Reading the Alphabet.

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Hey!

In the hopes of trying to read a lot of my older books, I decided I am going to do this read the alphabet challenge. Most of these books are older books that I’ve had on my shelves or Kindle for years aside from two that I got last year. I want to try to get to those older books that I’ve had for awhile, so I was inspired to do this when I did the “my blog’s name in books” tag. I created a page for this challenge on my blog, so that I can update it throughout the year and have easy access to this list without digging through a ton of blog posts; page over here. Here are the books that I chose to read this year for this challenge; titles linked to Goodreads.

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All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Before We Go Extinct by Karen Rivers
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
Diabolic (The) by S.J. Kincaid
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia (e-book)

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First & Then by Emma Mills
George by Alex Gino (e-book)
Half Bad by Sally Green
I‘ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Jackaby by William Ritter (e-book)

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Kiss Quotient (The) by Helen Hoang
Legend by Marie Lu (e-book)
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon (e-book)

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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
Replica by Lauren Oliver
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

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Unexpected Everything (The) by Morgan Matson
Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin (e-book)
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Young Elites (The) by Marie Lu
Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld

You’ll notice that I don’t have a book for the letter “X“, so I am just going to use that as a freebie and read whatever book that I want, but has to be an older book that I’ve had for two years or longer. I’m not sure which one I will pick for it yet, so I will update it later in the year on my page that I created for this challenge. I don’t plan to read them in order, but I do plan to read them all before the year ends.

It’ll be nice getting to all of these older books that I’ve been wanting to read for so long now. Since my Goodreads challenge goal is to read 60 books this year, this challenge leaves me room to read other books as well as these. 😀 I also have a goal of reading 40 of my own books (they cannot be ARCs, library books, or books I buy in 2019), so it also helps with that reading goal as well. With whatever other books I read this year, I do hope that I grab more of my older books, because my current unread ratio of the books that I own is at 66% (UGHH) and they are mostly books that I’ve owned from 2+ years. A lot of these are also series starters, so we’ll see how my goal of binge reading series as I start them (2019 reading goals post linked at the end) works out this year.  I’m scared (LOL), because I’m so bad at finishing series.

Every year since 2015 I have said that I was going to read Six of Crows (LOL), but this is the year you guys. FOR REAL THIS TIME! I might knock this one out early on, just so I can finally say I read it! All except six of these books are books that I own the physical copies of, but as I’ve said many many times, my books are packed away. So with that being said, I will either have to read my e-book ones first or hope that my library has some of these available. Later this year (hopefully by the end of March) I will FINALLY be able to unpack all of my books. This will probably end up being one of the happiest moments of 2019, HAHA. 😛

Have you read any of the books on my list? Are there any on my list that you haven’t read yet, but really want to? What do you hope to finally read this year?

In case you  missed it;
2018 Year in Books (Reading Stats).
2019 Reading Goals.
Wrap Up|| December.

I hope you have a great day!

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Dead End in Norvelt.

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
4 OUT OF 5 STARS

“Don’t ever forget your history,” she sang, “or any wicked soul can lie to you and get away with it.”

I wasn’t really sure how I was going to feel about this book and at first I almost stopped listening to it. I decided to continue and I am so glad that I did. This book was really great and it was so hilarious. Jack was such a funny kid and all the things he got into ended up being funny and sometimes pretty crazy. So many crazy things happened to Jack in the summer. Miss Volker was hilarious too! She was also kind of crazy, but it was cool. I really enjoyed reading this book and the characters were fantastic.

It was a fun book and will definitely have you cracking up! I was laughing so much throughout work. I loved that lots of the things in the story were true. Jack Gantos took part of his life and turned it into a fictional book, but lots of things that happened in the book really happened to Jack in real life. I also loved that there was a lot of history in the book and it was fun hearing about things that happened long ago. Jack Gantos actually read his own book for the audiobook and that was cool. I definitely recommend this book.

“You don’t have to do what your parents want, or what your boyfriend wants, for you to be happy. You just have to be yourself, for there is no love greater than self love.”

