The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

This novel is set in France during World War II. It begins in Carriveau, where Vianne’s husband is sent to war. At the same time, her sister, Isabelle, is sent to Carriveau to live with Vianne to avoid trouble. Although, trouble is exactly what both Vianne and Isabelle find. 

I honestly had mixed feelings about this novel in the beginning. I enjoyed it, but at the same time, something was lacking. I wasn’t as connected to the characters, and I definitely wasn’t sucked into the story as I would have liked to be. At first, it was kind of a letdown. 

However, as the story went along, all the pieces of the puzzle came together. 

 

 This book is fabulous, and although I didn’t get exactly what I felt like I should, it was still a delight to read. It’s a tear-jerking story of the strength of women and perseverance. It shows how people hold on to other people to get through life. 

I kind of regret telling my English teacher that I didn’t enjoy reading it. (Yes, I said that. Sorry!!) To be honest, the whole novel made perfect sense one I reached the end. (And yes, I cried.) I also thoroughly enjoyed that it wasn’t too heavy on the romance. I mean, I love romance, but I need a break every once in a while.

Would I recommend this book? Absolutely. It’s definitely a story that needs to be shared. Although it was a tiny but slow, it’s so worth it!

My rating:  

 

If you nerds have already read this book or want to, let me know what you think of it in the comments

Happy reading!! xoxo

Blind Date With A Book #3!

When I found out that I won this book from Goodreads, I was thrilled. I had such high hopes for this book and I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.

Let me just say:

It did NOT disappoint. Crenshaw_Final

Crenshaw is a novel by Katherine Applegate, set in modern-day. It’s about a young boy (about eleven years old) and his family who’ve fallen on hard times financially. Crenshaw, a cat, and Jackson’s imaginary friend, comes back into Jackson’s life to help out.

This book honestly is just magical. Absolutely magical. I read this book in three hours and I don’t regret it. AT. ALL. It’s extremely charming and has a great meaning behind it. My favorite thing about this book was really just how it portrayed the child’s view in all of this. It kind of brought back a sense of the child’s innocence and showed how hard it is to be a kid – especially a kid in a situation similar to Jackson’s.

Crenshaw was just a very well written book about being a kid and having to learn how to survive through hard times. It shows how friends always matter and are important. It shows that sometimes it’s best to just be honest with people about what’s wrong. Most importantly, it shows how hard life is and how if you and the people you love stick together, you can always survive.

 My rating: five-stars-rating

Nerds,  I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone out there that needs a good book to read. I know, I know, it’s not YA and it may seem like a book for kids, but it’s worth it. Seriously.

If any of you lovely nerds have read this book, definitely leave your thoughts in the comments below. I’m curious as to what you guys think of it.

Happy reading!! xoxoxo

The 5 Symptoms of Binge Reading

We’ve all been there.

Staying up all night just to finish “this chapter” or just to finish the book in general. Going through a good 5 or 6 books in a week. Sleeping all day after a two-week-long binge reading episode because we haven’t slept in only God knows how long.

We’ve all been there. 

There’s no cure, no way to ease the pain. The best thing to do is just ride the waves and let it all play out. But, what is binge reading?

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Yet, when book nerds refer to binge reading, it usually goes like this:

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How do you know you’re having a binge reading episode?

Welp,  if you’re asking me, you’ve come to the right place.

Symptom #1: You haven’t slept in days. 

As a fellow binge reader, I totally understand the whole: “‘I need to finish this chapter before I fall asleep’ and then waking up on the floor 5 o’clock the next day with your book on the floor next to you'” thing. It happens.

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Symptom #2: You haven’t stepped out of your room in a week. (Or longer.)  

Book nerds need two things to survive:

  1. Food
  2. Books

No people, no technology. Just those two things and we’re good. No joke. rapunzel-books

Symptom #3: Yet, despite the need to survive, you can’t remember the last time you even SAW food. 

I mean, who needs food anyway, right?

