Audiobooks That Are Too Good To Ignore

Hey everyone! Happy Friday! Today I wanted to go through a list of books I think that are way better consumed as audiobooks. Now, I know there are sadly still people out there who believe audiobook’s aren’t actually people reading books, and those people I say leave this post alone! Leave those of us who love audiobooks alone!

Anyways, let’s dive into the list of books that in my opinion are much more enjoyable as audiobooks.

Daisy Jones & The Six

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

More Myself: A Journey

More Myself: A Journey by Alicia Keys

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

They Both Die at the End

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

Becoming

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Open Book

Open Book by Jessica Simpson

The Poet X

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

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Top Ten Tuesday #53 – Books That I Enjoyed But Rarely Talk About

Hello everyone, and happy Tuesday! Of course, it is tradition on this blog that we do Top Ten Tuesday’s. and honestly… I am really loving today’s prompt.

I will admit, I do repeat books a lot… *cough* Caraval *cough*. But today we are going to talk about the books I enjoyed, but don’t nearly talk about enough. Now, a lot of these books are actually pretty popular, but here on this blog, I don’t generally talk too much about them. So let’s just dive right in and give these books the spotlight they rightfully deserve, shall we?

This was an idea created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The rules basically go a little like this:

  1. Jana creates a new topic every Tuesday to make your list, and you create your own Top Ten (or three, or five, or twenty, however many you choose!)
  2. Link back your posts to That Artsy Reader Girl so when others read your post, they’ll know where to go to get more info about future upcoming topics.
  3. There is a linky widget on Jana’s Top Ten Tuesday post so other’s can see your post as well as you being able to check out everyone else’s! So definitely leave your links!
  4. Don’t be afraid to add your own twist to it!

This week’s topic: Books I Enjoyed But Rarely Talk About


(1) The Perfect Son – Lauren North ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

The Perfect Son

I am not just shocked, but totally dumbfounded as to why this book didn’t get more hype than it did. I really don’t hear anyone talking about this book and I really wish that could change. It came out last year in August and I actually received it as an Arc from the publisher. I knew it was a mystery, and it sounded interesting. I mean come on, a mother who wakes up from the hospital and realizes her child is missing and she’s been stabbed? Good lord. The DRAMA. But this book was uhh… let’s just say completely surprising and blew me completely out of the water. I gave it a 4/5 stars, but I have been contemplating that decision for a long time.

(2) My Lovely Wife – Samantha Downing ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

My Lovely Wife

What a book this was. My god, the writing… the plot… the characters! It was a genius book, and I have never heard of anything like this nor read anything like it. This was a debut (I believe) and I cannot wait to read what Downing puts out next. If she wants to start us off with a husband and wife killing team, her next book is going to be genius.

(3) Opposite of Always – Justin A. Reynolds ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Opposite of Always

I think this is the only book I have read with time travel in it, and to my surprise I actually seriously enjoyed it. I won’t give the plot away because I feel like with this one you should go in a little blind, but it is a really cute story and would definitely recommend everyone should try reading.

(4) Eliza and Her Monsters – Francesca Zappia ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Eliza and Her Monsters

Eliza is easily one of the most relatable characters I have ever read a point of view from in my entire life. I thought this book was beautiful, unbelievably well written, and I don’t cry with many books, but this is definitely one of the rare ones that made me cry. It’s a pretty popular book with the YA community, but I don’t nearly talk as much about it as I should.

(5) An Unwanted Guest – Shari Lapena ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

An Unwanted Guest

Being totally honest here, I know I talk about Shari Lapena’s book’s quite a bit, but this one doesn’t nearly get all the love it deserves on this blog in my opinion. It is easily on of the best Thrillers I have ever read in my entire life, and I am not sure if anything will be able to compare to it. It’s set up as a ‘And Then There Were None’ sort of storytelling, which I LOVE, and it is just done so well. UGH! Go read it!

