Weekly Wrap-up

Happy Sunday! I hope you all had an awesome weekend, mine was filled with me being sick with the stomach bug :(. But even though I feel yucky I wanted to come up here and post my wrap-up!

I have decided to do weekly wrap-ups every Sunday. So lets get started!

I started off last Sunday by DNFing A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton, I just couldn’t get into it. I also finished Every Boy’s Got One by Meg Cabot, I ended up giving this book 3 stars. I did a mini review on Goodreads, check it out!

I read a couple children books on Wednesday. The first was Journey by Aaron Becker and it was so sweet and beautifully done, I gave it 5 stars. I then finished Who Was Lucille Ball? by Pam Pollack and I gave this 4 stars. I also did a small review on Goodreads. Molly, By Golly: The Legend of Molly Williams, America’s First Female Firefighter by Dianne Ochiltree and this got 4 stars as well. I really liked this and thought it was very educational.

Friday I read The Little Mermaid by Metaphrog, this is a graphic novel and it was so good and gorgeous! This got 4.5 stars and I really enjoyed it!

I had such a great reading week! I hope this week will be just as good. Let me know how your reading week was!

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Biannual Biblionthon TBR

Hi Guys! I know this is coming to you kinda late but I had a busy day and I just now got home to do this. So the Biannual Biblionthon is a readathon that is running from Jan. 20 to Jan. 26. There is 7 challenges and you can do as many as you want. This is my first time participating in this readathon and I am super excited about it. I will link the YouTube channel down below so you can get all the info you need.

So here are the challenges and I will list the books I am reading next to them. I am not doing all the challenges, I should be able to finish all these books this week!

  1. Read the group book: Otherworld By Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller
  2. Read a sequel: I will be reading Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade
  3. Read a book you never heard of before: I am choosing between two books, one is Just Princesses by Crystal Velasquez or W.I.T.C.H. By Disney
  4. A book about mental illness
  5. Read a book that was mention in another book/movie/show etc.
  6. Read a book under 200 pages: I am reading Cat vs. Human By Yasmine Surovec
  7. Read  backlist book: I also have 2 options for this Sugar By Deirdre Riordan Hall or Cursed By Jennifer L. Armentrout

Let me know if you are anticipating and what books you plan to get to.

Biannual Biblionthon Youtube

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Why I Read Children’s Books

Happy Thursday!

As you can see by the title this post is all about why I read children’s books, and the simple answer is because I want to. But I will go into detail why all of a sudden I have started reading more.

Just like most avid book readers I started reading super young, like 6 or 7. I always enjoyed reading and my mom always encouraged me to read whatever I wanted, that’s probably why I read The Shining at 12. I have never been ashamed of what I read, until about 3 years ago when I read a children’s picture book and recorded on Goodreads and someone made a comment about I was too old and didn’t have kids to be reviewing a kids book. That actually really upset me and I didn’t list any children books I was reading for a long time. I know you are thinking why would you ever let one person change what you were reading? and I don’t really have an answer for you. I will say it was about the time I started this blog and I wanted everyone to like me and I felt pressured but I shouldn’t have let one person take that enjoyment away.

So here we are now, over my fear of bully goodreaders and finally reading whatever I want and putting it on Goodreads. I love all books, if you follow me on Goodreads you would see that. Every month I read novels, graphic novels, manga, picture books, etc. and I honestly enjoy it all. I really do love children’s picture books and I think they are such beautiful little art work. I recommend picking up at least one children’s book this year, step outside you comfort zone and read something new.

 

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Top 10 Series I Will Not Be Finishing!

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope your week has been swell and you’re reading everything you want! I wanted to come up here and talking about series I won’t be finishing. I got this idea from Trina from Between Chapters. She’s an awesome Youtuber, so make sure you go and subscribe to her channel.

I know we have all started a series and read maybe one or two of it and decided we just can’t go on or you feel like it shouldn’t be a series and one book was enough for you. When going through my Goodreads, I notice I have a lot of series I will not be finishing so I narrowed it down to 10.

 

The first on this list is Wytches, Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder. This is a graphic novel and if you look at my Goodreads you know I love graphic novels and anything scary, which this is. But I just couldn’t get into it. The art work was beautiful but the story just wasn’t there for me. I know many people love this series and if you do that’s great, but for me in fell flat.

Number two on the list is The Haunting of Sunshine Girl series by Paige McKenzie. I won the first book in a Goodreads giveaway and was so excited. I started it right away and loved the first half and then it just got bad. It started to not make sense and I ended up giving it3 stars, which was generous. I have thought about picking up the second one but I have so many books I want to get to and I know I will like, I’m not wasting my time on it.

