Waiting on Wednesday (3)

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 Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson! I’ve read Since You’ve Been Gone and Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour 17838528.jpgby Morgan Matson and I LOVE them both, so I can’t wait for this one. Plus, I really dig this cover. I have a reaaaaaally good feeling about this book!

Title: The Unexpected Everything
Author: Morgan Matson
Pages: 496
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Preorder on Amazon
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Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Andie had it all planned out.

When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check.

Amazing friends? Check.

Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks)

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

Because here’s the thing – if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected.

And where’s the fun in that?

It sounds incredible, doesn’t it?! Matson’s book are always a lot of fun and are the perfect summer reads. The countdown has begun! Are any of you guys looking forward to The Unexpected Everything?

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. ★★★

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.

Book Buying

My name is Samantha and I have a book buying problem. There. I said it. I know this is something that plenty of book bloggers or book lovers in general struggle with, but I’ve been buying an excessive amount of books lately. If I’m upset or feeling down – I buy books. Basically, whatever emotion I’m feeling – I buy books.

One of my resolutions for the new year is to buy less books so I focus more on reading the books that I already own. I know myself and I know it’s not possible to expect myself to buy no books this year, but I think I’m going to try the whole “read five before you buy” thing that I saw going around last year. Not only will this motivate me to read the books that I already own, but it’ll cut back on my spending.

Of course there are going to be exceptions to this goal of mine, but I figure if I lay things out, I’ll feel obligated to be true to what I said. The only time I’ll break the read five before you buy goal is if I get gift cards for occasions OR if a sequel comes out in a series that I’m caught up with. THAT’S IT. Wish me luck!

Have any of your guys done the read five before you buy thing? Or how do you cut down on your book buying while also making a dent in the books that you already own?

Waiting on Wednesday (1)

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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 Grace & Style: The Art of Pretending You Have It. Grace is my favorite youtuber because I love her comedy style. Plus, I loved her last book, so I’m really excited for this tongue-in-cheek style guide.

25330541.jpgTitle: Grace & Style: The Art of Pretending You Have It
Author: Grace Helbig
Pages: 240
Release Date: February 2nd 2016

Synopsis (from Goodreads): From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Grace’s Guide and the host of The Grace Helbig Show on E! comes a beautifully illustrated, tongue-in-cheek book about style that lampoons fashion and beauty guides while offering practical advice in Grace Helbig’s trademark sweet and irreverent voice.

 Grace also started a wattpad where she’s posting snippets from the book, so you should check it out if you’re interested – here. Are any of you guys excited for Grace’s new book???

Top Ten Tuesday (1)

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Today is an exciting Tuesday because it’s my first time participating in Top Ten Tuesday on this blog! Woo! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and the topics can be found here. This weeks topic is Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t. Unfortunately, this topic really speaks to me because there were so many books that I was really excited for and even preordered but I didn’t get around to them for whatever reason, so let’s get into it.

  1. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas.

    This was probably my most anticipated book of the year. I had already read the other four books and absolutely loved them and the ending of Heir of Fire promised so much action and intensity for QoS. I did start this book and got about 20% of the way through and set it down because of the drastic characterization changes to a certain character. I know, I’m pathetic. I still really want to get to this though and see where the story goes.

  2. The Rose Society by Marie Lu.

    I really liked how dark The Young Elites was and the ending was so intense so I expected to pick this up right away, but that just didn’t happen. Honestly, I don’t even know why.

  3. Stand-Off by Andrew Smith.

    I read Winger about a month before Stand-Off came out and absolutely LOVED it, so I was anxious to see where Ryan Dean West’s story was going to go, but again, I just didn’t feel like picking it up.

  4. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.

    This was probably one of the most hyped books of the year because it was marketed as a young adult, fantasy, standalone and I was on board! However, before I got around to picking it up, they announced that there was going to be a sequel. I basically didn’t read this book out of spite in all honesty.

  5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.

    2015 was definitely the year that I neglected Sarah J. Maas. Yikes. What more could someone ask for than a Beauty and the Beast retelling, but more mature?? I think the mixed reviews is what made me forget about this book.

  6. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.

    I love Rainbow Rowell’s writing so much, but I honestly wasn’t that excited when she announced that her next book was going to be about Simon and Baz. The fanfiction parts of Fangirl were my least favorite parts of the book, but I bought this because it’s apparently Harry Potter-esque.

  7. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab.

    I still haven’t read anything by Victoria Schwab and this honestly sounded like the perfect place to start, but I didn’t read as much fantasy last year as I usually do.

  8. The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan.

    Honestly, this was my chance to read Rick’s books as they came out because I was really late to the game with Percy Jackson and I still haven’t caught up with The Heroes of Olympus, but I kept telling myself that I should finish the HoO series before starting a new one and that just didn’t happen.

  9. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.

    This was another book that had a lot of hype surrounding, so I decided to wait for the hype to kind of die down, but when the hype did die down, I wasn’t in the mood for it.

  10. Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley.

    Simply a cover buy, but I’m really hoping that its contents are as beautiful as its packaging.

#TBRtakedown & Bout of Books Wrap-Up

That’s it! I’m calling it quits for these readathons. I know that I still have five hours left, but I’m happy with how much I read. Plus, I don’t want to push myself into a reading slump so early in the year, so let’s talk about what I read this week. (Links lead to the Goodreads page.)

Books completed: 6
Pages read: 1,293
#TBRtakedown challenges completed: 6 (book from your most recent book haul, book on your TBR Shelf over a year, book outside your comfort zone, a sequel in a series, a FIRE color book, a non-novel item)

Rat Queens, Vol. 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth
I was excited to read this because I really loved the first volume, but something about this volume just felt off. I can’t place my finger on what that is, but it was lacking the excitement and fun that the first one had. A little disappointing, but still worth a read. ★★★☆☆

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 4: Last Days
This is definitely my favorite ongoing comic series as of now. I love the diversity of the characters, how important family is to Kamala, and how every volume addresses issues that are relevant to today. Honestly, perfection. ★★★★★

Death Note: Black Edition, Vol. 5
This volume was so much fun! The last two volumes were a little dull and rushed in my opinion, so I was pleasantly surprised with the direction that this volume went. It’s so fun to see the back in forth between the two sides and I’m excited for the concluding volume. ★★★★★

Wytches, Vol. 1
This volume was definitely out of my comfort zone, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect and I walked away feeling very meh towards it. It wasn’t bad by any means, but the story felt very disjointed to me because it moved from past to present and from person to person without any type of fluidity. I was however a big fan of the artwork, but I’m not sure if I’ll continue on with this series. ★★★☆☆

The Chosen One
This book was really interesting because it’s not a subject that I’ve ever read about and while I was sympathetic towards the characters I don’t think it had anything to do with the writing and everything to do with the subject matter. I would say it was decent, but it could have used another 30 pages to wrap things up. ★★★☆☆

Humans of New York: Stories
I don’t know what to say about HONY just that I love it so much. I’m so happy that HONY developed into a storytelling platform because it’s so incredibly inspiring and eye-opening. ★★★★★

Did you guys participate in these readathons? How’d it go??