Standalone Sunday | #4

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Standalone Sunday is a feature created by Megan @ Bookslayer Reads where each Sunday we will feature a standalone book (not part of a series) that you loved or would recommend!

Nope, you’re not seeing things. This really is my first Standalone Sunday of 2017. Go ahead and pass me the Blogger of the Year award, thanks.

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How to Make a Wish

All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father.

Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace’s mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on. 

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I picked How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake up on a whim when I was in a slump a couple of months ago. I honestly wasn’t expecting to finish it since every book I would pick up during this time, I would put right back down because I wasn’t feeling it.

I devoured this.

 There were certain topics in this book that I was able to relate to and it really helped me get through a moment of my life that was a bit difficult for me. I fell in love with the characters, especially Grace. The writing is beautiful and incredible. There is amazing bisexual rep and a beautiful f/f relationship.

I highly recommend this book. It quickly became an all-time favorite of mine. I’m really wanting to pick up Suffer Love by the same author now, too. If ya’ll have read either of Herring Blake’s books, please let me know if you enjoyed them and we can discuss!

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Dream Library Mood Board

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If you ever come across my Pinterest, you will see I have hundreds of ideas for my dream home and I’m constantly day-dreaming of what I want my dream library to look like.  To take a break from tags and reviews, I thought it would be fun to make a small mood board of what I pictured in my head! Please feel free to make one for yourself and share it. I would love to see your ideas!

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 My favorite spot to read in is somewhere comfy & cozy, though I try not to read in bed because I end up falling asleep. (Don’t we all, though?) I really love the sectional from Arhaus, especially once we add the colorful throw blanket and bookish pillows, because it looks so inviting. All of the couches from the Arhaus website looked so inviting, it was difficult to just choose one! It’s massive, so there will be plenty of room to lay down and have heaps of books next to me, because I’m constantly jumping from one book to another.  I want artwork that is fun and colorful but also ties into my interests. My favorite piece is the map of Neverland, but I’m also totally in love with the watercolor artwork.

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For other decor items, I’m just picturing a BUNCH of colorful throw blankets, a huge rug and a ton of a bookish candles. I want my space to be warm and inviting and I think items like that would be the best for what I’m looking for.  I was having a such a hard time choosing which pendant light to choose from the selection on Arhaus, but I finally went with the cage pendant light. I can totally dig it’s design and it will STILL light up the whole room. It’s different but not so much so that it’ll look out of place in the space.

Can we talk about that bookcase though?? If I just shove a bunch of them against a huge wall and add some wheels to the ladder, I’ll finally have my version of Belle’s library. It’s insanely gorgeous. I really wish ya’ll could see what I’m picturing in my head. It’s insane.

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So what do ya’ll think? What is your favorite part of my dream room? I really love the map of Neverland and of course the amazing bookshelf! Links to everything is below 🙂

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References:

Pendant lighting, bookcase, side table and sectional all from Arhaus

Elephant print – The Print Cave

Watercolor art – Inkist Prints

Peter Pan candle – In the Wick of Time

Globe, rug, other decor – Pinterest

Neverland map – The Mathom Society

Bookish pillows – Red Bubble

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller | Book Review

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Daughter of the Pirate King

There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

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YA’LL…THIS BOOK. I CAN’T.

I’ll be honest, I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did.  I had a feeling that I would like it and it would be a fun ride, but it was so much more! Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller follows Captain Alosa Kalligan who is sent out on a mission by her father to be purposely kidnapped by the pirate crew, led by the cunning and ruthless Draxen, to recover a legendary hidden map leading to a magical island full of happiness and treasure. If you are looking for a fantasy that is entertaining and action-packed — Daughter of the Pirate King is for you. Besides having an amazing main character, my favorite part of the book is the witty and sarcastically hilarious dialogue between the cast of characters, especially between Alosa and Riden, first mate and brother of Draxen. I’m a sucker for hate-to-love tropes and this one hits the nail on the head with it. The chemistry is perfect but the tension…oh my.

I’m not sure how much I can describe how ridiculously awesome Alosa as a main character is without constantly repeating BAD ASS. I want to BE her.  I love reading about feisty, in-charge women and Alosa was everything I could have asked for and more when it comes to empowering females. She is confident and smart and FIERCE. Ya’ll think Celaena is the master of assassinating? Psh, she wouldn’t stand a chance against Alosa were they to fight. DON’T @ ME. Also, the whole description of her being a female Jack Sparrow is completely false. SHE’S BETTER.

