Is It Alright to Give Up On A Book?

9781447283317Alrighty, discussion post.

I used to believe that if you start a book you have to finish it. I would hold books hostage in my currently-reading shelf on Goodreads for months, telling myself that I could not start another book until I finished this one or I would avoid finishing it by reading every book except that one. I would dread picking it up again. I used to give myself major guilt over not being into a book or not wanting to continue on with a series.

I want to encourage all you fellow readers that if you don’t want to finish a book or book series, you don’t have to! There are so many books in the world that even if you read two books a day, you will never read them all, and new ones are constantly being published.

Don’t waste your time reading something that bores you! This is with the exception of books that you previously committed yourself to read for a publisher or was assigned for a class.

I bring this up because I got about 30 pages into Yes Please by Amy Poehler and while it was funny, I just wasn’t interested. So I am putting it down and I’m not going to feel guilty. Maybe I’ll pick it up again in the future, but for now I am moving on. I’m letting go and frankly, I’m kind of proud of myself.

What is your opinion? Do you believe in finishing every book you pick up? What books or book series did you give up on?

Until Next Time,

~R

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The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

the-crowns-game-icon My feelings for this book can only be described as AHHHHHH!!!

Through the entire thing my body was a mere vessels for the feelings and thoughts of “OH MY GOSH,” “WAIT WHAT” “NO,NO, NO” “YES, YES, YES” “OH MY GOSH” “YESSSSS” WHAT! NO! WHAT” “AHHHH”

Just repeat those thoughts about five times per page and that was my reading experience. Oh my goodness. This is Evelyn Sky’e first book and she immediately hit favorite author status.

Start Date:November 3rd, 2016

End Date: November 6th, 2016

About The Book (Goodreads)

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip-smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love…or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear—the Crown’s Game is not one to lose

What I Loved

Umm… Everything.

The plot was fantastic, the characters were strong, the twists and turns were so unexpected they drove me crazy, and with Skye’s writing you right there in Saint Petersburg.

Also, I am low-key crushing on Pasha. #BookBoyfriendAlert

What I Didn’t Like As Much

Umm… nothing. Okay, okay, I don’t like that the second book isn’t out yet.

A Tiny Taste

“Pasha smiled so broadly, it wasas if he’s discovered the secret to eternal life. This was the sort of book one ought to read in pieces, to properly appreciate and savor each bit. And yet, he wanted to devour it whole. Messily and all at once.” #ThisBook

For Bookshelf or Borrowing?

BOOKSHELF. I personallyreccomend buying two copies of this book. One for you to read whenever you please and the second to shove into the faces of everyone you know. It is wonderfullll.

About The Author

Evelyn Skye is the New York Times bestselling author of THE CROWN’S GAME (out now!) and THE CROWN’S FATE (May 16, 2017). She was once offered a job by the C.I.A., she not-so-secretly wishes she was on “So You Think You Can Dance,” and if you challenge her to a pizza-eating contest, she guarantees she will win. When Evelyn isn’t writing, she can be found chasing her daughter on the playground or sitting on the couch, immersed in a good book and eating way too many cookies.

Extras

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Until Next Time,

~R

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BTD Weekly Round Up

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The first weekly round-up for November! Eep! Oh my goodness, everyone has been super active this past week, it’s been fun reading all the posts. But it has also been hard to keep up. Here are a few of my favorite bookish blog posts from this past week.

ON DISAPPOINTMENTS AND SETBACKS WHEN BLOGGING

Jananee gives us tips on how to avoid blogger burn out. One of her tips was to not compare yourself to other bloggers or bookstagram accounts. Just don’t do it! It can be discouraging. Praise them, but focus on the activity you getting, and the content you are putting out. comparison is a slippery slope.

Harry Potter Mini Reviews

Bree from Jasper + Spice did mini reviews of all the Harry Potter books and it was fun to read! Like her, I’ve seen all those movies, but have only read the first three books. This gets me excited to continue on in the series.

