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2017 Goodreads Challenge COMPLETED!

So I completed my 2017 Goodreads Challenge and even went an ‘armful’ of books over! I thought I’d share with you the stats of the books I read over 2017 because it’s fun for me to look back on all the books. Some of them feel like I read them YEARS ago!

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No-where But Here was sooooo good!

 

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Loved Everything, Everything but the movie fell short for me. Of course, my novel was the least ‘popular’ one that I read. And yes, I did read my own novel, a few times actually. Show your support for an indie or local author! It doesn’t even have to be me (but I’d love if you checked my novel out), us small time authors love hearing feedback! The Last July is out in paperback and e-book, the e-book is usually $4.99 but you can sometimes catch it on sale for .99 cents.

Overview of Book Ratings in 2017

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover- 4/5 Stars

Outcast Volume 1 by Robery Kirkman- 4/5 Stars

How to Love by Katie Cotugno- 5/5 Stars

True (#1) by Erin McCarthy- 2/5 Stars

Denton Little’s Still Not Dead by Lance Rubin- 5/5 Stars

Cheater by Rachel Van Dyken- 3/5 Stars

Coming Up For Air by Miranda Kenneally- 2/5 Stars

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West- 4/5 Stars

Pucked (#1) by Helena Hunting- 3/5 Stars

Say Anything by Sarah Dessen- 3/5 Stars

Trusting You and Other Lies by Nicole Williams- 4/5 Stars

No-Where But Here (Thunder Road #1) by Katie McGarry- 5/5 Stars

Shadowlith (Umbral Blade #1) by Stuart Thaman- 5/5 Stars

Fireworks by Katie Cotugno- 4/5 Stars

Mann Cakes by Mysti Parker- 4/5 Stars

Kingdom Marriage Devotional- I didn’t finish this, but my husband and I read a devotional once a week from it and it’s been a good conversation starter for us.

Walk the Edge (Thunder Road #2) by Katie McGarry- 4/5 Stars

Long Way Home (Thunder Road #3) by Katie McGarry- 5/5 Stars

Bad Penny by Staci Hart- 3/5 Stars

Wonderlost by Jenny Malone- 2/5 Stars

Once and for All by Sarah Dessen- 5/5 Stars

Trust by Kylie Scott- 3/5 Stars

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon- 5/5 Stars

Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino- 5/5 Stars

The Last July by Breanna Mounce- I’d give it a 5/5 but I wrote it!

Dearly Departed (Grave Reminders #1) by Rachael Rawlings- 4/5 Stars

Dirty by Kylie Scott- 3/5 Stars

Top Ten by Katie Cotugno- 3/5 Stars

Wytches Volume 1 by Scott Snyder- 4/5 Stars

November 9 by Colleen Hoover- 5/5 Stars

Dear Delilah by T Bester- 2/5 Stars

What Light by Jay Asher- 5/5 Stars

 

As for the 2018 Challenge, I set my goal to only 15. This year I want to read more non-fiction, faith based and classic books. I also want to publish two of my own, so I’m going to slow down on my writing a little bit.

 

 

 

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Fall Time, Cozy Time Book Tag

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a huge fan of fall time! I pretty much start decoration for fall on the first day of September. I also got married on Halloween, so it’s a special time of the year for me. So look forward to a ton of Fall/Halloween themed posts over the next two months!

As always, I was not tagged and will not tag. Feel free to do this tag on your own! So I guess I’m actually tagging anyone reading this!

Fall Time, Cozy Time Book Tag

– Crunching Leaves: The world is full of color – choose a book that had reds/oranges/yellows on the cover.

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– Cozy Sweater – It’s finally cold enough to don warm cozy clothing: what book gives you the warm fuzzies?

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– Fall Storm: The wind is howling & the rain is pounding – choose your favorite book OR genre that you like to read on a stormy day.

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– Cool Crisp Air: What’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?

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Even though I didn’t really like this series, I would love to trade places with the main character. Would be really cool to see an alien planet.

– Hot Apple Cider: What under hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest,
hottest thing?

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I will always stand behind this book… always.

– Coat, Scarves, and Mittens – The weather has turned cold & it’s time to cover up – What’s the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public?

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Oh god, just look at it for a second…. how embarrassing. I don’t think I actually finished this one.

