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Tag: 2018 Reads

The Hazel Wood Book Review

The Hazel Wood Book Review

I started reading The Hazel Wood via audiobook back in March and I thought it was fantastic so I bought my own copy to finish reading it. I read this during May for the Cursed Books Bookclub! Overall: I really loved the first half of […]

Furyborn Book Reveiw

Furyborn Book Reveiw

Furyborn was one of my most anticipated books of the year! I planned to read it this spring and I’m so glad I did! I flew through this book in just a couple of days! It hit the shelves on May 22nd and you definitely […]

April Wrap Up: Reading, Watching, Listening

April Wrap Up: Reading, Watching, Listening

Hey friends! Can you believe that April is over already? I feel like April flew by! I was sort of in a reading slump this past month, but  I’m not even sure I could call it that. I just read slower than I normally do, but the books I did read were fantastic!

What I Read in April

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

I re-read ADSOM so that I could finally read the other two books in this series. When I first read ADSOM last year, I sort of struggled with it and wondered if this series would be for me. But I wanted to try again because I’d really fallen in love with Schwab’s writing last year when I read This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet and I’m so glad I gave this book another chance! I liked ADSOM a lot more the second time around and I was finally ready to read the rest of the series!

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

I LOVED Children of Blood and Bone! This book was fantastic and I honestly can’t wait to read the rest of this series. The world was beautifully crafted and the characters were flawed and amazing. You can read my full review here.

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

I finally started AGOS and I read the physical copy as well as listened to the audiobook during the day when I was nursing my baby. I feel like I’ve been watching way too much TV so I decided to listen to more audiobooks, and we’ll get to that in a second, but wow… I liked this book more than ADSOM and you need to run to pick up this series right now! I’m hoping to write a series review soon.

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

Gah. Schwab is an amazing storyteller. I can’t say too much about ACOL because you really do just need to read this story for yourself. There’s so many twists and turns and it’s dark but oh so wonderful. I’m actually still in the middle of ACOL but I am loving this story!

What I listened to in April

I actually really like audiobooks, as long as the narrator is good. I’ve been trying to listen to books more instead of having the TV on all day (I like having noise since it’s just me and the baby and the dog home all day and if it get’s too quiet I feel anxious.) I also have to ask, do you have any favorite audiobooks that you would recommend for me to listen to next? As I mentioned before, I listened to AGOS (for some of the book) and read the rest. So that was one audiobook that I listened too. I also read/listened to these books:

Goodbye Things by Fumio Sasaki

I watched the Minimalism documentary on Netflix and decided that it was time to do some changing. I’ve felt cluttered and surrounded by a lot of things that I don’t use very often, so I’ve been slowly going through all of my things and getting rid of things, one at a time, just like this book talks about. I don’t think I’ll be throwing everything away like this guy did, but I do want to have a simpler wardrobe, easier access to kitchen utensils and I’m hoping to only keep books that I really love.

Young Adulting Podcast

One of my really good friends recommended this podcast to me and I wanted to give it a go. Each week these girls pick a YA book to read and then discuss on their podcast. I’m discovering new books in my favorite genre and it’s another way to see what people are saying about YA books. You can check out the podcast here, I highly recommend it!

What I Watched in April

Grey’s Anatomy

As I’ve mentioned a few times, Netflix has been my best friend since I had my baby. When I first had her back in February I got in the habit of turning Netflix on while I was feeding her and then leaving it on while she slept so she didn’t get used to sleeping in silence. And now, even though I don’t love having the TV on all the time, I like the noise. So, lately, I’ve been watching/listening to/or just having the TV on and watching Grey’s Anatomy. I’ve never watched it and I actually find all of the drama entertaining. I’m currently on season 8 and I’m hooked.

White Collar

Another show I’ve been streaming is White Collar. I don’t like it as much as other shows I’ve watched, so this is the one I turn on when I just want noise and then I write or work on my blog while my baby sleeps.

American Idol

I grew up watching (and loving) American Idol. I decided to give this new season a chance, and while I don’t like it as much as the old seasons, I think there are a lot of talented singers that I’m already rooting for (like Catie Turner) and I can’t wait to see her journey!

What was your favorite read in April? What are you planning to read in May?

 

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March Wrap Up

March Wrap Up

It’s already a week into April but I wanted to share the books that I read during March. March was a good reading month for me as I read 8 books! Click on book image to read summary.  Shatter Me, Unravel Me, and Ignite Me […]

The Belles Book Review

The Belles Book Review

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton Website | Twitter | Facebook Publication date: February 6, 2018 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Genre: YA fantasy (idk if this is actually what it would be but this is what I’m saying) Pages: 448 Source: Personal Library Add to Goodreads Available for purchase: […]

Geekerella Book Review

Geekerella Book Review

Geekerella By Ashley Poston

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Publication Date: April 4, 2017
Publisher: Quirk Books
Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages: 320
Source: Library
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SUMMARY

Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck and her dad’s old costume, Elle’s determined to win – unless her stepsisters get there first.
Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons – before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he has ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake – until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?
Part-romance, part-love letter to nerd culture and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

I LOVE Cinderella retellings (when they are done well) and I thought that Geekerella did a great job.
And even though I know the story, I thought there were parts that were done differently enough that it was still unexpected. These parts were a pleasant surprise. But I won’t give specifics cause *spoilers*
 
Major nerd vibes which made me feel right at home.
Elle and Darien both love the Starfield series. Reading about characters who are part of fandoms makes me as a fangirl and nerd super comfortable. I love reading books like this. Definitely one of my favorites.
So many cheesy parts, such a cheesy story, but it’s also so great.
Even though this story is a bit cheesy (but come on, it’s a Cinderella retelling so what do you expect?) But, Geekerella is written well, so even though it is a little cheesy at times it leaves you feeling light and happy. Definitely recommend if you want a quick, happy read.
Sage is the friend that we all need.
Elle has been basically a loner ever since her dad died. Her stepmom and step-sisters don’t make anything easier, but Elle really feels like she needs to do everything by herself. Once Elle has a job she meets Sage. Watching their friendship grow and develop was fantastic. Sage is there when Elle needs her, she’s honest, flawed, and real.
Overall Geekerella was a fun read. (I actually read it in a day) but I definitely enjoyed this one! I gave it 4.5/5 stars.

 

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Do you like books about fandoms? If so which ones? Have you read Geekerella yet, what did you think?

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