Disney Princess Sidekicks Book Tag!

Nominated by Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads 

Created by Book Princess Reviews

Mushu from Mulan / Olaf + Sven from Frozen
The Comic Relief – Name your favorite hilarious character or your favorite comedy/funny book:
The Sellout by Paul Beatty

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This is a book that is definitely hard to follow sometimes. There are plenty of funny parts, especially the first page! It hooked me when I started out listening to the audio book.

The Seven Dwarfs from Snow White
Favorite Group/Ensemble:
I am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak.

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Ed Kennedy, Audrey, Marv and Ritchie are probably one of my favorites. They joke around with each other but they also help one another in a time of need. This book is drawn out a bit but I would say it’s worth a read!

Pascal from Tangled
The loyal cheerleader chameleon (not a frog, Flynn Rider) – Name a book that started out one way but changed for you:
Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and illustrated by Fiona Staples.

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I know these are graphic novels. They started out really good but by the 4th and 5th I just wasn’t interested anymore. I don’t know if I couldn’t understand what was going on but they started out strong and I never ended up finishing all of them.

Meeko from Pocahontas
Pocahontas’s sly and sneaky raccoon friend – Name a plot twist that you did not see coming:
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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I think everyone that has read this novel understands why this is here. I never expected what happened in that book to happen. The ending was way better than the beginning. I almost DNF’d this book to be honest.

Rajah from Aladdin / Flounder from The Little Mermaid
Gentle with their princess but protective with everyone else – Name your favorite best friend in a novel:
Iko from Cinder by Marissa Meyer.

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I loved how much Cinder loved her android and vice versa. It was one of her only friends and even though Iko is an android I wanted to be friends with her.

Louis from The Princess and the Frog / Sebastian from The Little Mermaid / Cogsworth, Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, & Chip from Beauty and the Beast
The Musical Bunch – Name a novel where music played a big part or made you want to sing its praises:
Amy and Rogers Epic Detour by Morgan Matson.

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I never ended up finishing this book because I checked it out from the library. I know that it is a well-known novel with playlists. They are on a road trip so it’s to be expected.

Maximus from Tangled
The obstacle in Flynn Rider’s way – Name a character that faces a lot of obstacles:
Lee from Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson.

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Since it took place during the gold rush you can only imagine the obstacles this young girl went through. I couldn’t even imagine how difficult it must have been. I definitely recommend this book. If you want to see my review for it you can find it a few blog posts back!

Hamish, Hubert, & Harris from Brave
Favorite family dynamics in a novel:
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.

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The relationship Paul had with his wife and newborn daughter was unlike one I’ve seen in a novel. He tried so hard to be there for them even though he was sick. I hope that one day my family will have the same love for each other! This book is heartbreaking but I recommend it to anyone that needs some motivation.

Ray from The Princess and the Frog / 3 Fairies from Sleeping Beauty
The Advice Givers – Book that most impacted your life:
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

I read this book at first and found it quite boring. I actually listened to the audio book three times before realizing that it has such good messages. It has so many life lessons about finding your own personal legend. You need to realize that sometimes simplicity is actually extraordinary! Please read this book at least once in your life.

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is another unbelievable book. This would actually fit in “a character that faces a lot of struggles” because Liesel definitely doesn’t live an easy life. It’s back when Nazis were taking control and it will definitely leave you on the edge of your seat.

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Hei Hei from Moana
Name a character that steals the show:
Ren from The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti.

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I haven’t finished this novel yet but I can already tell this is very suitable. Ren is a young boy that doesn’t have one of his hands. He lived in an orphanage but was adopted by his “brother” Benjamin. Ren not having his hand catches people’s attention whether it be good or bad. He uses it, as well as Benjamin, to get what they want.

(DNF’d)

Gus & Jaq from Cinderella
Opposites Attract – Name your favorite or worst opposite attracts pairing:
Ginny and Lucky from Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S King.

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I read this novel a few years ago, but I do remember Ginny and Lucky. I don’t believe they ever started a romantic relationship but Ginny definitely helped Lucky find himself.

Simon and Bram from Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.