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Symptom #4: Although, when you did eat, you gulped it down so you could go back to reading. 

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Symptom #5: Your family is highly concerned about your health. 

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So…

do you guys show any of these symptoms?

(By the way, nerds, add me on Goodreads here!)

Happy reading!! xoxo

Blind Date With A Book #2!

Jack Sommers just disappeared with eighty-eight million dollars.

That’s how this novel begins. Honestly, I was shocked. From looking at the title page when I first received this novel, it looked more like a WW2 novel. Yet, as the plot unraveled, it all made sense.

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Alina and Jack Sommers lived in Chicago with their dear daughter Sophie. After the mysterious death of Alina, her parents make a plan to kidnap Sophie and take her to their home in Palestine. In order to save his daughter, Sommers decides to take part in an embezzlement plot, stealing eighty-eight million dollars from his employee. This book follows Sommers and his fight to rescue his daughter and fix the mess he made.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It was fun and entertaining and had a great idea behind it. I also really enjoyed how it ended on such a ___________ note. (You thought I was going to spoil it, didn’t you? Nah, I wouldn’t do that to you.) Still, when it comes to the writing style and the pace, it fell a little flat for me. I honestly felt like the pace could have picked up a little bit. Also, the writing wasn’t as good as I have witnessed before, and it made the novel a little less enjoyable than I expected. 

Overall, though, I consider this book to be really good and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a book with a love for action and has a good interest in current-day issues.

My rating: 4stars

I got this as a win from Goodreads but this book just released today! Go check it out and let me know what you think in the comments.

Happy reading!! xoxoxo

August Book Wrap-Up!

Hey nerds! August is now past us and so I guess it’s time for a book wrap-up! In August, I read eight books. (Yes, you read that right.) Let’s just say that August was a good month for me. It was a great month for reading, laughter, and of course, tears. Overall I got a lot of reading done before school and life picked back up. Let’s get started shall we?


Books I Read Last Month: 

World Crash by Michael R. Worthington

Fall Of Giants by Ken Follett

The Woman In The Photograph by Dana Gynther

Paper Towns by John Green

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Every Day by David Levithan

Across Dreamlands by Lara Hassan


World Crash by Michael R. Worthington 

I won this book through Goodreads First Reads last month and I featured it as my first “Blind Date With A Book” (More coming soon!). I didn’t really like this book and it was kind of a let down for me. The ideasdownload
behind it were great. I could tell that Worthington put a good deal of thought into creating this novel, but it just didn’t do for me as other books I’ve read in the past have. This books begins as Sarah wakes up in the hospital and finds that an alien spacecraft is orbiting Earth, and has sent a cyber-virus and broke down the Internet and electricity. In this book, Sarah works with the government to try to fight the aliens and save Earth. As said before, the read isn’t that great, but the ideas are definitely there.

My rating:

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Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

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Fall of Giants blew me away in this fantastic historical fiction novel. It was mind-blowingly amazing as it took me back in time to World War I. In this novel, Ken Follett created vivid pictures of the issues just a few years before the war, during the war, and post-war. It’s a great book, and I absolutely recommend for my history-loving book nerds to read it!

My rating: five-stars-rating


The Woman In the Photograph by Dana Gynther

This is another book that I won through Goodreads First Reads. the-woman-in-the-photograph-9781476731957_hr

I loved this book. It was gripping and definitely kept me hooked. I loved the pace and setting. The only problem I have with this book was that you kind of have to have some background in the French language (which, luckily, I have) in order to understand some of it. Still, the language wasn’t used very often so you could still understand what was going on.

I definitely recommend this to anyone who likes romance or art. This was a wonderful book and I enjoyed it immensely.

My rating: 4stars


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I think after you read my book review on this book (here), you nerds know how I felt about this book. If you didn’t, I’m getting ready to tell you.

Paper Towns was magical, in every sense of the term. It really helped me view life differently and really try to find out more about the people who are around me. I absolutely adored this book. I recommend this book to anyone, whether you like romance novels, YA, or the classics, this is a book for everyone to read. The world would definitely be a different place if they did.

