Rainbow Bookshelf

Do you love the Rainbow Bookshelf? Because I do. I think it looks awesome and have been waiting all summer to get back to my bookshelf to add all my new books. Now this is just a preview because I have a lot more books coming but for now I’m super pleased with this so enjoy.

Thanks For Reading

Maggie

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Summer Highlights

So another summer vacation has come to a close. I’m not the type of person who likes to jam pack my time off with stuff. In fact there’s really nothing I enjoy more than sleeping in, waking up in my own bed, and lounging around my house reading, watching TV etc. with my dogs. But I’m not a total stick in the mud and this summer definitely had some highlights.

This summer:

  • My sister graduated high school
  • I turned 21! Whoo! It is such a relief since all my friends were already 21
  • My best friend came up from Delaware to spend the 4th of July and my 21st birthday with me
  • I got a lot of books for my birthday (obviously a highlight)
  • I had an awesome internship at a wildlife center all june and july and got to work with all sorts of awesome animals (especially raccoons)
  • I got to spend a week on the Cape in Chatham with my family where we got to use a boat 3 out of the 7 days we were there
  • I got down to the little lake cottage my grandma has with my family a few times
  • I got to hang out with my doggies
  • My brother moved to Southie and I got to hang out there for a night
  • Apply to vet school (maybe not a fun highlight but definitely still a highlight)
  • Going back to school early to hand out at the Delaware beaches with my one of my best friends and roommate for a few days
  • A quick trip to Towson for one night to have a good time
  • Celebrating the kick off of our last school year with a backyard bonfire with s’mores

So all in all I’d say it was a pretty good summer 🙂

Most Anticipated Books for the Fall

So it’s the end of August which means the Fall line up of new books is about to start. For some reason all the new books you’re waiting for always come out in the Spring and Fall, and of course school breaks are in the Summer and Winter so it’s just not convenient. It’s almost Fall and that means the wait is almost over for some great reads.

  1. Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

How can you not be excited for this? By now everyone who reads YA has heard of Throne of Glass and I’m so excited that I can finally end my ACOMAF reading slump by getting into and EOS reading slump.

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2. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

This is the much anticipated second book in the Six of Crows series. I loved the first book, which I didn’t really know anything about when I picked it up so I am so excited to see where the story goes, especially since we were left with a bit of a cliffhanger.

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3. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

This is the sequel to An Ember in the Ashes. I liked the first book and thought it was a solid 4 star read but I think the second book will be even better since our 2 protagonists are finally going to be working together.

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4. Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman

This is actually already out (it came out this summer) but I just haven’t had a chance to read it yet and I’m super excited to. It’s the sequel to Legacy of Kings, the historical fiction book about a young Alexander the Great and his friends.

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Those are my 4 most anticipated releases for the rest of this year. I can’t wait to read them! What books are you guys anxiously awaiting?

Thanks for Reading!

Maggie

This or That Book Tag

Altering seeing this on harleereads I decided this looked like another fun book tag so here is the This or That Book Tag!

Reading on the couch or on the bed?

Couch. Although I probably read more in my bed I prefer a couch if I can find one that’s unoccupied. I like to put my head on the armrest.

Main male or female character?

I like both, but I think I’ve just read a lot more female main character and since I’m a female I do prefer that. It’s just easier to relate to the character right of the bat.

Sweet or Salty snacks when reading?

Any snack. I love all snacks, I do not discriminate. However I do find snacking while reading to be a bit of a challenge because you have to use 1 hand to eat and turn the page and then the pages get all gross.

Trilogies or Quartets?

Always more books. If it’s a story I love the more the merrier because I never want a beloved series to end.

First Person POV or Third Person?

I don’t have a huge preference but I do love first person, especially if the character is funny because a lot of times a characters private thoughts are some of the best lines.

Reading at Night or in the Morning?

NIGHT.  I will stay up until 4am finishing a book but if I could never get up early to read. It would kill me.

Libraries or Bookstores?

Bookstores. The number of hours (and dollars) I spent in Barnes and Nobles just staring at the shelves is appalling.

Books that make you Laugh or Cry?

