Forgettable Books

This is a weekly meme created by Broke and Bookish   that is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

All of these books were given 4 or 5 stars so I loved them but just don’t remember them. I am only doing 5 because I am super sick and staring at this screen is making my head hurt. Sorry guys!

1. The Problem with Forever

The Problem with Forever

2. Reign of Shadows

 Reign of Shadows (Reign of Shadows, #1)

3. Far From You

Far From You

4. Seeking Mansfield

Seeking Mansfield (Seeking Mansfield, #1)

5. Caraval

Caraval (Caraval, #1)

 

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The Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One by Amanda Lovelace

The Witch Doesn't Burn in this One (Women are Some Kind of Magic, #2)

Goodreads Description

The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now—indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one.

My Review

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I was really excited to find this book because I really liked the first book.

“bitch,” he spits.

“witch,” he sneers.

& i say,

“actually, i’m both.”

-reclaim everything

This book was very much like the first book except much more angry and dark. I liked the first book more than this one but I did still enjoy reading this one. There was so much truth and raw material in it. I feel like this book sends a powerful message to woman that they are strong and worth everything. It is a quick but good read.

Release date: March 6,

Rating: 3.5/ 5 stars

The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding

The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles)

Goodreads Description

Seventeen, fashion-obsessed, and gay, Abby Ives has always been content playing the sidekick in other people’s lives. While her friends and sister have plunged headfirst into the world of dating and romances, Abby has stayed focused on her plus-size style blog and her dreams of taking the fashion industry by storm. When she lands a prized internship at her favorite local boutique, she’s thrilled to take her first step into her dream career. She doesn’t expect to fall for her fellow intern, Jordi Perez. Abby knows it’s a big no-no to fall for a colleague. She also knows that Jordi documents her whole life in photographs, while Abby would prefer to stay behind the scenes.

Then again, nothing is going as expected this summer. She’s competing against the girl she’s kissing to win a paid job at the boutique. She’s somehow managed to befriend Jax, a lacrosse-playing bro type who needs help in a project that involves eating burgers across L.A.’s eastside. Suddenly, she doesn’t feel like a sidekick. Is it possible Abby’s finally in her own story?

But when Jordi’s photography puts Abby in the spotlight, it feels like a betrayal, rather than a starring role. Can Abby find a way to reconcile her positive yet private sense of self with the image that other people have of her?

Is this just Abby’s summer of fashion? Or will it truly be The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles)?

My Review

This book was a super cute and romantic book. It gave me summer vibes. Abby , the main character is an artistic, plus-sized lesbian with pink hair and a sense for fashion who has a crush of her co-worker (in an internship) Jordi Perez.  One thing that I liked about the book was the rep. The characters were diverse with Latinx rep, LGBTQ, and fat rep. I liked all the artistic vibes and even wish Abby’s blog was real so I could subscribe! I did feel like Abby needed more character development in acceptance of herself. It seems kind of short. Other than that I absolutely loved the book. It was a quick and fun read.

Expected Publication: April 3,2018

Rating: 4 stars

Bookish Goals and Resolutions

This is a weekly meme created by Broke and Bookish   that is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

 

It is hard to think about bookish goals, especially after getting my schedule and syllabus for this semester. Talk about anxiety and stress hitting me like a bulldozer.

1. Complete my 11 year-long book challenges.

I don’t know why I did this to myself but I home to complete them (which I don’t think will happen).

2. Keep competing in Book Battles every month.

I found a book battle facebook group and it is awesome and fun. It also keeps me motivated to read and to keep up with bookstagram.

3. Do better with Bookstagram

I always seem to start off strong and them stop like a week in and I really want to be consistent with it.

4. Read New Adult books.

I want to mix it up a bit and move more into the new adult genre (not that I could ever leave YA).

5. Read all the books that I own.

Since I am on a book buying ban until August, I really want to conquer the task of reading the books I actually own.

6. Catch up on my ARCs.

I need to stop requesting because I have so many, but I am going to try hard to read and review as much as I can!

7. Get better at reviews

I feel like my reviews need a lot of improvement but I just don’t want to spoil books and seem to have trouble finding that middle line between.

8. Read more diverse books

I really want to read more diverse book and especially ones that represent my culture because I don’t see that much. I’m happy that there are so many diverse books that come this year.

9. Clean up my TBR

I have been trying to clean up my TBR and reduce it to a reasonable amount so I am hoping that Down the TBR Hole will help with that.

10. Meet my Goodreads challenge

As of right now it is at 60.

 

What are your bookish goals?

Down the TBR Hole #10

Here is the 10th edition of Down the TBR hole originally created by Lost in A Story. I am a few days late because of Christmas and life so I need more than usual today. My TBR is currently at 1398.

The rules are simple:

Rules

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

***All photos were taken from Goodreads.com***

1. We’ll Never Be Apart

Date Added: 3/31/16

We'll Never Be Apart

Verdict: Keep

2. Rebel Belle

Date Added: 4/1/16

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)

Verdict: Keep

3. The Cellar

Date Added: 4/1/16

The Cellar (The Cellar, #1)

Verdict: Keep

4. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Date Added: 4/2/16

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Verdict: Keep

5. Love letters to the Dead

Date Added: 4/2/16

Love Letters to the Dead

Verdict: Keep

6. Brotherhood

Date Added: 4/2/16

Brotherhood

Verdict: Keep

7. Nowhere But Here

Date Added: 4/2/16

Walk the Edge (Thunder Road, #2)

Verdict: Keep

8. Tell the Wind and Fire

Date Added: 4/3/16

Tell the Wind and Fire

Verdict: Keep

9. Eve & Adam

Date Added: 4/4/16

Eve & Adam (Eve & Adam, #1)