The third series is Landry Park by Bethany Hagen. I had high hopes for this and it was terrible! I mean I honestly don’t care about any of the characters or what happens to them.

I am putting four and five together because they are by the same author. I will talk about the book I love first. The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorenson, I read this book in one sitting, I  cried and laughed and had ll the feels. It is such a beautiful book but when I picked up the second one it just wasn’t the same for me. I am so sad that this series is on this list :(. Now her other series I started I hated from the get-go. The Secret of Ella and Micha, this is just one hot mess rolled up and put into another hot mess. I have no words for it.

The sixth series is The Chemical Garden  by Lauren DeStefano. I actually liked the first book and I liked the way it ended. I don’t feel like I need more from it and that’s why I am not reading the second one.

Seventh series is The Wicked + The Divine  by Kieron Gillen. This is another very popular graphic novel series and even tho the first volume was enjoyable I just don’t care about it enough to keep reading it.

Almost done, the eighth series is the Alienated by Melissa Landers. I really liked the first book and gave it 4.5 stars and when I read the second one I gave it 2 stars, so yea I don’t think I will read the last one.

And the last series on this list is the Vampire Queen by Rebecca Maizel. The first book in this series is Infinite Days and it was good. I gave it 4 stars and it ended perfectly for me, so I see no reason to go on to the 2nd one.

Those are my top 10 series that I won’t be finishing. Let me know in the comments or on twitter what series you are quitting.

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Currently Reading Sunday

Happy Sunday everyone!

I wanted to make Sundays my lazy day and just talk about what I am reading. I am currently reading 3 things. The book I have in my hands right now is  Every Boy’s Got One By Meg Cabot, which I should be done it today. I’m liking it, I love books written in email, letters, texts etc. I have a love/hate relationship with Meg Cabot and her writing but this one I am enjoying. I have found some problematic parts, which I am not surprised about because it was written in 2005. The one thing that annoyed me was when the main character made a statement about a 14 year old boy in Italy, she said he wouldn’t do good in American schools because he is chubby and was wearing a X-Man shirt. I just think that wasn’t necessary.

I am also slowly reading “A” is for Alibi By Sue Grafton. I wanted to pick up something by her since last month when I heard she passed away. She wrote the ABC mystery series, and her last book was “Y” it makes me sad she didn’t get to finish her series. I am only like 2 chapters in and I like the main character but adult mysteries aren’t always my favorite but I wanted to read something out side my comfort zone.

I am also reading a 365 Devotional which will be on my TBR all year. The devotional I am reading is one my Mother in law recommended and I am really enjoying it. well I guess I should tell you what it is HAHA Diamonds in the Dust: 366 Sparking Devotions By Joni Eareckson Tada, her story is amazing. If you want a devotional to start with, this is one I would say to check out.

Let me know what you are reading! You can leave a comment or come and talk to me on Twitter @librarianbelle  and don’t forget to be my friend on Goodreads.

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Top Favorite Books of 2017

2017 is over and I had an awesome reading year. If you follow me on Goodreads( please do!) you would have saw I read 144 things! WHAT!! yep, 144! I am still amazed by that. This past year I have learned that it is o.k. to read things that everyone else aren’t reading and it’s o.k. to like to read children picture books. I feel like I grew as a reader and that makes me feel so good.

I didn’t want to pick a number and try to pick my favorite books. So I just wrote down all the books I really loved or changed me in some way and that’s how this list was made. Here is my 16 favorite books of 2017, they are in no special order and I love them all the same!

Every Heart a Doorway

By Seanan McGuire

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Love & Gelato

By Jenna Evans Welch

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Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Princess Princess Ever After

By Katie O’Neill

princess princess

Milk and Honey

By Rupi Kaur

Milk and honey

She Persisted

By Chelsea Clinton

she persisted

 

Wenjack

By Joseph Boyden

wenjack

 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

By J.K. Rowling

harry potter

I Woke Up Dead at the Mall

By Judy Sheehan

I woke up dead

 

Haunting the Deep ( How to Hang a Witch #2)

By Adriana Mather

haunting

 

The Book Woman

By Heather Henson

that book woman

 

The Nowhere Girls

By Amy Reed

the nowhere girls

California Dreamin’: Cass Elliot before the Mamas & the Papas

By Penelope Bagieu

california dreamin

 

Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

By Jonah Winter

lillian

 

Tell Me Three Things

By Julie BuxBaum

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The Ghost and the Goth

By Stacey Kade

the ghost and the goth

 

As you can see this is an eclectic list of books and I love them all so much. Let me know if you read any of these and what you favorites of 2017 were! Here’s to another amazing reading year!

