Posted in Book Tags

Tag: Get To Know Me

Good evening everybody, and happy last day of summer! I can’t believe that it’s over already!
A few weeks ago, I was tagged by the ever-so-wonderful Heather at Books, Trust & Pixie Dust to do the Get To Know Me tag, which I am incredibly excited about!
I had originally wanted this post to come out a few days ago, but school has been absolutely insane and I just haven’t had the chance. I’m hoping to get a better feel for the semester and figure out how to balance everything soon, but thank you all so much for bearing with me while I get this all sorted out.


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Posted in Reading Challenge

#TheReadingQuest Wrap-Up

Hello my lovely readers! A couple of days ago was the last day of #TheReadingQuest, which is a reading challenge I participated in that was created by Aentee over at Read at Midnight.

For this challenge, I selected the pathway of the knight, but unfortunately, I did not complete my challenge as I hope I would. I completed only three of my two challenges on the knight pathway, plus one side quest.
I expected to get through way more than only four books, but back to school season was even more hectic than usual this year and sadly, I had very little time to read as a result. Also, the last two challenges I had to do for the knight were a book with a weapon on the cover and a book with a movie/TV adaptation. I had very few options for books that fit these prompts, and I just wasn’t in the mood for any of them. I am very much of a mood reader, so I’m thinking that reading challenges with very specific TBRs aren’t for me.

Despite the fact that I didn’t do as well as I had hoped and expected, I still had a lot of fun participating in the challenge, especially because of all the other wonderful readers and bloggers that I met and chatted about books with. As a new blogger, I really appreciate the great opportunities this reading challenge had! Continue reading “#TheReadingQuest Wrap-Up”

Posted in Reading Challenge, Reviews

Review: Love & Gelato

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you’ve all had an excellent first week of September!It was a bit of a long week for me, so TGIF!

Today I have a review for my most recent read, Love & Gelato.
This was the first book that I read for the Fall Bookish Bingo that I am participating in, (you can view my original post and TBR here) and it fulfills the prompt of reading a books set in another country.
I also read this book for #TheReadingQuest for the bonus challenge of Open World (read whatever you want). This book added 10XP to my pre-existing 40XP, totaling my at a whopping 50XP! This means that I have now made it to Level 2, yay! I also earned 38Hp since it was 389 pages. When added to my existing 114HP, I am at a total of 152HP!
And now
, on with the review…


Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
Genre:
Young Adult -Contemporary, Romance, Travel
Pages: 389
Publication Date: May 2016
My Rating: 3.75 of 5 stars
Read September 2017

Goodreads Synopsis:
I made the wrong choice.”
Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.
But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.
People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.


I feel as though I have been waiting an eternity to get my hands on a copy of this book, and finally, finally, finally, I did! The cover for the book is absolutely gorgeous (so simple but so cute), and the synopsis sounded incredible! I am a huge fan of contemporary romance, and since I don’t travel very much, I am obsessed with travel stories, so this sounded like the perfect fit for me!
Unfortunately, while I did enjoy the book quite a lot as a whole and it was a really fun story, it wasn’t all I had hoped it would be. Continue reading “Review: Love & Gelato”

Posted in Reading Challenge

Fall 2017 Bookish Bingo TBR

Hello readers, I hope you’ve all had a fantastic Sunday! I’ve decided to join in on Bookish Bingo, which is a readathon that lasts three months, in this case from September through November. It is being hosted by the wonderful Bekka from Pretty Deadly Reviews. You can see her post about the readathon here.

The rules are very simple. All you have to do is try to make as many bingos as possible, but you may not use a the same book for more than one square.

I’m really excited for this readathon because I know I will have very, very little time, if any, to read when school starts up again in two days. Since this readathon lasts so long, it will (hopefully) be possible for me to read five books throughout that time period and at least get one bingo. Continue reading “Fall 2017 Bookish Bingo TBR”

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Review: Things We Know By Heart

Good evening, I hope you’ve all been having a terrific Thursday! It’s been a little while since my last post, which I am really, really sorry about, but school is starting for me next week and it’s been hectic trying to get everything prepared.
But today I’m back with a review for the third book that I read for #TheReadingQuest, which applied to the prompt of reading a book with a red cover.
I have added another 10XP to my existing 30XP by completing this book, putting me at a total of 40XP! Only 10 more points to go until I reach Level 2!