Goodreads Description: Melding the entirely true and the wildly fictional, Dead End in Norvelt is a novel about an incredible two months for a kid named Jack Gantos, whose plans for vacation excitement are shot down when he is “grounded for life” by his feuding parents, and whose nose spews bad blood at every little shock he gets.  But plenty of excitement (and shocks) are coming Jack’s way once his mom loans him out to help a feisty old neighbor with a most unusual chore—typewriting obituaries filled with stories about the people who founded his Utopian town. As one obituary leads to another, Jack is launched on a strange adventure involving molten wax, Eleanor Roosevelt, twisted promises, a homemade airplane, Girl Scout cookies, a man on a trike, a dancing plague, voices from the past, Hells Angels . . . and possibly murder. 


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I plan to read as much as possible this weekend, because I really want to get An Ember in the Ashes read. I also need to finally really read ’89 Walls for review. Anyway, that’s all for this post! I hope everyone is having a great weekend! Bye! ❤

Red Queen.

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
5 out of 5 stars.

Red Queen was such a fantastic book! I loved it so much and I got through it pretty quickly! It was great from beginning to end and it kept my interest and attention throughout the entire book. I loved the whole concept of the book and idea between the Silvers having these special powers. There so many different powers and it was pretty crazy and cool. Mare was a really great character and I loved her so much. I was kind of off and on with my feelings about Maven and Cal. There were a lot of twists and turns, which was great. I’m still so shocked at how the book turned out! It made me so angry at times, because I had no clue what was going to happen and what happened definitely made me angry. I was pretty much saying “what?” “are you kidding me?” “noooo” throughout. Ahhhhh! I was just so shocked! I definitely recommend that you read Red Queen if you haven’t already. It’s a really awesome book and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed! I am so excited to see how this plays out in future books! I am dying for more!

Here were my feelings throughout the book…

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Goodreads Description: The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers. To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change. Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the center of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control. But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

Have you read Red Queen? If so, what did you think about it? What is a book that you read with a color in the title?

In case you missed them, here are a couple of the recent posts that I have done!

  • Mini Book Haul & Other Stuff. – A look at the last of the books I bought in April and some pictures from my trip to the science museum!
  • April Reads Recap. – All about the books I read in April and a look at some of the books I’m going to read this month.

I hope everyone has a great Monday! I may make a post later tonight with one of the blogger awards I was nominated for over the weekend. I need to get to work now, BYE! ❤

Talon.

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Talon by Julie Kagawa
4 OF 5 STARS.

I finished this audiobook today and it was pretty great. It was a pretty interesting read and I loved that the dragons were able to hide in human form. It was exciting and it kept me interested. There were some pretty good characters in the book, but Ember and Dante both annoyed me at times. I also wanted to punch Dante in the face a million times. I still want to punch him in the face when I think about the book. I am really curious as to how this is all going to play out. It ended at a point that makes you want to know more. I am really excited that the second book; Rogue was released today! Now I just need to buy it ASAP or cross my fingers that the library gets the audiobook ASAP! 🙂

Goodreads Description: Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they’re positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser. Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George. Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon’s newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

What are some of your favorite books that are one-word titled? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

Short post, so here are some pictures of my furbabies. You can never see enough of them…at least I can never see enough of them, lol.

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Here are some of my other recent posts in case you missed them and want to check them out!

That’s all for me tonight! It’s kind of getting late and I have to work in the AM! Goodnight! ❤

And Then There Were None.

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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
FOUR STARS.

I’ve never read a book by Agatha Christie, but this one sounded really interesting. My library had the audiobook version, so I decided to listen to it at work. The audiobook version the library had made it seem like I was listening to a movie. Each character had their own narrator and it just seemed like it was being acted out as a movie. You can hear all the sound effects and things going around in the background; like the ocean, the rain, crashes, glasses clinking, screaming, etc. All kinds of stuff. It was so fun to listen to!

The story itself was great and so interesting. It was quick, but it was really good. I kept going back and forth with myself trying to figure out who the killer was. I love “who done it” type mysteries, so this was great. I was totally thinking “it was Colonel Mustard in the library with a lead pipe“…hah. 😉 But really, I definitely enjoyed this book and I really want to look into more books by Agatha Christie.

