Recent Reads

Lately I’ve noticed that a lot of people have started talking more about their recent reads than doing monthly wrap ups and I love the idea so much that I’m going to do it as well! Like a lot of those people have pointed out, it’s hard to remember everything you want to say about a book at the end of the month when you read the book at the beginning of the month!

25330541Grace & Style: The Art of Pretending You Have It by Grace Helbig. I was really excited for this book because I love Grace. I really liked how this book felt more personal than her first book did. She talked about her eating disorder and how it affected her relationship with clothing and how that developed into her own personal style. As for the actual style aspect of the book, I thought it was a little inconsistent. There were some parts that I really loved, but others fell flat for me (the sweatpants diaries, the advice column responses).★★½ out of five stars.

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The Call of the Wild by Jack London. I get why it’s a classic, I really do. It’s a story about loyalty, adaptation, and animal instincts, but man, I really didn’t like it. It was probably due to the fact that I really don’t handle violence towards animals very well; regardless of whether or not that violence is caused by humans or other animals. I’m going to keep this on my shelf because I have the beautiful penguin classics edition (as pictured), but I won’t pick it up again.★

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Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho. While this book is marketed as a novel, it really doesn’t read like one; it reads more like a sermon. I’m not a religious person, so there are some things in this book that don’t apply to me, but there is some incredible insight offered in this book. Coelho touches on courage, loyalty, anxiety, solitude, and loss. It’s definitely not for everyone, but I feel like I read it at the right time. ★★★

Blog Tour – Strings by David Estes

“A wonderful retelling of the Pinocchio story…I simply couldn’t put this book down.” –Rysa Walker, bestselling author of TIMEBOUND

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Synopsis from Goodreads:
Sometimes the strings that tie us down are the same strings that set us free. Sixteen ­year ­old Pia has always lived in a mysterious facility where mechanical strings control her existence. She plays apprentice to her father, Gio, in performing nanotech designs for the Company, and she soon suspects there are diabolical human forces behind the manufactured reality of her world. Though her childhood memories and the origins of the strings remain strangely elusive, she begins to find solace with the introduction of two unlikely friends: daring, irrational Sofia, and calm, tender Marco. As the truths of the past and present unravel together, Pia must find a way to free herself from her strings and escape the facility before facing the wrath of the unstable head of security, Mr. Davis. But to gain her freedom, she must navigate the dangers posed by Davis and by her suspicious new friends to find the real identity of the puppeteer. If Pia can succeed in revealing the secrets of the Company, she may very well find the independence she so desperately seeks. But in her controlled world nothing is as it seems, and the closer she gets to the truth, the graver the consequences. Click here to add it on Goodreads!

About the Author
6acf7eb2-1c5b-4e52-9b9e-3a808da56dc0.jpgDavid Estes is the author of more than 20 science fiction and fantasy novels that have received hundreds of thousands of downloads worldwide, including The Moon Dwellers, Fire Country, Slip, Brew, and his new SciFi Pinocchio retelling, Strings. He lives in Hawaii with his inspiring Aussie wife, Adele, rambunctious son, Beau, and naughty cat, Bailey. When he’s not writing, you’ll likely find him at the beach swimming, snorkeling, or reading under an umbrella.

Buy the Book Here:
eBook link: http://www.amazon.com/Strings­David­Estes-ebook/dp/B0182SJ8S6
Paperback link: http://www.amazon.com/Strings­David-Estes/dp/1523246006
Audiobook link: http://www.amazon.com/Strings/dp/B01BG3SL6Y

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Waiting on Wednesday (2)

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Waiting on Wednesday was created by Breaking the Spine and focuses on highlighting upcoming releases that we’re excited about. This week I’m anxiously awaiting The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater. I probably don’t need to say much about this, but basically, this is one of my favorite series and Maggie is one of my favorite authors. Also, that cover!!

17378527Title: The Raven King
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Pages: 400
Release Date: April 26, 2016

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Maggie has been releasing snippets from the book, but I’m not a fan of excerpts from novels, because then I’m even more anxious for the book to come out! I’ve had this book preordered for MONTHS so I’m already dying a little inside while I wait.

Reading Slump

I’ve been pretty absent lately and that’s because I haven’t been reading and when I don’t read, I withdraw from the bookish community. I’m going to partially blame my friend (but not really) for this…let me explain:

My friend who I recommended the Throne of Glass series to, finished Queen of Shadows before me. I preordered QoS and started it the day I got it. I made it about 20% in and gave up because I didn’t like the characterization of a certain character. At the beginning of the month, in order to motivate me, we made a deal. I agreed that if I didn’t finish QoS by the end of the month that I would buy her a pizza. Well, the end of the month is here and I read maybe 15% of the book.

I felt so obligated to read QoS, that I didn’t feel like I could read anything else until I finished QoS. Now that the month is over and I already owe a pizza, I feel much more motivated to read. I hope that I’ll pick something up soon because it’s been weird not reading. Fingers crossed.