Fall Book Tag

I found this tag on Lauren’s page from http://narrativeparadise.com. This looked so fun and definitely a tag to help get in the seasonal spirit! Fall is just around the corner and I truly cannot wait!!

The Rules:

  • Please link back to me, Bionic Book Worm, as the creator of this tag!! I want to see your answers!!
  • Use the graphics – if you want 🙂
  • Have fun!

Honestly, The Illuminae Files is one of my favorite trilogies and was absolutely a fresh breath when it came to me and reading. These books, and the first one specifically, truly opened my mind because I discovered the wonder that is books told in mixed media. I absolutely adore this style and I feel like I have not read enough books told in this style, and for me, this trilogy made me really view reading, and books in general, in a new light.

I was honestly astonished when I read this graphic novel. The way that this novel made me feel after reading it, there are absolutely no words to describe it. This book was absolutely breathtaking.

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One of my absolute favorite books in the entire world: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. The feelings that I received from reading this book are indescribable. However, I have not read the other two, just out of fear that I will not enjoy them as much as the first one. No matter what, this one swill always have a special place in my heart.

When I read the question, this was the first book that came to my mind.

 

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This was such a cute story that was honestly really enjoyable. Even though I am not a fan of romance novels, this one I could honestly handle. This was super cute.

What’s this? Another Victoria Schwab book on this list? Am I really that predictable? (Probably) Another book that I absolutely adore is Vicious. The amount of constant actions, the amount of twists and turns, this book was just a treat.

When I read this, I read it initially as most anticipated release. While that technically could be the case, either way, it just came out Tuesday, but still, I truly cannot wait to read this absolutely gorgeous book. I have been waiting for this to finally be out for months, and the anticipation is just killing me.

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This tag was so fun! I really can’t wait for fall now! Is it socially acceptable to go apple picking yet? If not, I’ll just stay in the AC reading until it is finally cool enough to remove myself from my book cave.

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#1 WWW Wednesday – 9/11/19

This is another weekly event I see going around constantly and decided that I would also partake in this one!

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam from Taking on a World of Words.

WWW Wednesday invites you to ask just three simple questions:

  1. What are you reading?
  2. What did you just finish reading?
  3. What will you be reading next?

What are you reading?

I am currently reading Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell for my Young Adult literature class. This is the second time that I am reading it, and I initially read it back in 2014 when it first came out. Reading it a second time, five years older, it’s definitely a change in how I first thought about it the first time that I read it. I am 70 pages in at the moment, but I have to read another set of chapters by Friday.

For my European Tradition literature class, I am also reading the Illiad by Homer. A complete and drastic change, I know. One of the oldest texts vs. a newer text, both for class. I am 80 pages into this one, which is literally the introduction, but I do need to read up to page 235 by tomorrow so I need to start cracking on that.

For myself, I am reading Serpent and Dove. I managed to trade with someone who had an ARC of this at BookCon, as this was a highly coveted book for me and I sadly wasn’t able to pick it up myself when I was there. I am 45 pages into this and hope to read at least a chapter or two on days that I have class in order to help propel me through this book. What I have read so far has been absolutely wonderful, I just wish I had more time to just relax and actually read it.

What did you finish reading?

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For that same YA Lit class I mentioned earlier, we just completed our reading of The House on Mango Street. I had never read it before but it was honestly such a delight to read. Esperanza’s story will follow me for a long time. You can read my review HERE.

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I just finished the ARC of Dear Haiti, Love Alaine that I picked up at BookCon. This was the first book that I grabbed while I was there and I was very excited to read it. However, this book and I did not quite click as I had hoped. My review will be up in the coming days.

I also just completed reading Stitches. This graphic memoir was a book that I had read bits and pieces of, and when I saw my friend had it, I knew immediately that I needed to borrow it. Thankfully he obliged and I was able to read Small’s heartbreaking story in full.

What will you be reading next?

When I am finally done with Serpent and Dove, I will tackle this beauty. I had chosen this as my YA BoTM book for my affiliate box for the month of August. I have been wanting to read this book for awhile and since I do finally have my hands on it, I can’t wait to crack this book open.

So that’s it for my first WWW Wednesday! Let me know what you are reading down in the comments below! Have you read any of these books that I have listed above? What did you think of them? Feel free to leave your opinions down in the comments as well!