– Pumpkin Spice: What’s your favorite Fall time comforts food/foods?

Hmm, I’m not a coffee or tea drinker. I do enjoy a good chilli or soup though.

 

 

 

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

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Author: Colleen Hoover

Genre: New Adult

Rating: 2.5/5

Overall Emotions: Annoyed, giddy, pissed… all the emotions.

 




 

At twenty-two years old, Sydney has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter’s cheating on her–and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by Ridge, her mysterious neighbor. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.

 




 

I think I might be the only person who doesn’t really like Colleen Hoover’s writing.

Oh god, I can practically hear all the gasps and hate right now, but I’m just not impressed with the characters she comes up with. Sorry, not sorry.

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Last year I read the novella Maybe Not by Hoover and reviewed it on my super awkward booktube channel, you can watch that here. I thought the poor writing and character development was only because of the shortness of the book but after reading one of Hoover’s full novels, I’m not impressed and I probably won’t read any more. I know, that sounds really harsh but it was way too much drama for me and none of the characters are loveable.

Maybe Someday is told from alternating POV’s of Sydney and Ridge. If I had it my way though, I’d prefer to only hear Ridge’s POV. This book started off pretty well, then got boring and then brought me back in to only mess with my emotions. Toward the end, I just wanted to shake the crap out of Ridge for being such a jerk. I also wanted to smack Sydney for all of her internal dialogue. The only person I did enjoy in this book was Warren, which was strange because I hated him in the novella. I felt like he was the only one with common sense.

New adult books are always a miss for me, never a hit. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because all the authors struggle to write in a 20-something’s POV instead of a teen POV. I felt like Sydney was way younger than 22. She still has tons of growing up to do. As for Ridge, I more so imagined him in his early 20’s or late teens.

I admit it was very interesting reading a book where the main character is deaf. I was really curious as to how Hoover was going to manage that. Between texting, emails and lip-reading, I think the relationship between Sydney and Ridge bloomed decently.

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As for lyrics placed into the book since Ridge is a musician, I wasn’t a huge fan of that. Most of the lyrics were super cheesy and I couldn’t see a rock band playing them. They were way too straight forward and teenage angst for my taste.

There were some super adorable parts to this book that had me screaming for Ridge and Sydney to be together but there were also some parts where I was completely over their drama!

I’m just going to leave this review at that because if I say anything else, I might spoil it a bit too much.

Cheers!

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Do you recommend any other Colleen Hoover books? Or should I just abandon reading her all together?

 

26 Favorite YA book quotes (For my 26th Birthday!)

That’s right! It’s my birthday! I wanted to do something book related for my birthday, so this being my first birthday blogging, I thought I would do a blog about my favorite book quotes! Enjoy!

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“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.”  The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

“Google tells me everything about death, except what comes after.” Zac & Mia by A.J. Betts

“You should never be surprised when someone treats you with respect, you should expect it.” Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen

“I didn’t know how to let you go.” 99 Days by Katie Cotugno

“Love, it never dies. It never goes away, it never fades, so long as you hang on to it. Love can make you immortal” If I Stay by Gayle Forman

“This is the thing about life I’ve never really understood until now: we try so hard to control it, but bad things happen anyway. The only real control is an anti-control, a letting go.”    Teach Me by R.A. Nelson

“How do you regret one of the best nights of your entire life? You don’t. You remember every word, every look. Even when it hurts, you still remember.” It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han

“Books are more real when you read them outside.” Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

“I wish you could be kissed, Jane,’ he said. ‘Because I would beg just one off you. Under all this.’ He flailed an arm toward the stars.” The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

“You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.” The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

“It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.” Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

“Everything, in the end, comes down to timing. One second, one minute, one hour could make all the difference.” This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

“There is no better taste than this: someone else’s laughter in your mouth.”  Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

“Love is scary: it changes; it can go away. That’s part of the risk.” To All the Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han

“For her I bend, for you I break.” Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

“I…will never…regret you.”  Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

“Why are you going to let people who are hell-bent on not forgiving you keep you from something that could actually be great?”   99 Days by Katie Cotugno

“It’s a total lie to say there’s only one person you’re going to be with for the rest of your life. If you’re lucky – and if you try really hard – there will always be more than one.” Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn

“Let’s be friends based on mutual hate.” Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley

“You can’t force love, I realized. It’s there or it isn’t. If it’s not there, you’ve got to be able to admit it. If it is there, you’ve got to do whatever it takes to protect the ones you love.” Frostbite by Richelle Mead

“Just because I wear black and keep a private journal, that doesn’t mean I’m going to blow up the school. Or terrorize mindless cheerleaders, for that matter.” Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

“To live will be an awfully big adventure.” Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

“Too bad real boyfriends aren’t as awesome as book boyfriends.” Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira

“Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t need to live forever, you just have to live.” Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

“Leaving was easy. It was everything else that was so damned hard.” Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

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How I Find Time to Read (…and tips to read more)

Reading is one of my favorite things to do, but sometimes it’s really hard to find time (it’s even harder for me to find time to write, but we’ll discuss that next week). Between my full time job, family, marriage, fur-babies, blogging and trying to stay healthy, it’s so hard to find time to sit down and read. I’ve also just started watching Game of Thrones and those episodes are so long! I’m sure a bunch of you  also suffer from not being able to find time to read (you might be a full time student, and I totally feel your pain. All that required reading and no time for fun reading). So this week, I thought I would give some tips on how I find time to read!

1.) Set a certain time every day/night to read and only read: I usually have the most time to read at night, right before bed. This also helps me sleep better. I usually go up to bed around 8:30 or 9, that way I can relax and read for an hour or two. I don’t have a TV in my bedroom to distract me from reading, I stop checking facebook and other social media once I’m up in bed, that way I can concentrate. I also turn on the Birdy Pandora station because it’s mostly relaxing pop songs that play, and it drowns out everything else in my house.

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2.) Take a book with you everywhere: I always make sure to have a book with me (unless I’m going to work). If you have an appointment, meeting, vacation, whatever, you might find time to read and you’ll be really bummed when you don’t have a book with you. I actually got this idea a long time ago from Gilmore Girls, Rory always had a book in her bag. If you bring a book along, you’ll never be bored.61811f80-b9d1-0131-55c3-7e676ac5e62b

3.) Reading slump? Take a break: This doesn’t happen often for me, but sometimes I do get sick of reading the book I chose. Don’t feel bad if you have to put the book back on your bookshelf unfinished. You can always come back to it at a later date! Maybe you’ll enjoy it better in a few months!giphy

4.) Give audiobooks a try: I’m not a huge fan of audio books, but when it comes to a book I’m wanting to re-read, I don’t mind listening to the audiobook instead. If you want to get into reading, this might be the best option for you. Or if you want to read one book, and listen to another, go for it! I just don’t listen to audiobooks because they put me to sleep really easy.AUDIO

5.) Join a book club or buddy read: Sometimes, you might not feel like reading a book because you have no one to discuss it’s pure awesomeness with. If you have this problem, join a book club (GoodReads has plenty of book clubs you might want to join) or read with a friend!

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Book Review: The Season of You and Me by Robin Constantine

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Author: Robin Constantine

Genre: Young Adult

Rating: 2.5/5 stars

Overall emotions: Annoyed, flustered

 



 

Cassidy Emmerich is reeling from a sudden, humiliating breakup. The last thing she wants to do is stick around and be reminded of her ex everywhere she goes. On impulse, she decides to spend the summer with her father and his family at their Jersey Shore bed-and-breakfast. A different scene and a new job working as a camp counselor seem like the perfect recipe for forgetting Gavin as quickly as possible—not to mention for avoiding him until he leaves for college. 

Bryan Lakewood is sick of nevers. You’ll never walk. You’ll never surf. You’ll never slow dance with a girl and have her put her head on your shoulder. Last year he made one false move—now he’s paralyzed and needs to use a wheelchair. But this summer, he’s back at his camp job and is determined to reclaim his independence—and his confidence.

Cass is expecting two months of healing her broken heart.

Bryan is expecting a summer of tough adjustments.

Neither is expecting to fall in love.



 

Review

Sometimes, covers definitely  pull me in and this book is totally a cover purchase. I was looking for something to read in the YA genre that was a summer read because the last two books that I read and reviewed were a bit too much of a downer with the teacher/student relations. If you’re a fan of Jenny Han or Sarah Dessen and are still new to the YA genre, I would totally recommend this book. If your a bit older, I don’t think you would really enjoy this book. It has a really great plot, but I feel like the characters were lacking in their emotions. It was a book based mostly on telling and not showing us how they felt.