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Oh my goodness! These two were a match made in heaven. I thought it was adorable how they started talking to each other anonymously. I met my boyfriend over the internet and he is the love of my life so I know what it’s like. I think that’s the main reason I really enjoyed this book. The characters are easy to relate with and understand. It’s another book worth reading!

Nominations

Tagging most recent followers. If you don’t want to do it that’s okay and if you’ve already done it then even better!

Bookbloggingforfun
JamiShelves
bookishendeavors
thoughtsallsorts
Danielle @ The Introverted Book Nerd

Weekly Wrap-Up! October 8-14

I decided to follow through with the weekly wrap ups! From here on out I will be posting a weekly wrap up every Sunday with my week of reading. After you read this let me know in the comments if I should continue making these or not!

This week I haven’t done a ton of reading because I’m in a sort of slump. One of the books I read kind of left me not in the mood to read. If any of you have recommendations of books that get you out of a reading slump let me know!

Books I’ve Finished:

Hit the Ground Running by Alison Hughes. 2/5 Stars. 

Goodreads Synopsis | My review

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson. 3.5/5 Stars. 

Goodreads synopsis | My review (Goodreads) | My review (Blog)

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I’m not going to give my opinions on these just because I have reviews of them either on Goodreads or previously on the blog.

Books I’m Currently Reading: 

The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti. 76 pgs/327 pgs.

Not the greatest book so far. That’s all I’m going to say about it right now.

Awakened by Love by Azin Sametipour. 20% into the novel.

I can’t really say anything about the novel just yet. When I have finished it you will definitely see a review!

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I’d like to know if any of you have read any of these! Let me know your opinions. Keep your eyes open next Sunday for another weekly wrap-up! Be respectful and happy reading!

Book Review of Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

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Book title: Walk on Earth a Stranger (Gold Seer Trilogy #1)
Book author: Rae Carson
Publishing date: September 22, 2015
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
ISBN: 0062242911 ISBN13: 9780062242914
Page count: 436 (Hardcover)
RatingImage result for 3.5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads synopsis | Amazon

Rescued thus from sin and danger,
purchased by the saviors blood,
may i walk on earth a stranger,
as a son and heir of god

Fun fact:
I thought Rae Carson was a man for probably half of this book. Sorry Rae!

Synopsis:
This novel takes place during the gold rush and follows a female protagonist, Lee “Leah” Westfall. She has this ability to sense when gold is present. When her world falls apart at home she makes her way to California. To get there she runs into some issues and creates relationships that end up being like family to her. It’s a journey that deals with a lot of death and even some life!

My thoughts:
I enjoyed this book a lot which I didn’t really expect. I was waiting for it to be so boring I’d have to DNF it. Boy was I so wrong. I loved it so much that I pretty much finished half the book in one day, which to some book lovers is easy peesy. I’m a pretty slow reader so reading over 200 pages is a lot for me. What blew my mind was how well this book flows. It’s super easy to follow along and picture what happens. The reason I didn’t really give it four stars was because there were parts that I didn’t feel were really that necessary. It is mostly just Lee traveling to California so some things were necessary to keep the book interesting. That’s understandable but I feel like it was a bit much at times. That said, all the scenes in the book are something you would expect on a journey like this. They have to ride in wagons from Georgia, or anywhere near, all the way to California so hardships and death is definitely expected. You really experience hardships like the heat of the desert. The way it is described it almost feels like you are in the story with them, dying of heat stroke.

Characters:

The characters were actually very easy to relate to, like or dislike. There is a guy named Frank Dillery that I absolutely hated and if you read this book you will know why. There were also characters like Lucy and Therese that you just enjoy reading about. They are passionate about being a family and sticking together. They weren’t all caught up in getting to California and finding gold. Leah was determined and persevering! She’s definitely a character I look up to. I never really found her annoying at all. She helped so many people along the way without expecting anything in return.

Overall:

I was happy with then ending but since this is a trilogy I feel like I need to read the other two. I’m not sure how exciting it will be considering Leah did what she set out to do. I know that it didn’t explain anything after they stopped their journey, but that was honestly fine with me. It was a fantastic journey to go on and I recommend this book to anyone interested in the gold rush or anyone that likes to read books set in the past.