LAUGH. I need a good comic relief character and some witty dialogue. My favorite scenes are ones that literally make me laugh out loud where you have to close the book for a second to appreciate how funny it is.

Black or White Book Covers?

NEITHER! Give me all the colors of the rainbow. As someone striving to do a rainbow bookshelf I’m very invested in the color of the books I’m buying right now.

Character Driven or Plot Driven Stores?

*sigh* I feel like a good book needs both (obviously) but I guess I could finish a book with an ok/lacking plot if I really loved the characters, but don’t think I would enjoy book with a good plot but ok/lacking characters. For me to love a book, I need to get very invested in the characters or else it’s just ok no matter how good the story is.

So that’s it. I tag anyone who wants to do this.

Thanks for Reading!

-Maggie

 

 

 

Bookish Bracelets and Coupon! — Emie’s Nook

Just finished making some new product for my Etsy Shop! I’ve included some pictures below. If you’re interested in learning more, click the link above, or as always feel free to message me! I’ve also set up a coupon for anyone who needs new swag for the school year (or any other reason). Enjoy 20% […]

via Bookish Bracelets and Coupon! — Emie’s Nook

If you like books you’ll love these!

Disney Book Tag

So I saw this and thought it looked great plus who doesn’t love disney? So without further delay the Disney Book Tag:

The Little Mermaid – A Character Who is a Fish Out of Water

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (shocker I would mention this I know) but Cather is such a fish out of water in college. She won’t even go to the dining hall for the first few months just because she feels so awkward and while her nerves are totally relatable she’s such a fish on land. fangirl-rainbow-rowell-cover-677x1024

Snow White – Book with Eclectic Cast of Characters

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I love the rag tag team that makes up the heist squad in this book. They’re all so different and are not friends, but they work together so well to try and pull off the ultimate heist, all while thinking of ways to double cross each other the entire way for different reasons. They come from all different parts of this diverse world and we have all the good parts of a heist. The brains, thief, shooter, demolition expert, soldier and…witch? Sorceress? Anyways they’re a nice eclectic bunch and make this book a great read.

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Sleeping Beauty – A Book that puts you to Sleep

The Life of Pi. A book I was forced to read for summer reading and despite so many people’s rave reviews I just could not get into it. Plus I was so mad at the end (if you read it you know why).

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The Lion King – A Character who had Something Traumatic happen in Childhood

I feel like every YA book ever fits this category. So I’m going to go with a favorite book I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. Poor Ruby is put in a “camp” (prison?) when she’s just a little kid and has to find a way to escape because she’s been hiding the fact of how dangerous she really is and now they know. The trauma of this (plus the trauma of what happens that lands her in the camp) shapes her for the rest of the series.

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Beauty and The Beast – A Beast of a Book on the outside but Beautiful

This would have to be Outlander for me. I watched the first half of season 1 before reading it but HAD to know what happened next. Of course I was unaware it was a 700+ page book so picking it up was a little intimidating but it’s so amazing and worth it once you get going.

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Hercules – Book that Inspired You

The Book Thief. I had to read this for summer reading in high school and absolutely loved it. It made me cry and was honesty the best summer reading book I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.

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Mulan – Your Favorite Character Pretending to be Something They’re Not

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas (I know another big shocker from me). In the first book Celaena is pretending to be Lillian for the sake of appearances but if you’re a little further along in the series you catch my double meaning with this [SPOILERS STOP HERE] *cough cough Aelin if you know what I mean??*

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Up – A Book that Based on the Cover and Title you have no Idea what it’s about

Beautiful Creatures. I picked this book up in 8th or 9th grade from the bookstore just because I wanted something to read and I really loved it. It was probably one of the first books I had picked up in a while that I really dove head first into and one of the first series I was waiting for the next book to come out down to the day, even if it didn’t end as great as it started.