(6) Romanov – Nadine Brandes ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Romanov

I received this as an eArc the beginning of last year and yikes… another incredible story. I have never read Fawkes, which is basically what Nadine is known for (other than her adorable instagram), but I really had a hunch when requesting this book that it was going to be something truly magical. And boy, what a magical fun story this was. 100% recommend it.

(7) Love & Gelato – Jenna Evans Welch ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Love & Gelato (Love & Gelato, #1)

I read this book back in 2018 and really enjoyed it. I haven’t been able to get to the next books in the series, but I do plan on doing that in the near future.

(8) They Both Die At The End -Adam Silvera ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

They Both Die at the End

Another really good back that I read back in 2018 that was just so creative! I don’t think I would have ever been able to come up with a story line like this one had that was just so detailed! Such a cool, but yet soul-crushing concept.

(9) The Playbook Series – Alexa Martin ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Intercepted (Playbook, #1)

Well, seeing as I love football and love a good adult romance book, these books are basically made for me lol. I love the writing, they are good books that have just the right amount of drama in them for me to love and both books I’ve given pretty good ratings. I know the third book is out, so I will have to pick that up soon.

(10) The Fault In Our Stars – John Green ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

The Fault in Our Stars

Yes, this last book is a very popular book, but on this blog, well it’s basically non-existent. It’s not my fault I read this book back in like 2014 okay? I need to re-read this because it really was an incredible story that unfortunately, I have no notes on.


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Dystopian Books to Read During A Pandemic

Hello everyone! Happy Friday! I hope everyone is staying safe, healthy, and staying HOME!

Today’s post we are going to talk about some dystopian books that may distract you from the current dystopia we are currently living through. If you feel like coping with this whole situation by reading books where the settings are far worse than what is happening currently, then these books are for you. Personally, I am actually reading the hunger games now and wow… it sure is taking my mind off of a lot of situations right now.

Let’s just jump right into the list and talk about some of these dystopian books that will just really take your mind off of the current situation we are all in right now… or just make you worry even more lol.


(1) Dry – Neal & Jarrod Shusterman

Dry

Honestly, this book is pretty close to the most realistic thing that can happen out of all of these situations. It takes place in California and when we start the book, we immediately are made aware that due to a low raining season, the state and surrounding states are actually running low on water. Eventually most of California completely drys out, which leaves people with no water. Our main characters are led to do some pretty crazy stuff just to get a single drop of water. It’s intense, but it makes you think with global warming going on in this world, could this actually become a reality? Also, this book has led me to be a little more mindful of just how much water I use.

(2) The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

Although I have not read the series (I’m currently in the process of doing so though), I have watched the movies and good lord… I would hate to have to live in a world like this one. I can’t even imagine having to stand in a large group with other young adults/kids and have to be picked to go be put in some game, where I have to kill other kids, just so a bunch of old people can have fun with the entertainment part of it. Like what in the hell. I will give Collins mad props to coming up with this idea, but man is it dark.

(3) The Handmaids Tale – Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale (The Handmaid's Tale, #1)

Again… another series where I have to say to myself what the hell was this author thinking when writing it. I have not read this, but I basically know all of the storyline and what the whole concept is just from the countless of spoilers alone (thanks Twitter 🙂 ) But in all seriousness, this book is SCARY. I mean yes it is a dystopian, but I think it could be classified as horror for the general female population. Basically in this book to sum it all up, women are slaves to families who can’t make babies. We follow Offred who is basically forced to have sex with a man so him and his wife can have a family since the wife can’t produce children. I honestly cannot wait to read this because I am just dying to experience the amount of anger that comes with this book. It sounds like a horrible setting, but a wonderful dystopian read.