Disclaimer: There are little bits of animal cruelty dealing with buffalo. I’m only adding this because it actually made me sad. If it doesn’t bother you then move along! I’m just a big baby when it comes to that.
There is also quite a bit of death involved. I don’t know if that should be a disclaimer but I’m just covering all the bases.

What did you think of the book? Is this book on your TBR? Comment down below but be respectful and happy reading!

WWW Wednesday 10/11/17

I have decided to participate in WWW Wednesday hosted by Taking on a world of words! I couldn’t decide what I wanted to post today because I have been consistently reading but I haven’t finished much of anything to do a review on.

The three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? 

I am currently reading many books, but the one I have been focusing on the most is Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson. I am loving it so much that I don’t want it to ever end. Good thing it is a trilogy. I am about 192 pages in and slowly making my way through it. I can’t wait to see how it ends and decide if I want to pick up the other two. I don’t see why I wouldn’t considering how great the first one is so far!

Goodreads synopsis

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What did you recently finish?

I recently finished An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin! I rated it a 4.25/5 stars. I loved the premise and how it was beautifully written! I did a whole review on it a couple of blog posts ago if you wanted to check it out! Definitely recommend!

Goodreads synopsis

An Object of Beauty book review

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What do you plan on reading next?

There are a few options open for me. I either want to start Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven or The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti (I’ve already picked this one up but wanted to focus on my current read).

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Good Omens goodreads synopsis

All the Bright Places goodreads synopsis

The Good Thief goodreads synopsis

Let me know your opinions about my WWW! I’m also up to seeing everyone else’s blog post so you can comment your links down below. Be respectful and happy reading everyone!

Weekly wrap ups?

I was thinking that I could write weekly wrap ups for you all. Would you be interested in seeing them? I would track my reading starting on Monday and post about what I have accomplished on Sunday. If you are interested comment down below or like this post. Sorry this is short and not that interesting but I thought I would ask. Thanks for reading!

Book Review of An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin

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Book title: An Object of Beauty: a novel
Author: Steve Martin
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: November 23, 2011
ISBN: 0446573647 ISBN13: 9780446573641
Page count: 304 (Hardcover)
Rating: 4.25/5
Goodreads | Amazon

“I am tired, so very tired of thinking about Lacy Yeager, yet I worry that unless I write her story down, and see it bound and tidy on my bookshelf, I will be unable to ever write about anything else.”

Browsing through my local library I came across this specific book. I will admit that the only thing that made me stop was the fact that it was written by Steve Martin. He’s one of my favorite actors and he can play the strings off a banjo. When I took it off the shelf I noticed that the cover was beautiful! Then I read the synopsis and I thought it may be a book that is up my alley.

About the author:
In the back of the novel there are references for the photos he uses throughout the story which definitely takes the book up a notch. I was very hesitant because I wasn’t sure if Steve Martin even knew anything about art. I only knew him as an actor that sometimes played the banjo. I did a little research and he is an art collector as well. He collects modern art along with art from the 20th century. If you do any research on him you will see all the posts about him collecting art as well as his exhibition in Las Vegas at the Bellagio Hotel. It made it a lot easier to get through the book knowing he had knowledge of different artists and what it is like to buy, sell and trade the beauty that is art.

Synopsis:
This novel is told by a narrator that goes by the name Daniel Franks. He shows us this wild journey of a woman he knew named, Lacey Yeager, who made her way through the art world in New York City. She travels her way through Manhattan and St. Petersburg. It took place in the early 1990’s to probably the end of 2009. This woman started working at Sotheby’s, one of the top brokers for art and other precious artifacts. She then tried to climb up the social ladder by creating these relationships with different people who were rich and full of life in the art world. It shows how dark and twisted the art world can be when a person climbs the social ladder.

