking about why I’m not finishing them. This is what hopefully is going to get me out of a reading slump I’ve been in for a lot of the year!

 

Tell me what books you won’t be finishing and why! If you need a sign to stop reading a book you aren’t enjoying: This is it!

Something Other than Books

I want to start a series about the articles and magazines I read in my down time. I realize that I read so much more than just books, and they deserve their moment too. They’ll be more frequent than regular books reviews, with varying content depending on what I read.

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SINGLED Out: This turned out to be one of the favorite blurbs that I read from this month’s Vogue. The short interview with Gideon Glick is about the new Joshua Harmon play ” Significant Other”.  Glick plays a man who sees his closest friends start to get married and he has a hard time with love and such things. In the article, Glick talks about his character’s “Obsessive parsing of social media in pursuit of romance.” It captures how romance is changing in today’s society. I liked how relateable the play seems and I would love the chance to go see it (slim chances).


Full Exposure: This article is about Fifty Shades actress Dakota Johnson. It tells a short recap of her past, and then she talks about roles she likes taking on, and the type of films she likes to be a part of. I LOVE articles where you can see what the actor being interviewed is really like. We get too caught up in their amazing portrayals on screen, that we forget how different the actor is from their characters.

 

 

My 5 Favorite Fictional Boyfriends

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

I saw Regan on booktube do this video a few days ago! Since I’m single again this year *sarcastic gasp*, I spent my Valentine’s day rounding up my favorite boys from the books I’ve read.

Tony (Brooklyn) – Good lord if I had a boyfriend like him, I’d die. He’s so sweet and understanding to the situations Eilish goes through. I also love how he doesn’t stop until he gets his girl, but he’s not too pushy about it. Great kid, I love him.

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Park (Eleanor and Park)- Here’s another boy that is lovable from the start. Park really falls in love with Eleanor, and when you read about everything he does to try and help her out. It’s. heart. breaking. Especially with the ending of the book.


 

Kaz (Six of Crows)- Okay so maybe  Kaz and Inej didn’t become a couple in Six of Crows, but he loves her dammit. Spoiler alert! Someone tries to kill Inej and Kaz rips out the dude’s eyeball before throwing him overboard into the icy sea. If that isn’t love, I don’t want any part of it.

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Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice)- I’ve never seen a man act so fast after the girl of his dreams tells him to act right. This list isn’t in any particular order, but if it was, he’d be at the very tip top of it.

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Cal (Red Queen series)- Good lord Cal and Mare are one problematic couple, but I still love Cal with all my heart and soul. He’s a sweetheart underneath the tough, exiled prince exterior. He loves Mare and I cannot wait to read King’s Cage to see how their relationship unfolds.

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Tell me your top 5 in the comments!

*pictures for pride and prejudice and red queen were found on google, I don’t own them. I needed them bc the library I work at had them checked out*

Saturday Sales

Who doesn’t love lazily roaming the internet for sales on a Saturday?


Forever 21

Forever 21 has a few sales going on this weekend! Most dresses are 20% off, select items are 30% off (online only for Valentine’s day), and their outlet section has a variety of  styles for 70% OFF!


Barnes and Noble

With the code BNHEART17, your entire order gets a 10% off through Valentine’s day ( 2/14/17). Their clearance section has books and items for up to 75% off!


Books a Million 

Coloring books are Buy one Get one 50%, DVD and Blu-Rays are up to 30% off, and select graphic novels are buy 2 get the 3rd free!


Charlotte Russe

This may be the sale of the weekend. Online and instore, all jeans are $20! All tees start at $12, all jackets are $25. Online only, shoes start at $15 and finally all dresses are $25 or less!

Happy Shopping!

*pictures from google*

Have Books, Will Travel

This week I will be having the time of my life at Broadway Con in New York City. In between all of the excitement and fun, I will also try to get some reading done. It would be smart to get a few eBooks with me to go, but I always need to have a physical book with me. I’m going to be taking 3 books with me to fill up space so I don’t bring back books, and also to have some variety.

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I like to take a poetry book with me because it’s easy to stop and start. The poems in this books are short and sweet. I have read this one before but the message hasn’t really sunk in yet, so I’m giving it another go! They are poems about women, being a woman and everything that comes with it.

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Of course I’m going to take a play with me. I got this gem from the library (thank god for withdrawals).  In Williams’s most recognized plays every character is dealing with an inner struggle. At a party for one of the characters everything comes out into the open and the family is forced to deal with their demons.