My rating: five-stars-rating


The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

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I felt like this book was a pretty good book. This book disappointed me, though, until about chapter 35. Then things got interesting. Still, it was a really good book and I do recommend it to anyone who really enjoys dystopian fiction
or sci-fi.

My rating: 4stars


A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

I’m pretty sure you guys have read my review on that by now. If you haven’t, check it out. A_Thousand_Splendid_Suns

“A Thousand Splendid Suns” is a beautiful book. It’s inspiring and amazing. However, I rate it four stars because I honestly wished that it had a bit more. As said earlier, this book definitely disappointed me at first. The characters were a little complex, though I’m sure that without their complexity, the impact of this book wouldn’t be as great. Even though that was the case, the question of, “What is Khaled planning now?” honestly pushed me to read more to answer my question.

I do recommend this book to anyone who really enjoys a complex story line and though-provoking endings. But be aware guys, THIS ONE’S A TEAR-JERKER. I suggest setting a box of Kleenex next to you as you read the last chapter.

My rating: 
4stars


Every Day by David Levithan

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This book actually wasn’t my favorite. I liked it, yes. Still, there was just something about it that kind of turned me off. I think one of the reasons was how fast the main character fell in love with Raven. I know, it sounds silly, I like romance, but how it was timed really threw me off. However, it was still a great book.

My rating: download


Across Dreamlands by Lara Hassan

I won this book from Goodreads First Reads…

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…and I loved it. This book is full of poetry. Poetry about love, life, sadness, darkness, and prevailing through dark times. It’s painfully beautiful in a way that I can’t describe. I loved this book with a passion and I recommend it to any hopeless romantics, romantics, or people who just love poetry in general.

My rating:4stars


So August is a wrap! I read such a great variety of books this month and I regret nothing! If you nerds have read any of these books or plan on reading them, feel free to comment below and tell me some of your thoughts.

Happy reading! xoxoxo

A Thousand Splendid Suns – Review

I remember first falling in love with Khaled Hosseini after reading The Kite Runner. It was an amazing book and made me fall in love with Khaled Hosseini’s beautiful writing. (Review: Here) When I found A
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in the school library last week, of course I grabbed it.

This book was a little disappointing at first. I couldn’t quite get my head wrapped around it. For most of the first and second parts of the book I wondered what Khaled’s purpose was in how he introduced the characters. Yet, as the story unfolded, it made perfect sense.

“A Thousand Splendid Suns” is a novel about two women’s fight for survival; in the light of war, famine, drama, and abuse. It begins as two women are introduced to the reader, both coming from the total opposite of places: one, from a city called Herat, A_Thousand_Splendid_Sunswhere she was raised by only her mother, and was known to all the people that knew her as a “harami”; the second, from a city where she was brought up by a loving family and Both end up in the same place. Together, they fight the battle of being a woman.

Still, this book didn’t just show me how women can inspire each other and motivate each other through life, but it also showed me the power of love and sacrifice. I learned that through pain, there is peace. Through sadness, there is happiness.

“A Thousand Splendid Suns” is a beautiful book. It’s inspiring and amazing. However, I rate it four stars because I honestly wished that it had a bit more. As said earlier, this book definitely disappointed me at first. The characters were a little complex, though I’m sure that without their complexity, the impact of this book wouldn’t be as great. Even though that was the case, the question of, “What is Khaled planning now?” honestly pushed me to read more to answer my question.

Rating:  4stars

I do recommend this book to anyone who really enjoys a complex story line and though-provoking endings. Nerds, it’s such a beautiful and heart-breaking story. But be aware guys, THIS ONE’S A TEAR-JERKER. I suggest setting a box of kleenex next to you before you read the last chapter.

If you have already read this book, definitely tell me how you like it in a comment below. I love book discussions!

Happy Reading!!!