As always, happy reading! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books on My TBR That I am Avoiding

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

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Do you see the amount of books in the Throne of Glass series? They’re just so intimidating! And it doesn’t help that they are also hefty books as well, a majority of them consisting of over 500 pages. I want to read these, especially now that the series is actually completed, I just feel like I don’t have the time too at this moment.

I have heard about just how bingeworthy this series really is, which is why I have not picked it up. Since the third and final book just came out last week, I really have no excuse to not be reading this trilogy written by one of my favorite authors.

Just like with Nevernight, I really have no excuse to not be reading this series since the fourth and final book came out last week. All I can say, I don’t have enough time.

I have a confession: I am probably one of the only people out there who has never seen nor read Game of Thrones. I know, I know, it’s ridiculous, but how can I keep up with so many seasons and so many books?! Plus the book series isn’t even completed! There’s just so much!

This is another trilogy that still has yet to be completed. However, I technically have been reading this book for longer than I would like to admit. This just so happens to be the favorite book of one of my best friends and for about three years, I have been in the process of reading it. I just don’t know whether or not this series will ever be finished and I don’t want to get invested in a trilogy, just for the final book to never hit shelves.

I have been meaning to read Red Rising for a pretty long time. However, three more books were announced, so again, I am in a perpetual state of waiting for these book series to be completed in order to pick them up and binge them all.

Again, perpetual state of waiting. Plus, this one will probably sound like a dumb reason, but I purchased the book with the above cover when it first came out. Since then, they have changed all of the cover art. Yes, I am one of those people who wants their covers to match. Again, might seem like a ridiculous reason, but maybe when this book series is finished, I will see if my local library has the rest of them.

Do you see just how gorgeous this cover is?! Ugh, I could absolutely gush about it for days. This book though, it is an absolute monster consisting of over 800 pages. I took this out from my library and got through a little more than 100 pages of it. This book was written so beautifully, but at the pace I was reading it, there just wasn’t enough time and I didn’t want to keep taking it out over and over again.

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This series and I, we have been through a lot even though I never actually picked this book up. I received this book as a gift about five years ago and I had intended to pick this book up soon after receiving it. However, my one friend read the first book and because she is the kind of person that refuses to just give up if it’s in a series, she continued to read on. Throughout her times reading this book, she would constantly rant about the stupid things that certain characters would do. She never gave explicit spoilers since she knew I had every intent on reading this series. However, constantly hearing about how she felt about these characters and this story line, I truly was turned off by this series. Maybe now since all of them are out I might give this one a try, but it might take a little bit of time still.

What’s this? A contemporary at the end of a long list of fantasy books? I find that I am a lot more likely to pick up a contemporary initially than a fantasy or sci-fi book for the sole reason that a majority of them are standalone. However, this does not mean that I won’t pick up fantasy and sci-fi, I just feel a little less inclined to. In the case of this book, I really do want to pick this one up. I mean, come on, a YA novel that is set in college?! How often does one come across one of those? My only hesitation is the huge amount of hype that this book received. Christine is an awesome booktuber with a whole bunch of followers that truly hyped and promoted this book. With all the hype that surrounded it, I’m just really worried that I won’t like it as much as everyone else seems to.

I noticed a pattern with all of this; either a series isn’t completed or I just don’t have enough time to become invested in these at the moment.

What books are you avoiding on your TBR? Do we share any of the same ones? Or better yet, have you read any of the ones that are on my list? Let me know your answers to any of these down in the comments below!

As always, happy reading! 🙂

Frankly In Love Release Day!

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Today is a giant day in the book community! It’s Tuesday, which means today is release day! There are a lot of exciting releases happening today, however, one of the most anticipated releases of the entire year is finally out today! Frankly In Love by David Yoon!

(Photo provided from @yasofthemonth)

This synopsis has been taken by Goodreads

High school senior Frank Li is a Limbo–his term for Korean-American kids who find themselves caught between their parents’ traditional expectations and their own Southern California upbringing. His parents have one rule when it comes to romance–“Date Korean”–which proves complicated when Frank falls for Brit Means, who is smart, beautiful–and white. Fellow Limbo Joy Song is in a similar predicament, and so they make a pact: they’ll pretend to date each other in order to gain their freedom. Frank thinks it’s the perfect plan, but in the end, Frank and Joy’s fake-dating maneuver leaves him wondering if he ever really understood love–or himself–at all.

Doesn’t this sound absolutely amazing? Do you want to get your hands on a copy ASAP. You can get your copy TODAY from BOTM YA (@yasofthemonth) for just $9.99 with code GROW.