Besides the fact that I’m obviously obsessed with the characters of the novel, can we talk about the writing for a second? Levenseller is so fluid with the dialogue but also the flow of the story was just so smooth. She is so sneaky when it comes to revealing plot twists. She tells you plain as day while you’re reading but when it comes to the reveal, you act like a complete fool for not seeing it before. I don’t know about you but I personally love that about novels. I love it when the author is constantly keeping me on my toes because it always make me want to come back for more.

I could honestly keep going on and on about how in love I am with this book, but you need to find out for yourself. If it wasn’t obvious before, I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who loves fast-paced, quick wit, packed with feisty and cute pirates, then PICK THIS UP.

5 stars

I mean..who didn’t see that coming?

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How I Choose My Books | Tag

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I wasn’t exactly tagged to do this, but I saw The Orangutan Library do it earlier and it looked like a lot of fun! Plus it gives me an excuse to ravage through my shelves like a mad man. Mwhaha! Hope ya’ll have fun with me and discover a new read!

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The Hating Game

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne is, so far, one of my favorite reads of 2017! I’m a sucker for the hate-to-love trope and as you tell simply by the title of the novel, it is 100% just that. The characters are so lovable. Their quick wit and hostility towards each other is just hilarious. I was recommend this book by one of my best friends, Jess, who is absolutely in love with it. If you love quick and hilarious reads then I highly recommend this!

 

 

Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place?

Clockwise Clockwise by Elle Strauss was an impulse “buy” on my e-reader, light emphasis on the “buy” considering it’s free on Amazon. I’m a sucker for anything time travel and I figured it wouldn’t hurt to give this a go. I’m so happy that I enjoyed it! Though it does have over 500 reviews on Amazon, it still isn’t hyped up in the book community but it needs to be! It was such a great take on time travel, especially the time periods where Casey traveled to. It is a 6 book series (which all 6 is less $20, like wtf) and I’m definitely planning on continuing!

 

 

Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick up a book at random. How did you discover this book?

Born WickedI think the first time I heard about Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood was on Kayla Rayne‘s Booktube channel. I love reading about witches and thought this trilogy was right up on my alley! So far, I’ve only read the first book but I have major plans to continue with the series!

 

 

 

 

Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?

Let’s stay on the subject of witches, yes? Larkin and many others have recommend A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness a-discovery-of-witchesto me time and time again. I’ve even gone to the point where I’ve read 2 pages from it! But I still can’t get myself to complete it. I know it’s because I’m intimidated as hell to read it. The books are massive! I know I will enjoy them. I just need to yank up the courage to actually pick them up and read!

 

 

 

Pick a book that you discovered through YouTube / book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?

 

IPassenger‘m only picking this book because I feel like I need at least one gripe in this tag. I fucking hated Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. I was so hyped about it whenever I saw all of my favorite booktubers and bloggers completely rave about it. Time travel and a POC love interest? Hell yeah, sign me up! It was a train wreck for me. There are a ton of mixed reviews out there, so don’t let my hate for it distract you from not reading a book you think you will enjoy. But holy goat, this was just not enjoyable at all. If you would like to read my review for it, I have one that you can check out here.

 

Find a book on your shelves or e-reader with a one-word title. What drew you to this book?

I recently picked this up at the thrift store and thought it looked intriguing. Venom by venomFiona Paul is set a historical romance/thriller set in Venice during the Renaissance. It’s supposed to be dark and suspenseful yet beautiful and seductive. Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of the cover but this sounds like a wonderful hidden treasure! Plus the title though!

 

 

 

 

What book did you discover through a film / TV adaptation?

The best examples that I can think of are movies that I’ve watched and loved, then found out afterwards that they were a novel but have never actually read the books. Examples:

Tuck Everlasting, The Princess Diaries, Fight Club, Babe, Blade Runner, Matilda

If I list anymore, I’m afraid I may die of embarrassment! Though I really would love to read a few of these one day, I don’t exactly see it happening in the near future.

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And that’s all, folks! I’m not going to tag anybody since I have absolutely no idea who has or hasn’t done this tag yet. I’ve been gone from this community for far too long in order to keep up with that, unfortunately. If you’re like me and you want to do this tag, then go for it! Make sure you tag me so I can stalk your responses. 😉

July TBR | 2017

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Well, hello there! This is yet another attempt at resurrecting my lonely blog. My life has been a bit of a wreck these last few months and I think it’s at a point now where it’s starting to calm down…at least, I hope. I’ve never been the greatest at keeping up with my TBRs. But lately my shelves have been overflowing with books that I’m dying to read and it’s SO much work just standing there trying to figure out what to read that I end up giving up and walking away. I’ve made myself a set TBR a few months ago and I surprisingly stuck to it pretty well, so I’m going to attempt* to give it a go this month!

Please wish me luck. I will need it.

