Weekly Review Tuesday

Hello 2nd Mini Series for my blog!

I am new to the whole writing reviews for books thing. So I am going to make it a little simpler on myself. I want to write reviews. I want to be good at writing reviews. I want people to read my reviews. So I  am going to write short reviews for books I have managed to finish each week. So here we go…

From May 24- May 30 I managed to finish 4 books (4.. in a week!)

Go me! So in order from when each book was finished.

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
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    A Court of Thorns and Roses is about a girl named Feyre who lives with her disabled father and 2 spoiled older sisters. After a bad investment her father had lost their family fortune and they fell from grace into poverty. Feyre is the only one who seems interested in helping her family survive the harsh winters of the land they live in. On the other side of “the wall” lives another kingdom of the faeries. These faeries have been known to hunt down and murder humans for sport, and so the humans have grown to fear and hate them. When Feyre is out hunting for her family’s survival she shoots a wolf in the head to protect the deer she is bringing home for supper. The wolf happened to be a faerie in disguise and soon his friends come knocking down Feyre’s door and wisk her away to the kingdom they live in. Here, her entire perspective on her life and theirs changes drastically.

    Sarah J. Maas brings to life this kingdom with rich metaphors and intricate details in her writing. She makes the reader feel as if they are living inside her world. Talk about a book hangover… I am surprised I moved on to other books this week.

    5/5 Stars and would recommend to any Fantasy lovers
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  2. We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler by Russell Freedman
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    We Will Not Be Silent is a short middle grade book stocked full of photographs about the family and their friends who started the White Rose propaganda movement during World War II. Their story starts during the beginning of Hitler’s reign and talks about how even as young children they would not conform to the Nazi groups the way Hitler wanted them to. They resisted all rules put in front of them.

    The research and time that was taken into finding the photos that were included in this book must have been difficult as many of them seem like private family photos. This book made me gain a deeper understanding of some of the Germans during WWII that resisted what was happening in their country.

    3/5 total stars – 4/5 for a children’s book

  3. When Friendship Followed Me Home by Paul Griffith
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    I think when Paul was writing this novel he said, “Hmm. What are the 5 worst things that can happen to a 12 year old kid?” and then he made all five of them happen to Ben, the main character in this story.
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    Ben is a middle school student who is a nerd and who is bullied heavily in this book. He loves reading science fiction and finds solace in the library (like most of us readers).  Ben spent a good amount of his childhood bouncing from foster home to foster home until he met his mom who is a widow. One day after leaving the library a small dog follows Ben home. He bonds with this dog instantly and the dog, Flip, helps him meet his best friend Hayley who happens to be the librarian’s daughter and his only source of comfort during the tough times he endures in the rest of the novel such as abuse, death of a parent, and homelessness.

    Disclaimer: I listened to this book on CD in the car on my way to and from work for the majority of the month of May (I live 10 minutes from work). By the end of this novel I had to pull over because I was crying so hard.
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    5/5 because this book is both sad and funny. I enjoyed it and I know middle grade students in my library will enjoy it as well.

  4. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling (The Screenplay)
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    Okay, if you have seen the movie then you know this story basically word for word. No surprises or extra side stories that were left out. Or entire plots – like in Harry Potter… The only thing that the book added to the movie for me were some clarifications behind some of the looks exchanged between characters and how they were truly feeling in that moment. JK Rowling creates a world of fantasy for us all to live in and I think the Fantastic Beasts franchise is really just adding to the Harry Potter world. I don’t think anything will ever replace the love I have for Harry Potter in my heart though.

    Props to the fun pictures throughout the book of the creatures made with repeated imagery.

    4/5 because its Rowling, and I love magic. A great movie but not my favorite read. Maybe I just don’t enjoy screenplays…

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#ShelfieSunday & Bookstagram &Bookmail This Week

Today I was looking at my bookshelves with affection and love and thought “Hmm. I should take some shelfies and share them online with annotations and captions.”

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Ugh these pictures are super blurry and as soon as I get a new camera I will take new ones. My camera is 3 years old and point and shoot so I have to have PERFECT lighting to get a decent picture.

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Ignore my messy desk.

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So that is my mini office tour. I didn’t photograph my desk because it is so. messy. I have this problem where I clean it up completely and then start some project because its clean and I can and then I don’t clean up the project and I am back where I started. Maybe one day I can get a decent shot of that as well.

Bookstagram

Sundays are my photograph days. I am currently doing 3 challenges a month so that I can gain more followings on my account. (I want nothing more than to be a rep for some of those fantastic bookish companies.) Plus I love the photography and bookstagram community.