Goodreads Description: First, there were ten – a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal – and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.

Here are some of my other recent posts in case you missed them and want to check them out!

I hope everyone is having a good day! Bye! ❤

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares.

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Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
FIVE STARS.

“We believe in the wrong things, that’s what frustrates me the most. Not the lack of belief, but the belief in the wrong things. You want meaning? Well, the meanings are out there. We’re just so damn good at reading them wrong.”

This book was set during Christmas and ended during New Year’s. I wasn’t really sure I would find a book to fit this category without it being some really Christmassy (is this even a word? lol) type story. I do LOVE Christmas, but too Christmassy can be a little much. This had the perfect amount of Christmas and cookies. I wasn’t actually looking for a book set during Christmas for this particular challenge yet, but hey, it fell into my lap…well my headphones. This book sounded like it was going to be a really fun read and it totally was!

I listened to the entire audiobook today at work and it was great. It was hilarious, fun, and cute! I loved the whole concept of the story with leaving the notebook in a bookstore for someone to find. If I didn’t already have a boyfriend, I might have given this idea a try. 😉 It would totally be fun running around New York passing a notebook around and looking for clues and doing silly things! I loved Lily so much and she was so hilarious. Dash was so great and his best friend Boomer was the best, he was always so happy about life. So many great characters in this book. I really loved this book and I am glad I found it!

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 Goodreads Description:“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

“There are just lots of possibilities in the world…I need to keep my mind open for what could happen and not decide that the world is hopeless if what I want to happen doesn’t happen. Because something else great might happen in between.”

What are some books that you read set during Christmas? I don’t think I’ve read too many of them. Leave a comment below!

Here are some of my other recent posts in case you missed them or want to check them out!

I need to get some reading done tonight and also Supernatural is on tonight. 🙂 I’m off to go read until then! I hope everyone had a great day! Bye! ❤

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

HEY 🙂

I am trying to work through more of the 2015 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, so here is another post for that. You can find other books I’ve read/listened to for the challenge over on my blog. There is a category for them! I am really excited about this next book that I just finished and I am sure you all have seen my excitement in posts or on social media.

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
FIVE STARS.

“He talked about the ocean between people. And how the whole point of everything is to find a shore worth swimming to.”

I just finished reading Simon vs. and it was SO GOOD! I loved it so much and it’s definitely moving up in the list to being one of my favorite books. It was perfection! I flew through the book in three days (basically two days though, since on the first day I only read the first chapter), which was awesome. It was also sad that I flew through the book, because I didn’t want it to end! It was hard not to fall in love with all of the characters in the book, especially Simon and Blue! I laughed so much throughout the entire book and I smiled and giggled like a huge dork! So much cuteness that you really could not have had that reaction! I definitely recommend this book to everyone! It was such a great read and I am sad that it’s over! I think I will always be wondering what the characters from the book are up to! I don’t want to say too much about the book, because I don’t want to risk spoilers! So just take my word for it and read the book! 🙂

Goodreads desciption: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised. With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

“The way I feel about him is like a heartbeat — soft and persistent, underlying everything.”

Here’s something totally exciting! Becky Albertalli tweeted me. 🙂

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Are there any books that you read that were published this year? Or are there any that you are excited about that will be coming out this year? Let me know in the comments! I know I have tons of them that I am excited for!


Book Haul post Monday or Tuesday. I was really hoping I would get to do it this weekend, but it looks like my books won’t be delivered until Monday or Tuesday. 😦 I was crossing my fingers, because they are at the post office in my area…just not at my front door! UGH! I did go to Goodwill today and found six books, which will be included in my book haul post next week. I am totally excited about my Goodwill finds today, but more about them in my book haul post. This post is actually becoming super long already, lol!

Here are some random pictures featuring Simon vs. since this post is about the book and I was fangirling like crazy over it and ended up snapping a lot of pictures throughout the three days I was reading it. lol. I’m a tad bit crazy, ask anyone! 😉

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Here are some of my other posts from this week in case you missed them or want to check them out!

Happy reading & weekend! I hope everyone is enjoying it! See you next time! 🙂