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Interested in signing up for YA Book of the Month and receiving this highly anticipated novel for just $9.99? Click the link above and sign up for YA Book of the Month! When at the checkout, type in code GROW to receive this book for just $9.99! I hope you take part in such an amazing offer!

As always, happy reading! 🙂

Review: The House on Mango Street

Title: The House on Mango Street

Author: Sandra Cisneros

Dates Read: 8/28/19 until 9/5/19

Pages: 110

Publication Date: April 3rd, 2009 (originally in 1984)

Publisher: Vintage

Format: paperback, owned

Rating: 4 stars – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis (taken from GoodReads): Acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero.

Told in a series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous–it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.

“Until then, I am a red balloon, a balloon tied to an anchor.” page 9

What I Liked About this Book:

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Review: Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale

Title: Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale

Author: Lauren Myracle

Illustrator: Issac Goodhart

Dates Read: 8/18/19 until 8/23/19

Pages: 208

Publication Date: May 7th, 2019

Publisher: DC Ink

Format: ebook, from Hoopla

Rating:  2 stars – ⭐️⭐️

Synopsis (taken from GoodReads): When fourteen-year-old Selina Kyle, aka the future Catwoman, becomes homeless, she must confront questions of who she is and who she will become.

She rejects human cruelty, but sometimes it seems as though brute force is the only way to “win.” And if Selina is to survive on the streets, she must be tough. Can she find her humanity and reconcile toughness with her desire for community … and love?

What I Liked About this Book:

Art Style: I really came to appreciate Goodhart’s artwork as this story began and as it progressed. It all felt really realistic and truly progressed the story in more ways than I would say the actual writing did at times. It truly added an extra, much needed layer to the story.

What I Disliked About this Book:

Lack of Trigger Warnings: There were some moments in this book that could definitely be triggering for some readers, no matter what age you are. I felt as though giving a small warning at the beginning of the book would have been beneficial, just so that the reader knows what they are getting into before they dive headfirst into the thick of the story.

Romance: Now, I should preface this saying that I do not have any real knowledge of Catwoman. However, this allowed me to understand what was occurring throughout the story, but to me, the romantic interest seemed way too cheesy. I won’t throw any spoilers out there, but the way that the romantic interest was written, it felt like I was reading fan fiction at some points, which is something you never really want your reader to feel. Especially considering this is a published work of fiction, the fact that this felt like fan fiction really left a bad taste in my mouth for a majority of the work.

Predictability: The supposed ‘twist’ at the end of this graphic novel, I saw it coming from a mile away. It wasn’t all that shocking to be honest with you, because there were clear signs that this is what was going to happen.

Writing Style: While I was reading this, I kept questioning what age this book was being marketed to. Now, I am the first person to say that no matter what age you are, you can read whatever you please, but there are categories out there clearly for a reason. I just felt as though this graphic novel was written in such a juvenile way, that I couldn’t see this story being classified as young adult. The content within it clearly demonstrated that it was for young adults, however, the writing style constantly had me questioning this.

Overall, this book and I didn’t really click. I understood the storyline, but the only real saving grace for this graphic novel was the art work. The writing style was juvenile, what was supposed to keep the reader guessing was clear from a mile away, I just didn’t really enjoy this all that much. Especially since it took me 6 days to read a book that would normally take me 1 day to devour.

September YA Book of the Month Club

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It is officially September which means it is a new month with five new selections for the YA Book of the Month Club! This month there are a bunch of exciting releases coming out and BoTM has picked up quite an awesome selection!

(Photo taken from BoTM instagram @yasofthemonth)

The options are as shown:

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi

The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus

Frankly in Love by David Yoon

The selections this month were so amazing and I absolutely had a difficult time picking which one to choose for myself. I ended up going with The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow.

I mean, just look at that cover! As I said, I had an absolutely difficult time deciding between these amazing choices, but I feel like I made a pretty good decision. 🙂

Do you absolutely love YA? Is this something that you think you are interested in being a part of? There is no obligation to get a book every single month either! If you aren’t happy with the choices that they are providing for that month, you can skip the month with no cost to you! On the other hand, if you are really having a hard time choosing between books, you are able to add two books for the month at just a little extra cost!

Does this book club sound like something you are interested in becoming a part of? You can click my link down below to check out whether or not YA BoTM seems like something you would like to join!

https://book-of-the-month.ixmz.net/4A1oZ