So this is what my hallway looks like during a photoshoot.

20170528_133100 I set up whatever I am photographing in front of my sliding doors where the light is good. You can see my box of props open in the background, and there are stacks of books I have already used up against the wall.

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Chandler likes to help. This is the box from my

BOOKISH MAIL

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Here is what I got from Bookoutlet this week. I stalked their clearance section and got these 14 books for less than $50. The Paper Towns is a signed copy as well which was not listed in the comments.

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Last thing –  I got my first Melting Library Subsription box. This had an “Edibles” theme. I recieved 6 candles from favorite books and a chapstick and this adorable bookmark.

Five on Friday

So, like most hard-working adulting people, Friday is my absolutely FAVORITE day of the week.

I look like this at 3:30 on most Fridays when school gets out.

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So in honor of my favorite day of the week I bring you a mini series of weekly blog posts entitled FIVE ON FRIDAY.

What is FIVE ON FRIDAY you may ask?? Well… Five on Friday will be a list of my favorite books given to you in, you guessed it, groups of five (in no particular order) !

And now… I present to you PART ONE

  1. Game of Thrones Series 

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Okay, disclaimer… I have not finished the series yet… I KNOW I KNOW.  However, this series has EVERYTHING okay. Romance? Check. Action? Check and check! Intrigue? Check. Giants, ice zombies, dragons, and incest? Check. Definitely an interesting read even with the length of the series. I haven’t felt the need to rush through this because of George RR Martin’s infamous stalling of the next novel. Clearly if he is in no rush, I don’t need to be anxiously waiting the release of the next book with the rest of the fandom. 

2. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

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Any book where I stay up past midnight to finish in one sitting is going to make the list of favorites automatically. I read this book in one sitting and this isn’t a children’s 150 page novel. This is actually a pretty large book. HELLO COLLEGE ROMANCES. Okay, has anyone else noticed there is an abundance of high school romance novels (EX John Green Novels), adult romance novels(EX Nicholas Sparks novels)  , and sexy adult romance novels( EX Maya Banks novels)? What I have not found is an abundance of college romance novels.  I did enjoy this book right after I graduated college and had just started a new relationship which may be why I enjoyed this book and the characters in it. 

3. Anything by Sarah Dessen

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I started reading Sarah Dessen books when I was a junior in high school and I never stopped. I am obsessed with this author. Her books are always sweet, full of drama, have a good message in them, and deal with real life issues in the teen universe. 10/10 would recommend to any YA lover or teenager. 

4. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas AKA ACOTAR 

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This is the last novel I finished so I have photographed it a lot lately. I fell into this Fandom head over heels. Feyre is the heroine of this novel and is an easy character to love immediately. The writing in this book is absolutely beautifully brilliant. I had to reread and reread sections over and over because Sarah. J Maas describes things with such intricate detail. Fantastic Read. So excited to delve deeper into this fandom. 

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5. The Once and Future King by TH White 20170520_113847

Classic. This is the story of King Arthur which was admittedly a required reading in high school for me but one I thoroughly enjoyed. There is no romance like Guinevere and Lancelot. Definitely a must read for everybody.

Okay that wraps it up for today. Have a great weekend!

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Bibliophile Prints is Up and Running!

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I opened my bookmark store up last weekend officially. I am so excited to present BibliophilePrints on Etsy!! I am working on several bookmark designs and should have more items available this weekend.

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I was surprised (and honored) when I recieved a message on Sunday night from Ashley Fuhr from MarkMyWordsShop on Etsy. She is working on a bookmark subscription box to benefit the Koman 3 Day Walk for Breast Cancer. She asked me if I would be willing to donate bookmarks for her boxes for July through October. I came up with 4 designs to send to her and they will be featured in her boxes. Look for those in her shop in the next couple months!

Bout of Books Readathon 19 Day 1 and 2

I am a day late! Ah. Oh well. I did read a lot yesterday even though I forgot I was part of this readathon.

So since I work and have finals this week my personal read-a-thon rules are simple. No electronics unless it is school work or work work, read instead! Oh and blogging. I can be on my laptop to blog.

Day One – Describe yourself #insixwords

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#teacher #librarian #bibliophile #Aggie #reader #student

Day 2 – Not a Font

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This was an easy one for me because I finished this book on Monday and it was fantastic!! Review will come later.

 

Today is the last day if you want to sign up:

 

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Bout of Books 19 Official Sign- Up

Bookathon 19

This is my official post saying that I am joining this read-a-thon!

 

Here is a blurb about the event!

{The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team}

 

Click Here to sign up and join me on my first ever Read-a-thon!