(4) The Divergent series – Veronica Roth

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

I don’t find this dystopian to be quite as scary as the previous three I have mentioned, but it’s still not a place I would enjoy living. Our story takes place in Chicago and we follow a girl named Beatrice who basically has to choose which of the five factions she would like to dedicate her life to. She wants to stay with her family, but also wants to be who she really is,but unfortunately can’t do both. I’ve heard okay-ish things about this series, but the first movie was pretty big when it came out a few years ago. The rest I heard nothing about, but hey you might like it. Ya never know unless you try it.

(5) The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)

I have actually read this one, and this one is pretty unsettling as well, but to be honest I would love to have some of these powers. Obviously Ruby, our main character, has the best power of them all but the others are pretty cool too. I did enjoy the first book, and I don’t really know why I haven’t continued but I am sure I will eventually. It was a really good story, and left us with a really big cliffhanger, so I don’t know. Maybe I’ll get to it sometime this year. Haven’t watched the movie yet either which I am hoping to get to soon as well.


Well I hope you guys enjoyed my list and maybe find some comfort in these books while reading during your quarantine time. Let me know if you guys have read any of these and what you thought as well! Happy reading!


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A Gift Guide for Book Bloggers | Blogmas 2019

Hello everyone! I wanted to do this post since I am a book blogger and let’s be honest, I would like most of this stuff. I did a guide for book lovers as well, so definitely check that out, but why not make a gift guide for the people that love books so much, that they blog about it. Let’s get right into it!


(1) BOOKS!

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Obviously for a book blogger, books is a definite possibility. You don’t have to necessarily go out and buy someone a physical book. You can get them gift cards to where they buy there books from, you can make a date out of it and just give them a card saying you’ll be taking them to a bookstore sometimes after the holidays and include “good for 3 books” or something like that.

(2) Lap Desk

I own a laptop, and that’s what I usually use to blog with and honestly, sometimes you just don’t want to sit at a desk for sometimes hours and blog. I love bringing my laptop to the couch and cuddling with a blanket, watching The Office or Disney movies and just get a lot of work done. While I love doing that, it can be annoying trying to figure out where to set up your laptop. This lap desk pictured above I found on Amazon, and can support your laptop, mouse, and your cell phone all in one space.

(3) A Journal/Planner

Image result for erin condren planner

I definitely think this is an awesome Christmas gift, since we are practically at the end of the year, and even if they did have a planner, they’ll need a new one anyways. Planners are an AMAZING tool for book blogging, especially if you love to plan ahead like I do. There are a lot of planners out there that can be just what the blogger in your life needs. I love the planners from Erin Condren, a little pricey, but totally worth it!

(4) WordPress themes

This is a really nice gift, and I would love to be gifted this. Sometimes a blogger just likes the freshen up their site and you can’t always do that for free unfortunately. Giving them maybe a VISA gift card to buy their WordPress theme that is needed is a really cool gift, and it would probably mean a lot to the person you’re gifting it too.

(5) Personalized Desk Items

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If you know you’re book blogger friend has a desk they work at, and it’s looking a little on the bleak side, this is definitely a good gift. I think most book bloggers have a work station or desk they work at, and let’s be honest, we are always in the need for supplies. A cute customized pencil holder, a name plate, maybe a frame with a picture of you and the recipient, or even just a really cute knick-knack you know they’ll be into. I found this name plate on Etsy and there are A LOT of customizable options.

(6) Stationery

Image result for poppin sticky memo ball

There is this awesome line that Staples has and it’s called Poppin. It is adorable stationery and every time I go into Staples, I am so interested to purchase something from that line. Come to find out, they have their own website and everything with a whole section to show off their office supplies. This sticky memo ball is so cute and any blogger would love to have this on their desk/work station.

(7) A New Camera

A lot of book bloggers I’m sure would love this gift. Even I would! Taking pictures is a big part of our job, and we need a good camera to do it. Camera’s can get expensive, so this may be a good gift to have a few friends join to pitch in and do it as one big group.