Book + Dessert Pairing Guide

This is probably the funnest post I’ve read! Who would have thought to pair books and desserts and all of them are spot on! I was laughing and in awe at the creativity. Thank you Jill from Rant and Rave About Books!

Frenched | A Short Review

Lia from Lost In A Story gave such an honest and blunt review of a book she did not like at all, and it was so refreshing! I like reading less-than-positive reviews, it lets me know that I can trust them when they love a book.

Hello, November: TBR, Aspirations And Other Things. . .

Lu always has the greatest posts, her November TBR post talks about goals for herself outside of just reading and it is inspiring. I need to create a better plan for me month!

The AHHHHH’s Of Reading??

Lu from Girl Who Reads, hit what it is like to read a good book right on the head! If you want to feel understood as a book nerd, read this. It’s wonderful.

I’m really happy with this week’s round-up, thank you to all those book bloggers for keeping it lively.

What blog post did you really enjoy this week?

Until Next Time,

~R

3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge (Day 3!)

I was tagged by the lovely Lia from Lost In a Story to post a new quote every day for three days and today is today is the last day! I really enjoyed sharing some of my favorite quotes with you guys! Maybe I’ll do this again in the future.

Here are the rules:

  • Show the challenge on your blog.
  • Thank your nominator.
  • Pick a favourite quote, explain what it means and tell your readers why you chose that quote.
  • Nominate people for every post
  • Post the challenge once a day for 3 days and include one quote for each post.

Here is my last quote!

“Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.”

– John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

Of course it had to be a quote by John Green! He is the guru of amazing quotes that pierce your heart! I thought all of can relate to this, plus what a wonderful truth. There is nothing like being loved by a book.

As the last day of the challenge it’s my last time to challenge you who are reading this! Take three days to share three quotes, they don’t even have to be you favorite. Take a random line from the book you’re reading now. It can be so random and out of context. Extra points if you do that!

If you do this challenge, give me a holla because I want to see what you post. All right lovelies, I’ll see ya next time.

~R

My Lady Jane by Hand, Ashton, Meadows

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Last Friday I was at the Library forcing myself to finish Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban. As I was leaving I thought I should just browse the shelves and I saw My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. I have been seeing so many book bloggers talking about this book for months, and behold it was in my own library! So I got it, and no regrets are going to be given because it was wonderful. There is something about this book that makes me want to hold it and read its words over and over again.

Start Date: October 29th, 2016

End Date: November 1st, 2016

About the Book

Edward, the King of England is dying. Which sucks because he is sixteen and hasn’t had his first kiss yet. But because of his upcoming death, he decides that his cousin and best friend Jane is to marry Gifford… who happens to become a horse from dawn to dusk. Nobody is happy with this arrangement, but the plot thickens as Edward, Jane, and Gifford are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. They have to figure out how to save the Kingdom, as well as themselves before it is off with their heads!

Come on now,  a book about a dying king, and a sixteen year old girl marrying a horse? You have to read a story about that.

Something you should know before picking up this book is that it is written for comedic relief, it is not supposed to be a thrilling novel with twists and turns, so make sure you are in the right mood for this type of read, otherwise you might not enjoy it.

That being said, the prologue was funny, intriguing, and the narrators of the story give you  all the information you need to know, even a pronunciation lesson which I appreciated very much.

I would say that the writing is a middle school reading level, but with high school topics haha. For example, I wouldn’t hand this to someone younger than 15.

What I Loved

I really like this book. The story flows freely and the writing meshed into my mind well, meaning that it was easy for me to become absorbed into their world. The authors did steal a lot of famous and modern quotes which sometimes made me laugh while other times deserved eye rolls.

The book is the perfect size, it’s pretty, and the paper is like thick parchment. It was hard for me to put it down, mostly because I just wanted to hold it. This weekend my family was having a Gilmore Girl marathon and between each episode I made them pause so I could read a chapter. I needed to finish it!