Verdict: Go

10. The Lovely Reckless

Date Added: 4/4/16

The Lovely Reckless

Verdict: Keep

11. Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Date Added: 4/4/16

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

Verdict: Keep

12: Since You’ve Been Gone

Date Added: 4/4/16

Since You've Been Gone

Verdict:  Keep

13. Sweet Evil

Date Added: 4/4/16

Sweet Evil (Sweet, #1)

Verdict: Go

14. Bruised

Date Added: 4/5/16

Bruised

Verdict: Go

15. Lies I Live By

4/5/16

Lies I Live By

Verdict: Keep

16.The Darkest Corners

Date Added: 4/6/16

The Darkest Corners

Verdict: Keep

17. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Date Added: 4/6/16

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Verdict: Keep

18. When We Collided

Date Added: 4/6/16

When We Collided

Verdict: Keep

19. Silence

Date Added: 4/7/16

Silence (Silence, #1)

Verdict: Keep

20. The Virgin Suicides

Date Added: 4/8/16

The Virgin Suicides

Verdict: Keep

Have any of you read these? Should I reconsider any of the ones that I let go?

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

P.S. I Like You

Goodreads Description

Signed, sealed, delivered…

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

My Review

Believe it or not, this is my first Kasie West book. I thought the book was super predictable. At one point I was like “why don’t they just do this…. oh wait, they are doing it.” With that said, I still loved it. I love the way she writes and the fact that I sat there smiling most of the book (which I read in one sitting). I loved the main character Lily and the whole penpal aspect of the book as well. I love to read books that have written exchanges. The book left me wanting more. Kasie West is definitely now on my auto-read list.

rating: 5/5 stars

The Magic Misfits- Neil Patrick Harris (mini-review)

The Magic Misfits (Magic Misfits, #1)

Goodreads Description

When street magician Carter runs away, he never expects to find friends and magic in a sleepy New England town. But like any good trick, things change instantly as greedy B.B. Bosso and his crew of crooked carnies arrive to steal anything and everything they can get their sticky fingers on.

After a fateful encounter with the local purveyor of illusion, Dante Vernon, Carter teams up with five other like-minded kids. Together, using both teamwork and magic, they’ll set out to save the town of Mineral Wells from Bosso’s villainous clutches. These six Magic Misfits will soon discover adventure, friendship, and their own self-worth in this delightful new series

My Review

This book was really cute and a fun read. I will definitely have this in my classroom library. It reminded my of A Series Of Unfortunate Events in the sense of the narrator talking to the audience. I also love the cover because it includes diversity with the characters and it is so pretty. I also like that the book explained words by saying things like ” normally this word means that, but in this case, it means this.” I think that helps the kids decode words easier and learn. There is also interactive aspects of the book that I though were cool such as secret codes and magic tricks.  

Rating: 4/5  stars

Flunked by Jen Calonita( mini-review)

Flunked (Fairy Tale Reform School, #1)

Goodreads Description

Would you send a villain to do a hero’s job? An exciting new twisted fairy tale series from award-winning author Jen Calonita.

Full of regret, Cinderella’s wicked stepmother, Flora, has founded the Fairy Tale Reform School with the mission of turning the wicked and criminally mischievous into upstanding members of Enchantasia.

Impish, sassy 12-year-old Gilly has a history of petty theft and she’s not too sorry about it. When she lifts a hair clip, she gets tossed in reform school-for at least three months. But when she meets fellow students Jax and Kayla, she learns there’s more to this school than its sweet mission. There’s a battle brewing and she starts to wonder: can a villain really change?

My Review

I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read and was very entertaining. I always like reading about villains and this was a fun and unique take on the whole fairy tale aspects/ Lately, I have realized that I have trouble staying interested in books about early teen kids but this writing style wasn’t overly simple and it was paced just right. The story was just so fun and I definitely can’t wait to read the next one to see Gilly and her friends next adventure!

Down the TBR Hole #9

Here is the 9th edition of Down the TBR hole originally created by Lost in A Story. I am a few days late because of Christmas and life so I need more than usual today. My TBR is currently at 1387.

The rules are simple:

Rules

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

***All photos were taken from Goodreads.com***

1. Red Rising

Date Added: 3/29/16

Red Rising (Red Rising, #1)

I think I bought this because I thought it was like the movie, but it doesn’t sound like it. It does still sound interesting though and I plan to read it this year.

Verdict: Keep

2. Sisters of Blood and Spirit

Date Added: 3/30/16

Sisters of Blood and Spirit (The Sisters of Blood and Spirit, #1)

Verdict: Go

3. Queen of Hearts

Date Added: 3/30/16

Queen of Hearts (Queen of Hearts Saga, #1)

This is another book I own and need to read.

Verdict: Keep

4. The Wrath and the Dawn

Date Added: 3/30/16

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)

Verdict: Keep

5. Stealing Snow

Date Added: 3/30/16

Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow, #1)

This is another book I own and need to read.

Verdict: Keep

6. Unhooked

Date Added: 3/31/16

Unhooked

Verdict: Keep

7. The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Date Added: 3/31/16

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

I own this but have had trouble getting into it.

Verdict: One Last Chance

8. Kindred Spirits

Date Added: 3/31/16

Kindred Spirits

Verdict: Keep

9. Half Bad

Date Added: 3/31/16

Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy, #1)

Verdict: Keep

10. Tiger’s Curse

Date Added: 3/31/16

Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga, #1)

Verdict: Go

Sorry that this is late. I’ve been so busy with school that I haven’t even had time to read. Shocker, right? Anyways, I hope to read at least 3 books this week.

Have you read any of these?