What To Read From A-Z

When deciding on what thing I wanted to write about today, I was at a loss. Writer’s block is no joke. Yet, I knew I needed to write so I decided to challenge myself and see how it panned out. Here’s what I did:

I decided to take some of my favorite books and place them in alphabetical order to find you guys a list of books that I recommend, with titles starting with the letter A through the letter Z. For four hours I sat at my computer looking my booklist on Goodreads until I finally created the list. Hope you guys enjoy!

After by Amy Efaw

Blonde Roots by Bernardine Evaristo

Cut by Patricia McCormick

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Easy by Tammara Webber

Fade by Lisa McMann (The second book in the Dream Catcher Series)

Grief Girl by Erin Vincent

Harry Potter (The entire series) by J.K. Rowling

I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini 

Looking For Alaska by John Green

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

The Outside by Laura Bickle (The sequel to The Hallowed Ones) 

Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk 

Etched On Me by Jenn Crowell

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff 

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Tilt by Ellen Hopkins

Under the Dome by Stephen King

The Perks of Being A Wallflower

World Without End by Ken Follett

Burned by Ellen Hopkins

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible As Literally As Possible by A.J. Jacobs

Zomb-B by Darren Shan 

Granted, not all are matching their respective letters, but it was hard to find books by certain letters that I had read. None of the books that I have read start with the letters Q, V, or X.  Most of them do match their letter,though. I hope that you guys enjoyed the list. If anyone has read any of the books above, why don’t you just leave a comment below telling me if you liked them or not and why.

By the way, if you guys haven’t checked out my Goodreads and/or my Twitter account, I’ll try to leave the links to my profiles in the comments below. If I don’t get to (in other words I forget) then make sure I do it next time by leaving me a message or comment.

Bye for now

Happy reading!! xoxoxo

Book Review: “Paper Towns”

Being a binge reader sucks. It’s like, going two months before finally picking up a book, finishing it, and then in the next three days you read like four books.

One of those books, happens to be Paper Towns. 

You guys know by now that I’m not one for following book trends, but this one seemed to be impossible to pass up. EVERYONE was reading it. So, I decided to give it a try.

51hgkNew+XL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Let me just put it plainly:

I loved this book. It was magical. There were so many things in this book that allowed me to look at life differently and made me realize so many things. I laughed, I got angry, and yes, nerds, I cried.

Paper Towns starts as Margo Roth Spiegelman climbs through her neighbor’s, Quentin’s, window and takes him on the night of his life. The next day, Margo goes missing. This sends Quentin on a quest, to find Margo, and to find himself.

I feel like this book says a lot of things. It says that people are ordinary. It says that people are complex. It says that we, as people, like to think of others as how we like to think of them, instead of how they really are. It says everything that a book, in my opinion, needs to say.

My Rating:

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Seriously, nerds, read this book. It’s fantastic and needs to be read. When you finally put it down, it’ll leave you looking at the people around you differently. If you’ve already read this book, go ahead and comment what you thought about it. I’d love to hear it.

HAPPY READING!! XOXO

Blind Date With A Book!!!

Hey Nerds. In case you haven’t quite noticed yet, I’ve connected my blog with Goodreads, which means that

  1. You guys can view all of my books and book reviews
  2. You nerds can add me as a friend and talk to me about anything and everything books!!!

(Check out my link in the sidebar on the homepage.)

And speaking of Goodreads, I just recently found the best and easiest way to get free books on there, one of which I’m reviewing as a part of “Blind Date With A Book.” It’s called First Reads and all you have to do is go to the giveaways section and sign up for drawings on whatever book you’d like to win. Obviously the odds of you winning depends on the amount of people who are requesting and the amount of books that are being given away. So far, I’ve won seven.

Since I’ve only received one so far, I’ve decided to review it first. download

World Crash is a small novel by Michael R. Worthington.