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Book Review: As She Fades by Abbi Glines

Hello everyone! Today is a very overdue review, as it has been sitting in my reading binder since April, waiting to be reviewed. I thought this book was definitely one of Glines’ most creative book she’s written. I’ve read 9 of her books so far and this was definitely the most interesting, different book I’ve read of hers. Her books usually have some drama in them, but this PLOT TWIST THOUGH!

Anyways, let’s just get on to the review because we have a lot to talk about.


Title: As She Fades

Author: Abbi Glines

Pages: 272

Format: paperback

Genre: New Adult, contemporary, romance

Publication Date: April 3, 2018

⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

On the night of her high school graduation, Vale McKinley and her boyfriend Crawford are in a terrible car accident that leaves Crawford in a coma. They were supposed to spend the summer planning for college, for a bright future full of possibility. Together. Instead, Vale spends long days in the hospital, hoping Crawford will awaken.

Slate Allen, a college friend of Vale’s brother, has been visiting his dying uncle at the same hospital. When he and Vale meet, she can’t deny the flutter of an illicit attraction. She tries to ignore her feelings, but she’s not immune to Slate’s charm. Slowly, they form a cautious friendship.

Then, Crawford wakes up . . . with no memory of Vale or their relationship. Heartbroken, Vale opts to leave for college and move on with her life. Except now, she’s in Slate’s territory, and their story is about to take a very strange turn.

  • Plot Twist! – That plot twist was just absolutely spectacular! I loved it, and it really wasn’t a type of plot twist I see a lot in books which double points for that! If you love a good plot twist, especially one you don’t expect to pop up from miles away, this book is for you.
  • Slate – I loved Slate. Typical bad boy, bad ass male love-interest. If this were any other author, I wouldn’t enjoy it as much, but when you want to read Abbi’s books, you’re simply reading it to have a good time, get some drama in your life that’s not related to you, and read some good cheesy romance. Slate was perfect.
  • The writing – I don’t know what it is but every time I pick up a new book of hers I think ‘maybe this will be the one where her writing isn’t so easy to read.’ But that day has never come! You’d think after 9 books it would right?? Nope. Every book’s writing seems to be better than the last. Whenever I’m in a slump I pick up her books and it always does the trick since she is just so easy to read.
  • Unpredictability – I love when a book is unpredictable. Especially contemporary romances! Let’s just say, if you read this book and you predicted it, you are a genius haha.
  • The headache that followed with this book – I had a massive headache after reading this book. Yes, the plot twist was awesome. Yes, it was unpredictable, but damn Abbi like you got to give me a moment to be able to breathe and relax! I’m not used to this with her books so definitely a little bit of a turn off for me.
  • Rushed ending – The ending was rushed. I hate that in books and that’s why this book didn’t get the full 5 stars. The ending could have been stretched at least 20 pages longer.

Have you guys read any good books lately with AMAZING plot twists you didn’t see coming? Let me know in the comments!


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Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Pages: 459

Format: paperback

Genre: young adult, contemporary

Publication Date: September 10, 2013

⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan..

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind? 

  • Social Anxiety Representation- I thought Eliza and Her Monsters might be the only book that really brought out a good representation of social anxiety to the table but man, was I wrong. I loved this aspect so much. It made me closer to Cath and definitely enchanced the reading experience.
  • Setting/Location– Finally, a setting other than New York or California. Nebraska. Enjoyed every bit of the new location.
  • Resemblance of Harry Potter– Carry On was an extreme resemblance to the fandom that Harry Potter has. Very cool to see it played out with gay characters though.
  • Cath & Levi’s Relationship
  • First Half of the Book
  • Wren– Didn’t care for Wren. I thought she was a lousy sister and shouldn’t get enough praise that she did.
  • Twin Trope– Okay, so I hate this trope. It is one of my most hated tropes. Where one twin is clearly stronger than the other, and the other twin can’t function in society because she’s so attached. Yeah, that trope. I hate it lol.
  • No real conflict between her and Mother
  • Second half was boring

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