DNFing vs. Powering Through: A discussion

For some, not finishing a book, even one they're not enjoying, is unfathomable. While others exercise their right to stop reading a book when they've reached the point of no return. 
I find that people are very passionate about how they handle books that they're just not into. It's either stick with it until the end (although more skimming may occur), or add it to the DNF list (did not finish). 
For me, I tend to find myself somewhere in the middle of the two, which is a strange place to be in a very black and white situation. 
Have you ever felt that a particular book just happened upon you and entered your life at the exact perfect moment? That it was all meant to be? The irony and coincidence of it all is a magical feeling, and it causes a strong bond with the story. These tend to be books that quickly become our favorites, simply because of Divine Timing, or what have you. 
Well, what if, on the flip side of that point, there were books that entered your life at t…

Once and for all is not the case for Dessen

Title: Once And For All
Author: Sarah Dessen
Published: June 6th, 2017
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Pages: 358
Where I got it: Barnes and Noble

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that's why she's cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm's length. But Ambrose isn't about to be discouraged, now that he's met the one girl he really wants. 

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.

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Rating: 5 Quills

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With a serial writer such as Dessen, this title being her thirteenth, there emer…

Turtles all the way down, or up? A reader's discussion

When an author garners attention and praise for a book they've written, one can't help but wonder how they're going to be able to top that. The expectations that are placed on the author's shoulders at that moment are almost palpable; the weight of importance and the pressure of having to do it all over again, because if not, criticism will not be kind.

I remember choosing to read The Fault in Our Stars for a college class. We were allowed to pick our own books, and had to complete various assignments based on the book we chose. Back then, 2012, the book had just been released. I was browsing the library looking for a selection, when the cover caught my attention. At that point in my life, I hadn't really been following lists that included the most anticipated reads of [enter year here]. I wasn't as involved in tracking books, but just about browsing a library or bookstore and seeing whatever popped out at me (a method I do still enjoying doing). The book may ha…

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Title: A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2)
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Published: August 30, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 452
Where I got it: Barnes and Noble

Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene …

Witchy Wednesday- T5W

Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads run group, where each Wednesday a topic is given to bloggers and booktubers, and they discuss the top 5 books they would choose for that specific topic.

I thought that I would jump on the bandwagon, and participate! I will be doing Top 5 Wednesday every week, unless there is a topic of discussion I feel would better be explored since Wednesdays are my discussion/topic day of posting!

This week's topic is witches! No doubt the whole month is Halloween themed, which I can appreciate! The books to include can be witch books, with witches or witchy things as the main character/theme, or just as side characters/background.

I think I have a pretty great list. Check it out!

5) The Half Bad Trilogy by Sally Green

Description: Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world's most terrifying …

Past Lessons for a Modern Future

Title: Dunkirk
Author: Joshua Levine
Published: June 29th, 2017
Publisher: William Collins
Pages: 381
Where I got it: Walmart

In 1940, at the French port of Dunkirk, more than 300,000 trapped Allied troops were dramatically rescued from destruction at the hands of Nazi Germany by an extraordinary seaborne evacuation. The true history of the soldiers, sailors, airmen and civilians involved in the nine-day skirmish has passed into legend. Now, the story Winston Churchill described as a 'miracle' is narrated by bestselling author Joshua Levine in its full, sweeping context, including new interviews with veterans and survivors.
Told from the viewpoints of land, sea and air, Joshua Levine’s Dunkirk is a dramatic account of a defeat that paved the way to ultimate victory and preserved liberty for generations to come. description and photo credit: goodreads 

Rating: 5 Quills

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I am going to be honest (not that I never am), and confess that I went and saw the movie befo…

50 Contemporary Classics You're Missing Out On

Southern Living recently posted a list of 50 books from the past 50 years that they suggest we should read at least once in our lifetime.

The post can be found here

The list only contains contemporary classics, just to note. They include a lot of Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award winners, Man Booker Prize winners, and other books with distinguished awards. 

Nowadays there is a big focus on what's coming out next; which releases are the most anticipated of the year, and which are bookmarked as important reads to get your hands on. We can all get caught up in trying to stay ahead of the game, to be read up on all of the hype surrounding recently released books. But sometimes it's nice to take a breather and to pick up a book for the heck of it; one that's been out for a little while, or one that's been out for 50 years. 

Skimming the list, I was surprised at how many titles I had never heard of, however, I mainly read YA, although that's no excuse. It makes you…

Laura Ingalls Wilder Meets Modern Life, and Vice Versa

Title: Upside Down in a Laura Ingalls Town
Author: Leslie Tall Manning
Published: January 22nd, 2016
Publisher: Leslie Tall Manning
Pages: 366
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DescriptionIt has been a long and difficult year for the Decker family, especially for sixteen-year-old Brooke. Her grades have plummeted. She deliberately breaks curfew. She makes out with boys she hardly knows. And now her father has totally lost it. When Tim Decker signs up his family of three to be contestants on a Hollywood reality show, Brooke's life turns upside down. The place: North Carolina backcountry. The year: 1861. Brooke is forced to trade in her Victoria's Secret bra for a rib-cracking corset, her comfy jeans for an ugly farm dress, and her private bathroom for an outhouse. Television cameras will follow her every move as she lives the grueling life of a mid-nineteenth-century farm girl: milking a cow, churning butter, fetching water countless times a day, and riding in a horse-drawn wagon along a …