I believe we were supposed to feel bad for Bryan’s character since he was paralyzed in the legs but I didn’t really feel bad for him at all. Had the author given us a flashback of when he hurt himself and what he was like before the accident, I think that would have helped a bit more. This whole novel could have started about a week before it did, that way we could see what Cass was ‘running away’ from and see how Bryan’s life was before she showed up.

By the end of the book I felt like Bryan was a little possessive and he didn’t really have the right to be. We kept hearing both characters have inner monologue about having a random hook-up over the summer with the other, but then it never actually happens. Bryan is constantly wondering if he’ll ever be able to be intimate with a girl ever again, so we’re set up to believe we’ll find out with Cass… we never do.

I felt like Tori, Hunter and Wade were the only loveable characters in this story because they seemed genuine and real. Wade was probably my favorite! I was rooting for him to have a happy ending the whole time, even if it wasn’t with Tori.

Overall, this book left a ton of questions unanswered for me. Was Bryan ever able to have sex? How? What happened to Cass’s ex after he left? What happened with Em and her boyfriend? Why was Tori always so mean to Wade? How did Bryan actually get hurt, details?

I did breeze through this book, I always kept wanting to pick it up even though I wasn’t really enjoying it. I just wanted to hear the rest of the story. It wasn’t a bad book, but it wasn’t the best either. Best possible way for me to describe it would be a Sarah Dessen plot with not enough character development.

 

Book Review: Instead of You by Anie Michaels

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Overview:

Title: Instead of You

Author: Anie Michaels

Genre: Contemporary New Adult/ Teacher-Student relationship

Rating: 3.5/5

Overall emotions: Roller coaster



                                                                               

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Cory was my best friend, the boy who I’d resolved to spend my entire life with. I’d grown to love him, gotten used to the idea of our life together, even if it wasn’t the all-encompassing, soul-crushing, heart-shattering romance it appeared to be.

Hayes was the boy who seemed entirely out of reach. Untouchable. He stole my first kiss, a secret I’d hidden away in the recesses of my heart, protecting the memory and hoping it would be enough to last me a lifetime. When he became my history teacher, it was impossible to hide from him any longer.

There was no way to anticipate just how important both Wallace brothers would become to me, how deeply they would change my life, or how the loss of one would propel me into the arms of the other.



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If you’re looking for a new adult book that is full of mushy goodness but also has a load of family drama, this is the book for you. Makenzie has been destined to marry her best friend, Cory, from the day she was born. Their parents told them it was pretty much written in the stars for the two of them. Kenzie isn’t allowed to date until she’s 16 though, and that’s when things get a bit confusing. What happens when a decision you thought you had to make gets taken from you?

I ordered this on Kindle because it was pretty cheap and the synopsis sounded fantastic, so I went for it. I didn’t have super high standards, just wanted something easy to read. I was oddly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book that I had never heard of. It wasn’t the best piece of literature, but it was enjoyable and I didn’t find that many bad things about it.

If you’ve read this book, you can continue reading but if not, I suggest you stop because this review is going to contain a decent bit of spoilers. This book is kind of hard to describe without spoiling.

I loved how the first few chapters are certain milestones in Cory and Kenzie’s life and then we continue on at a normal pace once Cory turns 18. What I didn’t like (not the authors fault) was how Cory thought he just earned Kenzie when he turned 16, he assumed that she was going to love him as more than a friend because his mom told him they were going to be together forever. I hated that Kenzie tried so hard to make everyone happy, even if she couldn’t be happy herself.

Hayes’s mom goes through a big loss in this novel, not only does she lose her son, but also her husband. I know that she needed to mourn, but I was getting really tired of everyone walking on egg shells around her, letting her sleep in bed all day and wasting away. I hated that Mrs. Wallace made Kenzie feel awful without even meaning too.

Though this book is supposed to be a teacher-student relationship, it didn’t feel like that at all! I think that’s because we really only see Hayes as a family friend most of the time. The first time he kissed her, he wasn’t a teacher. In the end though, I was so happy Kenzie’s mom supported their relationship, whether he was a teacher or not. This book wasn’t really scandalous in that sense. Yes, they fooled around in school (which was really idiotic of Hayes to do, he could have lost everything).