The book is 304 pages, earning me 30HP to add to my existing 84HP, which means I now have a total of 114HP!


Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby
Genre:
Young Adult – Contempory, Romance
Pages: 304
Publication Date: April 2015
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read August 2017

Goodreads Synopsis:
When Quinn Sullivan meets the recipient of her boyfriend’s donated heart, the two form an unexpected connection.
After Quinn loses her boyfriend, Trent, in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the pieces of her now-unrecognizable life. She hears back from some of them, but the person who received Trent’s heart has remained silent. The essence of a person, she has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then maybe she can have peace once and for all.
Risking everything in order to finally lay her memories to rest, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas—a guy whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into more, sparking an undeniable attraction. She doesn’t want to give in to it—especially since he has no idea how they’re connected—but their time together has made Quinn feel alive again. No matter how hard she’s falling for Colton, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she’s lost…and all that remains at stake.


Things We Know By Heart was quick, cute and unique! It was an interesting and original idea with a gripping writing style and awesome characters. It took place during the summer and most of the book was set at a beach, so it had a wonderful summery feel, which was just what I needed! Continue reading “Review: Things We Know By Heart”

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Review: The Last Time We Say Goodbye

Good afternoon everone, I hope you’ve all have a wonderful day so far. Today, I am back with another book review! This book was the second book I have read for #TheReadingQuest, and it fulfilled the prompt of reading a book with a verb in the title.
Completing this book gives me another 10XP to my existing 20XP, meaning I am now at a total of 30XP!
This book was 390 pages long, earning me 39HP to my existing 45HP, putting me at a total of 84HP!


The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary
Pages: 390
Publication Date: February 2015
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read August 2017

Goodreads Synopsis:
There’s death all around us.
We just don’t pay attention.
Until we do.

The last time Lex was happy, it was before. When she had a family that was whole. A boyfriend she loved. Friends who didn’t look at her like she might break down at any moment.
Now she’s just the girl whose brother killed himself. And it feels like that’s all she’ll ever be.
As Lex starts to put her life back together, she tries to block out what happened the night Tyler died. But there’s a secret she hasn’t told anyone-a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything.
Lex’s brother is gone. But Lex is about to discover that a ghost doesn’t have to be real to keep you from moving on.

From New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Hand, The Last Time We Say Goodbye is a gorgeous and heart-wrenching story of love, loss, and letting go.


I had this book on my TBR for quite a while, and in December, I found it on Book Outlet for an excellent price and decided to purchase myself a copy. It sat on my shelf for about eight months before I finally had the time to read it, but I am so, so, so glad that I finally did!
I heard really great things about this book, and everyone who read it seemed to be very pleased, so I had pretty high expectations. I am delighted to say that this book absolutely met my expectations!

I was amazed by the character development in the story! Every single character, even the super minor ones, were excellently developed.
My favourite character was probably Seth, even though he didn’t play a very large role in the story. What we did see was funny, charming, and sweet, and I really wish we got to see more of him! I will admit that when we were first introduced to him when he told Lex and Sadie that ghost story, it is that gave me the idea that I thought that he would become the love interest. I’m clueless as to what gave me that idea, but I just had this feeling and I was super excited! They could bond over his father’s death and Ty’s suicide. They would be each others’ shoulder to cry on – it would have been beautiful! As much as I did like Steven, I feel like Seth would have been great with Alexis (even though I am basing this on the couple of very brief scenes that he was in, but hey, I take what I can get).

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Posted in Awards

The Liebster Award

Hello, and happy Tuesday, everybody!
Today I am so, so, SO excited to announce that I have been nominated by the super sweet and amazing Rita over at A Song of Books and Coffee! You should definitely check out her blog for fantastic bookish content!
I really appreciate the nomination and can’t wait to share my answers with all of you, so without further ado, let’s jump right in! Continue reading “The Liebster Award”