My thoughts:
I listened to the audio book on overdrive, narrated by Campbell Scott, while I read the physical copy. I have been trying to make my way to different genres and so just normal fiction was where I wanted to start. I struggled in the beginning because I am not used to the writing style of fiction writers. I am used to young adult fiction and the simplicity of it so to speak. Hearing someone read it to me while I also read it made it a little bit easier to understand. With that said this book is written beautifully! It floats you down the river that is the art world in the 1990’s. You better take a cold beverage and some sunblock with you because it’s going to be a long, hot journey.
This novel takes you through the struggle the art world had come across in the late 1990’s, early 2000’s. There is dialogue in the novel where a man named Hinton is comparing modern art to an ugly big-headed puppy. He wasn’t necessarily calling modern art ugly but there was a big difference in the generations of art.

Disclaimer: This novel does have a few scenes dealing with sex along with drugs. It is not as vulgar as some books can be but it’s in there. If that does bother you I recommend either skipping those parts or just not reading the book.

Narrator:
This story is told by Daniel and he even mentions that the story is told from his own recollections, conversations with her and people around her and gossip. It also has a little bit of imagination threaded through it because he wasn’t with her every second of every day. It works though believe it or not. I would love it if there was a companion novel that Lacey wrote from her point of view. Then I would get both sides, but with that said I enjoyed her story nonetheless. It doesn’t feel biased but sometimes you feel bad for the way she is portrayed. Since we only see Daniel’s perspective it makes you think a little bit about what actually went on at some points in her life.

Characters:
Lacey Yeager was definitely a force to be reckoned with. No, she didn’t have the best reputation throughout the novel but throughout the span of her art career she never gave up. She does anything and everything she can do make money from selling art. She is a bit of a scammer but who isn’t when it comes to climbing that dreaded social ladder of New York.

Daniel, the narrator, didn’t put himself in the novel much until the end of the book when he decided he wanted to write the novel about Lacey. At the end of the novel he never mentioned that his novel of her was ever published. He also had some issues with a scam he was involved in with Lacey, but nothing really came from it. He helped Lacey question her actions at certain points in the novel, even though most of the time she did what she wanted.

Overall:
This novel was very enjoyable to read. It may not be as enjoyable or interesting to someone who might not care about art all that much. I participated in art class all four years and every semester in high school. I have created my own art that I have loved and tried to sell. I was familiar with some of the artists names throughout the book that I learned about in school. It was interesting to know about all the scams that went on with certain pieces of art. If you do read this novel you need to put yourself in it. You can’t just skim it and think you caught everything because it won’t work (unless you have some sort of photographic memory). I do recommend this novel 100%.

Down the TBR hole! #1

Hello everyone! I’m here with a different type of blog post I’ve been seeing around. It’s called the “Down the TBR hole.” The rules are down below but I decided to go ahead and just pick at random instead of in order from ascending. This sounded fun and my TBR on goodreads is a total mess! Two of them end up being KEEP and three of them are GO. I’ve decided that just because a book is popular I don’t have to pick it up if I don’t want to. Hence why I have the problem of wanting to read over 100 books. This will definitely help me narrow my reading down a bit. I hope you enjoy!

RULES:

  • Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Date added: Ascending
  • Take the first 5-10
  • Read synopsis and decide if you want to keep it or not.

A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria “V.E” Schwab 

Goodreads synopsis

Date added: 09/20/17

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I have the whole trilogy on my TBR and I’ve definitely heard some mixed reviews about it. I haven’t been able to get my hands on it just yet, plus I have so many other books to read before these. I’m still interested in reading it because the synopsis sounds good. I think I’ll save these, well at least this one, on my TBR for now. 

-KEEP-

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Goodreads synopsis

Date added: 08/09/17

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I have picked up this book once from the library and read a chapter. I don’t think I was in the mood for it. I’m not sure I want to pick it up again because even though I’ve heard good things about it it’s just not my taste in books. I tried to branch out and where this was more historical YA it wasn’t as interesting. I don’t want to read something just because everyone else has. I think I’m going to let this one go.

-GO-

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick

Goodreads synopsis

Date added: 09/20/17

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I found this novel randomly on a book store’s website and at the time I thought it sounded interesting. I reread the synopsis and it doesn’t sound like something I’m interested in anymore. I think we all know where this is going.