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Out of all the YouTuber books that have been published, Connor Franta’s “A Work In Progress” is my absolute favorite. I just love this book to pieces and it’s coming with me. Yes it’s a memoir, yes he’s young. I love how he acknowledges this fact in the book. He also knows how to use the intelligence he has. It’s a weird sentence, but I know incredibly smart people that have not a clue how to use their smarts.  Connor Franta is not one of these people.

Do you take books to travel?

Annotating Made Simple

Let’s talk about annotating (on purpose)

Annotating is a fancy word for taking notes when you read something. It can be done with books, articles, editorials, plays, etc.. I was first introduced to annotating in an AP literature class in high school. Being 17 and in a 4 year reading slump, I didn’t like it. Now, I love doing it. Annotating  keeps my thoughts from disappearing and I can explain my opinions. 


If you want to try it, here’s how this works:

  • Grab a pen, your reading material, a pad of sticky notes
  • when ever you feel something, read something interesting, and/or want to remember something,  write it down and stick it on the page 


If you’re annotating for school, look for what is being asked ( Information, grammar, terminology, facts to beef up essays etc.) You could also write in the margins of the book. I get a lot of my books from the library, and  like the space that a sticky note offers, so I prefer to not write in the book. 
You can now go back and see your reading journey through sticky notes. Let me know if you’ve tried annotating or have tips of your own! 

Best Books of 2016

So many books

so many favorites

Out of the 22 books I read last year, a few stuck out in my memory and I had to talk about them. This time, I actually TALK about them in my first video on YOUTUBE!!!!!! I’m making strides towards my goals for this year and youtube something I wanted to try for a looooooong time! So sit back, relax and enjoy! Book Favorites 2017  !!!

Bookmarks from Holiday Cards!

It’s January, which means I have no clue what to do with all of the lovely cards people have sent my family and I. This year I turned them into bookmarks! It is such a simple DIY that barely takes time to do. I love this idea because you can enjoy your cards for a lot longer, it’s free, and of course you end up with bookmarks.

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All you need are:

Your cards

a pair of scissors

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What to do:

Take the card and find the seam (the crease/the bend/ the middle, you know what I mean. You’re smart). Then cut along the seam to separate the decorated part from the back. You know have a bookmark! You can keep the decorated part, and the written message. I kept the decorated side of my cards because the one’s I picked to cut up have no personally written messages.

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If you try this out share it with me I’d love to see your new bookmarks!

Graveyard of the Half-Read Books

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School makes reading for fun difficult. There are so many assignments, and general studying, that books get set aside for another time. When that time rolls around, the last thing I want to do is read. Currently there are 3 books that have been started, but are no where near being finished. I’ve been trying to read Emma for most of 2016. The Book Thief is a newer read and is soooooo good. Real Artists Have Day Jobs is one of the funnier books I’ve read this year.

Hopefully, I’ll finish Real Artists Have Day Jobs during the few days off for Thanksgiving. To top everything off, I have 7 books to get through for my goodreads reading challenge. The stress is real, but it’ll be the kick in the pants I need. So while I work more math problems and master the art of the Punnet square, enjoy this post, the picture, and your free reading time. You’re very lucky.

Thoughts on Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (Spoiler Free)

This is the first time I have ever had to experience the waiting for the next book in a series. Usually, I’m a little late to the game and I can snag book after book without the agony of waiting for months for the newest installment. Not this time. I read Red Queen one humid day in January, and was okay with waiting a month for Glass Sword. HAHAHA joke’s on me.  I was a genius and decided to wait for the library to get a copy. It didn’t get here until September, and now here I am, mid way through October, typing this post.


Glass Sword was just as action packed and suspenseful as Red Queen. From page one, I was raving and rioting about the events that go on. I grew to love characters, question characters, and even mourn a few characters as well (I may or may not have cried). Being able to see Shade and the connection he and Mare have is so heartwarming; I understand now why Aveyard wrote such a buildup to that relationship in the first book. Better yet, seeing the entire Barrow family together was beautiful.  What Mare is trying to achieve was inspiring and cringe-worthy at the same time. The way she goes about achieving these goals was a little questionable, especially towards the end. Honestly, it’s what anyone would expect from a teenager that all of a sudden needs to be a “hero”. I now root for Cal more than ever because he’s a teddy bear, and I love him. I will say the pacing of the story was weird. It happened in the first book as well. It had a very fast pace and tons of intense action followed by chapter after chapter of agonizingly slow story-building. Will this stop me from reading King’s Cage? Nope! I love this series and am patiently waiting for the next book!