When we flash forward three years after Hayes and his mother leave for Montana, that part was perfect. I think it made the book. Hayes realized that he needed to get his life together and let Kenzie grow into the woman she wanted to be without him as her older boyfriend holding her back. I respected him so much at the end of the book for doing that.

I recommend this book to girls over the age of 18, due to the sexual content. It does get a bit steamy at parts, not 50 Shades, but close enough for a New Adult book. And let me just say, this is not a love triangle, nor a novel about cheating. This is definitely one of those books that sticks with you after you’re finished reading.

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How do you guys like the new review set up? Do you want me to give synopsis and overviews at the beginning or just give my opinion? Do you like summaries? I’m still trying to figure out how I want to do these reviews but I’d love to hear your opinions. I can also go back to doing rubric reviews if you like those better!

 

 

Book Review: Consent by Nancy Ohlin

Another great example of a book that could have been fantastic but fell short. Very short.

The premise of this book sounded fantastic. I love a good forbidden love book. Sadly, this book seemed very illogical. Our two main characters, Beatrice and Dane, are far from well rounded characters. Bea has some secrets, one of them being that she’s always wanted to 51MsVSsZ6BL__SX329_BO1,204,203,200_become a famous pianist, oh and the other one, she has a crush on her high school music teacher. Mr. Dane Rossi pushes Bea to become the person she was always meant to be, but afraid to become fearing that it might upset her dad who became a widow when she was born.

On a trip to New York where Bea wants to attend Julliard, Dane and Bea find the line they’re forbidden to cross.

What happens when laws are secretly broken and then come out to ruin lives?

I would compare this book to Fifty Shades of Grey minus all of the bondage. I say this in the sense that Dane kind of reminds me of Christian Grey, he’s rich, charming and has this power that he holds. A lot of people claim that this book is romanticizing teacher/student relationships but honestly, I found nothing romantic about this book. Bea and Dane just seem like two boring people, I didn’t even find Dane to have any teacher characteristics. Why would Dane like this girl and why would he like her? Yes, they have piano in common but that’s all. Nothing in this book made any sense at all.

I was very disappointed in this book. I’ve read more logical teacher/student relationship books. I wouldn’t recommend this one. The writing needs work and the characters need to be better developed. The most developed character was Bea’s friend Plum and Plum’s dad and they aren’t even main characters.

By the end of this book, I was just sitting there like…

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I’ll give this book two stars only because I feel like the plot could have been really interesting but the author failed to give us enough. The story should have been longer in order to be more complete and less random. I read this book because I’m currently writing a forbidden summer romance for Camp Nano, and I’ll be honest, this book did give me some ideas on what I don’t want my novel to be.

Book Review: Peter & Wendy

I am so proud of myself! This is the first ‘classic’ book I have read (and finished) since my required reading in college about three years ago. I had been wanting to read Peter Pan (and Wendy)250px-PeterAndWendy since I was in high school. I’ve honestly had a fascination with Peter Pan since the live action movie came out in 2003 (I was 13 at the time). I loved the idea about this boy who refused to grow old and die. It’s amazing to me how close that movie was to the book, but also, how much they romanticized Peter in the movie that was aimed towards kids.

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We all know that movies (especially Disney) changes the original drastically to make it more kid friendly, have you ever read the original Grimm fairy tales? People die in those, there is no ‘happily ever after’. Wendy and her brothers are living a decent life with their parents and then all of a sudden Peter shows up and whisks them away to Neverland (kidnapping?) where he puts them in more danger than they would have been at home. I admit, I had a huge crush on Peter Pan, forget all the fairy tale princes, give me Peter Pan! After reading the book through, I see that Peter actually has a ton of faults. He’s that cocky boyfriend you had in high school or college that acted like he didn’t need anyone.

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Gender Roles

Here’s what bothered me in the book… how all the Lost Boys assumed Wendy wanted to be their mother. At the time this book was first published, I know that was the norm. Little girls grew up watching their mother’s be housewives and stay at home mother’s, while the father was the bread winner. Wendy especially saw this and all she wanted to do was be someone’s mother. The problem was, Peter didn’t want to be the father like Wendy wanted him to be. Yet, Peter tells Wendy to come with him so she doesn’t have to worry about grown up things, but she does! She worries about caring for the Lost Boys!