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Frozen – Pair of Book Siblings You Love

Jude and Noah from I’ll Give You the Sun. The entire book is just about their relationship as siblings and twins while everything else in their life is changing and how they’re the only people they really need to make things right with no matter what. I love this book and them as characters.
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Maleficent – A Book Villain you Love to Hate

There are so many good villains out there. But one of my favorite villains (probably because I never though of him as a villain and was rooting for him to get the girl the entire time) was the Darkling from Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy. Now I had such high hopes for this series. I loved the first half of the first book, while the training with the Darkling was going on. And then it all went down hill from there since I was not team Mal. And the not course I hated the ending because it had one of my biggest book pet peeves (Spoilers ahead **I hate when people in books either forget what happens or lose their abilities, powers whatever**). But I did love the Darkling and just could not hate him

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And that is the Disney Book Tag. I tag anyone and everyone who would like to do this.

Thanks for Reading

-Maggie

Rainbow Rowell vs John Green

If you like YA, you’ve probably heard of these 2 authors. John Green is of course famous for books like The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns, which are both now movies, and Rainbow Rowell has the extremely popular Fangirl and Eleanor and Park. And while they are similar, both writing contemporary, there is just something so different in the way they write.

For me (please don’t be offended) I have never been obsessed with John Green. I read The Fault in Our Stars when I heard it was becoming a movie. And of course I thought it was good (4 stars) and sad, and cried but just his writing style of making his characters so sophisticated was not my favorite. The dialogue his characters have just never seems real enough for me to believe. The conversations, ideas, metaphors all felt a little forced to make these teenagers seem like so much more.

So I read Paper Towns when I heard it was going to be a movie and I thought it was even worse. At least in TFIOS I could kind of believe they may be pretentious because all Hazel ever did before she met Gus was read. But in Paper Towns I could not stand Margo. And honestly I did not think reading about looking for her clues was that interesting. Just the way she talked about “paper towns” and how everything was fake did not appeal to me and was only a 2 star read for me.

Now please don’t hate me, again TFIOS 4 stars. But then I found Rainbow Rowell and I was just blown away. Like Green her both books I read touched on really serious issues. In Fangirl it’s being abandoned by 1 parent, being raised by a single dad, having a parent with some mental illness, too much drinking and partying by her sister. In Eleanor and Park it’s even more serious themes. Poverty is something we see Eleanor struggle with, and she’s living in an abusive household, plus body image, and body shaming. But then we see Park struggle with his dad for acceptance, and racism, and gender roles (eyeliner scenes). But for me there is just something so real about her characters. All their dialogue and thoughts are so relatable. With Cath she was easy to relate to since the entire premise is she’s a Fangirl, but even in Eleanor and Park, while I’ve never been in Eleanor’s exact situation it was still so easy to really understand and get a really good feel for her character.

Now again, this is not me saying John Green is a bad author. It’s just two authors who really write such similar style books, they’re just so different and for me Rainbow Rowell is 5 stars for both Fangirl and Eleanor and Park which is why Rainbow Rowell is easily my favorite contemporary author and one of my top 2 favorite authors of all time. I can’t wait to see what she writes next.

Thanks for Reading

Maggie

Book Review: Ruins (The Partials #3) by Dan Wells

Non Spoilery:

So this is the final book in the Partials Sequence so you should really go read the rest before continuing.

Spoilers Ahead:

So we pick up the story right where we left off. Kira is off with Dr. Morgan being her human test subject, Samm is still in Denver, where he has volunteered to be the humans source of the cure and the people of East Meadow are still under a partial occupation.

Right off the bat one thing I didn’t like was how nonchalant Kira was about being the test subject. They mentioned all the biopsies, spinal taps, and procedures so casually and then when she decides to leave she’s off and running after having her body tampered with so much? I know she’s a partial but still it should’ve at least hurt.

Now I’ll just start out and say that what bothered me with this book was that instead of finishing all the stories we had been telling for the last two books, this one started a bunch of new ones. There are so many new plot lines that come into this book so instead of getting a satisfying ending we are left with a really rushed ending and we do not get a lot of our questions answered.

For example after Kira leaves Dr. Morgan we have to follow her up to the IV territory. But then of course she gets captured (new, very long, plot twist). She meets Green (who I actually did love) and we have to see their long escape battle, then they have to trek back towards Long Island, they run into the monster thing telling people about winter etc. etc.