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I’ve been looking forward to Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman! Ya’ll know I am a sucker for contemporaries. This one seems to have a lot more depth than normal, cutesty contemps, despite the deceivingly adorable cover, and I know I’m destined to have my heart broken and find another book boyfriend. You can’t have too many! I’m Not in the Band by Amber Garza was an impulse request. I absolutely love The Heartbreakers series by Ali Novak and I saw this book up for request after I submitted my review for Paper Hearts. I’m expecting this to definitely be a puppy-love type book. I’ve heard absolutely nothing about it, so I hope it’s good!

FINISHED COPIES

Almost all of these books have been sitting on my shelf for a year or more. They’re all fairly small, besides The Night Circus hitting at almost 500 pages. I’m almost half way through Daughter of the Pirate King now. Maybe I can finish it tonight if I try really hard?

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That leaves me with 8 books to try and complete in the month of July! I’m so behind on my Good Reads goal (3 books!!!) so I could really use this boost to catch back up! I would love to be able to hit my goal of 65 books read this year, but really want to try and hustle and hit 80 which means I’ll need to read at least 10 books a month from here on out! I just LOVE torturing myself, I guess.

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Have you read any of the books I’ve listed? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Most Unique Books I’ve Read | Top 10 Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there’s a new topic for a top ten list.

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I feel like I start every post with “It’s been a minute since I’ve…” but it’s true! It’s been a pretty huge minute since I’ve done anything on here. I won’t blame you if you forgot who I was or that this blog even existed. Seriously, it’s fine.

I did make a post a few days ago saying I wanted to get back into the groove of things, but it’s kind of hard to post new content like reviews and such when I haven’t been reading that much since my last legitimate blog post. I know I said I wanted to try and stay away from memes and tags and such, but if that’s all of the content I can put out at the moment, then it’s better to have this than nothing, yeah?

Today’s topic is the most unique books that you’ve read. I might not have 10, but I know I have at least a couple. Again, better than nothing! Like always, click the book cover to be taken to their Goodreads page.

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I was very confused during pretty much the entirety of this book. I had no clue what was going on, who was who, what was what. It was a mess. But I was still so into it! I buddy read this with one of my Twitter best friends, Jessica, and we both devoured it. This was one of my most intimidating books on my TBR and I’m so glad that I can say I’ve read it. About the rest of the series, though…

Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Now it wouldn’t be a typical post from me if I didn’t mention my girl, Laini. I’m not a huge fan of the angel trope. I can’t get into any of the books with them and it just wasn’t happening. This is such a different twist on “devil and angel” and it’s incredible. She likes to throw in plot twists, too.

Not a Drop to Drink

I don’t think there are many books out that are like this one, but if you know of some, shoot them my way! I really liked dystopian novels and this one is a completely different take on the typical setting. It doesn’t have zombies or crazy monsters, but it does have some interesting twists. The characters are relatable and normal, so to speak. Definitely an interesting read!

Elsewhere

This book is probably one of the most unique books that I’ve ever read. It’s set in the afterlife, otherwise known as “Elsewhere,” and it’s so interesting to read someone’s take on the afterlife. I’m sensing a reread of this one in the future!

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I think 4 is a good number to stop on! There are a few more books that I personally felt like they were unique, but there are tons more books like them that I’ve never read. If you’ve read any of these books, let me know and we can discuss how amazing they are!

Are you still shocked that I’m making this post? Because I am.

Where Have I Been? | Life Update

Hi strangers! Miss me?

If you’ve noticed, I’ve been a bit MIA for the last month or two from the blog. I wasn’t in a very good place mentally and I needed to take a break from some things. Life is slowly getting back on track though and I’ve had more of an interest to read lately, so back to blogging! I really hope I’m able to keep up with this on a more consistent basis. I really do love and enjoy doing it, but it becomes extremely stressful at times.

One thing that I found myself stressing over was trying to make my blog perfect. I wanted to be up there with all of the popular blogs, but I felt like my content was a bit lacking. I felt like I had to buy all of the new releases, get all of the ARCs, have witty and creative discussions. But in reality, I don’t have any of that. I felt like I wasn’t reading fast enough to keep up with everybody. My tags were never exciting because I had all of the same answers. Same with my top 10 lists. Nothing was new or special. I need to get over that and blog for the enjoyment of blogging.

I really would like to get my blog somewhat back to normal and on a regular schedule, but it might not happen immediately. I’m still in a bit of reading slump and haven’t found any books to kick me out of it yet. If you have any suggestions, I would love some. Also, if there is anything you would like to see on Geronimo Reads, please let me know.

It’s good to be back!

PS) Sorry for the lack of GIFS and pictures. I just wanted to do a quick update! 🙂 ❤