I like part two of the book better because it had more laugh out loud humor. I laughed at a line so explosively that it scared my cat off my bed lol.

What I appreciated about this book was that all the characters showed the immaturity of their age. They acted like sixteen year olds in these crazy situations. Their actions, thoughts, and feelings were totally realistic.

What I Didn’t Like As Much

I couldn’t relate to any of the characters. I tried, I really did! But everyone is too perfect- the biggest flaws are the crooked nose on Dudley who is evil anyways, and Jane’s crazy red hair.

Also, WE GET IT. JANE IS A BOOKWORM. YOU DON’T NEED TO SAY IT EVERY TWO PAGES. I love my fellow book worms, but it was getting annoying.

A Tiny Taste

“As G’s eyes adjusted to the scene before him, he saw Edward raise a … fire poker?… and Jane pull out… a frying pan?

Whose cockamamie idea were these weapons? Probably Jane’s. They seemed like Jane’s idea of weapons.”

– My Lady Jane, Hand, Ashton, Meadows.

For Bookshelf of Borrowing?

Bookshelf- so I can look at it and force other people to read it.

I already know that the longer I go without reading this book, the more my brain will fall in love with the idea of it, though I’m not sure that I will read it again myself.

About The Authors

Brodi Ashton– author of the Everneath series and Diplomatic Immunity

Cynthia Hand– New York Time bestselling author of the Unearthly series and The Last Time We Say Goodbye (Which is fantastic by the way).

Jodi Meadows– Author of the Incarnate and Orphan Queen series.

Now I am going to dive into the spoiler section of this review, if you don’t want to be spoiled then turn back now! I’ve warned you!

Until Next Time,

~R

 

 

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I just need to talk about Gracie for a second. Of course she was fox lol, oh the irony. She is braver and more kick-butt than Jane, but she is also very insecure.

Then there is Mary- All I can say is, if your little brother took the throne from you and gave it your cousin, wouldn’t you be upset too? Sure her ways were unorthodox, but come on now.

Also, I was so weirded out when I found out that Pet was a human girl. Like.. #awkward.

Oh my gosh! G’s loving and tender support when Jane became queen and she was scared-sigh, my hopeless romantic side was fulfilled.

When Edward made Bess queen I was not expecting it which made it so cliché. And there ladies and gentlmen is how we got Queen Elizabeth. That was very humorous to me!

And lastly, My two favorite quotes that had me laughing out loud:

“No horse jokes,” he said.

“My lord, I apologize for the horse joke. If you put down the book- unharmed! – I will give you a carrot.”

He brandished the book at her, “Was that a horse joke?”

“Neigh.”

“Was that a horse joke?”

“Well, changing because of the position of the sun definitely sounds like a curse tome, ” Jane argued.

“Me too.” Edward frowned. “I think it’s likely that Gifford was cursed, and Jane, you got this curse because you married him. Which means this is partially my fault. I’m so sorry.”

Jane touched Edward’s arm, consolingly. “It’s not your fault.” Gifford gave another loud snort, and something large and ploppy dropped from his hindquarters. He never had the best manners in his horse form.”- My Lady Jane, Hand, Ashton, Meadows

Until Next Time,

~R

 

3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge (Day 2)

I was tagged by the lovely Lia from Lost In a Story to post a new quote every day for three days and today is day two! Here are the rules again just in case you forgot…

Here are the rules:

  • Show the challenge on your blog.
  • Thank your nominator.
  • Pick a favourite quote, explain what it means and tell your readers why you chose that quote.
  • Nominate people for every post
  • Post the challenge once a day for 3 days and include one quote for each post.

Here is my quote for today!

“He told me once to be brave, and though I have stood still while knives spun toward my face and jumped off a roof, I never thought I would need bravery in the small moments of my life. I do.”