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Movie VS Book

So which did I like better? The movie or the book? Of course I liked the movie better because the book gave off too much reality. Looking back, I wonder what made me possess such a crush on Peter Pan, hearing him say things like, “Oh, the cleverness of me.” should have been an eye opener on his cockiness and selfishness. The book was great though, if you haven’t read it and want to get into a classic, I totally recommend this one! If you have to read a book for an English paper or woman’s studies class, I think this one would be really good to check out. I can’t believe it took me so long to read this. If you haven’t seen the movie from 2003, watch it! I personally have never seen the Disney animated version, so I can’t give you a comparison on that.

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In the end, I feel sorry for Peter Pan. He’s spent his whole life thinking he wasn’t loved, so he tries to convince other boys that they weren’t loved either. He has this void in his life that he tries to fill with adventure and danger, instead of owning up to his issues and trying to solve his problems. He doesn’t get a happily ever after and I’m honestly not sure he deserved one either.

What do you think? Have you seen the movie? Read the book? Let me know!

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***Announcement***

For the month of July, I’ll only be doing one post a week and it will be on Sundays. I’m really wanting to work on my novel and I do best during Camp Nanowrimo. For my weekly blog posts, you can expect an update on my novel, a normal discussion or possibly a book review if I find the time to read. My blog will just have to take a backseat for a few weeks while I work on my novel. I’m also traveling to Alaska for 8 days, but I’ll be sure to schedule two blog posts to go up while I’m gone! Please stick around and bare with me! Summer is a busy time! Thank you to all of my followers so far!

World Traveler: Book Tag

I just got back from my surprise Germany trip on Sunday, so I thought that I would do a fun travel themed book tag this week. I searched and surprisingly couldn’t find many book tags with a travel theme so I figured I would do my own.

(If you would like to see my pictures from Germany in a post, let me know!)

For this tag, I’ll list a handful of countries and then you can pick out a book for each one that reminds you of that country whether it’s the setting, heritage, atmosphere, whatever. I hope you enjoy! If you do this tag, let me know!

1.) United States of America:

Pretty much any summer time contemporary romance reminds me of the US (where I’m from!) I’ll go with Dear John by Nicholas Sparks for this, it’s a lovely story of a girl who loves a boy who is fighting for his country.

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2.) Germany:

This one is a toughy because I don’t recall reading anything set in Germany. So I’ll go non-fiction for this one and choose the Diary of Anne Frank. If you haven’t read this, you should!

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3.) United Kingdom:

Harry Potter of course!

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4.) Ireland:

Why I Let My Hair Grow Out is set in Ireland, when Morgan’s boyfriend dumps her, her parents decide a change of scenery would be best. They send her to Ireland for a bike ride across the country where she finally can do some growing up. I read this book way back, it’s very short, but so cute.

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5.) Korea:

To All the Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han, sticks out to me for this one because it’s one of the only books where I remember culture sticking out to me. Our main character talks about how her mother was Asian but her father is not, yet he still manages to keep the girls Asian heritage prominent in their lives even though their mother is deceased.

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6.) Australia:

Zac and Mia takes place in an Australian hospital where our two characters are handling their cancer diagnoses. This is by far one of my favorite books, if you enjoyed (or didn’t enjoy) TFIOS by John Green, you’ll enjoy this one. I think it’s way better!

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7.) Canada:

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, I honestly wasn’t sure what to use for this so I just went to Google and typed in ‘YA books based in Canada’ and it gave me a link to Goodreads list of Canada books. Was this actually based in Canada? I can’t remember! But the book is super spooky and a good read!

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8.) France:

This one is easy, of course I’ll go with Anna and the French Kiss for obvious reasons. I don’t remember much of this plot, but I did enjoy the book.

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9.) Spain:

I’ve stumped myself, do you know of any good YA books set in Spain?

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10.) Italy:

I’ll go with New Moon because a portion of this novel happens in Italy. When I think of Italy, I immediately imagine Bella running through the festival there to prevent Edward from exposing the vampires in an attempt of vampire suicide.

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