Cover Reveal of Rising Silver Mist by Olivia Wildenstein

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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

every heart

 

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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