-Veronica Roth, Divergent

I chose this quote because I wanted to be an encouragement to any body out there who is struggling. It takes great bravery to face your enemies and to slay those dragons, but it takes a different kind of bravery to face the small tasks, to face every day when things and feelings are happening that you can’t control. Keep on Keepin On!

Okay, That is my mushy moment haha.

So! As I said yesterday, I challenge you person reading this! Take three days to share three quotes, they don’t even have to be you favorite. Take a random line from the book you’re reading now. It can be so random and out of context. Extra points if you do that!

If you do this challenge, give me a holla because I want to see what you post. All right lovelies, I’ll see ya next time.

~R

 

 

3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge (Day One)

I was tagged by the lovely Lia from Lost In a Story to post a new quote every day. For anybody who was around when I first started, my main thang was daily quotes, but I drifted from that. This is the perfect excuse to dip my toes in it again, because why not! Also, it was very sweet of her to tag me.

Here are the rules:

 

  • Show the challenge on your blog.
  • Thank your nominator.
  • Pick a favourite quote, explain what it means and tell your readers why you chose that quote.
  • Nominate people for every post
  • Post the challenge once a day for 3 days and include one quote for each post.

I’m not going to tag anybody specifically, but I’m going to tag everyone who hasn’t already done this! It’s fun, plus I want to see what your favorite quotes are.

For day one I am going to quote Cassandra Clare in City of Bones. Every. Single. Time. I read this quote it makes me laugh out loud.

Clary: “Is this the part where you start tearing off strips of your shirt to bind my wounds?”

Jace: “If you wanted me to rip my clothes off, you should have just asked.”

Every time people, every time. I actually snort because of Jace’s cockiness. It’s wonderful.

So! I challenge you person reading this! Take three days to share three quotes, they don’t even have to be you favorite. Take a random line from the book you’re reading now. It can be so random and out of context. Actually… That’s a good idea! Extra points if you do that haha.

If you do this challenge, give me a holla because I want to see what you post. All right lovelies, I’ll see ya next time.

~R

Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban

5Oh my gosh, you guys. I did it. I finished it and I am so proud of myself. It took me 20 days to finish this book and holy moly it took me 19 of those days to read 49% of it.

To finish reading this book, it took banning myself to the back corner of my local library and dissolving into the story for three hours.

I think my problem was that I read the first two books in four days so I was just burned. out. and not ready to take on book three. Once I forced myself to finish it, I really liked it. This is probably my favorite in the series so far.

Start Date: October 8th, 2016

Finish Date: October 28th, 2016

 

About The Book (From Goodreads)

Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has already survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. But his hopes for a quiet term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It’s assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it a coincidence that he can feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney’s ghoulish predictions seriously?

What I Loved

To be honest, I loved how frustrating it was. I loved how the entire Wizarding world took every precaution to protect Harry and Harry was his sassy self and did what he wanted.

I actually don’t know how to write this part without spoilers. Let’s just say the feud between Ron and Hermione through the entire book, Harry and Professor Lupin, Hermione taking all the classes, sigh. This was a good book.

A Tiny Taste

“You think the dead we have loved ever truly leave us? You think that we don’t recall them more clearly than ever in times of great trouble? Your father is alive in you, Harry, and shows himself most plainly when you have need of him. How else could you produce that particular Patronus? Prongs rode again last night.”… And then I remembered the most unusual form your Patronus took, when it charged Mr. Malfoy down at your Quidditch match against Ravenclaw. So you did see your father last night, Harry. . . . You found him inside yourself.”

For Bookshelf or Borrowing?

Bookshelf. I would read this book again. It good on it’s own.

About The Author

J.K. Rowling is the author of the beloved, best-selling, record-braking Harry Potter series. She started writing the series during a delayed Manchester to London King’s Cross train journay, and during the next five years, outlined the plots for each book and began writing the first novel. J.K. Rowling is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees.