-GO-

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Goodreads Synopsis

Date added: 09/20/17

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I’ve had this book on my TBR for a while. Maybe not on my goodreads but it’s been ever since I watched a booktuber talk about it awhile back. Again, the synopsis leads me to believe I would not like this book. I could give it a chance but I have so many other books that sound better than this one. 

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The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

Goodreads synopsis

Date added: 08/08/17

The Looking Glass Wars (The Looking Glass Wars, #1)

This book, along with the other two in the trilogy, was one that I bought at my local Books-a-Million store. It sounded interesting to me then and it still sounds pretty good now. It is on my physical shelves so it is not going anywhere anytime soon so I will read it when I feel like it. That being said it is staying.

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Thanks for reading and don’t be afraid to comment what you think of my choices. Be respectful. Come back for a blog post everyday!
Continue reading “Down the TBR hole! #1”

Get to know me!

I wasn’t tagged by anyone but I figured I’d do it anyway. I hope you enjoy.

Can you stop reading at anytime, or do you have to stop at a chapter/page?

Most of the time I need to stop at the next chapter. Sometimes the chapter is too long for the amount of time I have to read so I’ll stop in the middle.

Do you eat or drink while eating? 

Sometimes, but I don’t prefer it.

Can you read while listening to music or watching tv?

If any noise is quiet enough I can read, but most of the time I need it quiet.

One book at a time or several?

I try to read one book at a time but life is too short. I always end up reading several.

Read at home or everywhere?

I read at home most of the time, but if I have time I’ll read in my car or at the park.

Do you read out load or silently in my head?

I can do both it doesn’t matter. I like to think I retain more knowledge when reading aloud.

Do you read ahead or skip pages?

I never read ahead. If I feel like I need to then I shouldn’t be reading the book. Unless it’s a book I’ve read, then I’ll skip to parts I like/know.

Break the spine or keep it new?

I try to keep the spine in tact but if it breaks, in my case, it means it was loved a little more than the rest!

Write books or just read?

I just read. I used to try to write when I was younger but it wasn’t for me. Who knows things might change.

Last book read?

We are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson. (Definitely recommend the book if you read YA!!)

About me:

Name: Vivian

Name meaning: Well I looked it up and it’s supposedly derived from Latin or French and it means “alive” which I am indeed alive.

Named after anyone: A woman off of Days of our Lives.

Hair color: Medium brown.

Hair length: It’s almost if not already down to the middle of my back.

Eye Color: Hazel!

My birthday: September 6th

Height: 5″8 I believe

Place of birth: Michigan

Currently living: Kentucky

Star Sign: Virgo

Best Feature: Eyes.

Braces: Never had them, probably never will.

Piercings: I have my lobes pierced once on each ear and my tragus on my left side.

Tattoos: None currently.

Right/Left handed: Right handed.

Pets: Back in Michigan I have a cat (orange tabby) and a dog (chihuahua/Pomeranian) In Kentucky I have none.

Siblings: 2 half sisters and 2 half brothers.

Do you have kids: Nope, maybe someday.

How many children do you want: 0-2

What would you name your children: Theo for a boy and Charlie for a girl.

Marriage: Not currently, but maybe in the future!

What did you want to be when you grew up? Vet probably. As I went into middle school I wanted to be a psychiatrist.

Career Goals: I’m hoping I can either blog professionally or I can get into an art field.

Hobbies: Reading, drawing, blogging.

Five Random Facts:

  • I don’t like having anything around my wrists.
  • I hate going to bed unless I’m incredibly tired.
  • I’m a homebody
  • I hate water (swimming).
  • I’m addicted to cheese.

Favorites:

Five favorite films:

  • Juno
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Beetlejuice
  • Zootopia
  • Erin Brokovich

Five favorite songs:

  • Tom Petty’s music *RIP D;
  • Queens of the stone age music
  • Queens music
  • Eric Clapton’s music
  • Soundgarden’s music

Tv Shows: Frasier, How I Met Your Mother, Raising Hope, King of Queens, Everybody Loves Raymond.