 

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I’m Back! Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Hi! My Friends!! I know I have been gone for a hot minute but life was just too crazy for me to do anything really. And to be really honest I was diagnosed with Anxiety and Depression last year and learning how to cope with that and life was too much for me to handle. I am going to write a whole post on what I have gone through and what has helped me but this post is not about that.

So as you can see by the title I am coming back and doing a tag because tags are fun and makes me happy. I will link everyone down below who created it and who I saw do it, so please go check out their booktube channels and show them some love ❤ .

 

First Question: Best book you read so far in 2017?

So, this is a hard one. I have read 48 books as of today. I have read a mixture of graphic novels, children books, regular books, really everything. But my favorite would have to be Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in fifteen suggestions By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

I have never read a book like this before, which makes me sad because this is such an important book. I picked this up because my brother in law and his wife just had their first baby!! Insert cutest baby picture ever!! I wanted to see if this was something I should get for my sister in law and honestly it changed my life and I am buying everyone I know a copy.

 

Question Two: Best sequel you read so far in 2017?

I haven’t read hardly any sequels and I think all the sequels I read have been graphic novels. So my answer is Saga Vol. 7 By Brian K. Vaughn. I love this series so much and it gets better with every volume!

 

 

 

Question Three: New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?

 

This was kinda easy, Always and Forever, Lara Jean By Jenny Han. This is such a cute and lovable series and I am so happy Ms. Han decided to give us a third book. Now I just need to read it!

 

 

 

 

Question Four: Most Anticipated releases for the second half of the year?

I have two answers for this. My first most anticipated release is Haunting the Deep By Adriana Mather, it is schedule to release on October 3, 2017. I loved How to Hang a Witch so much last year and I think I might re-read it soon.

I am also super excited The Girl Who Saved Ghosts By K.C. Tansley, which is due to release on October 17, 2017. The first book, The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts was such a fun paranormal book and I have been waiting so long for another book in this series!

 

Question Five: Biggest disappointment?

 

This was another easy one to answer, Alex and Ada Vol. 3 by Jonathan Luna. I loved volume one and two and was so let down in volume three. I feel like he just rushed it and it was terrible. 😦 😦 😦

 

Question Six: Biggest Surprise?

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch  takes this hands down. I am not a huge contemporary reader but this book made me love this genre. I fell in love with every little piece of this book!  I want to go to Italy right now and live in a graveyard!

Oh no, I forgot to mention this book, Every Heart a Doorway By Seanan McGuire. This book surprised me because it so little and seems so weird but it all works so beautifully together. One of my favorites this year as well.

 

 

Question Seven: Favorite New Author(Debut or new to you)?

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the first person that comes to mind. I will honestly read the back of a cereal box if she wrote it. Such an amazing writer.

 

 

 

Also Seanan McGuire is a new favorite author for me. I just love her writing and how magical everything is .

 

Question Eight: Newest Fictional Crush?

Well the first one that comes to mind is Chaol Westfall from Throne of Glass. I love him so much and if she doesn’t end up with him I will cry.

I also have a small crush on Jack from Every Heart a Doorway. Something about her is very real and it makes me want to be her friend or just get inside her head. I can’t be the only one out there crushing?!?!?

 

Questions Nine: Newest Favorite Character?

Hmmm I think I will go with Liv from Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier. I just finished this book and really loved it. Kerstin’s books are so different and fun. Liv is such a smart mouth girl who had me laughing so much, I also adore who little sister Mia who might be funnier then Liv.

 

Question Ten: Book that made you cry?


I have two for this question. The first one that popped in my head was Applesauce Weather by Helen Frost. This is a middle grade novel I picked up at the library one day and it made me cry like 4 times. I feel like this is why I stay away from middle grade because it always gives me the feels.

This second book made me cry all through the book. It is And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman. This book is very short and it has so much emotions in it and made me smile and cry all the way through. Ughhh just thinking about it makes me tear up.

 

 

Question Eleven: Book that made me happy?

Love & Gelato made me smile the whole time. I just feel happy thinking about it. Contemporary’s just has a way of making your heart smile.

 

Question Twelve: Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year?

I think the prettiest cover I bought so far this year is The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. This cover is so pretty and makes me smile.

 

Question Thirteen: What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I am just going to link my I own TBR shelf from Goodreads. I need to read all these books!

 

Well I hope you liked this tag and I hope you guys are happy I am back! I will try to have a couple posts up a week but no promises ha ha ha.

Where I found this tag at:

Lala over at BooksandLala 

And the creators of this tag is:

Chami over at ReadLikeWildfire

Ely over at Earl Grey Books 

Please go and check out their channels and leave some love and Don’t forget to leave some love for me. Tell me all about the books you are loving so far this year, lets chat in the comments! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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