It’s set in America, and begins as young Sarah wakes up in the hospital after a car accident. She’s befuddled, and later finds that the accident was caused by an incident that the world called the Crash. During the crash, a virus spread through computers and disabled the internet, as well as the electricity. After aliens that call themselves the Annunaki, Sarah and her friends in the military derive a plan to make the aliens surrender and go back to their planet.

First reaction: The cover was a little underwhelming for me. It did kind of make me wonder what it was about, but after I read the book, it definitely didn’t match up with the plot. To me, it conveyed a different story than it should have.

Overall Rating: download

I loved the plot, the beginning, and the end. Yet, to me, there was a lot of stuff missing. For example, I didn’t really have much of a connection with the characters.There wasn’t really anything that made my emotions connect to the book in general, which is a big part of reading for me. Plus, I’m not really into computer programming so it was kind of hard for me to follow along (which is a personal thing, I know). In addition to those things, there were several typos and mistakes that I really couldn’t ignore, and they didn’t really make for an enjoyable reading experience.

I give this 3 stars because of how the characters and story weren’t really relatable and there were several spelling mistakes and typos (specifically in the chapter titles and headings). Even though I really enjoyed the plot, those things were elements of the book that didn’t allow me to rate the book any better.

Would I recommend it? Probably not. It isn’t the type of book I would recommend to anyone for the same reasons I rated the book so low.

HAPPY READING!!! XOXO

Never Take Me To A Bookstore (Or Anywhere Around Books)

I know, I know. I kind of went back on my promise and went incognito (AGAIN). But I’m back (AGAIN).This time, I actually have a good excuse.

After my last post, a lot of things started going on. It started with some personal things that were going on, then slid to vacation. At first my mom and I planned on going to someplace like Gatlinburg, Tennessee or the beach. Well, plans changed and we ended up going to visit relatives in Michigan with my grandmother tagging along- oh, and don’t worry, it was still fun.The whole week we visited family member after family member. It was fun, don’t get me wrong. Still, AN INTROVERT HAS TO BREATHE. In order to do that, I went to my safe place:

Books.

Despite the fact that I already have two bookshelves full and several stacks of books in my closet, what else was I supposed to do but go book shopping?

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Of course, there were other things that I got and collected, but mostly what I got is obvious.

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Once I got home and spread the books out to go through my titles, I realized: I have a serious problem.

When I first began learning how to read mom and I would go to the library every month. We’d come home with only a few books that mom would read to me every night before bed. My book pile started small; two or three books here and there, nothing big. But then, it grew. I’d take home fifteen to even twenty books sometimes. It went on a year or two, until we weren’t reading the books fast enough and started missing the return dates. Then mom started taking me to bookstores. Of course, that was a mistake.

Another instance was in elementary school. We had these events called book fairs, and it was like a mini book store that students could go to and buy books. It lasted about one week out of the year and it would always include a family night at the end of the week for the families to come and walk around with their children and check it out themselves. Every year for five consecutive years would my mom and I attend this book fair. That’s when the problem got worse. I personally think it was mom’s fault, and let me explain to you why.

So, mom and I would be walking through the school library (where the book fair was held) and mom would browse through the books while I would wander off to find the books that I liked. No matter what genre it was, mom would come up to me on several occasions with books in her hands and let me read the backs of them. Here’s the problem: I hated reading synopses. Absolutely hated them. Hence, when mom would give me a book to read the synopsis of, I’d pretend to read it, then say: “Sounds great!” and place it in the bag.

We’d end up going home with about three bags of books and an empty wallet.

And on this would go. Even now, as I’m older and in high school, I just pick books off the shelf that look cool and put them in the basket. Occasionally nowadays I’ll read what it’s about, but, now that I’m obsessed with books, I still can’t stop buying. Like the other day when I came out of Salvation Army (or Salvo’s as my wonderful aunt calls it) with eleven books. Hey, but don’t blame me, when there’s a sale, you know you gotta have ’em!

In conclusion: never take me to a bookstore.You never know what I’ll find.

Happy Reading!! xoxoxo