Youtubers: Jenna Marbles, A ton of booktubers, Nikki Limo, Grace Helbig, LeighAnn Says etc…

Food: I love food! Pizza, Philly cheese-steak, burgers, pasta, cucumbers, hummus, bagels

Drinks: Water, Sprite, Coke Zero, Diet Pepsi.

Animals: Hippos or dogs. All animals are accepted though!

Restaurants: Sonic, Subway

Shops: Book stores and makeup stores (Sephora)

Smells: Lovespell is my all time favorite scent.

Colors: I love all colors!

Music genre: Rock, some country, and some rap. I will also accept others as long as it’s good.

Firsts:

Holiday: My first time traveling to Kentucky with my friend.

Concert: Tom Petty 😦

Best Friend: I don’t remember my first best friend!

Currently:

Feeling: Productive.

Eating: Nothing!

Watching: How I Met Your Mother

Wearing: PJ’s

Do you:

Believe in miracles: Maybe.

Believe in love at first sight: No.

Believe in ghosts: I’m not sure.

Believe in aliens: They are possible I guess.

Believe in soul mates: No

Believe in heaven/hell: I don’t know.

Believe in kissing on first date: You do you. If it feels right and there is consent!!

Believe in yourself: Not usually, unfortunately.

What:

If you won the lottery, what would you buy? My parents a house, my boyfriend and I a house, and books.

Your fav/worst subject in school: My favorite was art. My least favorite was either Trig/Pre Calc

Subject you were best at: Art or English.

Sports do you play/have played: I never played team sports. I used to play tennis for fun.

Phone (IOS/Android): IOS

Something you with you were talented at: Being athletic.

First thing you notice about people: Personality/Clothing

Top of bucket list: Travel to Seattle, Washington.

3 long-term goals: Buy a house, get married, have a career in what I love.

3 Short term goals: buy a new car, have job security with a full-time position, and reach my reading goals for the year.

What are you doing to achieve those goals: I’m applying for a full-time position at the library, My boyfriend and I are trying to save money to buy a car.

3 things you’d take on a deserted island: Books, rope, and knife.

Biggest accomplishment: Graduating high school with honors.

Ideal first date: I don’t really have one.

Something I look for in partner: Sense of humor and ability to sit and do nothing quite often.

Something you dislike: BUGS, driving (lol), sleeping

Special talents: I can draw pretty well.

Favorite fairy tale: I don’t really have one.

App used most: Instagram/goodreads

Piece of tech you can’t live without: Phone

Countries you have visited: Haven’t left the country I’m in.

Countries you’d like to visit: Italy, Japan, Rome

Most embarrassing memory: Peeing my pants during gym in elementary school.

Random:

Summer or Winter: I hate the heat, but probably summer.

Furthest you’ve been from home: 600 and something miles. (Where I am currently living.)

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Maybe Seattle.

Sweet/Savory: Savory.

Last time you’ve cried: A week or two ago. I’m emotional.

If you were another person, would you be afraid of yourself? No ?

Scary movie or happy endings: Happy endings

Do you use sarcasm a lot? YES.

How would you describe your fashion sense: Non existent (There’s that sarcasm)

Are you competitive: Not in any way shape or form.

Describe yourself in a single sentence: Introvert who loves to sit at home in her pajamas and read.

Who is your role model: Tom Petty. He seemed like an amazing man.

If you could give your younger self any advice what would it be: Don’t be so scared to do anything!

This was the longest tag I have ever seen. I hope you enjoyed it! Stay tuned for more blog posts! I don’t have anyone to tag but I encourage you to do it! Thank you 🙂

Library Book Haul!

Hello everyone! I wanted to do a library book haul since I haven’t bought many books in the last few months. I have, however, recently been hired as a circulation attendant at my local library so here we are. It’s a fantastic job if you love to read. No, I do not sit and read all day because I know that’s everyone’s misconception of librarians. A lot more goes into the job than you think. Anyway, here are the 7 books I have checked out from my local library.

The first one I have to talk about and have started reading is Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson. This book is about a young female protagonist named Lee “Leah” Westfall, who has the ability to sense gold. This novel is set during the Gold Rush so you could see how this ability is a blessing and a curse. Her life then starts to fall apart and she makes her way west to California.

