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#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 hoped I would. I completed only three of my five 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”

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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.


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Have any of you read Love & Gelato?
What did you think of the plot buildup? Did you find it to be too predictable as well?
Is it on your TBR? What about Jenna Evans Welch’s next release Love and Luck?

Are any of you participating in the Fall Bookish Bingo? What about the Reading Challenge?

Let me know in the comments down below!

As always, thank you so much for joining me today! I hope you have an awesome weekend, and see you again soon!

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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.


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Is Things We Know By Heart on your TBR?
Have you already read it? Did you enjoy it?
What do you think of the cover?
Let me know in the comments down below!

Thank you all so much for reading! Hope you enjoy the rest of your week!

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Review: The Last Time We Say Goodbye

Good afternoon everyone; 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.


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Have you read The Last Time We Say Goodbye? Did it have the waterworks effect on you? Which character was your favourite?
Did anybody else want Seth and Alexis to get together (I can’t be the only one!)
Have you read any of Cynthia Hand’s other novels? Which one should I start with?
Let me know in the comments down below!

As always, thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a fantastic night!

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Review: The Collector (Dante Walker #1)

Hello readers!

Today I have my review for the first book I read for #TheReadingQuest. This book applied to the prompt of reading the first book in a series.

I started off with 10 EXP, and I just added another 10 EXP for completing this book, putting me at a total of 20 EXP, meaning that I am still at Level 1.
I began with 10 HP, and I just gained another 35 HP for reading 352 pages, so I now have a total of 45 HP!


The Collector by Victoria Scott
Series: Dante Walker #1
Genre: Young Adult – Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 352
Publication Date: April 2013
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Read August 2017


Goodreads Synopsis:

He makes good girls…bad.

Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence have made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple: weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.
Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal-opportunity collector and doesn’t want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:
Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within ten days.
Dante doesn’t know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect, he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector…and uncover emotions deeply buried.


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Is The Collector on your TBR?
Have you already read it? What did you think of Dante’s narration? Have you read the rest of the trilogy? Should I move it up on my TBR?
Let’s chat in the comments down below!

Thanks for joining me today! Wishing you a lovely weekend!

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Reading Challenge: #TheReadingQuest Sign Up and TBR

Hey everyone! I randomly stumbled upon this super cool reading challenge that’s being hosted by Aentee over at Read at Midnight, and I thought that it looked amazing! I have always wanted to participate in a readathon of sorts, but I’ve never really had anywhere to post my progress and communicate with others easily. I am so excited to finally have the opportunity, and this particular readathon looks like so much fun! I also think that it will be a great way to meet and communicate with more people in this wonderful community of bookworms!

The quest kicks off this Sunday, August 13th, and ends on Sunday, September 10th.

The challenge is based on a video game quest and is in the format of a bingo card, with each bingo square being a reading prompt to complete. The fun twist is that you must choose one of four character classes to be, and follow that specific path on the bingo board.

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The character that I have selected is the knight, so I will be following that path on the bingo board. Hopefully, I will also be completing some of the bonus challenges, which are the blue prompts on the center of the board.

Continue reading “Reading Challenge: #TheReadingQuest Sign Up and TBR”