Meanwhile back in Samm land, he’s woken up the partials and is donating pheromone. I actually enjoyed his section in Denver the most. I loved the way he demonstrated the humans in Denver meant the partials no harm by showing Calix would be more than happy to get them some candy. And then the big revelation that living with Partials would save human babies was a nice answer we’d been waiting for. But of course we’re also just waiting for Samm to meet up with Kira again.

WHICH IS THE REAL PROBLEM I HAVE WITH THIS BOOK! I should not have to wait 80% of the book for it’s OTP to get back together again.

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The Olympics Books Tag

So the olympics are over, summer is over and it’s time to go back to school. But it was fun. This year the olympics were full of lots of amazing moments. The Final 5 killing gymnastics Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky annihilating the competition in the pool, volleyball, track, equestrian all of it really is always so fun to watch. I feel like you either LOVE the olympics or you don’t really care that much and I am definitely a lover.

But what better way to say goodbye to the olympics for another 4 years (only 2 until winter!) than with a book tag. Shout out to Niraja @ Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them since that’s where I saw this first and couldn’t resist so without further delay, the Olympics Book Tag.

  1. 100M – A Book You Have Raced Through

That would be I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. Once I got into this book I could not put it down. Even though I was working I still finished this in less than 2 days. It’s told from 2 POVs, a brother and a sister, Noah and Jude and they’re telling you about the same story but Noah is telling you about when they’re 13 and Jude when they’re 16 and a lot has changed in that time so you’re not totally sure what’s happened and the only way to finally put all the pieces of their story together is to finish it.

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2. Synchronized Diving – The Perfect Couple

That’s not easy. There are a few that I LOVE. Percy and Annabeth from Percy Jackson is alway a favorite. (warning spoilers for Throne of Glass and ACOTAR ahead) But I can’t not mention Aelin and Rowan from the Throne of Glass series and of course Feyre and Rhys.

3. Michael Phelps – The Best Book You’ve Ever Read

Well I’m not really sure how I’m supposed to choose that going all the way back to my childhood. I’m going to throw it WAY back to one of the earliest fantasy books I ever fell in love with, plus one of the first gigantic books I tackled on my own, The Cry of the Icemark by Stuart Hill. I don’t know what it was but I LOVED this book. I got it for free when I was in elementary school and I thought it was amazing. This was definitely the first 474 page book I read by myself in 4th or 5th grade. It’s about a princess, but she’s a warrior, tough as nails and war has come to her kingdom. Now she has to step up, become queen and win this epic battle, all while gathering allies from the neighboring vampires, giant snow tigers, werewolves etc. Like I said high fantasy.

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4. Simone Biles – A Short and Sweet Book

I’m not exactly sure what qualifies as “short” and I can’t exactly think of anything so I’m going to do a short story I’m excited to read because I bet it will be sweet. Incase you didn’t hear, for national booklovers day Rainbow Rowell released a short story called Kindred Spirits. It’s about a girl who loves Star Wars so I can relate and I’m sure it will be a great story so I’ll go with this. That is how much confidence I have in Rowell’s writing.

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5. Rugby 7s – A Tough Book You Struggled to Finish

Ok so I’ve mentioned this a lot recently but it’s The Raven Boys series, again. Particularly the last book, The Raven King is where the story really dragged for me but after the first book I feel like I spent the rest waiting for the plot to get better and go somewhere to match the awesome characters, who are the reason I struggled through until the end instead of just giving up on it.

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6. Golf – A New Genera Outside of your Comfort Zone

I have been reading way more contemporary books thanks to Rainbow Rowell lately. Normally I’m more of a fantasy person, or fantasy in realistic fiction but not big on the contemporary stuff. But like I said Rainbow Rowell is a new favorite author of mine which has led me to read I’ll Give You the Sun, and pick up a few others.

7. Decathlon – The Best Series

Ok since neither of her series are over yet, I cannot make a conclusive decision on which one I like better, but it’s a Sarah J. Maas Series. Right now I’ll say it’s Throne of Glass just because that has more books out and I’m all hype for Empire of Storms right now, but ACOTAR is so amazing and ACOMAF has been all I can think about this entire summer so it’s really a toss up until both series end (not gonna cry).

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I shall tag EmiesNook but also anyone else who wants to do this.

Thanks For Reading!

-Maggie