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More Aout J.K. Rowling

Movie Trailor

Goodreads

Magical World of Pottermore

I Am A Book Depository Affiliate!

I am a Book Depository Affiliate!

I’m pretty excited about this because Book Depository is my favorite place to buy books! In almost every blog post I link to a book, now when you click on a book title on my blog, it will take you to the Book Depo page.

Being a Book Depository Affiliate means that if you click on one of my links and buy a book from Book Depo then I will get 5% back to buy more books! It doesn’t cost you anything, it just helps feed my bookish habits.

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If you are ever wanting to buy a book, please come visit me and click on my Box in my sidebar and shop through there. Or not! This is just a heads up that from this point on there will affiliate links in my post.

 

Alright, announcement over. Please enjoy the rest of you book.

Until Next Time,

~R

 

The Goodreads Tag

I am doing BTD’s first ever Tag post. I’m feeling pretty snazzy and in the cool-blogger’s club. I saw The Goodreads Tag on Girl Who Reads  and thought to myself, “OH MY GOSH I NEED TO DO THIS.” Yes, I did scream in my thoughts haha.

I wasn’t tagged, so anybody who would like to join may do so! If tags aren’t your thang, then all the more power to you.

If they are, then let’s get down to geeking out over Goodreads aka my favorite website.

What Was The Last Book You Marked as “Read”?

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Yessss. After 20-day reading slump I finally finished the third Harry Potter book. It took me sitting in the back corner of my local library for three hours and dissolving completely into the story to finish the last 51% of the book. I know that percentage because thank you Kindle-App. This is book has been my favorite so far, but I definitely need a little break from our good friend HP.

 

 

 

What are you currently reading?

My Lady Jane– Currently on page 249, oh my goodness. so good.

Girl Defined– My current daily devotional, study. I don’t know, I’m reading this at a slow pace and taking notes.

When People Are Big and God is Small– I started this book in September, haven’t picked it up since, but I will not give up!

What Was the last book you marked as ‘to read’?

Letters From Father Christmas

What I Thought Was True

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

So… basically that last three books that were reviewed by book bloggers I follow lol.

What book do you plan to read next?

The Crown’s Game and Someone Like You

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Do you use the star rating system?

Yes I do! I actually love using their rating system better than others.

Are you doing a 2016 reading challenge?

Heh…heh… Every year I start the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge, and so far I read one book off the list and then just continue to read what I want to.

Do you have a Wishlist?

Umm. Yes.

What book do you plan to buy next?

There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones

A Harvest of Hope by Lauraine Snelling

Streams of Mercy by Lauraine Snelling

Bloom by Estee Lalonde

Do you have any favorite quotes. Would you like to share a few?

I have many favorite quotes, but instead of searching for them I am going to quote my all time favorite quote which is not even from a book-

“Promise me you will not spend so much time treading water and trying to keep your head above the waves that you forget, truly forget, how much you have always loved to swim.”- Tyler Knott Gregson

Who are your favorite Authors?

Kiera Cass, Lauren Oliver, Roald Dahl

Have you joined any groups?

Yes! I got super excited when I first joined Goodreads in 2012 and joined a lot of groups, some of which I refuse to leave because of time in the group. But I recently joined The Readers created by Girl Who Reads which I am super excited about joining.

How many shelves do you have on Goodreads?

All together I have nine- Read, Currently Reading, To Read, 2014, 2015, 2016, Gave Up On, Raves, and Up-Next.

I am going to ask one more question,

Who Is Your Favorite Publishing Company?

Harper Collins! I can look at a cover and tell right away if it is from Harper Collins or not. And if I’m not paying attention and I end up really liking the book it’s almost always Harper Collins. I don’t know how or why, but that is fact.

 

I greatly enjoyed writing this, hehehe my tag cravings are now full. If you do this tag or have done it put a link in the comments because I would greatly love to read it.

Until Next Time,

~R