I am about 140 pages into the novel and I am loving it. It’s full of all these hardships that our main character goes through and there is never a dull moment for Lee or the reader. Rae Carson does very well writing the novel to seem like it was written during those times. Sometimes I do feel like she tried to hard to make it sound authentic but other than that it has been a fantastic read. I will keep everyone posted on my thoughts when I am finished reading it.


An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin is the next novel I checked out from the library. Yes, the author is the Steve Martin. This novel is just a fiction book that is “written” by a man named Daniel Franks that follows a woman named Lacey Yeager. This is a girl he just can’t seem to get out of his head. Lacey is ambitious enough to take on the art world of New York City. She works in a Sotheby’s, the worlds largest brokers of fine art as well as other fancy artifacts. As she climbs the social ladder it shows just how dark the art world becomes from the 1990’s and so on.

I have also started this novel and I am a little over 60 pages in. Can I just say that I never expected Steve Martin to write such a beautiful novel, especially about art! The words flow smoothly and the story is interesting. As a person that took art every year and every semester in high school I enjoy this book. If you want to know about art and you are just starting out I’m not sure this book would be for you. If you know a lot about art and just want to know a little bit more, this book is great. That said, if you just want to pick it up because it seems interesting to you, then all the power to you! It’s a beautiful book so far and I will also be doing another review on this book when it is finished.


Attachments by Rainbow Rowell is a book I checked out because I have heard mixed reviews about it. This is one of Rainbow Rowells adult books. This novel is about two women Beth and Jennifer that work for a newspaper. They are aware their emails are monitored but they continue to gossip over email. Lincoln O’Neill then becomes one of the internet security officers and ends up reading Beth and Jennifer’s emails. He realizes he starts falling for Beth but it may be too late to even say anything to her.

I have not started this novel, but I am excited to get to it. The good thing about working at the library is I get an extra week to have the books!


Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders is a historical fiction book about President Lincoln’s son Willie who falls ill and dies. George then twists the story to show Willie in purgatory or the “Bardo.” It’s a transitional state before deciding where he goes. Willie comes across ghosts that gripe and mingle so to speak.

I have also started this book and I have only reached page 18. I don’t know if I’m ready for a historical fiction, but I just couldn’t get into it. I couldn’t understand what was happening even after reading the synopsis. I may put it down and pick it up sometime down the road. As of right now, not a fan. If you’re into historical fiction then I recommend picking this up.


The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom is a young adult novel that follows Gwendolyn Bloom. Her father disappears and she decides to change her identity and find her father. It takes place in a world with a fair amount of spies, assassins  and criminal masterminds. It’s all about her journey.

I have not started this book but I am excited to go along with Gwendolyn on her bad A journey!


The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti is about a young twelve-year-old male protagonist named Ren. Ren has lost his left hand but has no idea how or why. He is abandoned at an orphanage for boys and goes on a journey to find out who his parents are and what his life was like before. Benjamin Nab then enters his life claiming to be his brother and tells him a story of his parents. Ben convinces the orphanage to let Ren go to discover himself. It follows Ren and his adventure with scammers, thieves and even grave robbers!

I haven’t started this but it sounds like a novel that I haven’t really read before. This was a novel my boyfriend picked up at the library and asked me to read it so lets see where this goes.


Even the Dogs by Jon McGregor is a novel that follows multiple friends of a man who winds up dead in an abandoned apartment. It is all of their stories pieced together. It deals with drugs and distress. They live in a parallel world where they are out of reach from the outside world. When they all suddenly die they realize they were treated with more respect that when they were living their short lives.

This story sounded odd and when I was looking for one of his other books I came across this. I haven’t started it but I am very excited to see what that synopsis even means. I’ll definitely keep you all posted.


The last novel I checked out from the library is a recommendation from my co-worker, This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. This is a fantasy that follows Kate Harker and August Flynn. Kate wants to be ruthless but she was in boarding school for five years and now that she’s released she wants to prove she can be just as ruthless as her father. August wants to be human but he’s stuck as a monster that steals souls with songs. The city they live in is divided and they are the only two that can understand both sides. They are the only two that can do anything about it.

