BookCon Haul and 2 Giveaways!

Long time no see blog! It feels like it’s been ages since I last updated you guys on here (8 months to be exact!). Recently I’ve had the urge to come back and start making posts again!IMG_1063

This past weekend I was lucky enough to be able to attend BookCon 2017 which was held in New York City, New York. Being from a small town in Iowa and going to New York City was a huge experience for me! This was my second BookCon that I have attended (my first time attending was in 2016 in Chicago). This was also very different from last year because last year it was over one day while this year was over two days. If I had to rate BookCon 2017 it would be 3.75/5 stars. Day 1 I got some amazing titles and went to a signing, but I didn’t get much compared to last year. Day 2 was a completely different story, and I got a ton of stuff especially from the Scholastic booth! I did, however, feel that publishers weren’t handing out as many ARCs (Advanced Readers Copies) this year. I know the Epic Reads area was a mess and a mosh pit for lining up and trying to receive ARCs when they were dropping and it was a less fun version of Disney World at that point.

Even though it wasn’t like last year’s BookCon, it was still an absolute blast! I finally got to meet up with BookTubers that I have been watching for years and I was reunited with friends I made last year! Overall I can’t wait to get into all the ARCs and chapter samples I received this year at BookCon!

Since I got a bunch of goodies on day 2 of BookCon I decided to host TWO giveaways on Libib’s BookTube channel. Rules are…

  1. Must be 18 or have parents permission
  2. MUST live in the U.S.
  3. Must be subscribed to Libib’s channel
  4. And last but not least leave a comment for one or both giveaways

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May the odds be ever in your favor and I will see you soon with a new bookish post!

 

 

BookTube-A-Thon 2016 TBR

Hello, everybody! It’s that time of year again when the BookTube-A-Thon is happening! I’m super excited to participate this year because the last couple of years I have been slacking off and I’m determined to read and not be behind on my Goodreads goal any longer. So the challenges for BookTube-A-Thon 2016 include…

1. Read a book with yellow on the cover.
2. Read a book only after sunset.
3. Read a book you discovered through BookTube.
4. Read a book by one of your favorite authors.
5. Read a book that is older than you.
6. Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation.
7. Read 7 books.

I plan to read the following books and complete the following challenges.

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1. Read a book with yellow on the cover.

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3. Read a book you discovered through BookTube.

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4. Read a book by one of your favorite authors.

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2. Read a book only after sunset.

6. Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation.

 

Winter TBR List

With winter fast approaching, I took the time today to think about what books I want to read this winter season. I at least want to get through ten books throughout December, January, and February. I will have some free time at the beginning of December, but the rest of the month I will be completely busy. But for months of January and February I will have more free time with the holiday season being over with. Here are the top ten books that I want to read throughout these upcoming months.

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The first group of books that I want to get through is the rest of my Pretty Little Liars series. Since Vicious by Sara Shepard will be released on December 2nd, this means that I need to get caught up with this series. I plan for the month of December to read Crushed, Deadly, Toxic, Vicious, and Ali’s Pretty Little Lies. Not only do I want to read those novels, but also My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by: Editor Stephanie Perkins, along with Holly Black, Ally Carter, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Matt de la Pena, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, and Kiersten White.

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For month of January I would like to start off the New Year by being adventurous and read from a genre that I normally don’t read from. I want to dip my interests into fantasy and the book I have chosen to read is Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and towards the end of the month To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. For February I plan to read more contemporary and romance which is based on the month’s theme of love. This month I’d love to read Landline by Rainbow Rowell and Just One Day and Just One Year by Gayle Forman.

        These are just a few short goals I’d like to challenge myself with the upcoming months. It all depends on my reading mood and taste, but these are just some of the books I’d like to get to!

Book Review: Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau

indeIn the series debut The Testing, sixteen-year-old Cia Vale was chosen by the United Commonwealth government as one of the best and brightest graduates of all the colonies . . . a promising leader in the effort to revitalize postwar civilization. In Independent Study, Cia is a freshman at the University in Tosu City with her hometown sweetheart, Tomas—and though the government has tried to erase her memory of the brutal horrors of The Testing, Cia remembers. Her attempts to expose the ugly truth behind the government’s murderous programs put her—and her loved ones—in a world of danger. But the future of the Commonwealth depends on her.

Summary from Goodreads.com

Overview

After somewhat enjoying The Testing I had a hopeful mindset towards this sequel, but I was seriously mislead. This book was so annoying. Every time I would get the chance   to pick this book up, my mind and body were telling me to avoid the annonce. If only I listened to that little voice in my head.

Characters  

Cia: Her POV was atrocious to read from. Throughout the novel I’d gathered that she is “too smart” and that she constantly questioned things. She always seemed like a perfect character and that’s something I don’t like. All characters need to have flaws! I just didn’t understand her character especially when it came to the “LOVE” interest part. That part in the novel made it weird and also made me feel uncomfortable as a reader.

Writing Style

Even though this is book is classified as YA/Dystopian, this trilogy reads as if it’s a middle grade. There were a few things that annoyed me when the author went into detail. She kept talking about what had happened or if it had happened in The Testing, and how the Earth went to crap. Another big annoyance was how Cia ALWAYS asked questions aloud in the text. I couldn’t make my own thoughts or stir questions in my head if I wanted to. If I was reading and saw a question mark I would normally skip past a few questions and read onto the next paragraph.

Final Thoughts

My personal feelings would be to skip this book or series altogether. I rated this sequel a 2/5 stars. It was upsetting that I would pick up this book and regret picking it up every time. I don’t mind if a character has an annoying point in the book, but throughout the entire novel Cia’s annoyance grew on me. I felt like I was wasting my time while reading this installment, which was truly upsetting. I will not continue on and finish this trilogy.