I haven’t started this book but I have heard mixed reviews about it. I decided I would pick it up soon and give it a read. I will keep everyone posted!

Sorry this is a long post, but I wanted to give insight about the books I read. If you want to see other books I’m interested in you can visit my goodreads account as well as all my other social media. They are all linked at the top of my blog page.

Thank you for reading and don’t be afraid to tell me your opinions. No spoilers on any of these novels please!

We are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

This is my first book review so be nice please!

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Genre:

Young Adult Fiction

Summary:

This is a novel about the male protagonist, Henry Denton. He was supposedly abducted by aliens and told that he had 144 days to decide whether he wanted the world to end or not. It all came down to this button that he was either going to push or leave alone. Through the course of those 144 days he deals with love, loss, and figuring out who he is. He meets Diego Vega, an aspiring artist from Colorado that he doesn’t know much about, who could possibly change his mind about the world. It’s an emotional journey that deals with relationships between family, friends and possible love interests. Trigger: Towards the end of the novel there is a mention of possible rape. If that bothers you just know that going into the novel. It’s not a huge part but it is mentioned. There is also suicide mentioned quite a bit in the novel. 

Narration:

This novel is written in first person narrative which is not so reliable in the end. Henry is in high school and because he’s dealing with a mother that smokes and is trying to keep the family from falling apart, a brother who dropped out of college and is planning on being a father, a grandmother who is losing her mind, and a boyfriend that has committed suicide. All of these different aspects of his life has made him go a little crazy and for awhile he wonders why it would matter if the world ended. We are never for sure if he is actually abducted by aliens or if it is just him trying to give an excuse to end his life as well. Therefore, we only see what he is thinking and how he supposes others are feeling but his mind is too jumbled. 

Setting:

The book takes place in Florida where Henry lives. He is mainly at school or at home but there is a plethora of other significant places he takes us here and there. The setting is not much of a driver for the story but there are certain places such as, his boyfriends old bedroom, that starts becoming important later in the story. It basically just shows that he is in high school and that gives the reader a hint of the struggles that happen in high school especially for a boy that has so much going on in his life. Other than that there is not much description about where he lives and goes to school. 

Theme:

We are the Ants shows the reader just how large the universe is and how our actions ultimately don’t matter in the end. If are worried about grades in school, what has happened in the past, or what happening now we shouldn’t be because it doesn’t matter all that much. 

Evaluation:

This book was fantastic. It deals with possible problems that any person on the Earth could deal with in their lifetime. The writing definitely proves that the narrator is a high school student. Henry is easy to relate to but also impossible to understand. I enjoyed the relationships between him and his friends, family and Diego Vega. You learn about each person slowly throughout the book which was nice. I didn’t have to learn about this person with all these experiences in one page. I gradually got to know them like it was a real life interaction. 

Henry Denton was not my favorite character in the novel. I found him to be quite annoying at moments. He could never decide what he wanted from a person at any given moment. He compared Diego to his former boyfriend that had committed suicide. I don’t fancy comparing two people because human beings are all different. I do realize he is in high school trying to find himself but his personality wasn’t my cup of tea. 

Throughout the story there were facts that were made up by Henry and it was interesting to see what he had come up with. They were some of my favorite parts of the novel. They often dealt with serious issues that were going on in the world but it had a twist that probably would never happen.

The writing style was very simple which made it a bit of a faster read, which I did enjoy. 

One of the issues I had that brought my rating down was the romance in the novel. I’m not big on cheesy romance and it happens quite a bit. There are some raunchy parts as well mixed in. I do understand that he was trying to find himself but it wasn’t for me.

Overall:

I would encourage anyone to read this novel. I will definitely try to read other novels by Shaun David Hutchinson. I borrowed this book from the library so I would buy it for my shelves. I believe this book has made good points about what life really is about. We really just are the ants in the grand scheme of things. It is a great message and I think if you read this book more than once you will probably learn something new every time. Give this novel a chance. 

Thank you. 

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